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WHSmith to roll out contactless payments across UK stores
21 Mar 2012

High street retailer WHSmith is set to roll out contactless payment technology across select stores in the UK this spring.

The firm has announced that contactless e-money terminals will initially be installed in 46 stores located in major travel hubs such as London Heathrow and railway stations.

The new service, which will be provided by Visa and payment value chain specialist Streamline, will allow customers to pay for goods worth up to £15 by simply holding their contactless-enabled card against the reader.

"The introduction of contactless at these key travel sites is ideal for consumers who often need to complete a purchase quickly prior to catching a train or plane," said Mark Austin, head of contactless at Visa Europe.

"We are delighted that WHSmith has decided to adopt contactless technology and believe the introduction of this service will be of great value to their customers."

WHSmith, which operates over 1,000 stores, is the first large bookseller, stationer and newsagent to adopt contactless technology in the UK.

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