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Casualties of A Cashless Society

How Mobile Payments Can Solve This Problem

If you are one of the 4.9 million tipped service workers in US who relies everyday on cash-based tips,  a cashless society means that your take-home earnings are decreasing.  The reality:  It is becoming even harder for service workers to make a living wage from a minimum wage.   

We believe that optimizing mobile and financial technology will provide a solution for tipped service workers, especially for women.

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80% of the tipped service industry are women

The cashless society will have a disproportionately negative impact on workers who rely on tip-based earnngs. Women are responsible for 80% of spending on food, home, clothing, children, education.  In the US, hotels, 99% of housekeepers are women. Women represent 80% of domestic spending -- that's groceries, clothing, education, children. Solving this problem makes good economic sense.  When we increase women's earnings through tips, it is goes back into the economy.   Research has found that providing customers with a mobile payments option increases tips by up to 30%.   

Paper or Plastic?

In a survey conducted by Credit Karma,  half of all Americans today are using a credit or debit card to tip their server in a restaurant. What's notable is that those who are using plastic are not only leaving higher tips, they're tipping more often than those who pay in cash.

  • About 9 in 10 of those who pay with plastic say they always tip the wait staff, compared to only 76 percent of those who plunk down cash.
  • Sixty percent of those who pay with plastic say their tip usually exceeds 15 percent of the bill, versus 45 percent of cash payers.
  • In fact, almost a third of those who pay in cash admit that they typically leave a tip of 10 percent or less

From New York to Miami

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/18/style/seasonal-tips-cash-free-payments.html?ribbon-ad-idx=6&rref=fashion&module=Ribbon&version=origin&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Fashion%20%26%20Style&pgtype=article&_r=1

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/technology/article216885945.html

 

 Around the world, countries like India and China are moving toward a cashless society. Although financial technology is available, the US lags behind with mobile payments.

Around the world, countries like India and China are moving toward a cashless society. Although financial technology is available, the US lags behind with mobile payments.

The Promise of Mobile Payments

Bringing cashless tipping to the service industry has several benefits -- what we call a win-win-win.  It is conceivable through mobile payment that we can make a difference for every woman who receives tips -- one tip at a time.