Parker’s Rewards App Usage Increases by 40 Percent During COVID-19 Pandemic as a Growing Number of Customers Choose Contactless Payment at the Pump and Beyond

Parker’s – a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader that was named the 2020 Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year – has experienced a 40% increase in contactless mobile payment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, customers in Georgia and South Carolina are using the company’s innovative Parker’s Rewards app at the pump in record numbers, averaging nearly 800 secure contactless transactions daily.

Since the launch of Parker’s proprietary Pay at Pump app technology in 2016, Parker’s has been a pioneering force in contactless payment in the convenience store industry. The company’s GPS-enabled technology consistently earns rave reviews from Parker’s Rewards loyalty program members.

“Our industry-leading Parker’s Rewards app and Mobile Pay technology combines the safety of contactless payment with the elevated level of convenience our customers have come to expect from Parker’s,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “We’re determined to stay on the cutting-edge of this technology to make life easier and safer for our customers.”

With the free Parker’s Rewards app, customers can select “pay at the pump,” enter their PIN code, confirm their location and begin fueling, without touching a keypad or interacting with team members and other customers inside the store. These secure transactions are managed by Zipline (now PDI), a leading private label debit processor employing state-of-the-art firewall and other comprehensive security methods in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federal Reserve. All personal data is encrypted in real time, and every transaction is PIN protected.

The popular Parker’s Rewards app also makes life easier beyond the pump with mobile ordering available for Parker’s Kitchen breakfast, lunch and dinner menu items, including fresh, never frozen Southern Fried Chicken Tenders, signature mac ‘n’ cheese and the new Spicy Chicken Sandwich. Customers can easily place their order on the Parker’s Rewards app and select a pick-up time, allowing customers to bypass the line and to limit touchpoints without compromising on food quality, freshness or taste.

Parker’s Rewards members save 10 cents per gallon for every $25 spent inside the store and enjoy member pricing on fountain drinks, Parker’s Kitchen food and more. The Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes more than 228,000 members in Georgia and South Carolina, has saved customers more than $15 million to date. The free Parker’s Rewards app is available for download on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paytronix.parkers).

Since its founding in 1976, Parker’s has grown from a one-store operation in Midway, Ga. to an award-winning company with state-of-the-art convenience stores located throughout Georgia and South Carolina, serving delicious, award-winning Southern-inspired Parker’s Kitchen food that’s made from scratch on-site. Parker’s was recently named the 2020 Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, which is the convenience store industry’s highest honor, and was voted one of America’s top 10 gas station brands by USA TODAY readers. The company also earned a 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, which is presented to the top 10% of restaurants across the United States.

Currently celebrating its 45th anniversary, Parker’s has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for five years and has been honored by Food and Wine as one of America’s Best Convenience Stores, by The Shelby Report as the Southeast Retailer of the Year and by Convenience Store News as the Foodservice Leader of the Year.

Parker’s stands apart as one of America’s most respected convenience store brands and is known for having the cleanest stores in the industry. The company serves award-winning Southern-inspired food, offers an acclaimed Parker’s Rewards program and gives back to every community where it does business through the Fueling the Community charitable giving program and the Parker’s Community Fund. Parker’s employs more than 1,200 individuals throughout the region and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily.

ABOUT PARKER’S:
Honored as the 2020 Convenience Store Decisions Chain of the Year, Parker’s is strategically redefining the nation’s convenience store industry, offering customers high-quality products, freshly prepared food and superior customer service at retail stores throughout southeast Georgia and South Carolina. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Parker’s has a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation’s leading convenience store and foodservice companies. Parker’s Kitchen, the popular food-centric brand under the Parker’s umbrella, serves world-famous hand-breaded Southern Fried Chicken Tenders as well as made-from-scratch mac ‘n’ cheese, a breakfast bar and daily specials. The company’s popular Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes more than 228,000 members, has saved Parker’s customers more than $15 million to date. Learn more: www.parkerskitchen.com.

RECENT AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:
● Hall of Fame Inductee – Convenience Store News
● 2020 Best Gas Station Brand Top 10 – USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards
● 2020 Convenience Store Chain of the Year – Convenience Store Decisions
● 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award
● Legacy Leader – Georgia Trend
● America’s Best Convenience Stores – Food and Wine
● 2019 Southeast Retailer of the Year – The Shelby Report
● 2019 Fastest Growing Companies in America - Inc. 5000
● 2018 Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year - Convenience Store News
● Top 10 U.S. Gas Station Brands – Gas Buddy
● 50 Most Influential People in Convenience Store History - Convenience Store News
● Best Convenience Store - Savannah Morning News Readers’ Choice Awards
● Best Convenience Store - Savannah Magazine Best of Savannah Awards
● Best Convenience Market/Gas Station - Connect Savannah Best of Savannah Awards
● Best Convenience Store - Statesboro Herald “Best in the ‘Boro” Awards
● Best Convenience Store - Bryan County Now “Best of Bryan” Awards
● Regional Economic Impact Award - Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
● Best Convenience Store - Island Packet
● Most Fab Convenience Store - Effingham Herald
● Most Fabulous Gas Station – Effingham Living
● Wayne County's Favorite Convenience Store – Jesup Press-Sentinel
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