Who doesn't love a good burger? Apparently, our love of the hamburger has grown so much that there are several specialty burger joints springing up all over the place. In the States we have Five Brothers, Carl's Jr, Smash Burger, Red Robin, Burgatory and more...and it looks like Canada has their own fair share of Carl's Jr. shops too. Right now there are only 16 locations across Canada - not exactly your McDonald's or Burger King numbers - but the American based fast food chain is hoping that their new app will help keep them connected with their customers and keep them coming back for more.
Carl's Jr. has teamed up with Vancouver-based PayWith to become the first specialty burger shop to offer mobile payments, gifting and rewards programs within the App itself. The app is available for iOS and Android - specifically the Google Play Store for Android users. They expect to spread the app across all of Canada over the next few months, but for now it is usable in only four locations - Waterloo, Guelph, and at two stores in Toronto. Looking ahead, the app will eventually be "integrated into Apple Pay and Android Pay" and will allow customers to tap their phone to purchase items and earn rewards.
Setting up the app for mobile payments follows the usual guidelines of setting up your contact details and then adding your credit or debit card information. To make an actual purchase, just take your smartphone to the payment terminal. Carl's Jr. also claims that anybody that downloads the app will receive an initial $10 credit to use at their establishment. Based on your purchase amounts you can earn and accumulate rewards. You can also purchase and send a gift card to a friend to use at their convenience.
Through the app you can make payments, look up your rewards, update your profile, manage your payment settings and even get a history of your past purchases. You can also access customer support, go directly to Carl's Jr. Canadian website, contact them, and also view the many community programs that Carl's Jr. is associated with. Through Google Maps you can see where the closest Carl's Jr.'s is located and even call them directly from within the app.