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Eunan McKillop

Eunan McKillop

Eunan McKillop

A new app developed in Northern Ireland could help customers order food and drink from their tables as the hospitality sector plans to adjust amid the coronavirus crisis.

The B-Express allows people to remain at their table to order and pay for food and drink, avoiding bar serving areas where human contact and spacing is reduced.

Through the process of instant online payment, staff and customers will also avoid unnecessary handling of cash and touching of payment points.

Founded by Eunan McKillop, the app was initially envisaged as a means of pre-ordering drinks to avoid queues at large public gatherings including concerts.

But since the outbreak of coronavirus it has been repurposed and expanded to support the hospitality sector and government social distancing guidance.

“With social distancing set to be a central feature within the hospitality sector for some time, our locally developed app can help venues adhere to regulations, keep their customers safe and ensure efficient order and payment for food and drink, right from the comfort of their table or designated area,” Mr McKillop said.

“We have seen how bars and pubs are preparing for the reopening of their venues in July, and we are confident that our app will provide an innovative tech solution to enable swift orders and transaction processing.

“Bar serving areas are traditionally the busiest point of any establishment, and by utilising our app, businesses can move that congestion from physical to virtual seamlessly and effectively. I would encourage any bar, pub or restaurant business to check out the app and see how we can cost effectively support your business in the coming months.

“We look forward to the reopening of the hospitality sector and playing our part in Northern Ireland’s economic recovery.”

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