The Open 2017
Jul 21st, 2017
Mastercard intro Qkr! mobile payments at The Open
So you can order food & drinks directly from your phones
The Open is accepting mobile payments for the first time this summer. Mastercard is enabling spectators to order and pay for their food and drinks through the Qkr! with Masterpassapp whilst on the course, and they've enlisted Ian Poulter to lead the charge.
Spectators will be able to use the Qkr app to order and pay for food and drink from their seats on the large grandstand on the 9th hole. Their order will be delivered to them at their seats within minutes, so they don’t need to miss a second of the action.
Qkr is powered by the Masterpass digital payment service, which allows consumers to securely store any kind of payment cards – not just Mastercard – as well as select their payment preferences. With Qkr, golf fans will be able to make secure, one–touch purchases without having to enter card details each and every time and avoid making unnecessary trips to cash machines.
Mark O’Meara, Open Champion and Mastercard ambassador said: “There’s no doubt that during my time in the game, innovation in golf has taken the sport to a higher standard and the competition more intense. For fans the excitement and entertainment is what it’s all about, so I’m all for innovation like Mastercard’s Qkr, why queue up and miss some of the action, when you can order refreshments from your phone and have them delivered straight to you.”
Mark Barnett, President, Mastercard UK & Ireland said: “We are continually exploring ways to introduce Mastercard’s technology to our partnerships to provide our cardholders with a better experience. Whether at a sporting event like The Open, or a gig or in a restaurant or bar, the emphasis has to be on having fun and being immersed in the event. For us that means minimising the time spent on payments or queues so that they don’t get in the way.”
Qkr is available in 10 markets across the world and is being used in a variety of settings such as paying and splitting bills at restaurants; paying for petrol and parking; in–seat ordering at stadiums and cinemas; authorising mobile payments at vending machines and paying for school meals. The app makes paying with your mobile simple, convenient and secure.
In the UK, Qkr is already being used at wagamama, ASK Italian, Young’s Pubs, Zizzi, Carluccio’s, Byron and Change Please, a mobile coffee–delivery social project run by the homeless in London. TGI Fridays is also using Qkr’s “Bar Tab” feature to enable customers to open a tab at the bar and close their bill at the end of the evening from their mobiles, without needing to leave a card behind the bar.