MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regis Corporation (NYSE: RGS), a leader in the haircare industry, whose primary business is franchising, owning, and operating hair salons, is partnering with Google to improve and streamline the salon discovery and customer booking experience. The integration will be powered by Opensalon™, Regis’ proprietary platform that will allow Google users to book salon services directly through Google Search and Google Maps. This new integration provides booking times and enables customers to reserve and check in for various salon services via mobile devices or desktops with both the company’s franchised and company-owned salons.
Easy online booking is a must-have for customer-focused service businesses with tens of millions of potential monthly Google views for the Company’s owned and franchised salons. The integration is expected to greatly improve the customer experience by simplifying scheduling, minimizing salon wait times, and encouraging discovery and use of its salons and services.
Google users who search for one of the many Regis brands available on Opensalon™ will be able to immediately view nearby locations and base level pricing, auto-populate their personal information, book a service, and navigate to the location – all with a few clicks or taps.
“As we continue to leverage technology to transform our business, we are constantly working on innovative new ideas to improve our customers’ experience with our portfolio of salons. Regis’ partnership with Google as well as our new Opensalon™ platform will fundamentally change the way we interact with, and service our customers, offering a seamless experience. Regis will continue to proactively roll out new technologies and features bringing convenience to our customers’ fingertips and facilitating a high-quality salon experience,” said Chad Kapadia, Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product Engineering.
About Regis Corporation
Regis Corporation (NYSE:RGS) is a leader in beauty salons and cosmetology education. As of March 31, 2019, the Company franchised, owned or held ownership interests in 7,838 worldwide locations. Regis’ corporate and franchised locations operate under concepts such as Supercuts®, SmartStyle®, MasterCuts®, Regis Salons®, Sassoon®, Cost Cutters®, Roosters® and First Choice Haircutters®. Regis maintains an ownership interest in Empire Education Group in the U.S. For additional information about the Company, including a reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial information and certain supplemental financial information, please visit the Investor Information section of the corporate website at www.regiscorp.com. To join Regis Corporation’s email alert list, click on this link: http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=913&to=ea&Nav=1&S=0&L=1
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