Customers shopping at womenswear chains Oasis, Warehouse, Coast and Karen Millen can now pay for items using their smartphones.
The service, which launches nationally at all four retailers from tomorrow (May 31), provides the customer with a unique barcode and transaction number, which the shop cashier scans to take payment from the customer’s PayPal account.
Payments, refunds and discounts are all managed via the app. PayPal claims it is a secure way of carrying out a transaction as the customer enters a PIN to open the app and no personal or financial information is stored on the phone.
The app works when there is no mobile or Wi-Fi signal and the customer can also request a refund from purchases online or instore via the app.
“Customers demand more from physical stores: outstanding service and a more personalised experience enabled by new technology,” said Ish Patel group omnichannel director at Aurora Fashions.
“Catering for payment flexibility is a now a crucial part of ensuring we are providing customers with a seamless experience by merging digital commerce with physical retailing.”
“We’ve created a simple, secure way to use a mobile phone to pay in your favourite stores,” added Cameron McLean managing director at PayPal UK.
“The lines between the online world and high street will soon disappear altogether: research we carried out last year among major retailers suggested that 2016 will be the year you won’t need a wallet to shop on the British high street. A phone will be enough.”
The PayPal app is available for Android and Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad) devices.