(PRWEB UK) 27 February 2013
The rise of mobile over the last decade is undeniable with it completely sculpting and changing the way consumers call, text, shop and interact with each other. Predictions for 2013 expect this to increase even more so with Visa Europe claiming that 2013 will see a flurry of contactless mobile payment services for consumers and at the end of the year, up to 80 different types of smartphones will be capable of handling contactless payments.
Furthermore, a study carried out by Shop.org and Forrestor research named the ‘State of Retailing’ found that mobile payments will be essential if retailers wish to remain competitive. 51 percent of the participating retailers said that the top priority in 2013 was optimisation, including mobile payments.
UK payments processor SmartDebit, specialise in Direct Debit payments, offering an end-to-end service, from consultancy to implementation, account management, processing and contingency.
Over the last decade the increase in cashless transactions has led to a significant increase in the amount of payment transactions that SmartDebit process. A representative from the Surrey-based firm added, “Society is slowly moving towards cashless payment methods as consumers are increasingly using their debit or credit cards to pay in shops or online. Over time, mobile and contactless payments will become the preferred payment method for common purchases and transactions. However, for this to occur in Britain, reliance on traditional cash and cheques methods must stop for mobile payments to enable mass market take up. Awareness levels must to be raised, consumers need to understand the benefits and most importantly have confidence in the security of contactless and mobile payments.”
SmartDebit is the UK’s leading Direct Debit Bureau, specialising in payment processing services since 1998. A Bacs approved Bureau, scoring ‘Excellent’ in all five categories of the Bacs audit, and ISO 27001 compliant. Providing a complete range of services: Outsourcing; SmartDebit Admin cloud based portal; SmartDebit Online payer sign up; SmartDebit API integrated solution and SmartDebit Contingency.