No cash system popular

October 04, 2017

Muster-goers can expect the cashless purchase system which made its Ute Muster debut this year to return next year.

The system — which was introduced to replace the drink ticket systems in the bars — saw patrons ‘load’ cash on to their barcoded entry wristband to make purchases.

Bar staff were armed with scanners and would simply punch the order into the touch screen and then scan the patron’s barcoded wristband.

At the end of the event patrons could get a refund of their unspent funds at the manned stations.

Festival general manager Vicky Lowry said the system worked ‘‘extremely well’’.

‘‘People were a bit unsure but once we started it worked really well,’’ she said.

‘‘It was a big introduction and could have gone either way, but it did make the whole process quicker and people weren’t left taking home unused bar tickets in their pockets.

‘‘We had the designated top-up station open from 6am yesterday (Sunday) until 1pm, so people could get their cash back, which was popular.’’

Mrs Lowry added the cashless purchase system has given organisers access to key figures and data related to their sales.

‘‘It’s given us access to data we’ve never had before — we were happy with sales across the board, and they were on par with what we were expecting,’’ she said.

‘‘There are so many different ways the system can be used, and we will definitely be expanding it.’’

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