Boots, Britain’s pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, has launched the UK’s first contactless transaction using MasterCard’s PayPass system.
The contactless technology, available at Boots’ Canary Wharf outlet, follows a deal struck with the Boots retailer, MasterCard and merchant acquirer RBS WorldPay.
Customers will be able to use the ‘Tap & Go’ system for everyday purchases under £15 ($22) in less than a second, with the service initially available in 21 stores in London and Liverpool.
Hany Fam, general manager of MasterCard’s UK and Ireland markets, said the credit card issuer was “proud” to be the first to introduce contactless to a major UK high street retailer.
The contactless payment phenomenon has been pitched for its advantages in boosting transaction volumes while reducing the costs of cash handling.
In January, Barclaycard and Orange announced a partnership to allow consumers to use their mobile phones to pay for goods and services using PayPass-enabled system.