New service for Chinese guests
Payment with Alipay now possible in casualfood stores at Frankfurt Airport
Frankfurt, May 22 2019:
casualfood is now offering a service specifically for its Chinese guests: they can now conveniently pay in all casualfood stores at Frankfurt Airport using the Chinese payment system Alipay.
In addition to the payment function, the Alipay app features a marketing channel with special offers for its users as well as a store finder. The technical implementation of Alipay was handled by epay, a specialist in electronic payments and gift cards as well as prepaid solutions, by means of interface integration into the existing Addipos cash register system. Additional casualfood stores at other German airports are set to follow.
„The number of Chinese people travelling to Germany or to other countries in western Europe via the Frankfurt Airport hub continues to rise. With the Alipay app, we are making it easier for Chinese visitors to pay at the airport and are offering them a service that they are familiar with and trust.“
– Stefan Weber and Michael Weigel,
Managing Partners of casualfood GmbH
Last year, more than 12 million tourists from the Far East came to Europe. Around 1.7 million Chinese tourists travel to Germany alone each year, spending an average of around 500 euros per holiday day merely on retail shopping.
Alipay is therefore growing rapidly in Germany.
About casualfood GmbH
„The taste of travelling“ – unter diesem Motto casualfood develops and operates innovative food concepts for airports and stations under its slogan, “The taste of travelling”. Its eleven different catering and convenience store concepts serve a wide-ranging portfolio, from high-quality fast food to an Italo-American deli concept. The company’s proprietary concepts – such as QUICKER’s, NATURAL, MONDO, MONDO Bianco, Hermann’s, Mayer’s, Kilkenny, GOODMAN & FILIPPO, Brezel Lovers and Beans & Barley – and the Kamps and ServiceStore DB brands which are run as franchises are a common sight at transport hubs.
Thanks to its successful combination of an attractive product range and a clear brand profile, the owner-run firm has become one of the fastest-growing travel catering companies in the space of just fourteen years. casualfood GmbH has more than 700 employees and generates net sales of €57.3 million.
Operated by Ant Financial Services Group, Alipay is the world’s leading payment and lifestyle platform. Launched in 2004, Alipay currently serves over 1 billion users with its local e-wallets partners. Over the years, Alipay has evolved from a digital wallet to a lifestyle enabler. Users can hail a taxi, book a hotel, buy movie tickets, pay utility bills, make appointments with doctors, or purchase wealth management products directly from within the app.
In addition to online payments, Alipay is expanding to in-store offline payments both inside and outside of China. Alipay’s in-store payment service covers over 50 countries and regions across the world, and tax reimbursement via Alipay is supported in 35 countries and regions. Alipay works with over 250 overseas financial institutions and payment solution providers to enable cross-border payments for Chinese travelling overseas and overseas customers who purchase products from Chinese e-commerce sites.
Alipay currently supports 27 currencies. In Germany, several thousand retailers are already offering Alipay and the number is constantly growing. Among others, Alipay cooperates with Breuninger, Kaufhof, Rossmann, Müller, WMF, Zwilling, The North Face, Timberland and Promod.
epay is a world-leading full-service provider for payment processing and prepaid solutions that processed 1.15 billion transactions in 2018. The company has built up an extensive network of retailers with 707,000 point-of-sale terminals in 47 countries, to connect renowned brands with consumers all around the world.
The company offers a portfolio of gift cards (prepaid, closed loop and digital media), business incentives and payment solutions (card acceptance, terminals, e-commerce, mobile and Internet of Payment) for omnichannel commerce, and offers its services thanks to its proprietary cash register integration software. epay is a division of Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: EEFT), a Kansas-based company which earned $2.5 billion in revenue in 2018, employing a staff of 7,100 employees and serving customers in 165 countries.
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