TGI Fridays launches Mastercard self-payment system

21/07/2017 - 12:25
TGI Fridays is the first UK bar to adopt Mastercard’s new payment system, Bar Tab - allowing customers to set up, manage and pay directly through their smart phone.

Created through the partnership between Mastercard and the hardware and solutions company, Oracle Hospitality, Bar Tab is a new function within Mastercard’s Qkr! payment app.

Through a designated four-digit PIN, the app connects customers’ orders in the restaurant management software to Qkr!, and allows them to manage rounds and split the bill without the need of a card machine.

Having launched in TGI Fridays’s Leicester Square location this week, the restaurant chain plans to deploy the app to 80 additional UK sites by the end of 2017. Jeremy Dunderdale, head of business solutions at TGI Fridays UK said: “We’re always looking for ways to improve the unique Fridays experience for our guests.

“With Bar Tab, we’re able to offer our diners the freedom to settle their bills on-demand, with this quicker and more convenient payment platform. Enabling self-service payments also allows our team members to focus on engaging guests in more meaningful ways – which is what we’re all about at Fridays.”

The app will soon be integrated into Oracle Hospitality’s restaurant management platform and Masterpass, the digital payment service too. Dale Grant, senior vice president at Oracle Hospitality said: “With Oracle Hospitality solutions at the core, restaurants and bars can easily integrate additional solutions like Mastercard’s Qkr payments platform to reinvent their customer experience.

“By implementing Bar Tab, TGI Fridays can now offer its customers a quicker, more convenient experience that empowers staff to provide more welcoming bar experiences while reducing the number of unpaid tabs at the end of the night.”

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