PORTLAND, Ore., May 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- moovel (becoming REACH NOW), the leading provider of mobile ticketing solutions in North America, announced Wednesday that it has acquired Validated, a technology platform that allows businesses, universities, retailers and restaurants to subsidize transportation for customers and employees and helps drive retail traffic to brick-and-mortar stores by offering ride subsidies to users of shared mobility services.
"As Mobility-as-a-Service becomes mainstream, loyalty programs and business partnerships will be an essential piece of the puzzle," said REACH NOW North America CEO Nat Parker. "The addition of Validated provides us with a powerful tool to help transit agencies as they transition to become mobility providers. By offering new incentives for public transit and shared mobility services, we can strengthen cities' transportation networks, reduce traffic congestion, and support local businesses."
Validated's patented technology platform offers businesses and organizations solutions for attracting customers and building customer loyalty:
- Mobility Rewards allows shoppers to earn mobility credits if they hit spending targets with shops that have enrolled in the program.
- Ride Pass allows companies to issue instantly redeemable mobility credits to their customers or employees via SMS. Insurance companies and automotive dealerships are using Ride Pass to send mobility credits to their clients as a flexible alternative to rental vehicles.
"Validated's innovative solutions align with REACH NOW's strategy of building products and partnerships that strengthen public transit systems and expand mobility options for people in cities," said REACH NOW North America CEO Nat Parker. "We are working toward a future where transit agencies, mobility providers, retailers, and employers are all participating in a transportation platform that empowers people to choose for themselves how they want to get around the city to shop, dine, and get to work. While Validated will continue to operate as a separate brand and company, the partnership sets the stage for REACH NOW to extend mobility benefits to universities, employers and merchants and integrate loyalty programs into its mobile ticketing solutions for public transit agencies."
Validated partners with a wide variety of mobility service providers in North America, including public transit agencies, ride-hailing services, car-sharing services, bike and scooter share services, and parking providers. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of REACH NOW, Validated will continue to operate as a separate brand and company.
"Joining with REACH NOW is a natural next step for Validated," said Validated Co-Founder and CEO Tov Arneson. "Historically, transportation options have been subsidized by the government and, more recently with new mobility, by venture capital. Validated's technology gives cities the tools they need to offer financial incentives that drive behavior change and help local businesses build loyalty by supporting the transportation choices of their customers."
moovel North America, a part of moovel Group (becoming REACH NOW), offers cities, public transit agencies and users access to multimodal transportation options through simple smartphone applications. A pioneer in Mobility-as-a-Service and the leading North American provider of mobile ticketing solutions for public transit, moovel NA (becoming REACH NOW) provides a next-generation mobile platform that streamlines the operations for transit agencies, and simplifies the travel experience for riders. moovel (becoming REACH NOW) is one of five joint ventures between the BMW Group and Daimler AG that is reinventing mobility. Led by CEO Nat Parker, moovel NA (becoming REACH NOW) is headquartered in Portland, Oregon.
Validated offers a patented technology platform that allows businesses to generate footfall and build customer loyalty through subsidized transportation options. Founded as Parkt, Inc. dba Validated in 2015 by Tov Arneson, Ian Lyman and Alexander Wilhelm, Validated offers services in Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco. The company is an alumnus of Techstars Seattle.
Laura Caster (Modjeski)
moovel Communications Manager