Perka – no more punch cards

Not too long ago, I came across a new app for the iPhone and for Android devices that would bring small businesses and consumers a little closer. If you’ve ever carried a loyalty card in your wallet, keep on reading. Perka plans to eliminate the need for stuffing your wallet with easily-lost punch cards by replacing that system with a simple app. Merchants can give virtual stamps to customers for purchases, and loyal customers are rewarded for collecting enough stamps. It’s a neat concept that’s a win-win for consumers and small business owners. Loyal customers won’t go unrecognized (free items are always a plus), and local businesses can attract repeat-customers who are influenced by game mechanics. This Portland-based start-up has been quite slow to roll out, but are adding partners based on suggestions every day. Their first NYC partner was Dora Cafe, owned by a friend of mine. I’ve already downloaded the app, which is free and am hoping to eventually toss out all of these cards…


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