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Paypal starts contactless payment in shops and restaurants

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  • PayPal now offers contactless payment at smaller retailers and restaurateurs. This reports the “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung”.
  • The retailers must therefore print out a QR code, which customers can then scan in using their smartphones.
  • Due to the corona pandemic, more and more people are resorting to contactless cashless payments to reduce the risk of infection.

According to the “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung”, the online payment service PayPal now offers contactless payment at smaller retailers and restaurateurs. The reason for this is the lower risk of infection with the corona virus in cashless transactions.

The Corona crisis is changing the way many customers pay at the checkout. As reported by the Deutsche Presseagentur, a Bundesbank survey of 1,000 respondents in March changed 25 percent of their payment behavior due to the pandemic. More and more people prefer contactless payment with checking or credit cards in everyday life.

Dealers can print out the QR code

PayPal has also been offering the function to scan and pay for the amount without contact on the reader using the PayPal app. Now the US company wants to offer this function to smaller retailers and restaurateurs who do not have a reader, reports the “Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung”.

The dealers can now simply print out a QR code that customers can scan. The customers then only have to enter the amount and the transaction is carried out. According to the company, the function should be available free of charge until September 13.

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