Postal Services Continue To Expand Contactless Offer In Europe

What's Next In Payments®
3:53 PM EDT October 17th, 2012

Poste Italiane – the Italian postal service has announced that it will be introducing contactless payments to its stores in Milan in December 2012. The shops in Milan will be equipped with NFC-enabled payment solutions and customers will be able to pay through NFC-enabled phones. This service is available to customers of the postal service’s mobile service – PosteMobile – and bank account service – BancoPosta.

Poste Italiane is following the footsteps of the Post Office in the UK and La Poste in France. In the UK, the national postal service introduce contactless payments in June 2012, becoming the retailer with the most contactless payment points in the country – with 11,500 branches. It is the largest deployment of contactless technology in Europe and is expected to increase consumer awareness and usage and, through the Post Office network, put this technology within three miles of 99% of the UK population.

In France, La Poste pioneered its NFC offering in Nice, when the city was used for a trial by Citizy to become a contactless city. La Poste’s bank also offers contactless cards to its account holders, in partnership with Visa and MasterCard. Moreover, the French postal service is testing out a smart mailbox service in Paris which lets customers interact with their mailbox through NFC technology.

Also by This Author
What's Hot
Merchant Innovation
Amazon Reports 23% Rise In Q1 Net Sales, Launches Grocery Service
B2B Payments
Worldpay Launches e-Commerce Module With Hybris
B2B Payments
Removing Barriers to E-invoicing
B2B Payments
BBVA Compass Creates Transportation Banking Division
View All Articles ››
You May Also Like
Company Spotlight
Different mPOS Strokes for Different mPOS Folks
Digital River Offers A Sneak Peak At Mobile eCommerce Trends
Mobile Commerce
Trustwave Buys Cenzic To Beef Up App Testing Capability
In Depth
Visa Reports 26% Boost In Fiscal Q2 Profit But Falls Short of Expectations
Merchant Innovation
Amazon Reports 23% Rise In Q1 Net Sales, Launches Grocery Service
MiiCard’s $21 Billion Dollar Solution
Square’s Many Suitors: The People Have Spoken
View All Articles ››