Top 5 benefits of a cashless society for small businesses

13/03/2019

What will payments look like in the future? As cash makes way for mobile wallets and cards, a new study looks at the key benefits of being a cashless society.

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Paymentsense have created an interactive asset which analyses data from consumers and leading experts to reveal the demand for improved payment technologies in the UK, including fingerprint scanning, biometrics, voice ID, microchip and more.

Alongside the piece they surveyed 2,000 Brits and Small Business Owners to find out their attitudes to new payment technologies.

Key findings:


  • A cashless society is upon us - 64% of businesses in the UK are comfortable with no cash payment in their business.

  • 69% of small businesses have adopted new payment technologies.

  • However 40% of small businesses say they wouldn't be able to cope with payment in a power cut.

  • Chip and Pin (25%) is still more popular than contactless in small businesses (16%) as a payment type.

  • 31% of business owners said they would embrace new technology for added security.


1. Added security

Almost one third of consumers and business owners agree that new technology will lead to safer payments with 31% of business owners admitting they feel safer using new payment tech, as it means they have less cash on their premises.

 “To the consumer, the main demands of any payment process are that it needs to be simple, multi-channel (laptop, phone, tablet, etc.) fast, and yet secure. It is therefore up to the payment industry to determine how new technology can help meet the needs and demands of consumers and business customers.” says Howard Berg, SVP of Banking and Payment at Gemalto.

2. Extra consumers 

With the growth of app-based payments via services like Apple Pay, it seems natural that customers will one day do away with passwords, cards and PINs altogether - helping to ease payment use and eliminate identity theft.

Unlocking your smart device with touch ID will one day become synonymous with making direct fingerprint payments. Laura Rettie, personal finance expert at money.co.uk says “there have already been trials of linking biometrics to pay for goods so we can’t be far off rolling out a system that links our finances to our physical features.”

3. Increased efficiency

According to our research, cards aren’t going anywhere fast. In the short-term it’s set to continue to grow as our choice way to pay. But how much longer will we be using plastic for?

Whilst the number of card transactions will reach 47 million by 2020, the average spend per card transaction will decrease to £24.91 (down from £33.12 in 2017) hinting at an increase in other payment methods that alleviate the hassle of our current payment methods.

4. Environmentally friendly 

While only 6% of Brits would embrace new payment methods solely in order to cut down plastic use, the environmental benefits a cashless society would be transparent.

"Shopping online these days is so easy with ways to store your card details so you don’t have to dig them out each time you want to pay for something. It’s only a matter of years before we won’t need to carry wallets.” says Laura Rettie, personal finance expert at money.co.uk

5. Keep up with competitors 

Guy Moreve, Chief Marketing Officer at Paymentsense, says:

“Whilst a cashless society is on the horizon, the study still highlights how Brits are wary of being completely cashless, as many businesses still rely on cash as their main payment method. Along with the stat that 40% of small businesses in the UK say they wouldn't be able to cope with cashless payment in a power cut, the potential problems could even bring more points of exposure to the average Brit.

But as a society, it’s clear that new payment methods will evolve as consumer demands shift towards improved security and ease of use when making a transaction. The study highlights not only what advances Brits want to see in payment technology, but how businesses will need to adapt to these changing consumer demands.

Those who adopt new payment methods such as fingerprint scanning and voice ID will surely surpass future competition.”

The full report can be found at https://www.paymentsense.com/uk/future-of-payments/

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