Wirecard has developed a new app for Alipay acceptance on mobile devices without POS integration.
Mobile App ‘Scan Alipay’ is available for every retailer after registration Simple QR code scanning procedure
The payment service provider Wirecard will collaborate with Alipay – a company of the Ant Financial Services Group, which is an affiliate of the Alibaba Group – to launch a mobile payment acceptance technology on the European market for QR code-based alternative payment methods.
To this end, Wirecard has developed an app, with which retailers across Europe can accept and process Alipay payments through a simple scanning procedure.
The solution is targeted at high street retailers in Europe who wish to offer Chinese tourists China’s leading mobile payment method, Alipay.
Retailers will soon be able to download the ‘Scan Alipay’ iOS app from the app store – integration with POS systems is not necessary. An Android version will follow in the course of this year.
The app will be taken up predominantly by catering establishments and clothing retailers. These two sectors benefit in particular from the promising growth in tourism from China.
The App offers retailers a simple entrance to benefit from Alipay payment acceptance and can also be used by large retail chains as a way to deploy Alipay as a new payment method without large integration efforts at selected POS.
Its ease of use means that the app is attractive for all retailers: a customer making a cashless payment with their Alipay App simply needs to show the retailer the barcode on their smartphone display. All the retailer is required to do is enter the amount payable into the ‘Scan Alipay’ app on a mobile device – in US dollars, euro or British pounds – and then scan the QR code on the customer’s smartphone. This is all that is necessary to complete the transaction. Payment processing is then handled by Wirecard Bank.
Retailers will be able to acquire the app soon by simply downloading it for free from the App Store.
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