Leading information technology solutions provider MICROS Systems, Inc have today announced that they have joined the Pennies movement. The hospitality and retail industries specialist are including Pennies, the electronic charity box, in future releases of their Retail-J POS software, which will enable many more organisations to offer the micro-donation option to their customers.

Pennies gives consumers the opportunity to give a few pence to charity when they pay for goods and services by card. MICROS plans to make the Pennies capability available to customers of their Retail-J suite of applications via a standard release of the software. In the interim, they will also work with selected retailers prior to the full release being available.

In the future MICROS hopes to extend this support to a wider range of their solutions across the retail and hospitality sectors.

Frank Ward, CEO, MICROS Systems UK Ltd said: “We are excited by the potential for Pennies to transform charity donations and to help our clients to raise significant sums for charities.”

Alison Hutchinson, CEO, Pennies said: “We are delighted that large payment specialists such as MICROS are responding to their client demand for Pennies as they play such a vital role in helping accelerate the movement. We look forward to MICROS retail clients using Pennies to raise much needed funds for their chosen charities.”

Pennies has been steadily growing for two years as more and more organisations join in, resulting in customers pressing the ‘donate’ button over 4.5 million times and raising more than £1 million for charity. As momentum builds, a breadth of supporters across business and entertainment have been getting behind the movement, including Prince Harry, Cheryl Cole, Ian Cheshire and Sir Stuart Rose.

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