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AirREGI, AirPAY, and AirPAY QR Adopted by FULALI KYOBASHI, a New Commercial Facility in Osaka City Part of AEON Mall’s New Initiative to Rent Out Food Trucks and Stall Spaces
Aug 8, 2023 | Recruit
This document is a translation of a press release issued by Recruit Co., Ltd. on August 8th, 2023 (JST) and is provided as a reference material. If there is any discrepancy between this translated version and the original Japanese version, the original Japanese version prevails.
Recruit has announced that AirREGI, a free and easy-to-use POS register application; AirPAY, a payment service that accepts cards, electronic money, QR codes, and points; and AirPAY QR, an optional payment service, will be adopted by FULALI KYOBASHI — a facility that opened in Osaka City on July 20, 2023. This is a part of AEON Mall’s new business initiative to rent out food trucks and stall spaces. The project will start with 11 mobile vending trucks. Through initiatives such as this, Recruit continues to provide tools to support food retailers in streamlining accounting, payment, and sales analysis so that they can focus on kitchen tasks and serving customers.
How AirREGI, AirPAY, and AirPAY QR are being utilized
A food truck using our services in FULALI KYOBASHI, July 20
We will provide AirREGI, AirPAY and AirPAY QR for mobile vending trucks in FULALI KYOBASHI, a commercial facility built on the former site of the AEON Kyobashi Mall in Osaka City. FULALI KYOBASHI is an approximately 14,800 square-meter site that houses 11 mobile vending trucks and stalls offering a range of dishes, from teppanyaki to sweet treats. This is a part of AEON Mall’s new business initiative to rent out food trucks and stall spaces.
Systems that support sales management and provide multiple payment options are just as important for the business operations of food trucks as they are for brick-and-mortar stores. However, they tend to be an afterthought when launching a business, and fixed and maintenance costs pose hurdles. Taking this into consideration, AEON MALL selected our service because of its ease of implementation from a cost perspective and the high degree of convenience. AirREGI has no fixed monthly fees and comes with an intuitive UI, making it easy for even first-timers to use. AirPAY and AirPAY QR support a wide variety of cashless payment methods, such as credit cards, rechargeable prepaid IC travel cards, and smartphone payments. This cuts down on lost sales opportunities. In addition, businesses can manage AirREGI, AirPAY and AirPAY QR all with a single AirID. Recruit will continue to help boost operational efficiency in not only brick-and-mortar stores but also stalls and food trucks in commercial facilities.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the market for takeout meals*1has been growing. According to our monthly survey on eating out (survey target: 10,000 people in the Tokyo, Tokai, and Kansai area), the annual size of the takeout market in FY2021 was 1,522.5 billion yen, up 23.9%*2compared to FY2019, prior to the pandemic. This indicates that there is a growing need for takeout food providers such as food trucks. Digital tools can help streamline accounting and sales management tasks so that food truck owners can focus on developing menus and creating stores that are uniquely their own. Various types of businesses have adopted our services. As of March 2023, the number of AirREGI accounts is at 735,000, and the number of AirPAY accounts has reached 394,000.
*1 Takeout meals: Meals eaten in the evening or night that were purchased outside of the home or delivered. Meals purchased outside the consumers’ prefecture of residence do not apply. Only the cost of two meals purchased after evening time per day apply (the two highest-priced meals are taken into account).
*2 “Eating Out & Takeout Trends in FY2021” Recruit Hot Pepper Gourmet Food Research Institute
AirREGI launched in November 2013 as a free and easy-to-use POS register application that anyone can use. It involves simply downloading the app on an iPad or iPhone. As of the end of March 2023, the number of users is about 735,000*3, making it the No. 1*4POS register application in terms of store usage numbers. The number of businesses using AirREGI continues growing across a wide range of sectors, including restaurants, retail, and service providers. Users range from high school students to store owners in their 80s.
