ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sionic Mobile, a mobile commerce leader, today announced a significant growth milestone -- its collection of 50,000 diverse shops, restaurants and retail locations nationwide where consumers can pay with a Sionic Mobile app on their smartphones and tablets. From Sunday morning pancakes to weekday lunches and Saturday home improvement projects, Sionic Mobile merchants offer more variety than any other mobile payments and rewards provider.
According to a report issued in October 2014 by eMarketer, mobile payments adoption is expected to increase by 700 percent within the next two years. Accenture reported that more than 60 percent of consumers indicated rewards and discount programs would incent them to begin using or increase their current usage of mobile payments.
Sionic Mobile is preparing two new consumer app releases in the coming weeks. First, an all-new Shop2Give® app giving non-profits their own branded mobile fundraising experience. Supporters shop or dine at any of the 50,000 locations, pay with the Shop2Give app and Sionic Mobile donates 2% of their checkouts at no extra cost to them or their non-profits. Supporters also use the app to make instant, one-tap donations to their favorite non-profit at any time. Next, a fourth-generation ION Rewards® app featuring facial recognition identity theft protection and fraud prevention, fast and easy pay-at-the-pump and automated 3% rewards that spend like cash at any of the 50,000 locations.
“Despite the growing hype surrounding mobile payments week after week, consumer adoption continues to lag and fall short of industry projections,” said Ronald Herman, CEO and founder of Sionic Mobile. “The majority of apps today provide little-to-no incentive for consumers to pay for purchases with their phone. Those that do, like coffee shop and quick serve apps, require that customers preload funds that may only be used at their locations, forcing consumers to manage multiple, mini-wallets on their phones.”
“By putting consumers in control of their experience,” explained Herman, “continuing to grow the 50,000 strong merchant marketplace and providing small and medium sized businesses affordable access to mobile ads, gift cards, payments and rewards, Sionic Mobile is eliminating the current challenges hindering mobile payment adoption.”
About Sionic Mobile
Midtown Atlanta-based Sionic Mobile helps small and medium sized merchants get and keep mobile savvy customers by uniting mobile ads, gift cards, payments and rewards in a simple, affordable service and provides non-profit organizations an always-on mobile fundraising tool. The Company’s ION Rewards and Shop2Give apps make mobile payments at 50,000 locations nationwide simple, secure and rewarding for consumers and supporters alike. Both apps support iOS and most Android devices.