Australian transport fuel retailer Caltex, is set to roll out Mastercard’s PayPass technology to 387 of its metropolitan stores, enabling customers with eligible credit cards to pay without having to sign or provide a personal identification number (PIN).
The contactless Mastercard service will be provided in conjunction with the Commonwealth Bank and availability across Caltex sites is forecasted to double by the end of the year with 780 stores scheduled for implementation.
Caltex national retail manager, Leo Pucar, said a faster payment system at the point of sale was one of a number of steps the company was taking to enable faster, easier shopping.
"Our customers visit our stores to re-fuel their vehicles and purchase convenience products and services," Pucar said in a statement.
"Our aim is to help customers get on their way to where they are going as quickly as possible and that means giving customers access to modern and efficient forms of payment technology such as MasterCard PayPass."
The PayPass technology allows customers with microchip-enabled cards to use a specially-fitted EFT terminal without the card physically touching the machine.
The technology can be used for transactions under $100, although some card issuers have different dollar limits in place for transactions made using the technology and some cards have a transaction limit.
According to Pucar, each payment would no longer require the customer to insert the card, select an account or either sign or key in a PIN.
The Caltex implementation follows the recent rollout of Visa’s contacless payment technology, payWave, across all Woolworths stores across Australia.
As is the case with the MasterCard PayPass technology, payWave allows those with the payWave-enabled credit or debit cards to make contactless payments of up to $100 at any of Woolworths’ brands, which include Dicksmith Electronics and forthcoming Bunnings competitor Masters, once the technology is fully rolled out.
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