Marks & Spencer launches contactless technology in London stores
Marks & Spencer has become the latest retailer to introduce contactless payment in its stores.
Working in partnership with Streamline and Visa Europe, the retailer is initially making contactless payment available in 25 stores across London, including Marble Arch, Stratford City, White City and a number of Simply Food stores. The stores are expected to go live with the system throughout the summer.
Darren Wilson, managing director of Streamline, said: "Contactless technology is perfectly placed to speed up transactions and reduce queuing times. It is becoming increasingly popular on the high street and we predict that the technology will have a very positive effect on the shopper experience at Marks and Spencer."
Mark Austin, head of contactless at Visa Europe, added: "We are delighted that Marks & Spencer has decided to adopt contactless technology and believe the introduction of this service will be of great value to their customers. We now have over 21 million contactless cards in circulation in the UK and we are excited to add Marks & Spencer to the list of retailers accepting contactless payments in all of their stores."
Visa Europe predicts there will be 30 million contactless cards in the UK by the end of the calendar year.
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