Tesco is pushing ahead with trials of its PayQwiq mobile payment service by extending it to more than 600,000 customers, although it has yet to try to boost take-up of its Clubcard app.
PayQwiq allows shoppers to store their debit card and Tesco Clubcard details and pay for baskets worth up to £400 – dwarfing Apple Pay’s £30 spending limit.
The app, which was developed by Tesco Bank, has already been tested with thousands of customers across around 50 stores in Edinburgh and London.
Trials only launched in February but the supermarket giant said it is now extending the service to more customers and more stores following “very positive” feedback from customers.
After completing their shop, Tesco’s PayQwiq users can present their mobile phone at the checkout, where the cashier will scan a code to instantly take payment and add loyalty points to the shopper’s Clubcard account through the digital wallet.
The grocer is emailing 600,000 customers during the coming weeks, inviting them to download and use the app as part of the next phase of the roll-out.
A Tesco spokesman said: “At Tesco we are always looking to make the shopping trip better for customers and that’s why we’ve developed PayQwiq.
“With PayQwiq customers can pay for their shopping and collect their Clubcard points all with one simple scan of their phone.”
A recent report claimed only 4% of Tesco customers have downloaded the Clubcard app, compared to 40% of Nectar card holders who have a mobile version of their loyalty card.
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