Payment processing company Clover announced a new capability for dine-in restaurants to offer their guests. The Fiserv-owned company launched Scan to Pay, a tool that enables diners to pay for their meal at their table without the help of their server.
Available on Clover Dining, Scan to Pay prints a QR code on the customer’s itemized bill. Once guests scan the code with their iPhone they can pay via Apple Pay without opening a separate payment app. After the transaction is complete, the server sees a notification on their Clover terminal that their customer has paid. This allows the customer to leave the restaurant without further interaction.
“As restaurants look for new ways to adapt to consumer trends and offer quality dining experiences, Scan to Pay puts the power of when to pay and leave into the hands of the restaurant guest, creating a better dining experience and reducing extra tasks for servers,” said John Beatty, co-founder of Clover. “Scan to Pay represents another step forward for Clover as we continue to build out our core technology capabilities and provide additional solutions that can help merchants grow their businesses and delight their guests.”
Restaurants using Clover Dining can access Scan to Pay without additional cost, though they are charged card not present (CNP) rates for Scan to Pay transactions.
While the potential user base is limited to iPhone users and further limited to those that have set up ApplePay, the user base for payment services such as Scan to Pay is growing. 9to5Mac recently reported that Apple Pay is used for 5% of card transactions across the globe. And by 2025, that number could reach 10%.
Clover was founded in 2010 and was acquired by First Data in 2013. First Data, in turn, was acquired by Fiserv in July of last year. Clover, which demoed at FinovateSpring 2012, offers a range of card present and CNP technologies and processes more than $100 billion in payment volume each year.