The ability to take cashless payments for your business, either in-store
or online has benefits far beyond customer convenience. Not having to
collect, count up and transport cash is the most obvious one. Having a
running total of all of your transactions in real time is another.
Distance is less of an obstacle, and accepting foreign currencies is
made a lot easier.
Aside from the standard credit, debit card and bank transfers, what are
some of the emerging cashless payment methods that your business could
take advantage of?
E-wallet services such as Paypal and Mastercard’s Masterpass allows
customers to quickly and securely make online purchases from a number of
sources (different cards or accounts for example) without having to
enter banking or address details over and over again for each individual
By speeding up the checkout process, e-wallets reduce abandoned baskets,
ensuring more customers complete their purchases. Supporting mobile
devices like smartphones and tablets, allows for easy on-the-move
purchases, expanding your audience reach.
Mobile payment services such as Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Android Pay
all offer the convenience of using an app on your smartphone or tablet
for in-store purchases, much in the same way you would present a
There are obvious advantages to accepting mobile payments for small
businesses. Incentive schemes can be linked to the app, removing the
need for paper tokens and stickers. Mobile payment apps tend to have
lower fees than card companies, reducing costs for you, which can be
passed on to the consumer as lower prices.
Smartphone security measures are improving in general, with new
developments such as facial recognition, fingerprint scanning and voice
detection, meaning that the risk of payment fraud is decreasing all the
Cryptocurrencies are a type of digital currency that use cryptography to
maintain a secure, encrypted ledger of every transaction made, with the
advantage of almost instantaneous transfer of money anywhere in the
world. With the recent rise in interest in cryptocurrencies such as
Bitcoin, you may be considering it as a method of accepting payments.
But there are some reasons you to be wary as a business owner.
The value of cryptocurrencies can wildly fluctuate, so taking payments
through this method can be risky. Cryptocurrencies are often used in
conjunction with illegal activities such as money laundering, which
mainstream businesses might not want to be associated with. Security is
also an issue, with many major hacks of Bitcoin exchanges taking place
over the last few years.
The eventual “holy grail” of cashless payments is checkout-free
shopping. Being able to enter a shop, filling a basket or cart with your
purchases, and then having the charge for those items added up and
billed to you automatically before you leave. No presentation of cash,
card or mobile phone required.
This scenario may seem a long way off, but Amazon are currently beta
testing a store in Seattle (only open to selected company employees for
now) that uses “computer vision, sensor fusion, and deep learning” to
provide a “Just-Walk-Out shopping experience”. It remains to be seen if
checkout-free shopping is widely adopted, but with the relevant
technology falling in price, it may be only a matter of time.
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