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Contactless transactions are up 500 per cent as consumers and merchants look for a fast and safe way to pay
Contactless payments, where consumers simply tap their card or phone against the POS terminal to pay, have grown in popularity as consumers and merchants look for a fast, convenient, and safe way to pay. These benefits are more apparent than ever, as the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges and merchants are looking for ways to serve their customers safely.
Dang Tuyet Dung, Visa country manager for Vietnam and Laos, said, “At Visa, we’re incredibly excited to be working with our partners in Vietnam to help bring this new payment technology to more consumers and businesses across the country. As the Vietnamese economy continues to grow, the demand for faster, smarter methods of payment will increase – and contactless technology is just one of the ways in which we’re working to meet this need.”
At the end of June 2020, the number of Visa cards that have recorded at least one contactless transaction within the past three months grew by nearly 300 per cent compared to June 2019. Findings from the recent Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes study showed 37 per cent of Vietnamese consumers are now using contactless card payments while 42 per cent are currently using mobile contactless payments. Of those that do use contactless card payments, 85 per cent shared that they use them – at least once a week.
With contactless payments, consumers can tap to pay at checkout counters anywhere they see the contactless symbol without handing their cards to cashier staff. Contactless payments are secured with dynamic EMV Chip technology. The cards have a tiny antenna which can be read by POS terminals when they are 4cm away or less from the terminal. During the payment process, the card never needs to leave the cardholder’s hand, and it is extremely fast – POS terminals can typically read a contactless card or device in less than half a second. Shoppers can even pay with their mobile phones, using PINs, passwords, or biometrics for extra security.
This new technology offers benefits for both consumers and merchants. Given that it is a faster way to pay, it means that consumers do not have to wait in line for as long and they can have greater control over their card as it does not need to leave their hand. Merchants can benefit by serving more customers, reducing their cash handling costs, and providing a better customer payment experience.
Contactless payments are already deployed at some of Vietnam’s biggest retailers and restaurant chains, including Lotte Mart, The Pizza Company, and BHD with promotional campaigns that seek to drive and normalise the use of digital payments.
Visa has provided support to Starbucks in Vietnam to drive contactless activation, with Starbucks implementing swivel stands for terminals to give customers more control over transactions, and offering discounts to customers paying with Visa contactless. Half of Visa transactions at Starbucks Vietnam are now contactless. Similarly, Visa has also partnered with Saigon Co-op to offer a range of exciting prizes to cardholders using this payment technology at their outlets.
“We are incredibly glad to be working with some of the most well-loved businesses in Vietnam to offer consumers an even easier way to pay. We look forward to continuing this work with other businesses in the future,” added Dang Tuyet Dung.