BELGIUM, 2017-Mar-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Belgium is proud to be the first major retailer in the country to take payments by smartphone using the Android Pay app that Google launched in Belgium on 7 March. Android Pay can now be used in nearly 600 Carrefour stores (45 Carrefour hypermarkets, most Market stores, Easy stores and Express stores). This makes life easier for customers as they pass even faster and more simply through the checkouts.
Carrefour therefore immediately embraced the advantages that Android Pay provides for customers and enthusiastically adopted this modern and practical means of payment.
If Carrefour has once again been able to be among the first retailers to introduce a new technology for its customers, it’s because all tills in Carrefour Hypermarket have been NFC-enabled (Near Field Communications) since 2010. Market, Easy and Express store tills have had this technology since the end of 2015. That in itself was also a major first for retail at the time.
Speed, comfort, security
Smartphones already provide numerous services and we always have them with us. We use them for browsing our shopping lists, scanning barcodes… and now to pay for our shopping.
Customers simply need to download the Android Pay app from the Google Play Store, register one or several credit cards (soon they’ll be able to add debit cards) that they want to use with the app, and then unlock their phone when they arrive at the checkout. When the cashier tells them how much they have to pay for their shopping (the amount will be shown on the payment terminal screen), they just have to move their smartphone close to the device and the payment goes through! Payment confirmation appears on the terminal screen, the cashier gives them their receipt and the transaction is complete. All that in just a few seconds. They no longer have to fumble around for their wallet, take out their bank card… they don’t even have to interact with the payment terminal.
And shopping is made even more pleasant. Obviously, customers can still get all their usual Carrefour benefits (Bonus Points, discounts etc.).
The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.
 Android Pay works with Android smartphones (KitKat 4.4+) that are NFC-enabled (Near Field Communication).
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