Business owners gain edge with faster, more secure mobile-to-mobile checkouts

PRESS RELEASE: ATLANTA — Sionic Mobile today announced its proprietary, mobile-to-mobile, three-digit checkout process is gaining traction among small business owners. Requiring no new hardware or upfront investment, ION Loyalty provides small business owners with mobile checkouts that are faster, easier and safer than cash or plastic – a preferred alternative to Square, PayPal Here and others – along with instant customer rewards.

Ricky Hobbs, owner and master stylist at Cut Atlanta, cited ION Loyalty as a vital component to his expansion. “We recently acquired a larger salon, adding eight new stylists to accommodate our growing clientele. Previously, we used Square and were paying higher credit card fees. It also took much longer to complete a client checkout.  With ION Loyalty, we pay a flat 1% payment fee and reward our clients 1% in IONs at checkout.  Even combining the payment fees and customer rewards, we are paying less with the ION program than we were with Square.  It is saving us time and money. Our clients love the super-fast, three-digit code checkouts and they love getting IONs even more.”

Sionic Mobile operates the nation’s premiere merchant marketplace representing more than 100,000 retail and restaurant locations nationwide. ION Rewards users earn IONs – on top of credit card points – that spend like cash every time they checkout. It is the only universal rewards program allowing consumers to earn and spend rewards with zero restrictions at any merchant in the ION marketplace.

In addition to low-cost payments and instant customer rewards, small business owners gain unlimited mobile advertising and a self-branded eGift Card program as an ION Loyalty merchant.

“Like most restaurants and small businesses, chargebacks are a costly problem that can really impact the bottom line,” said Keith Morrison, general manager of Zocalo Mexican Restaurant and Cantina. “ION Loyalty has advanced security measures and fraud prevention tools in place that protect both the restaurant and our customers from fraudulent activity. The mobile-to-mobile payments are faster and more secure than swiping plastic cards and also provide an alternative to expensive EMV hardware upgrades.”

“One of the most common complaints about mobile payments is the cumbersome, slow checkout process,” said Ronald Herman, CEO and founder of Sionic Mobile. “We’ve addressed this issue with our proprietary, mobile-to-mobile, three-digit code checkout process. ION Loyalty small business merchants may now complete mobile transactions in one-to-two seconds, and are protected against fraud and other security concerns.

“Previously, there were very few options for small business owners who wanted to engage with their customers through the mobile channel. These owners had to either implement an expensive mobile payments platform typically requiring an overhaul of their POS system, or they could adopt a third-party mobile loyalty program requiring customers to download multiple apps or carry yet another rewards card.  We’ve eliminated the obstacles and given small business owners a simple yet sophisticated option that requires no upfront investment, is faster, more secure, and perhaps most importantly, rewards customers in a manner that truly builds loyalty and encourages repeat business.”

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