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App aims to cut bar wait time

The days of standing in a queue to pay for drinks could be a thing of the past - that is if Greg Taylor gets his way.

Mr Taylor is the co-creator of Clipp, an app that transforms a users' phone into a bar card.

Launched in Perth last week, the app - proclaimed as the "Uber for bar tabs" - is already used by a long list of bars and pubs including some of Perth's most popular venues.

And unsurprisingly, Mr Taylor believes the app solves a number of issues for bars and patrons.

"Basically it's about saving time," he said.

"It's created so you don't have to give over your credit card and it ends up to being 20 seconds quicker per transaction.

"If you make it easier for venues - even 20 seconds - it all adds up. So they serve more people and make more money.

"And if you make it easier for people to open a tab, essentially people will probably buy more drinks."

Created in Sydney after a $1.5 million investment from an Eastern States venture capital firm, the app has been embraced by 160 venues in less than 12 months.

In Perth, 33 venues have taken the plunge on the app, from inner-city bars such as Bar Lafayette and The Stables Bar to more traditional pubs such as the Inglewood Hotel and the Subiaco Hotel.

Mr Taylor said he expected more bars to embrace the technology, particularly as the August 1 deadline for the end of signature credit card approval approached.

Clipp makes its revenue by skimming a percentage off the top, similar to a credit card surcharge.

Mr Taylor said the rate differed from venue to venue.

The West Australian

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