Tuesday, 14 July 2020 18:56

Mastercard starts rolling out Click to Pay solution in Asia-Pac region

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Payment provider Mastercard has begun technical preparations for global expansion of the Click to Play online checkout, along with American Express, Discover and Visa.

A statement from the company said the arrival of this form of payment was taking place as the Asia Pacific shifted rapidly to digital commerce.

It said the introduction had been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic, as digital by default slowly became the the norm and shoppers now expected maximum convenience as they sought more on-demand goods and services.

Mastercard said its expansion of the Click to Pay solution was part of a global expansion with American Express, Discover and VISA.

"Simplicity and security are at the heart of Click to Pay. Rather than having to key in account numbers and personal information every time, people simply click to make online purchases safely and quickly on websites, mobile apps or connected devices," said Tim Fletcher, senior vice-president, Acceptance Product Management, Asia Pacific, Mastercard.

"For merchants, Click to Pay drives customer satisfaction and loyalty with a simpler, smoother digital checkout experience that lowers shopping cart abandonment and offers people the choice of paying with various card brands. The intelligent authentication helps to distinguish customers at checkout, reducing fraud and false declines."

Mastercard and the other payment networks announced Click to Pay in the US in October 2019. Since then, more than 10,000 merchants have enabled the solution.

In Asia Pacific, the Click to Pay expansion includes technical preparations in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and Singapore. Brazil, Canada, Ireland, Kuwait, Mexico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom are also among the markets in the first wave of Mastercard's global rollout of Click to Pay beyond the US.


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