Mobile payments are set to explode over the next few years and while tech companies might be excited by the profits to come, there is a another group of people also looking forward to the technology – restaurant waiting staff.
Restaurants and mobile payments companies told CNBC they have seen a boost in customers tipping when using apps on their smartphones to pay for meals.
La Patagonia, a rustic Argentinian restaurant in the middle of London reported a 4 percent rise in tips since it first started using Zapper – a South African-based mobile payments app. Zapper allows people to scan a code on their receipt and adjust the tip on their smartphone.
"We are offering better service because now they (customers) don't need to wait so long to pay…they can pay straightaway…so we have improved our service," Mila Salvatierra, general manager at La Patagonia, told CNBC, explaining one reason for the rise in tips.