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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2755 - March 07, 2012 - ISSN 1539-5065    3 of 4

PayPal Uses Tabbedout App to Reach Restaurant and Bar Patrons

By Ina Steiner
EcommerceBytes.com
March 07, 2012




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Like the slogan for Visa, PayPal is trying to be everywhere you want to be, and is using mobile apps and point-of-sale technology to vie with credit card companies. PayPal's latest targets are restaurant and bar patrons.

With the help of the Tabbedout mobile app, consumers will be able to pay their restaurant or bar tab in real-time directly from a smartphone using PayPal. Initially PayPal will be available via the mobile app to patrons in bars and restaurants in Austin, Texas (home of the annual SXSW conference taking place this week), and it will continue to expand to Tabbedout's merchants nationwide.

A demo video is available on YouTube - customers open a tab at a restaurant or bar with Tabbedout, and then enter their secure PayPal username and password or their mobile number plus PIN in the Tabbedout app to make a payment directly from their phone.

According to PayPal's announcement, "Open your tab with Tabbedout, settle the bill with PayPal, and in just a few taps you'll be on your way with peace of mind knowing your financial information is secure. You might even get a credit to your tab just by using PayPal with Tabbedout."

Tabbedout integrated with major point-of-sale systems including MICROS, Focus POS, Future POS, POS, Jumpware, Dinerware and Agilysys, so merchants can add PayPal as a payment option without purchasing additional hardware.

PayPal is also testing Point of Sale technology at brick-and-mortar retail stores such as The Home Depot. The Storefront Backtalk blog pointed out that eBay CEO John Donahoe scaled back on the number of national retail trials he said PayPal would initiate this year. Donahoe has yet to name a successor to PayPal President Scott Thompson.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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