Contactless payments are a fast, secure, and hygienic way to make purchases with a debit or credit card. Read on to learn why it’s becoming an increasingly popular and advantageous payment method for you as well as your customers.
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Contactless payment allows consumers to purchase products or services using a debit or credit without physically inserting or swiping the card into a point-of-sale device, handing the card to staff, signing their names, or entering PINs. Also called “tap-to-pay,” or “tap-and-go,” contactless payment uses either near-field communications (NFC) technologies to enable “contactless” transactions.
Merchants who offer contactless payments can realize the following benefits:
Consumers also benefit from making contactless payments:
In addition to being faster, more convenient, and more secure, contactless technology is the most hygienic of all in-person payment options because it doesn’t require any direct contact at the point of sale. There is no need to pass cards between consumers and merchants, type PINs into keypads, or use styluses handled by multiple consumers.
The contactless payment symbol on POS terminals indicates that the merchant accepts contactless payments. Here’s how to make contactless payments using either a card, smartphone, or another mobile device.
Contactless payments using a card (Tap-to-pay)
Credit or debit cards enabled for contactless payment display the contactless payment symbol on the face of the card.
Contactless payments using a mobile device:
To enable contactless payments on their smartphones, smartwatches, fitness trackers, or other mobile devices, consumers first have to link their credit cards to a payment app, also called a “mobile wallet”.
However your customers choose to pay for their purchases, Clover POS systems accept all types of contact and contactless payments.
Clover devices accept numerous ways to pay, including:
Credit and debit cards are the most popular payment methods. Many of these cards are contactless-enabled and can be simply waved over a Clover device for payment. In addition, almost all cards can be used with a Mobile Wallet, including:
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