A UK-based payment company has put contactless payment technology in a scarf to help ease the Christmas shopping queues this festive period.
Working the same way contactless debit or credit cards, the Swish and Payscarf is designed for the consumer already laden with bags at the checkout. Rather than rummaging for their wallet or purse, the consumer merely has to drape their scarf over the card terminal and make a swift and easy purchase.
You have to see this scarf in action.
Card Cutters, a specialist in merchant payment terminals, established this contactless scarf fashion system by combining near field communication (NFC) technology used in debit and credit cards inbuilt in the material of each piece of clothing.
The Swish and Pay scarf was created following research by Card Cutters that showed juggling shopping bags at the tills at Christmas to be one of the most stressful experiences a shopper goes through. More than 60% of the public see festive shopping as chore. Now it can be a literal breeze.
Further market research revealed that scarves were one of the most popular wearable items consumers would like to see created, followed by gloves, a bag and a bracelet.
Paul Edwards, Card Cutters UK Director, said: “There are currently 98.9 million* contactless cards in issue in the UK, this product trial is all about the consumer saving time rather than having to fumble around for your card. Equally though, a business would also be able to get through more sales in a shorter timeframe.
“When we saw the results of which items of clothing people would like to wear adapted with contactless payment technology, such as a scarf, a bag, gloves and even a hat. We thought it would be great to respond to these requests and trial this service during this festive time, and you never know the future of contactless clothing could be brought into 2017.”
For more information for this innovative way to pay, visit Card Cutters official website.
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