The Safe Way to Pay: Consumers and Businesses Embrace PayPal’s QR Codes

Learn about how PayPal’s QR Codes can benefit your business and win over consumers in the COVID-19 era.

Amid the global pandemic that’s reinvented how we interact in-person, consumer demand for all things touch-free has surged – driving the rapid growth of QR codes. 

While the 20-year-old technology has long enjoyed strong adoption across China and throughout Southeast Asia, 2020 is the year the U.S. has fully embraced touch-free payments. 

Necessity often breeds innovation and PayPal has reimagined QR codes for the current climate, allowing businesses to accept payments from customers at a distance, keeping everyone involved in the transaction process safe, without sacrificing speedy service. 

Let’s take a look at what QR codes are and how they can quickly benefit your business and win over consumers in the COVID-19 era.

PayPal QR Codes

 

WHAT ARE QR CODES?

Prior to this year, Americans preferred paying with physical forms of money and weren’t looking for change. But, the recently released PYMNTS “How We Shop” report highlights that preference has shifted with 57% of respondents reporting they now choose merchants partly based on whether or not they offer digital payments options.¹ 

So, what exactly is a QR code? Short for “Quick Response code,” it’s a barcode featuring a pattern of squares arranged on a readable grid for mobile devices that was first invented in the 1990s by the Japanese auto industry.  

What do QR codes do? Unlike your traditional grocery store barcodes most of us are familiar with, QR codes can store up to 100 times more information. The information stored are generally URLs, but they can contain virtually anything; from contact data, to geolocation, and (of course) transaction information. 

Bottom line? QR codes are a quick (hence the word featured in its name) way to prompt people to a particular online destination.  

THE BENEFITS OF QR CODES FOR BUSINESSES

Touch-free payments – and QR codes specifically – have helped provide a sense of safety as it does not require someone to touch a keypad or pen that may have been used just minutes earlier. Back in May, PayPal unveiled PayPal QR Codes as a way to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic to stay open with an alternative method for accepting touch-free payments without the burden of employing complex hardware. 

And, there’s a wide array of additional benefits to introducing PayPal QR Codes into your business: 

  • QR codes allow you to continue serving customers without fundamentally changing your business model. 
  • QR codes can help expand your business, creating an easy way to offer delivery and pickup services. 
  • If your business is on-the-go and you don’t either have or typically use a storefront location (i.e. landscapers, handymen, dog walkers, etc…), the mobility of QR codes lets you operate your business anytime, anywhere. 
  • Generally, when upgrading ways customers can purchase goods and services from your business, a costly terminal or POS (Point of Sale) is required. With QR codes, all that’s needed is a smartphone (and the PayPal app) to scan or display a code. 
  • Nothing beats convenience, and QR codes are a fast and simple way to transfer payment information between you and your customers. Plus, they’re one-size-fits-all; so one code can help service all your transaction needs. 
  • In the coronavirus era, our health (and that of our loved ones) has become paramount. With QR codes, handling physical forms of payment is no longer necessary, giving both you and your customers peace-of-mind. 

 

TAKE YOUR BUSINESS INTO THE FUTURE WITH PAYPAL QR CODE

Currently available in the U.S. and 28 countries worldwide (including Canada, the U.K., France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Australia) PayPal is helping both merchants and consumers with the touch-free ability to do business as usual, safely. 

Plus, creating your own unique QR code is simple and only takes a few minutes. So, get started today with PayPal’s QR Codes and help propel your business into the future of the global consumer marketplace.

¹ PYMNTS “How We Shop Report” https://www.pymnts.com/study/the-how-we-shop-report-september-2020/   

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The Best Greek Food in NYC

Gyros, souvlaki, Greek salads, and everything in between, these Greek food trucks in NYC will be your new go-to’s for lunch, dinner, and even catering your next event.

There’s no need to pack your bags and leave home when you want a taste of traditional and authentic Greek food. Check out these food trucks that are serving the best Greek Food in NYC. 

New York City happens to be home to some of the world’s finest Greek food and it’s easy to get a taste of Athens without leaving the five boroughs. 

Whether it’s gyros or souvlaki, moussaka or pastitsio, if you’re in search of some truly excellent Hellenic fare that’s the envy of the Gods, check out these food trucks serving the best Greek food in NYC.

Best Greek Food in NYC

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF GREEK FOOD IN NYC

Between 1900 and 1920, approximately 350,000 Greeks immigrated to the United States and with their long and storied culture, they brought with them their truly distinctive and unique cuisine. Through that first generation of immigrants, many of whom were owners of traditional kaffenions (no-frills coffeehouses and social spaces where Greeks would congregate back home) a proud and strong Greek culinary culture remains over a century later from Astoria to Alphabet City and Chelsea to Coney Island.

 

A LITTLE TASTE OF MYKONOS AT SOUVLAKI GR

With its blue-and-white building and food truck, Souvlaki GR transports you away from the urban jungle of New York to the idyllic Cycladic island of Mykonos.  

Owned and operated by a first generation Greek family, led by Kostas Plagos, Souvlaki GR takes pride in its authenticity and fresh fare from recipes passed down over generations.  

