Using the Clipp app on their smartphone, pub and bar patrons can open, view and pay their bar tab or restaurant bill on their phone, and the launch of Clipp in Western Australia today follows ‘significant growth’ for the Sydney-based startup in the major markets of New South Wales and Victoria.
Interestingly, the expansion of Clipp into Western Australia, and its claimed success in NSW and Victoria, comes ahead of the August introduction of new regulations which will render signatures no longer valid as a method of credit card payment confirmation. Without a PIN number, venues like bars, pubs and restaurants won't be able to charge a credit card if a patron has left without closing off their tab.
In the event, however, that patrons don’t pay, or forget to, Clipp’s proprietary technology allows venues to close any Clipp bar tab through their own existing POS software.
“The City of Perth has put a lot of resources into creating a much more vibrant social scene, which has resulted in the pub and bar industry really taking off.
“Perth’s CBD now features some of the city’s best small bars like Bar Lafayette, Helvetica and The Stables Bar who have embraced technology like Clipp to create a VIP experience for their clientele, while still being affordable and accessible.
“We realised that going out to a bar had become more about waiting at the bar to be served than actually enjoying the tipple and the social experience, so we decided to change that.
“With Clipp, the need to hand over a credit card to set up a tab is eliminated. A customer simply opens the tab on the app which is integrated directly with the venue’s POS. They then receive real-time updates on their tab, can share the tab with a group of friends and when they’re ready to call it a night, they simply close the tab on their phone and leave the venue. People love leaving venues like they own the place.”
Clipp can be downloaded for free from the Google Play and Apple App Store. For information visit the Clipp website, and for a full list of Clipp compatible venues in Perth, click here.