Perk Labs Inc. (OTCQB: PKLBF) (CSE: PERK) (FKT: PKLB) (“Perk” or “the Company”), the parent company of Perk Hero, the mobile commerce platform with perks on curated specialty products and digital gift cards, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with BitPay, the world’s largest provider of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency payment service, to accept cryptocurrency as a form of payment. BitPay is used by brands such as Twitch, AT&T and Dish Networks. As a result of this partnership, Perk Hero will accept a number of cryptocurrency payments including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Dogecoin to cater to the growing demand.
“This relationship provides our customers with a convenient option to pay with their preferred digital currency,” says Perk Labs CEO Jonathan Hoyles. “On top of being able to offer a payment method that is less expensive and more secure than credit cards, it also opens up an opportunity to market Perk to the cryptocurrency community. In the past year there has been a surge in cryptocurrency usage and we expect to see cryptocurrency increasingly used for payments, especially as the speed and convenience of paying with cryptocurrency continues to improve.”
The integration with BitPay compliments Perk Hero’s digital loyalty currency, Perk Coin. Whenever customers make a purchase using Perk Hero, regardless of the payment method, customers receive instant digital rewards in the form of Perk Coin that can be used for purchasing digital gift cards and goods and services. In addition to cryptocurrency, Perk Hero also accepts all major credit cards, Alipay and EFT/ACH as payment options.
“BitPay makes accepting crypto a quick and easy process for Perk so they can realize the benefits to receiving payments faster, more secure, and less expensive while expanding on a global scale,” said Stephen Pair, CEO of BitPay. “We see the future of payments on the blockchain and work with customers like Perk to transform how people send, receive, and store money.”
Providing customers with the option to pay with cryptocurrency is an important step in the Company’s plan to further adopt and use blockchain technology for its digital loyalty rewards. The Company previously conducted research and published a whitepaper on blockchain-based digital loyalty rewards and filed a provisional patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office directed at methods, systems and techniques for cryptographic token transfers.
Perk’s patent application has been made for a foundational technology that lowers costs and improves speed and efficiency of cryptocurrency transactions, even where the value of the transaction may be relatively small, as well as facilitates converting between cryptocurrencies whose transactions are recorded on different blockchains. It also facilitates storing information of different sensitivity levels on differently permissioned blockchains, which is useful for maintaining privacy.
Founded in 2011, BitPay pioneered blockchain payment processing with the mission of transforming how businesses and people send, receive, and store money. Its business solutions eliminate fraud chargebacks, reduce the cost of payment processing, and enable borderless payments in cryptocurrency, among other services.
BitPay offers consumers a complete digital asset management solution that includes the BitPay Wallet and BitPay Prepaid Card, enabling them to turn digital assets into dollars for spending at tens of thousands of businesses. The company has offices in North America, Europe, and South America and has raised more than $70 million in funding from leading investment firms including Founders Fund, Index Ventures, Virgin Group, and Aquiline Technology Growth. For more information visit www.bitpay.com.
About Perk Labs Inc.
Perk Labs Inc. (CSE: PERK) (OTCQB: PKLBF) (FKT: PKLB) is the owner of Perk Hero, the mobile commerce platform on a mission to make shopping experiences more engaging, convenient, and rewarding. Perk has partnered with vetted specialized brands across North America to bring its customers products that are eco-friendly, natural, organic, and ethically sourced. Consumers can also buy digital gift cards from top merchants that include gaming and electronics, apparel, dining, and more. The Perk Hero platform, currently available in Canada and the U.S., was engineered for reliability and scale using enterprise-level technology fit for businesses of all sizes. The platform also features Shopify integration, contactless payments using Apple Pay, Google Pay, BitPay and Alipay, as well as its own digital currency called Perk Coin, a gamified loyalty program, e-commerce dropshipping capabilities, pre-order and pick up, and in-store payments with a QR code.