Using your smartphone to pay for a drink in Australia will soon be a whole lot easier after one of Australia's biggest pub groups signed on to use specialised payment app, Clipp.
The ALH Group will now offer Clipp across its more than 300 Australian venues.
Clipp allows consumers to open, view, share and pay their bar tab or restaurant bill securely and instantly through the app.
Nearly 300 venues across Australia already use Clipp, and today's announcement boosts the Sydney-based startup's venue count to more than 600.
Clipp's proprietary technology allows ALH Group venues to close any bar tab through its own existing POS software.
ALH Group chief executive officer, Bruce Mathieson, 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," he said. "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."
Clipp co-founder and chief operating officer, Greg Taylor, said ALH Group's adoption of the technology cemented the company's position as the leader in the mobile payment solution for Australia's hospitality industry.
"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," he said.
"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 were 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.
"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."