Food Republic - a fast food court chain in Singapore - is now accepting contactless payments across its 15 outlets nationwide through Visa payWave.
"This is the first time in Southeast Asia that we are introducing Visa payWave acceptance in a food court chain, and this is a breakthrough for Visa given that food courts are a heavily cash-based category," said Ooi Huey Tyng, Visa Country Manager for Singapore and Brunei, in a press release.
Customers can just wave their Visa payWave-enabled card in front of a near-field communication (NFC) reader without the need to input their signatures or personal identification numbers (PINs).
"Food courts are a huge part of Singapore's culture and many people frequent them every day. With Visa payWave introduced at Food Republic, customers no longer need to fumble for cash when paying and can look forward to a speedier service at the payment terminals. Likewise, time-pressed service staff can attend to customers within a shorter time frame, which is especially critical during peak hours. With food courts now accepting Visa payWave, we believe this will accelerate Singapore's goal in becoming a cashless society," Tyng added.
"Since the soft launch of Visa payWave at all of our Food Republic stalls in June, we have already seen growing usage of contactless payments. With the latest incentive, we expect even more of our customers will opt to use Visa payWave instead of cash," said Andy Kiu, General Manager of Food Republic Singapore.
As part of the launch campaign, customers paying with Visa payWave until the end of this month will enjoy S$1 off for every S$6 purchase at all Food Republic outlets.
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