Google Wallet Expanding As Checkout Option

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Google Wallet is growing as a payment option as it has now been adopted by both Dunkin' Donuts and Seamless, which have integrated it into their checkout experiences for Android users.

"People are ordering food and drinks through their smartphones more and more, everyday," says Hana Chang, Head of Commerce Platforms at Google. "But having to type all your credit card information through that tiny keyboard can be a hassle. So we’ve joined forces with many of your favorite food and beverage brands to add Google Wallet at checkout, allowing you to place orders in as few as two clicks."

"Dunkin’ Donuts now brings its guests a faster way to purchase and recharge their mobile Dunkin’ Donuts Cards in the Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App on Android," says Chang. "By simply selecting Google Wallet at checkout, Dunkin’ Donuts guests can recharge their cards with a couple of clicks—no need to type in credit card information anymore. And hungry Seamless customers will start to see the Google Wallet payment option available in their Android app, helping them get their grub – a delicious array of 80+ cuisine types – in a snap."

"Google Wallet offers our guests with Android devices another quick and convenient way to load or reload a Dunkin' Donuts Card within the Dunkin' Mobile App, to purchase favorite Dunkin' Donuts food and beverages quickly and get back into their busy day," said Scott Hudler, Vice President, Global Consumer Engagement at Dunkin' Brands. "Developing and delivering technologies to enhance guests' experience, including the Dunkin' Mobile App, DD Perks rewards program, and eventually mobile ordering, will continue to differentiate our brand as we continue our growth throughout the country."

Others using Google Wallet include Papa John's, Domino's, Eat24, Panda Express, and Jason's Deli. Papa John's implemented it back in November.

"In today's digital economy, consumers are increasingly turning to their smart phones for online purchases, highlighting the importance of convenience and payment security," said CMO Bob Kraut. "Google Wallet was Papa John's first venture into mobile payments, and now with more than 50 percent of our sales taking place on mobile or computer, the partnership provides our customers a better and more secure ordering experience."

Google has been partnering with platforms like Shopify, ChowNow, and Shopgate to get Google Wallet in use at more stores restaurants. ChowNow announced its partnership with Google earlier this week. It brings Google Wallet to thousands of independent restaurants in the U.S.

"We continue to uphold our mission of helping independent restaurants compete with larger chains by providing them with technology that would be both difficult and cost-prohibitive for them to build themselves," said ChowNow CEO Chris Webb.

"The addition of Google Wallet benefits both restaurants and their customers," the company added. "Rather than manually inputting their credit card number and billing address, customers with an Android phone can simply tap the "Buy with Google" button. As a result of the added convenience and reduced ordering times, restaurants should see increased order volumes, and hence a more profitable to-go business. With 70 million Android phones currently in use the addition of Google Wallet has broad appeal."

Google has a list of mobile apps and sites that accept Google Wallet as a payment option here. And don't forget they offer the Google Wallet card, that lets you use your balance pretty much anywhere.

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Chris Crum

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