Tap and scan: Chick-fil-A unveils new app for paying for meals

(Updated 9:34 a.m.)

Chick-fil-A is making it easier for customers to pay for meals without whipping cash out or swiping a credit card.

chickfilaThe Atlanta-based chain unveiled an app  that allows you to use your smartphone to pay for orders by scanning a Quick Response Code (that square abstract-looking image in the photo) at the register, whether inside or at the drive-thru window.

The free app, Chick-fil-A Mobile Ordering,  is available for both Android and iOS devices and can be downloaded at Apple’s App Store or Google Play.

Chick-fil-A advised Biz Beat on Friday that the app will be activated Nov. 11.

Before patrons can tap and scan, an account must be created with the app by using credit card information.

The mobile payment option, which was tested in North Carolina earlier this year, is available at 124 metro Atlanta Chick-fil-A locations.

Earlier this week, Taco Bell unveiled a new app that lets you order up your own burrito creation, pay for it on your iOS or Android device, and they pick it up at your leisure. Using GPS technology, a restaurant is alerted when the customer is within 500 feet of a specified location and the kitchen is alerted to start preparing the order after the customer’s pending arrival is verified.

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Enoch19
Enoch19

MickyD's and several other chains are testing kiosks, new restaurant designs and more self service.  They are planning against the possibility of a $15 minimum wage that will drive unskilled unemployment even higher.  What a disaster for the folks at the bottom of the pyramid!  


Who is pushing the $15 minimum wage?  Big unions who don't have employees in this sector. 

Enoch19
Enoch19

Only a crackhead would think that ChickfilA makes $2.5 billion in profit on $5 billion in sales. 

FlaTony
FlaTony

QR codes for purchase apps are outdated and easily hackable.

ManfromMilton
ManfromMilton

Congrats barack and fellow dems,

This is industry's response to your demands for raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.....automation to replace entry level jobs.

Unfortunately, its highly unlikely that you and the rest of your politicos will bear the costs of your misguided economic policies.  You'll continue to feel good about "helping the down trodden" while actually reducing their opportunities for employment. 

Didn't your know that black teenage unemployment was lower than white teenage unemployment during the 1950's when there were no minimum wage laws?  Minimum wage laws not only reduce the number of entry level jobs but they give a perverse incentive for employers to discriminate among hiring. 

jonc402
jonc402

What is the app called, AJC?  There's not an obvious Chick-fil-a Pay app available through the app store and based on the article, I assume it's standalone from their regular apps.

Don't Tread
Don't Tread

This is a great idea...


...until hackers find their way into your always-connected-to-the-Internet phone and steal your card data, along with God knows what else.  This is why I don't store any type of sensitive data (such as credit card info, usernames, or passwords) in the phone.

PaperbakWriter
PaperbakWriter

@DontTread 

I don't know. Apple has a pretty good encryption system and stored info on their servers are pretty safe, but I don't tend to trust the third-party apps. Too many backdoors.

fez
fez

@DontTread NFC payments as a whole are a great idea.  However, these third party apps/vendors are not, nor are their QR codes.


"mobile payments are arguably a lot more secure. Your actual credit card number is never handed over to merchants. Apple Pay uses a Secure Element chip that encrypts user data and assigns a unique device number to each phone, while Google Wallet transactions are made with a virtual prepaid MasterCard that's different each time. Mobile payments could therefore be the answer to the ever-present threat of data breaches and identity theft."

http://www.engadget.com/2014/10/29/week-apple-pay-google-wallet/

LGJR
LGJR

The unintended consequences of demanding a $15 per hour minmum wage is that buinesses are seeking innovative ways to lessen their reliance on hourly workers through technology such as this.  IT's the only way to keep product costs at a level where you are willing to pay. 

toybuilt
toybuilt

@LGJR Yeah, paying a livable wage will force prices up, God forbid it comes out of Chick-Fil-A's 2.5 billion dollar a year profit. What will they do with only 2.3 billion dollars?

fez
fez

No thanks.  Enable NFC and allow payment apps like Google Wallet or Apple Pay instead of proprietary apps.  As consumers, we need to be certain that our payment information is secure.  If every business tries to make their own, or in the case of CurrentC banding lots of companies together to make their own that skirts credit card merchant fees, that level of security drops significantly.