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1 August 2017

Mastercard outlines future digital payment platforms after improvements to Qkr

Mastercard has expanded the functionality of its digital mobile payment app, Qkr, with golfing spectators at the 2017 Open Championship among the first to benefit. During The Open, which ran between 16 and 23 July at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, spectators were able to use Qkr to order food and beverages on their phone and have it delivered to them in minutes. The mobile payment app works with the Mastercard Masterpass system to allow users to split the bill or pay in advance for goods and services. It can also be used in schools to enable parents to pay for their children’s meals. The Open followed other sporting events, such as South American football tournament Copa América and US golf competition The Arnold Palmer Invitational, in using the app. James Anderson, executive vice-president of digital payment products at Mastercard, spoke at an event in the Mastercard clubhouse at Royal Birkdale on 19 July, highlighting how it also improved the restaurant experience. “To me, it’s a classic example of process ...

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