Barclaycard opens up to Alipay

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Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of the UK’s credit and debit card transactions, has extended an existing provisional agreement with Alipay, enabling retailers across the country to accept the Chinese payment app at the point-of-sale.

Barclaycard first launched a pilot with Alipay in 2017, testing the QR code-based mobile shopping app in eight retail stores across the UK.

The new agreement will enable Barclays’ entire network of 11,000 merchants to accept in-store Alipay payments without replacing their existing point-of-sale system. Barclaycard says it is already in discussions with around 70 clients interested in becoming early adopters.

Rob Cameron, CEO, global head of payment acceptance at Barclaycard, says: “Thanks to the significant investments we’ve made in our platform, our clients have access to a


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