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Innovation 09 January 2015

Edenred France, Orange and MasterCard team up to test mobile payments of meal vouchers

While the habits of Ticket Restaurant® card holders have already revealed extensive usage of contactless payments, Edenred France now plans to offer its beneficiaries the option of mobile payments, which have become a part of consumers' everyday lives.

In a test that started in October 2014 with Orange and MasterCard, leaders on their markets and in the forefront of mobile payments, a panel of users can pay for their meals with their smartphones in restaurants affiliated to Ticket Restaurant® and equipped with a contactless payment terminal.

The pilot uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, which has already been deployed in France by telephone operators and banks to make quick and secure transactions using the data stored on the SIM cards in mobile phones.
'As the leader on the French meal voucher market, we are keen to prepare for the future by testing mobile payments in order to offer even more services to our beneficiaries and affiliated merchants. We will make this new service available to our clients as soon as possible, in view of the progress that mobile payments are making in France,' explains Laurent Delmas, Managing Director of Edenred France.

2014: a pivotal year for Ticket Restaurant® in France

First invented in 1962 by Edenred, Ticket Restaurant® intends to continue its development with a multiple-medium offer. Nine months after the official launch of the transition to the card, Edenred France leads the shift to digital, with almost 80,000 Ticket Restaurant® card users, 35% of whom were not beneficiaries of the paper version of the meal vouchers. Edenred has made more than 3 million card transactions since the digital solution was launched. 
In 2013, 3.5 million employees in France used meal vouchers, of whom 1.2 million benefited from the Ticket Restaurant® solution.  



Edenred is a leading digital platform for services and payments and the everyday companion for people at work, connecting more than 52 million users and 2 million partner merchants in 45 countries via close to 1 million corporate clients.

Edenred offers specific-purpose payment solutions for food (such as meal benefits), incentives (such as gift cards, employee engagement platforms), mobility (such as multi-energy, maintenance, toll, parking and commuter solutions) and corporate payments (such as virtual cards). 

True to the Group’s purpose, “Enrich connections. For good.”, these solutions enhance users’ well-being and purchasing power. They improve companies’ attractiveness and efficiency, and vitalize the employment market and the local economy. They also foster access to healthier food, more environmentally friendly products and softer mobility.

Edenred’s 12,000 employees are committed to making the world of work a connected ecosystem that is safer, more efficient and more responsible every day. 
In 2022, thanks to its global technology assets, the Group managed some €38 billion in business volume, primarily carried out via mobile applications, online platforms and cards.

Edenred is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange and included in the following indices: CAC 40 ESG, CAC Next 20, CAC Large 60, Euronext 100, FTSE4Good and MSCI Europe.

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