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QikServe, PayPal to enable mobile food ordering and payments at UK establishments

Mobile technology company QikServe earlier this week announced a collaboration with PayPal that will allow the United Kingdom hospitality sector to take orders and payment using the PayPal app on their customer's smartphone, the companies announced in a joint press release.

QikServe said its mobile ordering solution can now be integrated into PayPal's payment app. This means restaurants and bars can offer customers the choice to order and pay for food and drink through their smartphone.

The integrated service is already available in several fast food outlets such as Armstrong's Deli in Edinburgh, football stadiums including Hearts FC, Reading FC and Portsmouth FC, and in bars and pubs operated by TCG, like Henry's Cafe Bar in Covent Garden.

The companies said the service can be quickly integrated. Businesses can set up a QikServe and PayPal account and begin taking mobile orders and payment in less than an hour.

"Nobody likes queuing for a drink at the pub or waiting for the bill to arrive — especially when it's crowded. Our collaboration with QikServe means that bars and restaurants can reduce customer waiting times and enhance their overall experience at the venue, simply by using their smartphones," Rob Harper, head of retail services at PayPal UK, said in a statement.

"We are excited to be working with PayPal to provide the ordering component to their excellent payment app," Dan Rodgers, the founder of QikServe, said in the statement. "Combining PayPal's location-based app with our ordering system means that you can now order and pay for your food and drink before you even arrive at your destination — fantastic for people on the go!"