QR code payments: Revolutionizing transactions with a scan

QR code payments: Revolutionizing transactions with a scan

Think about the most recent restaurant experience you’ve had. Did you use your phone to scan a QR code for the menu? Or did you pay for your bill using a QR code?  

Whether you use QR Ph, PayMaya, GCash GoPay, ShopeePay, or GrabPay, chances are you’ve scanned a QR code to complete your transaction. This process is so easy and convenient that you might not even think about it anymore.

The QR code payment method has swiftly become a staple in our daily transactional habits. It provides an efficient, secure, and straightforward way to conduct business. But what makes QR code payments truly revolutionary? Let’s find out. 

A brief history of QR payments

The inception of QR (Quick Response) codes dates back to the 1990s, developed initially for tracking automotive parts during manufacturing. However, their utility quickly transcended their original purpose, evolving into a powerful tool for payment transactions. 

QR code payments gained prominence first in Asia, with countries like China and Japan leading the way, transforming the retail landscape by offering a contactless, cashless method of payment that catered to the fast-paced lifestyle of their populations. In Southeast Asia, QR code payments are also equally popular. In fact, 52% of consumers in Thailand prefer to use QR codes for payments, and other Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines, show similar rising trends. 

As consumers settled on their preferred payments, merchants began to adopt QR code payments. QR code payment systems are being seamlessly integrated into businesses’ daily operations, streamlining transactions and offering convenience to both customers and merchants alike.

In the Philippines, the adoption of QR code payments has been further enhanced by the introduction of QR Ph, the National QR code payment system of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). This unified QR code standard simplifies the e-payment landscape by consolidating various QR payment services of participating banks and non-bank electronic money issuers under one label. This enables consumers to make payments using their preferred e-wallet or banking app by scanning just one QR code. 

The BSP developed QR Ph to provide Filipinos with a quick and safe method to pay, transfer to, and receive funds from other bank and e-money accounts in the Philippines. Merchants benefit from a reduced need to display multiple QR codes for different payment options, while consumers enjoy a seamless and secure method to conduct transactions across a wide array of payment services, further enhancing the digital payment experience in the archipelago.

Understanding QR code payments

A QR code payment system is a method of transaction where payment is performed by scanning a QR code using a mobile device. The process is simple: 

  1. Merchant generates a payment QR code (via payment terminal or smart POS)
  2. Customer scans the QR code with a payment app (via a smartphone)
  3. Customer authorizes the transaction (PIN, fingerprint, etc.) 
  4. Merchant receives a payment confirmation. 

This streamlined process not only simplifies transactions but also enhances the overall customer experience by making payments quick and hassle-free.

Advantages of QR code payments

The benefits of QR code payments are manifold, impacting both businesses and consumers positively. For businesses, QR code payments offer seamless integration into existing systems, broadening customer reach and improving customer experience. 

Consumers, on the other hand, enjoy convenience, reduced costs, and enhanced security. QR code payments promote efficiency, facilitate extensive data collection, and can significantly lower transaction costs by minimizing the need for physical payment infrastructures.

How safe are QR code payments?

Static QR codes, which encode fixed information for repeated use, are convenient for frequent transactions with the same merchant but pose a higher security risk due to their unchanging nature, making them susceptible to fraud. 

Conversely, dynamic QR codes are tailored for single transactions, generating unique details for each payment and expiring post-transaction, thus significantly enhancing security by reducing the risk of misuse. This makes dynamic QR codes particularly valuable in scenarios that demand high security and privacy, offering a safer transaction environment for both merchants and customers. 

In Singapore, for example, PayNow’s integration with dynamic QR codes exemplifies this security measure, allowing for instant, error-free payments directly to a business’s account linked with their Unique Entity Number (UEN), without the customer needing to enter an amount manually. This integration not only simplifies the transaction process, making it faster and more secure but also ensures accurate payments, eliminating the risk of errors in manual entry and enhancing operational workflow for businesses.

QashierPay (only currently available in Singapore and Malaysia) takes this a step further by creating dynamic PayNow QR codes instantly for each transaction, accurately representing the total payment amount due. This ensures every payment is precise, offering consistency and reliability in every transaction, seamlessly embedded with smart POS terminals for an even more streamlined payment experience.

Unbox better payments

The launch of QashierPay Soundbox in Singapore marks a significant milestone in the evolution of QR code payments. This innovative solution revolutionizes payment transactions for merchants and customers alike. It offers distinctive features like instant audio alerts for secure QR payments, setting it apart from traditional methods. 

What else makes it a top choice for businesses aiming for enhanced operational efficiency?

  • Secure transactions: Employing state-of-the-art encryption technology, Soundbox guarantees the safety and security of every transaction, giving merchants and customers peace of mind.
  • Whole-day battery life: Designed for operational flexibility, Soundbox operates efficiently whether plugged in or powered by its in-built 2000mAh battery, ensuring it can support business operations throughout the day without interruption.
  • Always-on display: The device features a sleek 3.5” LCD screen that facilitates easy scanning of payment QR codes by customers, simplifying the payment process with its quick and straightforward interface.
  • 4G Connectivity: With seamless integration of 4G connectivity, Soundbox ensures that online transactions are not only lightning-fast but also secure, enhancing the overall efficiency and reliability of payment processing.

Together, these features make Soundbox an exceptional tool that not only stands out for its technological advancements but also for how it simplifies and secures the payment process, thereby streamlining transactions for merchants and customers alike.

Final thoughts

As we continue to embrace digital transformation, QR code payments will play a key role in shaping the landscape of financial transactions. The simplicity, efficiency, and security they offer make QR code payments an indispensable part of our digital future.

Qashier continuously innovates to provide SMEs with the tools they need to thrive in a digital economy. By understanding and leveraging the power of QR code payments, businesses can unlock a world of possibilities, ensuring they remain competitive and relevant.

Stay ahead of the curve with Qashier, your partner in revolutionizing transactions with a scan. Stay tuned for updates and new Qashier products and features that will be available in the Philippines in the coming months.

More about Qashier

Qashier offers multiple digital solutions, including QR code table ordering, table management (F&B), employee management, customer relationship management (loyalty programs), inventory management, data analytics, and track payments, in an all-in-one device.

Qashier promises a seamless setup within 10 minutes, without the need for technical expertise. It boasts a user-friendly interface that is simple for anyone to learn and use. If you require assistance, you’ll find 7 days-a-week responsive technical support from your local team.

Try the Qashier app for free on your own Android device! Speak to us to see if Qashier’s Smart POS can meet your business needs. Schedule a meeting with us here, or contact us at +63 917 QASHIER (7274437) (Whatsapp and Viber) or email at [email protected]



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