Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co. will team up with MasterCard to take part in a roll-out of “contactless” technology on vending machines that will allow consumers to pay for drinks with credit cards.
The company is the third major US bottling company to convert to cashless and contactless vending in recent months.
The machines will be deployed first in Oklahoma City and Tulsa in multiple market environments, including colleges and universities, healthcare, hospitality, and businesses and industry workplaces. The machines will accept all major credit cards and cash.
Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company distributes Coke products throughout central and northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. It also operates a vending machine service under the name Snappy Snack Vending that supplies coffee, food, soft drinks, and snacks.
Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling was founded by the family of CEO Robert Browne in 1922. The company employs 1,200 and had 2005 revenue of $252.6 million.