February 1, 2020
Glory Global Solutions (International) Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GLORY Ltd. [TYO:6457], has announced plans for a significant investment in Acrelec Group SAS, a leader in responsive self-service solutions for the Quick Service Restaurant and retail industries.
Headquartered in Saint-Thibault-des-Vignes, France with operations in a further 14 countries, Acrelec focusses on developing people-centred experiences through self-service kiosks, digital signage as well as mobile ordering and collection solutions. In addition to the front of store solutions, the company offers “whole process automation” solutions including Internet of Things data analytics, IVR, visual assessment, external data integration, and the application of AI-generated rules to drive kitchen and process optimization for Quick Service Restaurants.
With over 40,000 installations across more than 70 countries, Acrelec counts many of the world’s best-known restaurants and retail brands among its customers. Speaking about the investment, Akihiro Harada, Chief Executive Officer at Glory Global Solutions said, “We have been working with the Acrelec team for a number of years and we recognised that there was a strong fit in our cultures and ambitions as well as complementary solutions that we bring to market. We see an increasing trend where consumers want to take more control over their in-store shopping and dining experiences. Acrelec offers consumers this control, through personally and contextually responsive self-service solutions. Our investment in Acrelec will help accelerate their pace of innovation to capitalize on this trend. We will also work together to ensure continued choice in customer payment, including the integration of Glory’s cash automation solutions to extend the range of payment options for consumers using Acrelec self-order and pay kiosks.”
Motozumi Miwa, President of GLORY Ltd, said: “Our investment in Acrelec is another step in the execution of GLORY’s Long-Term Vision 2028. Acrelec’s success in self-service kiosks, click and collect solutions, and drive-through service optimization, together with their expertise in IoT and artificial intelligence, are directly aligned with Glory’s diversification and growth strategy.”
Jacques Mangeot, Co-CEO of Acrelec commented, “Today’s investment by Glory will power the next exciting step for our company and represents a great opportunity for our customers and for our team. After many years of continuous effort to answer the in-store digital needs, we are ready to drive forward the deployment of our innovative next generation ‘’smart-store’’ solutions. Our stylish, high-quality hardware will benefit from a complete suite of innovative AI software that increases revenues and leverages speed of service.”
Co-CEO Jalel Souissi adds “This investment is a strong endorsement of our business direction. We know that partnering with the highly respected Glory Group will be reassuring for our extraordinary, world-leading customers, who can be certain Acrelec will continue to serve them with passion, devotion, and continuous innovation. Glory’s approach to the investment is also a fantastic opportunity for our team members, who will be enriched by new experiences and projects while they continue to live the Acrelec values of agility, customer proximity and innovation that have made us successful.”
Glory’s investment in Acrelec is subject to review by Acrelec’s employee representatives, and applicable competition authorities.
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Acrelec is a global technology company focused on reinventing the customer experience for restaurant and retail brands. Leveraging decades of software, hardware and service expertise, we develop and integrate new platforms that increase customer engagement, optimize efficiency and improve operations.
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