April 24, 2019 |
The German national air carrier Lufthansa and the payment startup Orderbird have teamed up for a project that aims to ease the process for business meals. The name of the project is Dine + Go, a mobile payment solution for quick check-out at restaurants. The app generates tax-compliant bills and presents the user with a seamless flow: check-in, consume, check-out. Everything else is done by the program in the backend.
In many countries and especially in Germany, business meal expenses are always more complicated than just a simple lunch among colleagues in terms of tax law. If bills are higher than €150, the tax office and employer require both the names of the guests and the individual meals to be listed. With Dine + Go the billing and the proper accounting for the business meals should become fully digital and therefore much easier. As soon as the guest checks in via the app in the restaurant, the Dine + Go software accesses the local POS system. Simultaneously, the app connects to the calendar in the guest’s smartphone and merges this data in the background. Ideally, the appointment is already entered in the calendar along with the time and place as well as the list of invited participants. The customer will then pay when checking out after the meal with his credit card details that are deposited in the app.
From this data, Dine + Go then creates an invoice that should meet all tax requirements and sends the documents as a PDF to the user via email. He can then either print it or forward it to his company’s accounting department for further processing. “In a next expansion, Dine + Go plans the integration into the digital accounting system of the company,” says founder Ludovic Ciannarella. This would take the convenience even a step further and make the entire process paper-free.
The market for this business idea is considerable. According to Statista, business travel spending in Germany alone reached US$ 72 billion in 2017. Ciannarella says “On average, 14% of the travel costs are for the hospitality of business associates”. That would be around ten billion dollars, which are spent solely for business lunches and dinners. “We want to make his payment invisible,” says the founder. With the Dine + Go app, users no longer have to wait for the bill and it also removes the occasionally unpleasant moment when the host pulls out the wallet and places bills or credit cards on the table. Everyone at the table can simply stand up and leave after finishing the meal. The geolocation feature of the app registers when the user has left the restaurant, so even if he forgets to check-out manually, his credit card gets charged at this point.
Currently, the startup is still in its pilot phase with initially 20 restaurants and a few hundred selected users, which they want to grow to around 100 restaurants throughout Berlin, Hamburg and Frankfurt in the coming months.
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