Story image

payWave finally comes to the supermarket

31 Aug 15

Supermarket chain Countdown will now offer Visa payWave on Debit as an option for its customers, it was announced today.

The chain previously offered the technology on credit card payments.

Visa payWave was introduced in New Zealand in 2011, and now there are more than six million transactions made per month via the payment option.

George Lawson, Visa head of emerging payments & innovation says acceptance of Visa payWave on Debit is part of an ongoing rollout of the technology, which caters for a market demand for greater flexibility and choice in payments.

“We have seen a rapid adoption of contactless payments in New Zealand,” he says.  “Improving the speed with which payments can be made at busy supermarkets contributes significantly to the customer’s satisfaction with their overall shopping experience.”

Lawson says, “Contactless payments is the next step towards mobile payments, which will mean consumers will be able to pay via their mobile phone at contactless terminals.”

Visa payWave cards have an embedded antenna and microchip enabling fast and secure contactless communication with the checkout terminal. From there the transaction is processed through the same network used for all Visa transactions, Lawson explains.

He says Visa payWave transactions are processed three times faster than cash payments.

Multiple layers of security underpin Visa payWave transactions including EMV chip technology, a short read range and Visa’s Zero Liability policy that protects cardholders from fraudulent or unauthorised transactions.

Valve stops Steam Link hardware sales; promotes Android app instead
Valve announced that its supply of Steam Link hardware has sold out – and by the looks of it, it won’t be making any more.
Hands-on review: Spyro Reignited Trilogy brings back the PSOne icon
Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a great remake that features new school graphics with old fashioned style of gameplay.
Don't let criminals ruin your online shopping
It’s that time of year again. Not only have New Zealanders developed a bit of a taste for sales like black Friday and cyber Monday, the holiday season is well upon us.
Student app Niesh gets $1m funding windfall
“We’re a data driven company, and we’re using what we know to benefit students and the companies giving them rewards, discounts, and jobs,” explains co-founder Jae Yoo.  
NZ-grown fitness app draws on augmented reality
“I started working on creating an AR app over a year ago starting with just fitness. But as we moved on, it made sense to add in special features."
NZ's online merchants can now offer Google Pay
With Google Pay, customers will be able to speed through checkout with just a few clicks."
Hands-on review: Intel Core i7 8086K Limited Edition
Whilst I’ve seen commemorative coins and stamps, I’ve never seen a commemorative CPU. Intel’s Core i7 8086K is exactly that.
Hands-on review: Logitech G1 Pro Gaming Headphones and Mouse
For the serious gamer, this kit will have you happily spreading mayhem in glorious surround sound.