ValetPress U.S. Merchant Terms and Conditions
BY ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT, BY (1) CLICKING A BOX INDICATING ACCEPTANCE OR (2) EXECUTING AN ORDER FORM THAT REFERENCES THESE TERMS, MERCHANT AGREES TO THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT.
IF THE INDIVIDUAL ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT IS ACCEPTING ON BEHALF OF A COMPANY OR OTHER LEGAL ENTITY, SUCH INDIVIDUAL REPRESENTS THAT THEY HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO BIND SUCH ENTITY AND ITS AFFILIATES TO THESE TERMS, IN WHICH CASE THE TERM “MERCHANT” SHALL REFER TO SUCH ENTITY AND ITS AFFILIATES. IF THE INDIVIDUAL ACCEPTING THIS AGREEMENT DOES NOT HAVE SUCH AUTHORITY, OR DOES NOT AGREE WITH THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, SUCH INDIVIDUAL MUST NOT ACCEPT THIS AGREEMENT AND MAY NOT USE THE SERVICES.
SECTION 17 OF THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS PROVISIONS THAT GOVERN HOW CLAIMS THAT THE PARTIES HAVE AGAINST EACH OTHER ARE RESOLVED. INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION A MANDATORY ARBITRATION PROVISION.
Last updated: December 15, 2019
These ValetPress US Merchant Terms and Conditions (“Terms“) are expressly incorporated into and made a part of the ValetPress Form (“Order Form”) (the Order Form and these Terms, collectively, “Agreement”) between you (“you” or “Merchant”) and ValetPress, LLC (“ValetPress” or “Company”). This Agreement shall govern the provision of ValetPressMerchant services (as defined below) in the United States and its territories.
2.1 Items and Services.
ValetPress and its affiliates make available certain proprietary technology services that facilitate the marketing, sale and fulfillment of orders for Dry Cleaning, Wash and fold (“Items“) from Merchant to Customers (as defined below), including on-demand lead generation, payment processing, marketing, advertising and promotional services, proprietary information services, onboarding, operational and other support services (“ValetPress Services”).
2.2 Merchant Technology.
In connection with the ValetPress Services, ValetPRess and its affiliates may also make available to Merchant a website, mobile application or other technology interface for Merchant to access and use the ValetPress Services (collectively, the “ValetPressMerchant“), which may include ValetPress and its affiliates’ proprietary technology platform referred to as ValetPress Merchant Portal, through which insights and analytics regarding Merchant’s performance and history using the ValetPress Services are provided, and ValetPress and its affiliates’ proprietary technology platform referred to as Merchant Portal, through which Merchant may, among other things, receive, accept and fulfill requests for Items from Customers.
2.3 ValetPress App.
ValetPress and its affiliates may also make available to Customers its proprietary technology that enables Customers to purchase Items from Merchant and request delivery services for said Items from Delivery Partners (as defined below), who retrieve such Items from Merchant and deliver such Items to such Customers (“ValetPress App”). Delivery Partners may be independent contractors, and as such, they reserve the right to refuse to accept any Item in their sole discretion.
3. Valet Press OBLIGATIONS.
3.1 ValetPress Services.
Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, ValetPress and its affiliates will make available the applicable ValetPress Services to Merchant, solely for use by Merchant at locations that are owned and operated by Merchant (each, a “Location“), as set forth in an Order Form or otherwise agreed to by the parties in writing. In connection with the provision of ValetPress Services to Merchant, ValetPress and its affiliates, on behalf of Merchant, may respond to complaints by Merchant’s customers (“Customers”) about Items sold by Merchant via the Valet Press App or website. In addition, ValetPress may make available certain ValetPress Tools to Merchant, and Merchant may access and use those ValetPress Tools solely in connection with Merchant’s use of the Eats Services. For the avoidance of doubt, as between Merchant and ValetPress, ValetPress will retain sole and absolute control over the ValetPress App (and all elements of the user experience and user interface relating to the ValetPress App), including with respect to: (i) the personalization of the ValetPress App for Customers; (ii) the prioritization and display of options available to Customers; (iii) the search functionality and results provided to Customers; (iv) the order fees charged to Customers for the delivery services provided by Delivery Partners; and (v) adding, removing or otherwise modifying any feature or functionality made available through the ValetPress App to optimize reliability or efficiency on the ValetPress App.
3.2 Technology, Not Delivery, Services.
For the sake of clarity, neither ValetPress nor its affiliates provide any delivery services. Rather, ValePress provides technology services that both (i) enable Merchant to connect with Customers who may purchase Items from Merchant and (ii) enable Delivery Partners to seek, receive and fulfill on-demand requests for delivery services by or on behalf of Customers seeking delivery services. Delivery Partners perform their delivery services for (and are paid by) the Customers, and not Merchant. “Delivery Partner” is defined as an independent contractor that intends to seek, receive and fulfill on-demand requests for delivery services using ValetPress proprietary technology under license from ValetPress or its affiliates.