AirREGI dramatically frees businesses from daily analog tasks by taking care of everything from accounting, inventory control, and customer management to sales analysis, all with a single app. Comments from users include, "It used to take us an hour to close the cash register, but now it only takes us 15 minutes," "Even our new part-timer was able to use it instantly," "Our sales per customer increased by 10%" and "We are now able to focus more on developing our menu."
Moreover, AirREGI is even more convenient when combined with AirPAY, a store payment service for stores that supports credit cards, electronic money, QR codes, and points.
Air BusinessTools, such as AirREGI, are designed to streamline tedious business tasks and reduce the time, effort, and costs associated with them. These tasks include accepting and processing reservations, accounting, handling payments, staffing, shift management, funding, and invoice processing. We will continue to support business owners in operating their businesses as they envision them and creating stores that are uniquely their own.
*3 In-house survey (as of end of March 2023)
*4 1) Survey body: Recruit Co., Ltd., 2) Survey conducted by: Intage Inc., 3) Survey period: Thursday, November 17 - Monday, November 21, 2022, 4) Target: MF18-69 who have installed or are currently using a POS register at a store or facility where they work, and are in the restaurant, retail, or service industry 5) Sample size: n=1,067
AirPAY is a store payment service for stores that supports credit cards, electronic money, QR codes, and points. It can handle 56 types of payment methods by using a single card reader and an iPad or iPhone. Recruit launched the service in October 2015, and as of March 2023, the number of affiliated stores exceeded 394,000*5. It was also ranked number one*6for user satisfaction among in-store payment services. The number of affiliated stores in Japan continues to grow across a broad range of industries: beauty, dining, retail, and services, as well as via comprehensive collaboration agreements with local governments.
By simply using AirPAY, stores can offer both domestic customers and international visitors desired payment methods, including major international credit cards, rechargeable prepaid IC travel cards, other e-money such as iD, QUICPay, and Apple Pay, as well as QR code payments via PayPay, Rakuten Pay, d Payment, and AliPay. They can also support shared point programs such as d POINT, Ponta, and Rakuten Point. Handling fees are among the cheapest in the industry. Deposits can be made from three to six times a month, and there are no monthly fixed fees or transfer fees. Feedback from stores that have introduced the service includes, “Operation is easy, so even new part-timers can use it,” “Payments by card have risen almost tenfold in one year,” and “Since we only need one card reader to use the service, it is much neater around the cash register.” Furthermore, if it is used together with the free, easy-to-use POS cash register app AirREGI, all that is required at the time of purchase is to tap to select the payment method, making the process even easier. There is no need to remember different procedures for each payment method, which reduces mistakes at the register caused by having to repeat procedures.
Air Business Tools, including AirPAY, reduces the time, effort, and costs associated with laborious business tasks, from accepting and processing reservations, accounting, and handling payments to staffing, shift management, fundraising, and invoice processing.
We will continue to support business owners in operating their businesses as they envision them and creating stores that are uniquely their own.
*5 In-house survey
*6 Survey commissioned by: Recruit Co., Ltd.; survey conducted by: Macromill, Inc.; product: mPOS.; target: MF18-69 who work at a store that uses a mPOS; sample size: 1,613; survey period January 18 - January 27, 2023; survey method: internet
About AirPAY QR
AirPAY QR is an optional AirPAY service that supports smartphone QR code payments. This includes Alipay, the largest mobile payment app in China, WeChat pay, as well as domestic services such as d Payment and PayPay. AirPAY QR makes the payment process more convenient, draws customers, and promotes sales. AirPay QR can be used independently.
About AEON Mall
AEON MALL Co., Ltd., the core company of the AEON Group, develops, manages, and operates large-scale shopping malls throughout Japan, China, and the ASEAN region. It has about 200 facilities. As a "Life Design Developer,” the company's guiding principle is to contribute to the improvement of people's lifestyles and the development of local communities. With a focus on localization, it creates malls that are unique to each area.
FULALI KYOBASHI(Japanese only)
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