Dubai, June 14, 2021
Al Shirawi Group enters the payment automation market with the announcement of the Paypod™, a pioneering new automated cash payment station for retailers.
Al Shirawi Vending Solutions, a member of the Al Shirawi Group of Companies, announced a strategic partnership with Crane Payment Innovations (CPI), a global leader in world-class automated payment solutions. Al Shirawi Vending Solutions is the authorised distributor of CPI’s range of products and services including PaypodTM pay stations, CPI’s all-new solutions for the retail market that automates cash payment at the point of sale.
Paypod solutions consolidate three highly-engineered technologies into a single unit that easily connects to any Windows® point-of-sale system to deliver simple, seamless payment automation. Every Paypod unit contains a CPI note recycler, coin recycler, and POSlinqTM interface software. Paypod note & coin recyclers bring multiple benefits, such as eliminating the need for daily cash reconciliation, streamlining retail operations, reducing shrink, removing hygiene concerns, and helping customers maximise their investment with a solution designed to evolve with the market.
Commenting on the announcement, Jan-Hinrik Bauwe, President, CPI said, “We are delighted to partner with Al Shirawi Vending Solutions to distribute our state-of-the-art payment solutions in the Middle East. With the strength of Al Shirawi’s regional presence, we are looking forward to achieving great success with our innovative payment solutions in the Middle East through this exciting strategic partnership, starting with the roll out of PaypodTM pay stations.”
Mark Youssef, President, Crane Co. Middle East and Africa – FZE, concurred “As part of the Al Shirawi Group of Companies, with whom we have been associated since 2014, and who are known for their world-class operations and attention to service excellence and customer satisfaction, Al Shirawi Vending Solutions is well placed to represent us and we look forward to a highly successful roll out of PaypodTM pay stations and our other innovative products through this exciting new strategic relationship.”
Navin Valrani, Vice Chairman and Group Managing Director of the Al Shirawi Group, said, “As a Group we are constantly evolving our processes and making them more sustainable to lead the way in the digital transformation era. Given our longstanding association with Crane Co., this agreement is one such step, to become established as regional experts in cash automation.”
Pramodh Idicheria, Chief Operating Officer, Al Shirawi Group’s Engineering & Healthcare Services, added, “At Al Shirawi Group, we pride ourselves on our affiliations with the best international partners, bringing the most cutting edge technologies to the Arab world. As a full-fledged payment solutions provider, Al Shirawi Vending Solutions couldn’t hope for a better partner than CPI, the leading global provider of first-class payment solutions, and we are excited to work together in bringing cash automation to the region.”
Headquartered in Dubai and serving the Middle East region, Al Shirawi Vending Solutions is a premium payment products and solutions provider for a variety of payment scenarios, from vending, parking, cash automation, self-service and financial services. CPI is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, with additional offices, manufacturing facilities, distribution and service centres located across the world. The company holds one of the world’s largest installed bases of unattended payment systems. It also provides a full range of unattended payment solutions for gaming, retail, transportation, vending, banking and self-service kiosk applications.