MasterCard Worldwide and USA Technologies have announced that Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages will equip vending machines in several US markets with the e-Port cashless transaction solution to begin accepting all major credit cards, including those enabled with MasterCard PayPass.

Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages (CSAB), which owns brands such as Dr Pepper, 7UP, Snapple and Mott’s, is working with MasterCard and USA Technologies to enable as many as 1,000 Dr Pepper and Snapple vending machines in Dallas, New York and Chicago to accept credit card payments.

To use the e-Port cashless payment technology, consumers tap their MasterCard PayPass-enabled credit card or device on the e-Port terminal. Within seconds, the terminal will flash a light and produce a tone signaling the transaction is complete. As with all MasterCard PayPass transactions under $25, no signature will be required. The terminals will also accept traditional magnetic-stripe credit cards.

The CSAB installations are the first of a total 5,000 self service point-of-sale terminals and vending machines MasterCard and USA Technologies are deploying in 12 cities across the US. The 5,000 machines will be installed over the next few weeks, and represent the largest rollout of contactless technology in the vending and POS markets.

Convenience is a driving factor in consumer purchasing decisions and credit cards are becoming a preferred method of payment for purchases at all price levels, even those under $5, commented Mark Jackson, vice president of cold drink equipment & equity for CSAB. The e-Port cashless transaction solution makes purchasing our popular soft drinks, teas and juices from our vending machines easier and more convenient than ever.