ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Currency Exchange International, Corp. (CXI) (TSX:CXI) (OTCBB:CURN), a full service foreign exchange technology and services provider, has partnered with Cyclebit, a Cryptocurrency Payment Gateway, and CEX.IO, a regulated cryptocurrency exchange, to offer the first concierge service experience for buying cryptocurrencies. Customers can purchase Bitcoin and Ethereum in less than 10 minutes at select CXI branch locations starting February 17, 2021.
Purchasing Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency can be intimidating because the concept of Bitcoin is complex and vastly different from traditional fiat currencies and physical assets like gold – both of which you can see and touch. Others are hesitant to provide the regulatory required “Know Your Customer” (KYC) information to new or unregulated entities for their first purchase.
The number of Americans who own cryptocurrencies almost doubled in 2019, from 7.95% in 2018 to 14.4%, and continues to grow as the price of Bitcoin surges. Currently, the most popular way to purchase crypto is online through cryptocurrency exchanges or offline through crypto ATM’s. The goal of this new offering by CXI is to expand access to this emerging asset class by providing a safe, transparent and trusted process to buying cryptocurrencies – in person.
CXI customers will be able to purchase directly from tellers at brick-and-mortar locations across the United States. CXI is set to accept cash, debit cards, and credit cards for customers buying Bitcoin and Ethereum. In addition, the first 1,000 customers will receive a free NFC enabled hardware wallet to store and manage their crypto. The initial in-branch pilot program launches at 12 CXI locations across the United States. “Adding digital currencies Bitcoin and Ethereum to our long list of currencies that we offer was a natural evolution. We are excited to be working with Cyclebit and CEX.IO to be able to offer this new asset class to our US customers,” says Randolph Pinna, CEO of Currency Exchange International.
“A concierge service by a trusted brand like CXI for purchasing cryptocurrencies is the type of initiative that will push the adoption and acceptance of cryptocurrencies,” echoed Sameer Pirani, CEO of Cyclebit.
“CEX.IO is a worldwide leader in digital asset trading, and we are excited to partner with strong, regulated companies like CXI and innovative technology providers such as Cyclebit to bring physical crypto purchases to the retail public, thereby engaging a whole new population in the growing worldwide financial paradigm of digital assets,” said Alexander Kravets, CEO of CEX.IO US.
12 CXI branches will be part of the initial launch in February:
- Sawgrass Mills Mall – 12801 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida 33323
- Dolphin Mall – 11401 Northwest 12th Street, Miami, Florida 33172
- Aventura Mall – 19501 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, Florida 33180
- The Florida Mall – 8001 South Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida 32809
- Copley Place – 100 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
- Arundel Mills – 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, Maryland 21076
- MacArthur Center – 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
- Ontario Mills – 1 Mills Circle, Ontario, California 91764
- MainPlace Mall – 2800 North Main Street, Santa Ana, California 92705
- Great Mall – 447 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas, California 95035
- Cherry Creek Shopping Center – 3000 East 1st Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80206
- Westfield Southcenter – 2800 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, Washington 98188
More information on the new offering can be found at https://www.ceifx.com/international-travelers/bitcoin-and-ether-cryptocurrencies.
About Currency Exchange International, Corp.
The Company is in the business of providing a range of foreign exchange technology and processing services in North America. Primary products and services include the exchange of foreign currencies, wire transfer payments, Global EFTs, purchase and sale of foreign bank drafts and international travelers’ cheques, and foreign cheque clearing. Related services include the licensing of proprietary FX software applications delivered on its web-based interface, www.ceifx.com (“CEIFX”), and licensing retail foreign currency operations to select companies in agreed locations.
The Company’s wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, Exchange Bank of Canada, based in Toronto, Canada, provides foreign exchange and international payment services in Canada through the use of its proprietary software – www.ebcfx.com.
Cyclebit empowers retailers to take advantage of new payment offerings, devices, and user knowledge in order to provide a superior, more engaging payments experience. We provide simple, affordable and robust tools for retailers to accept digital currencies, credit/debit and cash transactions for in-store, online and on-the-go purchases.
A digital asset platform in existence since 2013, CEX.IO is registered as Money Services Business (MSB) with the US Department of the Treasury, and possesses more than 30 Money Transmission Licenses, operating in most US states. A worldwide team of over 250 individuals, the CEX.IO group of companies is licensed in many jurisdictions worldwide and provides a rich variety of trading tools and fiat gateways in multiple currencies for crypto assets as well as bespoke institutional services in over 220 countries and territories.
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