SUMMERSIDE – Summerside residents can have one less customer loyalty card in their wallets today.
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Mona Matheson stands inside the doors of Samuel's Coffee House on Harbour Drive. She plans to open for business in July.
Quipin, a mobile phone app designed by a team of UPEI students, has partnered with its first business in the western capital.
Samuel’s Coffee House will expand its current stamp-card loyalty program by partnering with Quipin, giving coffee drinkers the option of going cardless by using their smartphones. Customers can store their loyalty cards in a single app, then scan their phones at the participating business to receive reward points.
“We’re always looking for creative new ways to bring more value to our customers. Giving our customers the option to store their points on their mobile phones is the next step,” said Moyna Matheson, owner of Samuel’s, which recently won a Summerside Chamber of Commerce award as innovator-of-the-year.
Timeless Technologies, an Island-owned software development company, selected Quipin as the winner of last spring’s “The Big Pitch” contest. Groups were asked to pitch ideas for mobile apps, with the winner receiving a $50,000 marketing budget and paid internships over the summer to develop the app.
The winning team consists of Kris Gay, John Williams and Nikkie Gallant. Quipin launched last month with a partnership with Charlottetown’s Trius Transit.