Madrid, December 1, 2016.- Grupo Vips, one of the leading multi-brand and multi-format groups in the food service and retail sector in Spain, today brings its customers Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay that’s fast and convenient.
Apple Pay is now available in more than 350 locations across Spain that Grupo Vips operates, including the prestigious restaurant and retail chains VIPS, VIPS SMART, VIPS STORES, GINOS, FRIDAYS, THE WOK and STARBUCKS. With Apple Pay, Grupo Vips further enhances the mobile and contactless payment options it already offers to its customers. Grupo Vips is among the first food service and retail companies in Spain to bring its customers Apple Pay, reaffirming its commitment to innovation and enhancing customer service across its brands.
“More than 40% of all credit and debit card transactions across our platforms are contactless and mobile payments are growing each month,” said Alejandro Salazar, Director of Payment Solutions, Treasury, Financing and Innovation at Grupo Vips. "Apple Pay is going to increase that trend further and provide our customers with the convenience and security they expect from our brands."
“Offering Apple Pay is key to our business in Spain since we are the European market with the highest rate of smartphone penetration. According to a recent IPSOS study, 50% of Spanish smartphone users claim that they would be willing to pay via their smartphone in 2017,” says Alejandro Salazar.
Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.
Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and beneﬁts offered by credit and debit cards. In stores, Apple Pay works with iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and later, and Apple Watch.
Online shopping in apps and on websites accepting Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. When paying for goods and services on the go in apps or Safari, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6 and later, iPhone SE, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 3 and later. You can also use Apple Pay in Safari on any Mac introduced in or after 2012 running macOS Sierra and confirm the payment with iPhone 6 or later or Apple Watch, or with Touch ID on the new MacBook Pro.
For more information on Apple Pay, visit: www.apple.com/es/apple-pay
About Grupo Vips:
Grupo Vips is one of the leading multi-brand and multi-format groups in the food service and retail sector in Spain. It includes restaurants, cafés and shops. The company manages a total of six well-known chains it either owns or operates under franchising agreements: Vips (cafeteria - restaurant and shop), Vips Smart, Ginos, The Wok, TGI Fridays and Starbucks Coffee in Spain, Portugal and Andorra. Wagamama will soon be joining them. Moreover, the group has a premium sandwich, salad and take-away product factory, BSF. The company manages more than 350 locations serving more than 120,000 customers a day. It runs a pioneer and restaurant sector-leading loyalty program, Club VIPS, with more than 1,000,000 members throughout Spain. The App, which is unique in the market and was launched at the end of April 2015, has already been downloaded more than 550,000 times. Grupo Vips is a private equity company which was founded in 1969. ProA Capital acquired 30% of the company in 2016. Grupo Vips employs more than 9,300 people and ended fiscal year 2015 with 377.6 million euros in turnover.
More information at: www.grupovips.com
Discover the Club VIPS App at: www.clubvips.com