- Freecharge becomes the first digital wallet to partner with India’s leading F&B retail operator Travel Food Services (TFS)
- Now customers can pay in less than 10 seconds with Freecharge at a wide host of TFS operated food counters across major airports
- Freecharge wallet to power digital payments at the TFS operated ‘Rail Dhaba’ at Pune and Vishakhapatnam railway stations
New Delhi, 29 August, 2016: In an industry first initiative, Freecharge, India’s leading digital payments platform, has announced a partnership with India’s largest travel retail operator Travel Food Services [TFS]. Through this association, passengers will be enabled to pay with Freecharge wallet for their food orders in a swifter and secure way at select food outlets across Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Mangalore and Bangalore airports. In addition, the F&B centres called the ‘Rail Dhabas’ at Pune and Vishakhapatnam railway stations operated by TFS will also offer digital payment facilities through Freecharge.
In line with its vision of ‘transforming travel’ and constant efforts to improve the experience of people on the move, TFS has enabled the tremendous convenience of cashless transactions with Freecharge wallet at busy ports of travels. Travelers can pay using their phone and registered mobile number with Freecharge and complete the transaction with the OnTheGo Pin in less than 10 seconds. With this partnership, Freecharge creates another milestone in its journey to make consumers move from cash to e-cash.
Furthermore, Freecharge is also creating an end-to-end digital payments experience for passengers by also enabling their ride to airports and railway stations cashless. The company is in the process of on-boarding taxis across India and as part of the pilot program over 15,000 taxis across Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore are already accepting payments via Freecharge wallet.
Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Govind Rajan, CEO, Freecharge said, “Freecharge is a customer centric company that strives to offer unmatched payment solutions to its customers. Food counters by Travel Food Services are the go-to dining options for travellers during transit. Our partnership with TFS will greatly benefit passengers, as they don’t have to worry about paying in cash or searching for change in the urgency of boarding their flight or train. With this partnership, customers will stand to benefit from a swift, secure and hassle-free digital payment experience. Our aim is to bring on board merchants where the digital payments will remove friction and help expedite the process of payments at the counter. We are excited to be contributing towards Government’s vision of less cash economy.”
Mr. Varun Kapur, Executive Director, Travel Food Services said “Our association with Freecharge is a great step forward to offer more convenience to our traveling customers and in providing a swifter and secure payment option at ports of travel that are busy and warrants such initiatives that will save passengers’ time. This partnership will benefit users offering more convenience through the effective use of technology. This endeavor is aligned to our commitment to transform the experience of travelers and promises to enhance customer satisfaction while on the move.”
Customers of TFS can also avail a cash back benefit in their first transaction at TFS operated outlets at major airports, as well as at Pune and Vishakhapatnam railway stations.
TFS operates F&B outlets at major airports including Cafeccino, Dominos, Subway, Idli.com, Curry Kitchen, Cafe Coffee Day, Dilli STREAT, Swich, Noodle Wok, Mumbai STREAT, KFC among many others which can now offer the Freecharge convenience to travelers.
The Rail Dhaba at Pune and Vishakhapatnam railway stations will also now offer the Freecharge option to passengers to pay for their meal at the outlets located there that include Andhra Kitchen, Curry Kitchen, Maroosh and Noodle Work among others, in a swifter and secure way.