• GCash launches QR payment service

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    MOBILE money service provider GCash recently launched what it touted as the first QR payment service by smartphone in the country, dubbed as GoPay.

    GoPay is the newest feature within the GCash app which allows customers to use their GCash account to pay for goods and services by simply scanning QR codes displayed by merchants and establishments.

    Merchants would no longer need expensive machines to process mobile money transactions but only QRs with a unique code that is linked to their GCash wallet.

    By making QR codes available to anyone, GCash will be paving the way for a cashless society, which means faster, more convenient and secure transactions for both merchants and consumers, GCash said.

    “Our goal has always been to make finance more inclusive by building a cashless ecosystem. GoPay QR payments solution will close the loop and drive merchants accepting GCash payments. We plan to extend this service from all types of retailers nationwide down to our favorite fishball vendor,” said John Rubio, CEO and President of Mynt, a subsidiary of Globe Telecom dedicated to developing payments solutions using GCash.

    JM Aujero, Mynt Merchant Acquiring Head, added that with GoPay QR, consumers don’t even need to bring cash when they go shopping or when they eat out.

    A customer with an iPhone or an Android smartphone just needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and fund his GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. Once done, he has to open the GCash App and swipe left on the page. The GCash App will bring up the phone’s camera, at which point he has to “scan” a partner store’s QR code and enter the amount to be paid.

    GoPay will be rolled out within the next few weeks at select partner stores. Its introduction is in line with the thrust of Ant Financial, parent company of Alipay and strategic partner of Mynt, to accelerate financial inclusion and upgrade payment services in the Philippines. Alipay popularized QR code payments in China.

    Mynt is a fully-owned subsidiary of Globe Capital Venture Holdings, Inc. It operates two fintech companies: GCash and Fuse, a tech-based lending company that enables Filipinos to get personal and business loans through use of mobile technology, alternative data, and innovative credit scoring methods.

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