Garvey’s SuperValu, which operates a number of stores in the south-west of Ireland, today announced the rollout of contactless payment terminals withAIB Merchant Services(www.aibms.com), a merchant acquiring joint venture between First Data Corporation and Allied Irish Banks p.l.c. The contactless payment terminals are being activated across a majority of Garvey Supervalu stores to offer customers faster, convenient and secure transactions with less time spent queuing.
Contactless payments enable cardholders to pay for everyday items up to the value of €15, simply by tapping their contactless-enabled card against a contactless-enabled point-of-sale terminal. A secure signal on the card’s chip is activated when it comes into close contact with the reader, thereby initiating the transaction, which can then take place without the need for PIN entry.
Jim Garvey, Finance Director of Garvey’s SuperValu, commented: "We are delighted to activate contactless payments at a number of Garvey’s SuperValu stores. With AIBMS’s support we will be able to further enhance our service to customers particularly at busy times. Contactless payments makes the transaction time much quicker at checkouts so customers have to spend less time queuing."
Nigel Motyer, General Manager of AIBMS, said, "Contactless payments are continuing to be rolled out in Ireland, having worked successfully in the UK and across Europe, particularly within fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, cafes, bars and newsagents. The transaction takes place in a matter of seconds, so using a contactless card to buy a coffee, newspaper or sandwich is convenient, saving the customer time and the need to carry loose change."
Each contactless payment transaction is recorded on the customer’s card statement making it easy to track. Contactless transactions are subject to the same level of consumer protection as other transactions on payment cards.