Offering traditional Greek dishes like a warm pita souvlaki, stuffed with charcoal-grilled meat, tomato, onion, and feta cheese, and hand-cut Greek fries drizzled in homemade tzatziki sauce, Souvlaki GR pays homage to the flavors, smells, sounds, and ambiance of Mykonos. 

And with annual summer family trips back to Greece, Plagos knows that in order to keep his native culture alive right in the heart of Manhattan, it takes savoring Greek culture and reconnecting with his roots.

A HALF CENTURY OF GREEK TRADITIONS ON PARK AVE.

The story of Uncle Gussy’s began on New York’s Park Avenue and West 51st Street back in 1971, where Gussy himself introduced hungry New Yorkers to supersized platters of authentic Greek delights.

Fast-forward to 2020 and thousands of customers every day visit Uncle Gussy’s multiple food trucks, their online store, and order catering that’s fit to feed any crowd, no matter the size. 

If you’re out in the NYC area, from Wall Street to Long Island City and see a long line around the block, chances are that line leads straight to Uncle Gussy’s. 

Serving homemade classics like gyros, souvlakis, keftedes,and spanakopita and featuring their signature seasoning using the finest-quality ingredients imported directly from Greece, some vendors may take shortcuts when it comes to food, but Uncle Gussy’s believes in “quality, quantity, and excellent service.”

SOUVLAKI (AND MORE) FIT FOR A KING

One of NYFTA’s newest members, King Souvlaki began as a small family-business that instantly took New York by storm and today boasts four food trucks across Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. 

So, what’s the secret to their success? Authentic and homemade Greek street food made from the finest and freshest ingredients, delivered with customer service that makes you feel just like a part of the family. 

From their hand-skewered souvlaki and hand-stacked gyros, to hand-cut fries cooked in extra virgin olive oil, customers have been coming back for over 40 years to get a taste of King Souvlaki’s superior quality cuisine. 

When you’re looking for authentic, fresh, and delicious Mediterranean food, look no further than King Souvlaki’s mobile restaurants. Never frozen and always fresh, King Souvlaki does Greek the old-fashioned way and once you get a taste you’ll know why they reign supreme.

GET YOUR GREEK ON WITH THE BEST GREEK FOOD IN NYC

New York is home to some of the most eclectic range of food anywhere in the world. But, when you’re in the mood to sample the delicacies of the Mediterranean, you don’t have to plan a pricey vacation and leave home. Just step outside your door! 

Gyros, souvlaki, Greek salads, and everything in between, these Greek food trucks in NYC will be your new go-to’s for lunch, dinner, a late-night snack, and even catering your next event.

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Food Trucks Feeding Hungry Voters in NY on Election Day

Throughout NY and the U.S. food trucks are helping Americans celebrate their civic engagement and our nation’s democratic process.  

As millions around the country take to the polls on Election Day, food trucks are cruising around New York today, serving up good eats and keeping voters fed. From celebrity chefs and brand name businesses, to homegrown local campaigns, let’s take a look at how New Yorkers are exercising their right to vote, but not on an empty stomach.

Pizza to the Polls Food Truck

 

UBEREATS AND PIZZA TO THE POLLS

This Election Day, UberEats is ensuring voters don’t have to vote hungry while waiting in line at the polls. In partnership with nonprofit Pizza to the Polls, the food delivery platform is deploying 180 food trucks across 25 cities in the U.S., including New York City, serving free meals and snacks from Nashville hot chicken to donuts and burgers to American voters. 

Started the weekend before the 2016 election, Pizza to the Polls has mobilized on each Election Day ever since. In 2018, the organization was able to send over 10,000 free pizzas to 600 polling locations across 41 states, raising more than $426,000 from nearly 11,000 donors. And, continuing its Election Day tradition, Uber will be offering 50 percent off roundtrip rides to and from polling locations.

 

CHEFS FOR THE POLLS 

For more culinary minded voters, critically acclaimed chef José Andrés announced in September his global nonprofit World Central Kitchen was launching a nationwide initiative to feed not just voters, but poll workers as well. Currently serving New York and over 50 other cities throughout the U.S., Chefs for the Polls teamed up with both food trucks and restaurants to feed voters throughout early voting and on Election Day. 

Stationed at various polling locations with large turnouts and/or limited resources, Chefs to the Polls is on a mission to support both local communities and small businesses struggling in the midst of the pandemic, while helping to ensure voters, of all political stripes, make their voices heard.

FEED THE POLLS

Feed the Polls is a grassroots partnership between nonprofit The Migrant Kitchen, Zagat, and New York-based restaurant guide The Infatuation to help sustain voters in New York and across the country with help from local food trucks (including NYFTA member, Chip NYC) and caterers. With plans to distribute at least 50,000 free meals and snacks on Election Day to 54 food insecure areas in the U.S., Feed the Polls has raised over $300,000 and is backed by celebrities like Lady Gaga. 

HUNGRY FOR DEMOCRACY: FOOD TRUCKS KEEP NEW YORKERS FED ON ELECTION DAY

In this year’s elections, Americans have turned out in record numbers to cast their ballot. But, even though that high turnout means long lines – it doesn’t have to mean empty stomachs. Throughout New York and the U.S. food trucks are doing their part to help Americans celebrate their civic engagement and our nation’s democratic process.  

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