PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), a $14 billion global provider of food service, facilities management and uniforms wherever people learn, work, play and recover, announced today it will pilot acceptance of mobile payments from Apple Pay and Softcard at select arenas this hockey season.
Today's announcement is the latest example of Aramark continuing to innovate the guest experience with new concepts, exclusive partnerships and emerging technology. Apple Pay and Softcard are the newest and most advanced mobile payment technology platforms to enter the market.
"As an industry leader and a global brand that interacts with millions of consumers on a daily basis, Aramark prides itself on identifying innovative solutions that deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of our consumers and clients. Apple Pay and Softcard represent the latest advancement in mobile payment technology and we are excited to integrate them with our payment platforms," said Marc Bruno, Chief Operating Officer for Aramark's Sports & Entertainment sector. "We are continually researching, developing and testing new and progressive offerings that engage our guests and makes their in-venue experience even more enjoyable."
Aramark, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Penguins, will begin accepting Apple Pay as a method of payment for food and beverage purchases made at CONSOL Energy Center, once it has been officially launched by Apple this fall. Softcard will be accepted immediately. As one of the most technologically advanced venues in all of sports, CONSOL Energy Center is already equipped with the software and hardware required to accept this type of mobile payment.
With Apple Pay and Softcard, guests will have an easy, safe, secure and convenient option to pay for food and beverage items using their mobile devices, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or Apple Watch. Aramark manages dining programs, retail merchandise stores and facilities services at over 150 premier sports and entertainment venues across North America.
Aramark has been at the forefront of adopting, adapting and utilizing mobile applications to simplify and expedite the ordering and purchasing process. In 2010, Aramark, in partnership with Major League Baseball and the Philadelphia Phillies, became the first concessionaire to introduce in-seat, mobile menu ordering through the highly popular MLB At Bat app.
Here are some recent examples of Aramark's innovative leadership:
In August, Aramark announced an extension of its partnership with Starbucks to test mobile coffee trucks on select college campuses around the country.
Earlier this month, Aramark opened a state-of-the-art Healthcare Technology & Innovation Center in Charlotte, NC to foster more efficient ways for hospitals to manage clinical equipment assets.
About Aramark Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover and play. United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day. Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World's Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements made in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations, estimates, projections, and assumptions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results and trends may differ materially from what is included in our forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors.