Blakemore Trade Partners (BTP) is set to roll out contactless payment technology across its independent SPAR estate following a “successful” trial.
The business says it will introduce contactless payment kit to all EPOS stores over the coming months, with the rollout expected to be complete by autumn 2015.
A.F. Blakemore IT Strategic Projects director Simon Wiltshire told Wholesale News: “Our plan is to upgrade payment points across all EPOS stores so that they can accept contactless payments by this autumn. The move will result in quicker and more convenient payment transactions at the till point for customers and a lower commission charge for our retailers. Contactless payment will also provide additional payment card security.”
Across the BTP independent estate, 30 stores already make use of contactless payment technology. It says that on average 11% of all payment transactions at these sites have been contactless. The current limit for payments is set at £20, but will increase to £30 in September this year.
Meanwhile BTP has hosted a series of roadshows for more than 200 retailers across the Meridian amp; Welsh Guild to keep them up-to-date with latest initiatives.
The roadshows, which ran throughout April and May, spanned the country from North Wales to Yorkshire and Kent with each consisting of a two-hour business session and four interactive workshops.
Business sessions included updates on the convenience industry as well as Blakemore Trade Partners’ e-learning training systems, latest category management tools, new product ranges and national sales and marketing strategies. Workshops gave retailers time to discuss the ways in which they could develop their business and staff.
There was also a 90-minute social networking opportunity and time with key representatives from the BTP board, sales, trading and recruitment teams as well as support colleagues from A.F. Blakemore’s logistics, IT and finance departments.