In the UK, Loomis and Sonect are piloting a cash-in-shop solution. Consumers download the app, select the amount they require, and pick up the moneyFrom the Latin word moneta, nickname that was given by Romans to the goddess Juno because there was a minting workshop next to her temple. Money is any item that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts, such as taxes, in a particular region, country or socio-economic context. Its onset dates back to the origins of humanity and its physical representation has taken on very varied forms until the appearance of metal coins. The banknote, a typical representati... More from the local shop. Contrary to cashbackA service whereby the customer pays electronically a higher amount to a retailer than the value of the purchase for goods and/or services and receives the difference in cash. It is also a reward system associated with credit card usage, whereby the consumer receives a percentage of the amount spent on the credit card. More solutions, consumers will not need to buy anything from the shop, and the transaction will not incur a charge. Sonect currently offers this service in Switzerland. The solution is currently being piloted in Burslem (Staffordshire) as the first stage of a national rollout. The solution could be extended further to cash deliveries with takeaways.
In France, Brink’s is now enabling consumers to pay cash for their online shopping. The solution is straightforward. Following an online purchase, the customers access the checkout page and select “Point Cash Service” as the payment methodSee Payment instrument. More. He receives a barcodeMethod for encoding information, which can be read by machines. Barcodes store information using a combination of printed parallel lines (bars) and in the spaces that are left between them. Reading stored data is performed using optical readers. More by e-mail, which they present to one of the 1,300 tobacco shops that provide the service, either in printed format or on his phone. He pays the required amount the transaction is settled. The e-merchant receives paymentA transfer of funds which discharges an obligation on the part of a payer vis-à-vis a payee. More by credit transfer within two working days, and Brink’s offers a guarantee in the case of theft or bankruptcy of the point-of-sale. According to the head of Brink’s France, 10% of the population does not own a payment card, and 56% are wary of fraud when they pay online. According to the recent ECB Study on the Payment Attitudes of Consumers in the Euro Area (SPACE), 4% of online transactions are paid in cash in the euroThe name of the European single currency adopted by the European Council at the meeting held in Madrid on 15-16 December 1995. See ECU. More area (excluding Germany).
In Switzerland, Six – which operates the ATM infrastructure for the banking sector – is deploying contactless cash withdrawals throughout the ATM network. In November 2020, 36% of the ATMs were equipped with QR code readers and 20% with NFC readers, the two technologies enabling contactless withdrawals. Various banks have already implemented the QR code solution so that it is available to end customers. In 2020, the number of transactions with QR codes at ATMs rose by 269%. Concerning the NFC functionality, the banks have started an implementation project at ATMs together with SIX.
The number of ATMs that offer contactless cash withdrawals grew by 26% worldwide in 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend further. Marco Menotti, Head of SIX Banking Services: “SIX is supporting the banks in this process and is taking on a coordinating role to successfully accompany the unprecedented transformation of the cash economy towards an ecosystem with an open architecture and increasingly user-centric, digitized cash services.”
In the UK, a broad spectrum of the cash industry, including the Bank of England, the Royal MintAn industrial facility manufacturing coins. More, and commercial banks, retailers, cash-in-transit companies hardware suppliers, have joined forces to reduce the environmental footprint of the cash cycleRepresents the various stages of the lifecycle of cash, from issuance by the central bank, circulation in the economy, to destruction by the central bank. More. In 2020, NatWest bank established three working groups – Energy, Plastics, and Carbon – and established ambitious targets: to transition to 100% renewable energy, to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics, and to reduce carbon emissions. A charter has been created with both commitments and targets, and UK Finance, the banking and finance industry advocate, will lead this collaborative approach.