Mastercard is expanding its Qkr technology, a mobile order-ahead and payment platform which negates the need for an open tab at a bar or restaurant.

Qkr, which was developed by Mastercard Labs, allows customers to order and pay for goods and services without waiting in line or entering their details at every new point of purchase.

Qkr is already live in Australia, Colombia, Mexico and in the UK via businesses including Wagamama and Zizzi.

It will now be rolled out to Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

“Qkr with Masterpass provides [consumers] with a frictionless retail experience”

Qkr can also be used at petrol stations, car parks, vending machines and sports arenas.

Mastercard is partnering with Oracle to integrate the Qkr software into its platforms so that it can be scaled up worldwide.

Mastercard digital payments and labs chief commercial officer Betty DeVita said: “Today, we’re looking for convenience in all parts of our lives.

“Though grab-and-go retail is becoming increasingly popular with those on the move, consumers maintain high customer service expectations.

“Qkr with Masterpass provides them with a frictionless retail experience.”