Your profile picture not only marks the gateway to your online
social world, but can now also be used to make payments in the
Shopkeepers on Richmond High Street, London, are leading the
fight to make the wallet history, letting shoppers pay using just
their mobile phones and profile picture.
The PayPal app now has a tab called Local which you can use to
find shops or restaurants near to your location that accept mobile
PayPal payments. You can then 'check in' like you would on Facebook
or Foursquare which then enables you to pay for goods through the
PayPal app. Once a customer has checked in, their name and
photo appears on the shop's till, and the cashier charges them by
clicking on the shopper's profile picture. The customer gets an
alert on their phone to let them know how much they've paid, as
well as PayPal's usual email receipt.
The Richmond check in pioneers include Cook & Garcia, TheFarmery, The Tea Box, The Bingham Hotel, Revolution, Caffé Paolo,
The Cedar Coffee Shop, Urban Diner, Pier 1 Fish and Chips,
Noble Jones, Hill Café and Knot Coffee and Pretzel.
Rob Harper, Head of Retail Services at PayPal, said, "We're
pleased to help local businesses of all sizes offer a new more
personal experience, while never having to turn away customers who
don't have enough cash on them to pay. Now locals in Richmond can
leave their wallet or purse at home and be the first in the country
to use their profile picture to pay."
Keen to try it out? Head down to Richmond and look out for the
'Now accepting PayPal' stickers in the window.
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