4. MERCHANT OBLIGATIONS.
4.1 Availability of Items.
Merchant will make Items available for purchase through the ValetPress App during its normal business hours. Merchant will prepare, handle and store all Items in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Merchant will determine any quality, portion, type, pricing or other criteria that apply to Items (“Criteria”) and Merchant is responsible for ensuring that all Items meet the applicable Criteria. If Merchant fails to prepare Items in accordance with said Criteria (each, a “Substandard Item”), ValetPress may, in its sole discretion, remove such Item from the ValetPress App. Merchant represents and warrants that all information for Items that is made available through the ValetPress App is, and at all times will remain, accurate. In addition, Merchant will ensure that the contents of its menu (including any notifications about ingredients, allergen information, etc.) are accurate and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
4.2 Item Responsibility.
Merchant acknowledges and agrees that neither ValetPress nor the Delivery Partner takes title to any Item at any time. Notwithstanding, Merchant shall be responsible for any reimbursement costs related to Customer refunds for Substandard Items or other related issues within Merchant’s control (including any costs associated with retrieving any such Substandard Items or otherwise unsatisfactory Item(s), if applicable)), including by way of example, missing or incomplete Items, Items not laundered thoroughly, and Items not prepared in accordance with Merchant’s internal standards. ValetPress may, in its sole discretion, deduct reimbursement costs from the payment ValePress remits to Merchant in accordance with this Section 4. To the extent required by applicable law, and only for the purpose of the expedited provision of Items, Items are sold to Customers under Merchant’s retail license privileges.
If ValetPress supplies a tablet or other mobile device (“Device“) to Merchant to use in connection with the availability of Items via the ValetPress App, Merchant agrees that: (i) Device(s) may only be used for the purpose of accepting orders via the Eats App, and (ii) Device(s) may not be transferred, loaned, sold or otherwise provided in any manner to any third party. Devices(s) will at all times remain the property of ValetPress and/or its affiliates, and upon expiration or termination of the Agreement, or the extended absence of all of Merchant’s location(s) from the ValetPress App for longer than forty-five (45) days, Merchant will return all applicable Device(s) to ValetPress within ten (10) days. If Merchant receives a wireless data plan for the Device, ValetPress may require a weekly reimbursement Merchant for the costs associated with the wireless data plan of each applicable Device. Merchant agrees that the loss or theft of a Device, the failure to timely return a Device, or any damage to a Device outside of normal wear and tear, may result in a fee (“Damage Fee”). Merchant agrees that ValetPress may deduct the reimbursement or Damage Fee from the Item Revenue prior to remittance of such Item Revenue to Merchant.
In connection with the access to and use of the ValetPress Services and ValetPress Tools, Merchant will not (and will not allow any third party to): (i) reverse engineer or attempt to discover any source code or underlying ideas or algorithms used to provide the ValetPressMerchant Services (except to the extent applicable law prohibits reverse engineering restrictions); (ii) provide, lease, lend, disclose, or otherwise use or allow others to use, in each case, for the direct benefit of any third party, the ValetPress Tools or ValetPress Services (except as otherwise authorized by ValetPress); or (iii) possess or use, or allow the transfer, transmission, export, or re-export of any software or portion thereof in violation of any export control laws or regulations administered by the U.S. Commerce Department, U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or any other government agency. Merchant will not (and will not allow any third party to) use the ValetPressMerchant Services or any other transactional, operational, performance or other data or information that is related to the sale of Items to Customers through the ValetPress App to directly or indirectly compete with ValetPress or its affiliates or the ValetPressMerchant Services.
5. FEES AND TAXES.
5.1 Fees; Calculation.
For each Item sold by Merchant via the ValetPress App, Merchant will pay ValetPress as follows: the Retail Price (as defined below) of all Items that Merchant sells via the ValetPress App (excluding any Sales Tax collected on Merchant’s behalf) multiplied by the applicable fee percentage for the Sales Channel used to sell each such Item (“Fee“). The Fee does not include any applicable taxes or other fees. ValetPress will remit to Merchant the total Retail Price collected for all Items Merchant sells via the ValetPress App (including any Sales Tax and other fees collected on its behalf) less: (a) the applicable retained Fee; and (b) any refunds given to Customers (such final remitted amount being “Item Revenue”). All Item Revenue that is duly owed to Merchant will be remitted within fourteen (14) business days of the sale of the Item. Subject to the foregoing, ValetPress will typically make such payment on a weekly basis.
All Fees under this Agreement will be paid in U.S. Dollars. ValetPress or its affiliates will deduct the Fee from the payment ValetPress collects on Merchant’s behalf, as detailed in Section 5.3 below. ValetPress reserves the right to suspend Merchant’s ability to make Items available for purchase by Customers through the ValetPress App if Merchant’s account is in arrears. If you are paid for an Item, you are responsible for the Fee even if a Delivery Partner is unable to complete the delivery of such Item. Except as may be expressly agreed in this Agreement, each party will be responsible for its expenses and costs during its performance under this Agreement.
5.2 Retail Prices; Taxes; Other Fees; Pricing.
Merchant is responsible for determining and setting the retail price for each Item to be made available for sale via the ValetPress App (“Retail Price“). Merchant is the “retailer” or “seller” of all Items and is solely responsible for the collection and remittance of all applicable Sales Taxes and other fees. The term “Sales Tax” includes any sales, sellers use, transaction privilege, privilege, general excise, gross receipts, Item taxes and similar transaction taxes. For the sake of clarity, the Retail Price for each Item excludes Sales Tax or any other fees. Merchant is solely responsible for determining all applicable Sales Tax and other fees and identifying and informing ValetPress of the appropriate Sales Tax and other fee amount for Portier to charge Customers on Merchant’s behalf for Items available on the Eats App. To the extent that applicable Sales Tax and other fees are not determined by Merchant, Merchant expressly authorizes ValetPress to make such determination on its behalf and Merchant hereby acknowledges and agrees that ValetPress will have no liability for the accuracy of any such determination. Further, Merchant expressly authorizes ValetPress, at Merchant’s direction, to collect such Sales Taxes and other fees on Merchant’s behalf. “Marketplace Facilitator” laws may require ValetPress to collect and remit Sales Taxes directly to the taxing authority. In jurisdictions with Marketplace Facilitator laws in effect (each a “Marketplace Facilitator Jurisdiction” beginning the effective date of such legislation), ValetPress may determine, as of a date specified by ValetPress, the amount of applicable Sales Tax which ValetPress will collect and remit to the taxing authority based on Item descriptions provided by Merchant.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Section 5, Merchant may not make any Item available to Customers through the ValetPress App at a price that is higher than the price that Merchant charges in-store for similar Items. Merchant agrees that you will not make an Item available under this Agreement at a price higher than the amount Merchant is charging for similar Items through any comparable platform for delivery services.
5.3 Appointment of Limited Payment Collection Agent.
ValetPress may provide Merchant aggregate information regarding the number of Items picked up by Delivery Partners and sold by Merchant to Customers pursuant to an Order Form. ValetPress will also provide reasonable information regarding any refunds given to Customers, including the date of the transaction, the Item ordered, the reason for the refund and any other information ValetPress is permitted to provide under applicable privacy laws and terms with Customers. To the extent applicable, Merchant agrees that ValetPress may share Merchant’s transactional data regarding orders place, including sales data, with Merchant’s parent company.
7. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY; MARKETING AND PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES.
Subject to this Agreement, each party hereby grants to the other party (and, in the case of ValetPress, to its affiliates) a limited, non-exclusive and non-transferable license during the Term to use such party’s respective Marks in the territory, on a royalty-free basis, in connection with the activities related to this Agreement or any other activities relating to the ValetPressMerchant Services. For purposes of this Agreement, the term “Marks” will mean the trademarks, service marks, trade names, copyrights, logos, slogans, content, media, materials, identifying symbols and indicia of the applicable party. All uses of a party’s Marks by the other party will be in the form and format specified or approved by the owner of such marks. Other than as specifically set forth in this Agreement, neither party will use the other party’s Marks without the prior, express, written consent of the other party (by email is sufficient). For the avoidance of doubt, however, any use or display of Merchant’s Marks by ValetPress or its affiliates in connection with making Items available through the ValetPress App in the ordinary course of business will not require any such prior, express, written consent. Merchant further agrees that any use or display of ValetPress’ Marks will conform to the current version of ValetPress Brand Guidelines. All goodwill related to the use of a party’s Marks by the other party will inure to the benefit of the owner of such Marks. Except as expressly set forth herein, neither party will be deemed to grant the other party any license or rights under any intellectual property or other proprietary rights. All rights not granted are expressly reserved. Without limiting anything in the Agreement, Merchant represents and warrants that Merchant’s Marks do not infringe, misappropriate, or otherwise violate any third party’s intellectual property or other proprietary rights. Merchant agrees that ValetPress or its affiliates may remove Merchant’s Marks from the ValetPress App if ValetPress or its affiliates receive notice or otherwise reasonably believe that such Merchant’s Marks may infringe, misappropriate, or otherwise violate any intellectual property or other proprietary rights.
7.2 No Development.
EACH PARTY ACKNOWLEDGES AND AGREES THAT THERE SHALL BE NO DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY, CONTENT, MEDIA OR OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY BY EITHER PARTY FOR THE OTHER PARTY PURSUANT TO THIS AGREEMENT. Any development activities relating to any technology, content, media or other intellectual property must be the subject of a separate written agreement between ValetPress and Company prior to the commencement of any such activities.
ValetPress and its affiliates may showcase the availability of Merchant’s Items via the ValetPress App through various promotional activities (e.g., through social media channels, websites, advertisements, or blogs). ValetPress (or a party designated by ValetPress acting on ValetPress’ behalf) may take video and still images for marketing and other efforts related to the Valetpress App (“ValetPress Photographs“). Merchant agrees that ValetPress Photographs (including all intellectual property rights therein) are and will remain the sole and exclusive property of ValetPress or its affiliates. Additionally, Merchant may provide videos, still image or other materials to ValetPress or its affiliates (“Merchant Marketing Materials”) for use in connection with the display of Merchant’s Items on the ValetPress App or the marketing and promotion of ValetPress App and the availability of your Items via the ValetPress App. Merchant hereby grants ValetPress and its affiliates a non-exclusive, perpetual, fully paid-up and royalty free license to use and display such Merchant Marketing Materials in connection with Merchant’s Items and other promotional activities relating to the ValetPress Merchant Services. Without limiting anything in the Agreement, Merchant represents and warrants that the Merchant Marketing Materials do not infringe, misappropriate, or otherwise violate any third party’s intellectual property or other proprietary rights. To the extent that the Merchant Marketing Materials contain any third party materials, Merchant is solely responsible for and will secure any and all rights, licenses, consents and permissions necessary for ValetPress to be able to use the Merchant Marketing Materials in accordance with this Section. Merchant agrees that ValetPress or its affiliates may remove Merchant Marketing Materials from the ValetPress App if ValetPress or its affiliates receive notice or otherwise reasonably believe that such Merchant Marketing Materials may infringe, misappropriate, or otherwise violate any intellectual property or other proprietary rights.
“Promotion(s)” means short-term offers that are available through the ValetPress App to stimulate Customer demand. When a Promotion is successfully applied to an order, Merchant authorizes ValetPress to charge Customers for the post-Promotional value of an Item (not including taxes and applicable fees). Subject to ValetPress App functionality, ValetPress may, at its sole discretion, provide enhanced promotional placement or other visual treatment for a Promotion.
i) Merchant Promotion(s). Subject to any other guidelines or eligibility criteria for Promotions that Portier ValetPress may make available from time to time, ValetPress hereby authorizes Merchant to create Promotions that are designed and fulfilled by Merchant (“Merchant Promotion(s)“). Unless otherwise specified by ValetPress, Merchant will be solely responsible for defining each Merchant Promotion (within the scope of functionality provided by ValetPress) either through the use of the Promotion Tool (as defined below) or through the Promotion Schedule (as defined below).
- ValetPress authorizes Merchant to use ValetPress’ proprietary, automated, self-service tool located within the ValetPress Merchant App to create Promotions (“Promotion Tool“), subject to such Promotion Tool’s functionality and technical capability. If provided access to the Promotion Tool, Merchant agrees to only use and access such Promotion Tool within its functionality and technical capability and shall not circumvent or otherwise exploit the tool in such a way that is not intended.
- Merchant may create a Merchant Promotion by completing and providing ValetPress with a verbal or written promotion schedule (“Promotion Schedule“). If a verbal Promotion Schedule is provided to ValetPress by Merchant, Merchant will have a specified time period to confirm such Promotion Schedule prior to the Promotion being offered and such confirmation will constitute an agreement with ValetPress under the terms of this Agreement. To request a form Promotion Schedule, Merchant should contact its customer support representative.
ii) Co-Funded Promotion(s). From time to time, ValetPress may agree to fund a portion of Merchant’s Promotion (each, a “Co-Funded Promotion“). For each such Co-Funded Promotion, the parties shall agree to an applicable written Promotion Schedule setting forth: (1) a description of the Co-Funded Promotion; (2) the obligations of each party in relation to such Co-Funded Promotion, including funding obligations; and (3) any other details regarding the Co-Funded Promotion. For the sake of clarity, if Merchant is the owner of Location(s), such Co-Funded Promotion shall appear to the Customer as a Merchant Promotion, and ValetPress shall issue an adjustment to Merchant’s payout (which shall also be reflected in any payout details report) to account for the amount of the Promotion that ValetPress has agreed to fund, such that the Merchant shall receive the same amount in their Item Revenue for such order as if a ValetPress-funded portion of the Promotion was not applied to such order.
iii). Parties’ Obligations. The parties’ obligations for each Promotion will include the following, but may be expanded upon in an applicable Promotion Schedule.
1) Merchant’s Obligations. Merchant will: (A) honor and fulfill the terms of Promotions offered by Merchant (solely or jointly with ValetPress) to Customers who have successfully completed their order through the ValetPress App; (B) be responsible for the fees associated with the Promotion up to the amount Merchant has agreed to fund for such Promotion; and (C) upon reasonable request, supply ValetPress with marketing materials, including but not limited to, photographs, graphics, audio, video, and copy, which ValetPress may opt to use in its sole discretion, without payment of any license or other fees and which do not violate the rights of any third party. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, Merchant acknowledges and agrees that Merchant will not be able to terminate the Agreement while a Promotion is live.
2) ValetPress Obligations. ValetPress will (A) honor and fulfill the terms of Promotions offered by ValetPress (solely or jointly with Merchant) to Customers who have successfully completed their order through the ValetPress App; (B) be responsible for the fees associated with the Promotion up to the amount ValetPress has agreed to fund such Promotion; (C) upon reasonable request, supply Merchant with marketing materials, including but not limited to, photographs, graphics, audio, video, and copy, which Merchant shall use to market such Promotion, provided that a Promotion Schedule authorizes Merchant to market such Promotion out of the ValetPress App; and (D) use good faith efforts to provide Merchant with reasonable information regarding Promotions, which may include, without limitation, the amount Merchant spent on Promotions and the number of Items sold in connection with Promotions.
iv) Fee on Promotion Orders. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this Agreement, if a Customer successfully applies a Merchant Promotion or Co-Funded Promotion to an order through the ValetPress App, Fee shall be calculated based on the total Retail Value of the order minus the Merchant-funded portion of such Promotion applied to that order. For the sake of illustrative purposes, if Merchant and ValetPress each fund $1 of a $2 off Promotion (so the Co-Funded Promotion is funded 50% by each party) on a $10 pre-Promotion order total, the Fee shall be calculated on the post-Promotion amount of $9.
v) Out of ValetPress App Marketing. Unless otherwise specified in an applicable Promotion Schedule, Merchant may not market or otherwise advertise a Promotion outside the ValetPress App; provided further, that even if such Promotion Schedule authorizes Merchant to market a Promotion out of the ValetPress App, all such marketing materials will be subject to ValetPress prior review and written approval, which shall not be unreasonably withheld.
Except as may be expressly set forth in this Agreement or otherwise agreed by the parties in writing, neither party may issue a press release or otherwise refer to the other party in any manner with respect to this Agreement or otherwise, without the prior written consent of such other party.
8. PROPRIETARY INFORMATION; PERSONAL DATA; FEEDBACK.
“Proprietary Information” means any confidential, proprietary or other non-public information disclosed by or on behalf of one party (“Discloser”) to the other (“Recipient”), whether disclosed verbally, in writing, or by inspection of tangible objects, and includes transactional, operational, performance and other data or information that is related to the sale of Merchant’s Items to Customers through the ValetPress App and the terms and conditions of this Agreement. Proprietary Information will not include information that: (i) was previously known to the Recipient without an obligation of confidentiality; (ii) was acquired by the Recipient without any obligation of confidentiality from a third party with the right to make such disclosure; or (iii) is or becomes publicly available through no fault of the Recipient. Each Recipient agrees that it will not disclose to any third parties other than Representatives, or use in any way other than as necessary to perform this Agreement, the Discloser’s Proprietary Information. Each Recipient will ensure that Proprietary Information will only be made available to Recipient’s affiliates and Recipient’s and Recipient’s affiliates officers, directors, employees and agents who have a need to know such Proprietary Information and who, prior to any disclosure of such Proprietary Information, are bound by written obligations of confidentiality with respect to such Proprietary Information that are no less stringent than those set forth in this Agreement (each, a “Representative”). Recipient will cause its Representatives to comply with the terms of this Agreement and will be solely responsible for any breach of this Agreement by any of its Representatives. Each Recipient will not, and will not authorize others to, remove or deface any notice of copyright, trademark, logo, legend, or other notices of ownership from any originals or copies of the Discloser’s Proprietary Information. The foregoing prohibition on use and disclosure of Proprietary Information will not apply to the extent: (i) the Discloser has authorized such use or disclosure (and Merchant hereby authorizes ValetPress and its Affiliates to disclose the terms of this Agreement to Merchant’s franchisees and/or franchisor as applicable in connection with executing contracts that reference this Agreement) and (ii) a Recipient is required to disclose certain Proprietary Information of the Discloser as a matter of law or by order of a court, provided that the Recipient gives the Discloser prior written notice of such obligation to disclose and reasonably assist in obtaining a protective order prior to making such disclosure. Upon expiration or termination of this Agreement and as requested by Discloser, each Recipient will deliver to the Discloser (or destroy at the Discloser’s election) any and all materials or documents containing the Discloser’s Proprietary Information, together with all copies thereof in whatever form.
Merchant agrees to use, disclose, store, retain or otherwise process Personal Data solely for the purpose of providing Items under this Agreement. Merchant will maintain the accuracy and integrity of any Personal Data provided by ValetPress and in Merchant’s possession, custody or control. Merchant agrees to retain Personal Data provided to Merchant by ValetPress solely by using the software and tools provided by ValetPress. “Personal Data” means any information obtained in connection with this Agreement (i) relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; (ii) that can reasonably be used to identify or authenticate an individual, including name, contact information, precise location information, persistent identifiers, and (iii) any information that may otherwise be considered “personal data” or “personal information” under the applicable law.
Merchant is responsible for maintaining the integrity of information related to Merchant’s access and use of the ValetPressMerchant Services and related ValetPress Services, including any password, login or key information. Merchant represents and warrants that Merchant will not share such information with any third party.
8.4 Data Re-Identification Restriction.
Without limiting any other provision of this Agreement, including any provision in this Section 8, Merchant will not merge any of the data collected or otherwise obtained in connection with this Agreement, including any Personal Data, with other data collected from any source or otherwise use any of the data collected or otherwise obtained in connection with this Agreement, including any Personal Data, for the purpose of re-identification, targeted marketing, or any other similar purpose.
Merchant may, but is not obligated to, provide or otherwise make available to ValetPress or its affiliates certain feedback, suggestions, comments, ideas, or other concepts relating to ValetPress’ and its affiliate’s products and services (“Feedback“). However, to the extent that Merchant provides or otherwise makes available Feedback to ValetPress or its affiliates, Merchant hereby grants to ValetPress and its affiliates a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty free, fully sublicensable right to use and otherwise exploit such Feedback.
Merchant acknowledges and agrees that, after receiving Item(s), a Customer may be prompted by the ValetPress App to provide a rating of such Item(s) and, at such Customer’s option, to provide comments or feedback related to the Customer’s experience with Merchant and the relevant Item(s) on the ValetPress App (“Customer Feedback“). ValetPress and its affiliates reserve the right to use, share, and display Customer Feedback in any manner in connection with the business of ValetPress and its affiliates without attribution to or approval of Merchant. Merchant acknowledges that ValetPress and its affiliates are distributors (without any obligation to verify) and not publishers of Customer Feedback, provided that ValetPress and its affiliates reserve the right to edit or remove comments in the event that such comments include obscenities or other objectionable content, include an individual’s name or other Personal Data, violate any privacy or other applicable laws, or ValetPress’ or its affiliates’ content policies.
10. REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES; DISCLAIMER.
10.1 Representations and Warranties.
Each party hereby represents and warrants that: (i) it has full power and authority to enter into this Agreement and perform its obligations hereunder; (ii) it is duly organized, validly existing and in good standing under the laws of the jurisdiction of its origin; (iii) it has not entered into, and during the Term will not enter into, any agreement that would prevent it from complying with or performing under this Agreement; (iv) it will comply with all applicable laws and regulations in the performance of this Agreement and any activities hereunder (including all applicable consumer protection, data protection and privacy laws and, in the case of Merchant); and (v) the Marks used or provided by one party to the other pursuant to this Agreement shall not infringe or otherwise violate the intellectual property rights, rights of publicity, or other proprietary rights of any third party. In addition, Merchant further represents and warrants that to the extent Merchant has franchisees who participate in any activities under this Agreement, Merchant will ensure that such franchisees will comply with, and be subject to, the applicable provisions of this Agreement when participating in such activities.
EXCEPT AS SET FORTH HEREIN, EACH PARTY MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS, AND HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, REGARDING ITS SERVICES OR PRODUCTS OR ANY PORTION THEREOF, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARISING FROM COURSE OF DEALING OR COURSE OF PERFORMANCE.
11.1 Indemnified Claims.
You (“Indemnifying Party“) will indemnify, defend and hold harmless ValetPress, its affiliates and respective directors, officers, employees and agents (the “Indemnified Party”) from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, causes of action, and losses (including reasonable attorney’s fees) (collectively, “Losses”) with respect to any third party claim arising out of or related to: (i) the negligence or willful misconduct of the Indemnifying Party or its employees or agents in their performance of this Agreement; (ii) any claims that, if true, would be a breach of any of the Indemnifying Party’s representations, warranties or covenants in this Agreement; or (iii) any claims that the Marks provided by the Indemnifying Partyinfringe a third party’s intellectual property rights, to the extent the Indemnified Party used such Marks in accordance with the manner approved by the Indemnifying Party. In addition, you will indemnify, defend and hold harmless the ValetPress Indemnified Parties from and against any and all Losses with respect to any third party claim arising out of or related to: (A) Merchant’s violation or alleged violation of any applicable retail health and safety code, rule or regulation; (B) Merchant’s failure to determine the applicable Sales Tax and other fees charged, except to the extent relating to sales in Marketplace Facilitator Jurisdictions; (C) Merchant’s failure to apply correct sales tax rates, including those rates adjusted by ValetPress on Merchants behalf, except to the extent relating to sales in Marketplace Facilitator Jurisdictions; (D) Merchant’s failure to provide accurate descriptions of Items in Marketplace Facilitator Jurisdictions; or (E) Sales Tax, other fees, penalties, interest and other costs related to Merchants obligations, except in the case of each of (A)-(E) above, to the extent such harm was directly caused by the gross negligence or willful misconduct of ValetPress or its employees, agents or Delivery Partners.
We will provide you prompt written notice of any potential claim subject to indemnification hereunder. You will assume the defense of the claim through counsel you designate, however, such counsel must be reasonably acceptable to the Indemnified Party. You will not settle or compromise any claim, or consent to the entry of any judgment, without written consent of the Indemnified Party, which will not be unreasonably withheld. The Indemnified Party will reasonably cooperate with the Indemnifying Party in the defense of a claim, at Indemnifying Party’s expense.
12. LIMITS OF LIABILITY.
EXCEPT FOR LIABILITY ARISING FROM A PARTY’S GROSS NEGLIGENCE, WILLFUL MISCONDUCT, INDEMNIFICATION OBLIGATIONS OR A BREACH OF CONFIDENTIALITY OBLIGATIONS: (A) IN NO EVENT WILL EITHER PARTY BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM FOR ANY INDIRECT, WILLFUL, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, OR DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS OF MERCHANT OR ANY THIRD PARTY ARISING OUT OF THIS AGREEMENT, OR LOSS OR INACCURACY OF DATA OF ANY KIND, WHETHER BASED ON CONTRACT, TORT OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF SUCH PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES; AND (B) EACH PARTY’S TOTAL CUMULATIVE LIABILITY OF EACH AND EVERY KIND UNDER THIS AGREEMENT WILL NOT EXCEED $100,000. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY AND EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES WILL APPLY REGARDLESS OF THE SUCCESS OR EFFECTIVENESS OF OTHER REMEDIES.
During the Term and for one (1) year thereafter, each party will maintain Commercial General Liability and, if required by law, Worker’s Compensation insurance. The Commercial General Liability insurance policy limits will be One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) combined single limit per occurrence for bodily injury, death and property damage liability, and Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000) in aggregate. In addition, ValetPress agrees to maintain Commercial Automobile Liability insurance with limits of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) per accident for bodily injury or property damage arising out of the ownership, maintenance or use of owned, hired, and non-owned vehicles. All policies will be written by reputable insurance companies with a Best’s policyholder rating of not less than A-. Such insurance will not be cancelled or materially reduced without thirty (30) days’ prior written notice to the other party. Upon a party’s request, the other party will provide evidence of the insurance required herein. In no event will the limits of any policy be considered as limiting the liability of a party under this Agreement.
14. SUPPLEMENTAL TERMS.
15. TERM AND TERMINATION.
This Agreement will commence on the Effective Date and, unless earlier terminated as provided below, will continue for a period of one (1) year from the Effective Date (“Initial Term“) and will automatically renew for successive one (1) year periods (each, a “Renewal Term” and together with the Initial Term, the “Term”). Either party may terminate this Agreement, in whole or in part (i.e., with respect to any Sales Channel), in the event of a material breach by the other party with two (2) days’ prior written notice thereof by the non-breaching party. Either party may terminate this Agreement, in whole or in part (i.e., with respect to any Sales Channel), at any time without cause by giving seven (7) days’ prior written notice of termination to the other party, with the exception being that should either party attempt to terminate this Agreement during an active Promotion period, such termination will not take effect until such Promotion period has ended. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the termination of this Agreement will not relieve either party of its obligations to fulfill any promotional offer that has been redeemed by Customers in accordance with its terms. In addition, ValetPress may suspend or otherwise terminate this Agreement on written notice in the event of a Brand Matter. A “Brand Matter” means an event involving Merchant that, in ValetPress’ reasonable judgment, causes it or its affiliates to have significant concern for the reputation of its respective Marks or brand. All payment obligations and Sections 1, 3.3, 7.1, 8-13, this last sentence of 15, 16-17 and 19 will survive the expiration or termination of this Agreement.
Any and all notices permitted or required to be given hereunder will be sent to the address listed below, or such other address as may be provided, and deemed duly given: (a) upon actual delivery, if delivery is by hand; or (b) one (1) day after being sent by overnight courier, charges prepaid; or (c) by electronic mail to the designated recipient. Notices to ValetPress should be provided to ValetPress, LLC, Attn: Legal, 1320 Willow Pass Road Suite 600, Concord CA 94520. Notices to Merchant should be provided to the address provided by Merchant on the Order Form. The parties agree that all legal documents (including complaints and subpoenas) directed to ValetPress will be served on ValetPress’ registered agent for service of process.
17. DISPUTE RESOLUTION AND ARBITRATION.
Any dispute, whether contractual or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with this Agreement or these dispute resolution procedures, including any question regarding its existence, performance, validity, or termination, will be referred to and finally resolved by arbitration administered by JAMS in accordance with its Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures (the “JAMS Rules“), which are deemed to be incorporated by reference into this clause. The parties agree that the arbitrator (“Arbitrator”), and not any federal, state, or local court or agency, shall have exclusive authority to resolve any disputes relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of this Agreement, including any claim that all or any part of this Agreement is void or voidable. The Arbitrator shall also be responsible for determining all threshold arbitrability issues, including issues relating to whether this Agreement is unconscionable or illusory and any defense to arbitration, including waiver, delay, laches, or estoppel. In the event of a dispute, controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to this Agreement, the complaining party shall notify the other party in writing thereof. Within thirty (30) days of such notice, representatives of both parties shall attempt to resolve the dispute in good faith. Should the dispute not be resolved within thirty (30) days after such notice, the complaining party shall seek remedies exclusively through arbitration. Furthermore, the parties agree:
i) A party who desires to initiate arbitration must provide the other party with a written Demand for Arbitration as specified in the JAMS Rules.
ii) The seat, or legal place, of arbitration will be San Francisco, California, USA or the JAMS location closest to the complaining party’s place of business.
iii) The language to be used in the arbitral proceedings will be English.
iv) The arbitral tribunal will be composed of a sole arbitrator, which shall be nominated and appointed by JAMS in accordance with the JAMS Rules.
v) To the extent permitted by applicable law, the parties agree to keep all materials related to the dispute, including the existence of the dispute itself, content of the arbitration, and all the submissions by the parties in the arbitration and awards rendered by the arbitral tribunal, confidential.
vi) This agreement to arbitrate will not preclude the parties from seeking provisional remedies from a court of competent jurisdiction. The parties each retain the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents or other intellectual property rights.
vii) Neither party may bring any class, collective, or representative action against the other party, and will preclude a party from participating in or recovering relief under any current or future class, collective, consolidated, or representative action brought against the other party by someone else.
viii) Each party shall pay its own proportionate share of Arbitrator fees and expenses plus and expenses of JAMS. The Arbitrator shall be entitled to award the foregoing arbitration and administrative fees and expenses as damages in his/her discretion.
ix) Notwithstanding any choice of law or other provision in this Agreement, the parties agree and acknowledge that this Agreement evidences a transaction involving interstate commerce and that the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. (“FAA“), will govern its interpretation and enforcement and proceedings pursuant thereto. It is the intent of the parties that the FAA and JAMS Rules shall preempt all state laws to the fullest extent permitted by law. If the FAA and JAMS Rules are found to not apply to any issue that arises under this Agreement or the enforcement thereof, then that issue shall be resolved under the laws of the state of California.
x) The Arbitrator’s award will be final and binding and judgment on the award rendered by the Arbitrator may be entered in any court having jurisdiction thereof, provided that any award may be confirmed in a court of competent jurisdiction.
17.2 Waiver of Jury Trial.
Each party hereby waives to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, any right it may have to a trial by jury of any arbitrable claim under this Agreement and in connection with the enforcement of an arbitral award rendered pursuant to this agreement. Each party (i) certifies that no representatives, agent or attorney of any other party has represented, expressly or otherwise, that such other party would not, in the event of such litigation, seek to enforce the foregoing waiver and (ii) acknowledges that it and the other party hereto have been induced to enter into this Agreement.
18. DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.
Merchant will not, in its use of the ValetPressMerchant Services or the ValetPress Tools under this Agreement, discriminate against any customer, employee, contractor or other person or individual on the basis of race, color, gender, pregnancy, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, or age except that programs may target beneficial services for specific participant groups, as agreed upon between ValetPress and Merchant. Merchant acknowledges and agrees that upon ValetPress’ receipt of evidence of Merchant’s discrimination under any of these categories, ValetPress will have the right to immediately terminate this Agreement following notice to Merchant.
The territory of this Agreement is the United States (“Territory“), and all payments issued under this Agreement must be in U.S. dollars. Merchant agrees to receive calls, SMS messages and other communications, including those made available by autodialer, sent by or on behalf of ValetPress or its affiliates. In this Agreement, “**including” means “including, without limitation,” and examples are illustrative and not the sole examples of a particular concept. The failure of either party to enforce, at any time or for any period of time, the provisions hereof, or the failure of either party to exercise any option herein, will not be construed as a waiver of such provision or option and will in no way affect that party’s right to enforce such provisions or exercise such option. Unless otherwise agreed to by the parties, any modification or amendment to this Agreement will be effective only if in writing and signed by both parties, provided that, in the event the parties agree to modifications or amendments designed only to benefit Merchant as a result of renegotiation, ValetPress may issue notice of such modifications or amendments to Merchant as final agreement on such modifications or amendments, to expedite necessary changes to ValetPress’ internal systems. This Agreement may not be assigned, transferred, delegated or subcontracted, in whole or in part, by a party without the prior written consent of the other party, provided that each party may assign this Agreement, upon written notice to the other party, (a) to an affiliate of such party, or (b) in connection with the sale of all or substantially all of such party’s equity, business or assets to which this Agreement relates; provided that in the event of any such transfer by Merchant, Merchant explicitly consents that any such transferee will have access to and control of all Merchant accounts related to such transfer, including its accounts with ValetPress, access to historical reporting information about Items related to such transfer, and other account data relating to such transfer. In the event of a change of ownership involving Merchant’s Location(s), the parties will need to execute a Change of Ownership form and Merchant acknowledges and agrees that the Location will not be able to accept or process any Customer orders on the ValetPress App until the Change of Ownership is executed. Subject to the foregoing, this Agreement will be binding upon and will inure to the benefit of each party hereto and its respective successors and assigns. Any purported assignment, transfer, delegation or subcontract in violation of this Section will be null and void. In the event any provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable by ruling of an arbitrator or a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of this Agreement (and each of the remaining terms and conditions contained herein) will remain in full force and effect. Any delay in or failure by either party in the performance of this Agreement will be excused if and to the extent such delay or failure is caused by occurrences beyond the control of the affected party including decrees or restraints of Government, acts of God, strikes, work stoppage or other labor disturbances, war or sabotage (each being a “Force Majeure Event**”). The affected party will promptly notify the other party upon becoming aware that any Force Majeure has occurred or is likely to occur and will use commercially reasonable efforts to minimize any resulting delay in or interference with the performance of its obligations under this Agreement. Nothing in this Agreement will be deemed to create any joint venture, joint enterprise, or agency relationship among the parties (except as otherwise expressly set forth above), and no party will have the right to enter into contracts on behalf of, to legally bind, to incur debt on behalf of, or to otherwise incur any liability or obligation on behalf of, the other party hereto, in the absence of a separate writing, executed by an authorized representative of the other party. Each party will be solely responsible for its employees and contractors used in connection with such party’s performance obligations under this Agreement. This Agreement contains the full and complete understanding and agreement between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof and supersedes all prior and contemporary understandings and agreements, whether oral or written, relating such subject matter hereof. This Agreement may be executed in one or more counterparts and by exchange of electronically signed counterparts transmitted by pdf format, each of which will be deemed an original and all of which, when taken together, will constitute one and the same original instrument.