Boots has announced that it is going to be trialling a brand new ‘contactless’ payment system in 21 of its stores across the UK. The chain hopes the new scheme, which allows customers to pay without entering a pin number, will cut queues in store. Available for use against transactions of £10 and under only, the company hopes that its customers will soon be whizzing through specialist checkouts, particularly useful during busy periods in store.
The brand new ‘tap and go’ payment system will be available towards the end of the year in 15 London stores, and six in Liverpool. Boots is teaming up with RBS Worldpay and MasterCard to trial the scheme, which will speed up payment as customers will have the money automatically deducted from their accounts without any need for authorisation.
A spokesman for MasterCard believes that UK customers are ready to follow in the footsteps of other countries who are already using the new, speedier payment system.
“Consumers and retailers in other parts of Europe, the US and Asia are already embracing the ease and safety of contactless payments in retail environments where speed is essential.”
Boots isn’t the first chain to venture into the world of contactless payment, as the new system is also being trialled in selected stores including Pret a Manger, Threshers and Coffee Republic, in partnership with Barclaycard.