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PayPoint passes 4,000 contactless payment terminals

By CreditMan Monday, February 25, 2013

PayPoint, which was the first cash payments network in the UK to introduce contactless credit and debit card payments, has announced that it has passed the milestone of 4,000 contactless payment terminals within its national network.

The PayPoint/Lloyds TSB Cardnet contactless estate is the largest private sectornetwork in the UK and accounts for half of all contactless terminals in the retail sector.

Andrew Goddard, Retail Director at PayPoint, said: “Contactless is probably the fastest growing development in the retail payments sector today. It’s estimated that almost 30 million contactless cards are in circulation in the UK right now and two of the UK’s major banks only recently announced that they plan to issue over two million contactless cards to their customers in the UK over the next year.

“As the number of contactless cards in circulation has grown, so has the range of locations where customers can use them – in taxis, restaurants, coffee shops, sports centres, even on buses, in car parks and on vending machines. This means that customers are not only getting used to using their contactless cards but are increasingly expecting to be able to use them almost anywhere they spend their money.

“Contactless cards are especially suited to the convenience sector, where average basket spend is relatively low and within the contactless limit of £20. Once cardholders become aware that a retailer accepts contactless payments, they will keep coming back.”

New contactless PIN pads have been distributed free-of-charge to retailers when replacing old PINpads supplied by PayPoint, with an unchanged weekly service fee. Retailers signing up for the credit/debit service for the first time are automatically provided with a contactless PINpad.

The limit for contactless payments recently rose from £15 to £20 and transactions above these limits still require the customer PIN to be entered in the usual way. Retailers carry no financial risk and benefit from a transaction fee that is up to 4p lower than for debit cards, whilst consumers benefit from a faster transaction and the convenience of not having to enter their PIN and from not having to carry cash.

“Many people carry very little cash on them and sales can be lost if customers are unable to pay using a credit or debit card,” added Andrew Goddard. “But allowing customers to make low value payments by debit and credit card can be a disproportionate cost to retailers, so accepting contactless payments will help them reduce those costs.

“Research so far suggests that customers paying with a contactless card are more likely to make impulse purchases, which will drive incremental sales for the retailers.”

PayPoint intends that its entire estate of over 7,000 retailers to which it provides a debit/credit facility with soon have contactless payment facilities.