Need a Jamba Juice Fix? There’s a PayPal App for That
Need a smoothie fix? PayPal this week announced that it is teaming up with Jamba Juice to let customers place and pay for orders using their mobile devices.
Using the PayPal app, users will be able to order ahead, make specific requests, and pay for their Jamba Juice creation from the comfort of their homes or offices. When they arrive at the store, no need to wait in the line – just pick up the smoothie.
At this point, PayPal is testing the feature in just one Jamba Juice location – Emeryville, California – but others will follow in 2013, the company said.
The announcement was made at the National Retail Federation’s annual convention, where PayPal also announced that its in-store payment option – first announced in May 2012 – is now available in more than 18,000 physical stores around the U.S.
“When you now walk into 18,000 physical stores around the U.S., you see the PayPal name when checking out, making the reality of any time, anywhere payments come alive,” Don Kingsborough, vice president of Retail Services for PayPal, wrote in a blog post.
Those stores cover 23 national brands, including RadioShack, Barnes & Noble, Office Depot, and Tiger Direct. Kingsborough said PayPal will add two new partners “soon.”
“Delivering valuable digital and mobile payments is alive and thriving, and consumers all over the U.S. will now start seeing PayPal more where they shop every day, including the grocery store and at the gas pump,” he wrote.
Kingsborough took a swipe at rivals like Square, the Isis mobile wallet effort, and Google Wallet, who he said “have created technology, just for technology’s sake.”
“We just want you to pay how you want; simple, fast and secure – with any method you want,” Kingsborough said.
PayPal said today that it is working with NCR to bring its technology to more retailers and hospitality providers. First up, PayPal’s mobile payment option will be integrated into NCR’s Mobile Pay app and NCR Aloha Online Ordering.
“With this integration, PayPal will be a payment option and allow consumers greater choice for simple, fast and secure purchases, alongside credit or debit cards,” Kingsborough said. “Consumers will also be able to use the PayPal mobile application to locate, order-ahead and ‘check-in’ at participating NCR Mobile Pay merchants to access the same functionality.”
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag