ADVANTAGES OF CASHLESS AND CONTACTLESS PAYMENT


In all retail environments cashless payments and contactless payments are becoming more popular than cash, especially in light of the threat from Covid-19.

Dualtron and UPOS support three different ways of removing or reducing cash payment.

Contactless Payments

In the open world of retail and hospitality, contactless payment on a debit/credit card or mobile phone is growing in popularity. The fastest way to process these transactions is with a fully integrated PED, such as a Verifone P400. By integrating this to the till, you remove the need for an operator to key an amount into the device, saving time and removing discrepancies, this also saves time at the end of day by removing the need for reconciliation.


Cashless Payments through UPay

For settings with a frequently returning customer base, or ‘closed world’, such as a staff or college restaurant, Cashless payments can be implemented on a staff or student card with many catering companies and clients opting for this. This card can be topped up and used for a variety of transactions like cashless catering and photocopying services. In a business setting, balances can even be topped up directly from an employee’s payroll.

In Ireland, the most popular of these cashless payment solutions is ‘UPay’, a mobile and desktop app from Uniware that allows the customer to take control of their payments. This allows customers to top up and order food from their phone or computer. Customers can also pay at the till using a QR code on their phone.

UPay is faster than a contactless terminal and can reduce transaction charges for the merchant.

This cashless balance can then be spent by quickly tapping a staff or student badge at the till.


Customers can also view transactions and receipts on the app, eliminating contact with a cashier as everything is processed on the app and there is no need to carry cash.

Order Ahead/Click & Collect

Customers can pre order and collect food at a selected time and location where the option is available – particularly when a catering company is involved. This speeds up service time and gets rid of the need for customers to physically go to the food service area to order their food.

Best of Both

UPay can also be run alongside a standard Contactless PED at the same till, conventional cash drawers are supported too.

It can offer an increase in efficiency and can aid a business in eliminating costs and risks with handling cash on site, while also being more hygienic for staff and customers.

Adopting a cashless payment system can help make a business relevant. Non-cash transactions are gaining popularity as Irish consumers’ payment preferences are changing. Cashless methods of paying are increasing in popularity and are being used more frequently.

As hygiene is at the forefront of consumers’ mind in recent weeks due to the spread of Coronavirus, cashless payments are being seen as a new method of payment for consumers conscious of what they touch. Contactless payments limits have increased from €30 to €50 in order to minimise the handling of cash due to COVID-19.

Reduced Queueing Times & Better Customer Experience

Cashless and Contactless can both speed up your transaction times and shrink your queues. Cashless payment methods are three times faster than cash. Not using physical money speeds up the transaction as the customer is not searching for notes and coins. On the cashier’s side, it means that they are not waiting to count the money and return the correct change. For those in the catering indus