PayPal have today revealed that UK customers will be the first to able to use the company’s new dedicated mobile app to pay for items at high street stores owned by Auroria Fashions, including the likes of Coast, Warehouse, Oasis and Karen Millen.
The app hits both both Android and Apple’s iOS devices, providing customers with a barcode and transaction number which in-store sales assistants can use to take a payment straight from their PayPal account.
Opting not to use an NFC system (which would arguably be more convenient) PayPal are pushing their system’s heightened security measures, as well as the fact it allows pockets to be free of cash and cards. It also means older phones not packing the relatively new NFC technology can still make use of the payment system.
Cameron McLean, Managing Director, PayPal UK, said:
“Today marks the start of a quiet revolution in the way we shop on the high street. We’ve created a simple, secure way to use a mobile phone to pay in your favourite stores. The revolution starts today at Oasis, Warehouse, Karen Millen and Coast. The lines between the online world and high street will soon disappear altogether: research we carried out last year amongst major retailers suggested that 2016 will be the year you won’t need a wallet to shop on the British high street. A phone will be enough.
“Today’s move also underlines our view that mobile payments don’t need near field communication (NFC) technology to succeed. PayPal’s ‘pay by mobile’ service works with the phones most of our customers already own. And our retail partner doesn’t have to install new systems to take in-store mobile payments.”
The new service will roll out on 31st May, and will be available in 230 stores.