PayPal’s ‘Check In’ arrives in Britain

PayPal Check In Complete PaymentI’m looking forward to my next trip to Richmond which will be before the end of the month. A dozen businesses in the high street, including cafes, restaurants, shops, a hotel and even a fish and chip shop now accept PayPal, but not the traditional enter you user name and password. PayPal “Check In” enables you to pay with your face!

The PayPal app for Android, Windows and even Apple’s iOS phones now lets customers check in to pay. The app highlights nearby shops and restaurants that accept PayPal and once checked in, your name and photo appears on the shop’s payment system. All customers need to do is check in on the app by dropping a pin on a retailer. The customer agrees the amount to be paid, the cashier charges them by clicking on their image and the customer gets an alert on their phone to let them know how much they’ve paid, as well as PayPal’s usual email receipt.

If you’re in Richmond you can pay with your face and PayPal at Cook & Garcia, The Farmery, The Tea Box, The Bingham Hotel, Revolution, Caffé Paolo, The Cedar Coffee Shop, Urban Diner, Pier 1 Fish and Chips, Noble Jones, Hill Café and Knot Coffee and Pretzel.

Check in is designed to save time for both customers and businesses. The customer doesn’t have to find their wallet to make a payment, and there’s no need to dash to the cash machine, write a cheque or wait for change. For businesses it means quicker transactions for your customers and not having to turn away sales for those without enough cash on them, both of which benefit the bottom line.

Rob Harper, Head of Retail Services at PayPal, said, “PayPal first brought ‘pay by mobile’ to the UK high street two years ago. Through our Richmond initiative, we’re pleased to help local businesses of all sizes offer a new more personal experience, while never having to turn away customers who don’t have enough cash on them to pay. Now locals in Richmond can leave their wallet or purse at home and be the first in the country to use their profile picture to pay“.

Whilst you’ll have to travel to Richmond to be one of the first to try the new PayPal Check In, it’s expected to gradually roll out across the UK. PayPal reckon that by 2016 you will be able to leave your physical wallet at home and just walk up the high street and be able to pay with your smartphone. For those that can’t make the trip to Richmond here’s a video showing how it works: