The ALH Group, which operates over 300 licensed venues across Australia, today announced it has signed on to use Clipp, a smartphone app that allows consumers to open, view, share and pay their bar tab or restaurant bill through an app.
The news means Clipp, which is based in Sydney, has now nearly doubled its venue count to more than 600.
The startup said in a statement the 1 August move to phase out signatures on credit and debit card transactions mean front and back of house operations at Clipp compatible venues have not been disrupted by the changes.
“Having the ALH Group on board shows that more pubs and bars all over Australia are becoming aware of just how much easier we’re making it for them to accept payments through a smartphone," said Greg Taylor, co-founder and COO of Clipp.
“Essentially, we’re convenience creators. Staff at venues aren’t faced with the challenge of chasing a plastic card amongst a crowded bar and can instead focus on serving customers faster and more efficiently, which will improve the overall experience.”
Taylor said Clipp’s features is helping drive a cashless economy.
“Users face no additional cost when using Clipp - it’s free to download and use the app. With Clipp, a user’s credit card details are stored securely within the app, so they no longer have to worry about their credit card which is sitting behind the bar, so they can continue to enjoy their night out.
“Clipp is also packed with useful features including a bar locator, the ability to review bars, and group tab sharing making it easier than ever to split bills and a built-in tipping functionality.”
Bruce Mathieson, CEO ALH Group, said the decision to integrate Clipp into many of Australia’s iconic pubs was logical given the benefits the technology provided to both venues and customers.
“From a business perspective, having our venues integrated with Clipp has already improved productivity in our venues. Staff behind the bar are spending less time handling card transactions and instead are able to serve customers faster and more efficiently.
“As an industry leader in hospitality, we’re always looking at innovative ways to improve the experience at our pubs and bars, and having Clipp in our venues will do just that.”
As we reported last month Clipp recently hired Todd Forest, a former Microsoft executive, as its new CEO.
And, in related news, the iPhone 6 the first iPhone to be compatible with Apple Pay, Apple's proprietary NFC payment system. Reserach has shown however the anticipated introduction of Apple Pay in Australia could lead to increased costs to consumers and merchants, as you can read here.
Clipp is available for free on the Google Play and Apple App Store.