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QR codes are liked more than previously believed

According to a recent report, consumers like using quick response (QR) codes to make in store purchases.

The latest study form Nielsen found that consumers who use their smartphones to make purchases in physical stores, prefer to make mobile payments that involve QR codes, and that 45% of the 3,784 respondents said that they use this particular system to check out with their mobile phone.

40% of consumers surveyed use mobile apps as their preferred way to pay for merchandise.

The over 3,700 survey participants were made up of individuals who were 18 years of age or older and who had used their mobile device (tablet or smartphone) for banking, shopping, or paying within 30 days of the survey taking place. The income of users who carried out mobile payments varied extensively. For instance, the report found that the highest usage occurred among consumers who made over $100,000 and less than $50,000.

According to Nielsen’s analysis, “Digital is starting to transform how consumers pony up cash for their everyday purchases.” It added that “for consumers using mobile payment technology, digital is already the norm.”

qr codes are liked by consumersIn addition to QR codes, other digital payment methods that were popular among mobile users included NFC (near field communication), such as Isis and Google Wallet, and using a mobile phone scanner to scan a code.

QR codes make mobile transactions easy for cashiers and customers.

The quick response code mobile payment method is easy for both the cashier and the consumer because all the cashier has to do is scan the QR code on the consumer’s phone just as they would any bar code. Once scanned, the payment is processed and completed.

When these cubed-shaped codes first became trendy, they were popping up on everything, everywhere, from product packages and brochures to museums and restaurants. However, these codes, which have the ability to store a considerable amount of digital data, have been losing ground and some people feel that they have become irrelevant. That being said, considering the responses Nielsen received for its study, it’s clear that when it comes to the realm of mobile payments, QR codes are well liked by consumers.

QR codes preferred to NFC for retail POS payment solution

An Australian financial institution has launched a mobile payments service for consumers.

Bendigo Bank, in partnership with Samsung Electronics Australia and Community Telco Australia, an Adelaide Bank telecommunication subsidiary, has released a retail point of sale (POS) mobile payment solution called “redy”, which gives consumers the capability of making a payment and even donating to a local charity by scanning unique QR codes.

Customers can make payments via their Apple or Android mobile devices.

To make a payment, consumers must first download the redy app, which is required in order to be able to scan the quick response code that is displayed on the Samsung redy tablet located at the POS. Bendigo Bank patrons can connect the redy app directly to their savings account. Those who are not clients of the financial institution can link the app to their MasterCard or Visa account.

To help ensure the security of customers, every QR code is uniquely and automatically generated by Bendigo Bank’s system each time a new transaction is processed. In addition, the receipts from transactions remain on the app, so the customer’s personal data and shopping information is not distributed to the merchant.QR Codes - Mobile Payments

Furthermore, redy is not only an efficient shopping service. In addition to enabling customers to make convenient purchases, it also rewards them with “creds”. This is a virtual currency that consumers earn in real time. The value of “creds” received per transaction is half a percent of each transaction. Customers can use this virtual money in more than one way. They can save the currency and use it at a later time to make purchases with businesses that support the redy service. They may also donate “creds” to a local initiative or charity.

QR codes seemed like a more logical solution to NFC Technology.

According to David Joss, CEO of Community Telco Australia, Bendigo Bank chose QR codes over near field communication (NFC) technology or Bluetooth low energy technology due to the fact that QRcodes can be scanned by all mobile devices, which allows more mobile users to benefit from the service. Not every smartphone on the market is equipped with the necessary tech to support NFC or Bluetooth. This makes the app more open.