GCash ‘scan-to-pay’ feature now available in SM stores nationwide

GCash mobile wallet service has officially announced that its scan-to-pay feature is now available at all SM Store nationwide.

Top executives of Globe Telecom and SM try out the scan-to-pay feature of GCash at the SM store in Mall of Asia

Top executives of Globe Telecom and SM try out the scan-to-pay feature of GCash at the SM store in Mall of Asia

This development makes it more convenient for customers to do their shopping, especially this holiday season as shoppers can already pay for their purchases without the need to bring cash.

With GCash’s scan-to-pay, a customer with a smartphone only needs to either download or update to the latest version of the GCash app, create an account and fund the GCash wallet through cash-in centers located across the country. Once done, the customer just has to tap on Scan QR and point the phone’s camera at the item’s QR code to pay.

SM stores is the latest addition in a growing list of merchants which have embraced the GCash app scan-to-pay feature. Among the early adopters are Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City and Ayala Malls, particularly Glorietta.

Anthony Thomas, president and chief executive officer of Mynt, the financial technology company owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial, and Ayala Corp., said they have already begun the rollout of the QR code acceptance.

“We’re not installing a device but just a sticker with a QR code. The customer simply scans that sticker so no need for additional machines for transactions and there’s no cost to the machine but more benefits to the merchants. Cash is still convenient but there’s also the issue of security and handling. With GCash scan-to-pay feature, we’re bringing that down to the level where merchants can adapt,” Thomas explained.

With the addition of SM stores, the use of the GCash scan-to-pay feature continues to gain support among the top malls and merchants in the country.

Other well-known merchants currently using the feature are the Max’s Group of restaurants, apparel brand Bench, and international brands specialty retailer Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI).

Smaller sellers located at celebrity bazaar destination Noel Bazaar and in Mercato have also adopted this new cashless payment option.

Over the next few months, Globe Telecom said it will continue to aggressively roll out the use of the scan-to-pay feature in other locations nationwide to encourage more people to use it and enjoy its benefits.

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