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Ricker’s Launches Mobile Checkout

New purchase option goes live in September

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Ricker’s is rolling out frictionless checkout technology in 58 convenience stores in Indiana that its software provider, Skip, describes as "a hybrid of mobile payment and Amazon Go 'just walk out' experiences."

Salt Lake City-based Skip developed the Skip Checkout app, which is already integrated with ZipLine to bring down transaction fees and Kickback Rewards for coupon integration. It is slated to go live in Ricker’s c-stores by the end of September.

With the Skip app, customers can scan items with their phones as they shop, allowing them to bypass the checkout line. Once they finish shopping, their receipt appears in the app. They show their receipt and purchased items to a store employee and are then free to walk out the door.

"By adding Skip to our arsenal of customer-service competencies, we expect to see higher frequency and volume of transactions simply from the competitive advantage this partnership will provide. Not to mention being able to convert frequent fuel purchasers into loyal in-store customers,” said Quinn Ricker, CEO and president of Ricker's.

Skip sought out Ricker’s for this rollout, the company said. Ricker’s is launching its mobile checkout system as the smart c-store Amazon Go, which allows customers to avoid the checkout process entirely, moves to open additional locations around the country.

Walmart is reportedly in talks with Microsoft to launch its own frictionless checkout system.

"We are so excited to work with Ricker's to tailor our proven product specifically to the convenience-store customer experience. Their long-standing dedication to this objective and vision for the future was a match made in heaven for Skip,” said Chase Thomason, CEO and founder of Skip.

Based in Anderson, Ind., Ricker's was founded in 1970. The company is ranked No. 112 on CSP's 2018 Top 202 list of c-stores by number of company-owned retail outlets.

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