Most people know that money isn’t clean but they also forget that their credit cards pass through just as many hands as the dollars and coins in their wallet. Likewise, the many touchpoints on a terminal—such as inserting a card, entering a PIN, and signing—heighten the need for a cleaner payment experience. Luckily, with contactless payments, proper sanitization, and other helpful tips, a cleaner way to pay is possible.
As a business owner in the midst of a global pandemic, it is now more important than ever to offer and promote contactless payments to reduce physical contact with payment terminals. As mentioned, you need to promote contactless payments with signage. This is good for you, your employees and your customers. Contactless pay doesn’t just limit the credit card’s exposure to payment terminals in the checkout line, it also reduces consumer contact.
How It WorksShoppers simply hover their Contactless-enabled card or mobile wallet over the payment terminal when prompted and they’re done! Through this method, no signature or PIN entry is required so consumers avoid touching PIN pads and touch screens. Contactless is fast and convenient, typically taking only one to two seconds! We made a video showing you how it works here.
Merchants’ Role in Preventing the Spread of COVID-19Recent tests suggest that the new coronavirus can survive on plastic and stainless-steel surfaces for two to three days, which means that the virus can linger on credit cards and payment terminals. Merchants should continue to regularly disinfect their payment terminals to reduce the spread of germs and viruses. Payment terminals are safe to clean with disinfecting wipes or alcohol wipes as well as a recommended card cleaner with waffle technology.
We Can HelpNot sure if your terminal or payment device can accept contactless payments? Not sure how to turn on the feature? First Coast Payments can help you if you are not receiving the support from your current processor.
Give us a call at 904-567-8612 or email email@example.com for more information.
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