Going around the mall with a heavy wallet packed with bills, coins, and cards can be such a hassle—especially if you have to worry about pickpockets this busy holiday season. It’s also even worse when you forget your wallet at home, haha—something that has happened to me way too many times, especially when I’m extra stressed and frazzled.
So I was definitely excited to learn that GCash will now be accepted at establishments in Ayala Malls! Now we can leave bulky bills and heavy coins—even our entire wallets—at home as GCash and Ayala Malls welcome the Yuletide season with the modern cashless experience.
Scan the QR code using the GCash app
While GCash has been around for quite some time, it now has an exciting feature that’s a game-changer in the world of shopping: With the GCash Scan To Pay feature in the mobile app (you must update to the latest version), customers could pay for goods and services by simply scanning the QR codes displayed in different establishments. For consumers, there’s no need to worry about having enough cash on hand or a credit card. We pay the exact amount, removing the need for coins or change. For merchants, there’s no need for expensive machines to process mobile money transactions securely, just the QR code linked to the GCash wallet. GCash sees this solution working not just for organized trade but even for ambulant vendors (think: taho, dirty ice cream, balut, and fishball vendors).
Type the exact amount you need to pay on the GCash app
Wait for the confirmation that your QR payment request has been received
As an innovator in retail and shopping, Ayala Malls made the exciting leap forward and adapted the GCash payment system at Glorietta. Experience the convenient cashless lifestyle at Glorietta’s various shops and restaurants including those from the SSI Group, Bench Group, Bistro Group, and Max’s Group, among others; as well as Glorietta Cinemas, Timezone, and The Movie Snackbar.
Just like that, I’ve paid for my purchase without cash!
I was able to try this feature for myself at Bench, where I was the first shopper to ever try the GCash scan to pay feature last October 25, as well as at Taters, where I bought snacks before the screening of Thor: Ragnarok at Glorietta Cinemas. I just had to scan the QR code, enter the exact amount of the item I was purchasing (be extra careful with this, since there’s no way to undo it if you made an error in entering the figure), and then both the cashier and I were alerted via SMS that the payment went through.
I was the first shopper to ever try the GCash scan to pay feature at Bench Glorietta
Aside from Glorietta, expect the new GCash payment system to roll out in other Ayala Malls such as Greenbelt, TriNoma, Alabang Town Center, Market! Market!, UP Town Center, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, Ayala Malls South Park, and Ayala Center Cebu in the coming weeks.
GCash kiosk at Glorietta food court
Experience the convenience of GCash scan to pay yourself by downloading the app on Google Playstore or the App Store. It’s also so easy to reload your GCash accounts, with various options available including GCash/TouchPay kiosks around Glorietta (look for the GCash cat!), any Globe store, and over 13,000 partner outlets, including all 7/11 branches. You have to enter your GCash PIN each time you open the app, so you can be sure that even if you lose your phone, your GCash app can’t be accessed without your PIN.
It’s so easy to reload your GCash account!
The best time to experience cashless shopping is on #GDay in Glorietta on November 11, with big promos and rebates from GCash in Glorietta stores.
GCash is poised to lead the future of payments in the Philippines following the recent joint venture of Ant Financial, Globe Telecom, and Ayala Corporation, which is seen to speed up the country’s digitization to make the lives of Filipinos much easier. This developed as Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, graced the opening of the Philippine retail industry to electronic payments through GCash.
Alibaba Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma (center, left) joins GCat, the GCash Mascot, as it shows a sample of the QR code that is set to change the landscape of payments in the country. With him are (from L-R) Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Ant Financial Services Group CEO Eric Jing, Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land President and CEO Bobby Dy, and Ant Financial SVP and Head of International Operations Douglas Feagin.
“Imagine a day when you can shop and buy cinema, bus, and train tickets with a simple scan of your personal GCash QR code in your smart phone. The convenient daily life 520 million Alipay users are enjoying will soon be realized in the Philippines… Technology is helping more people to enjoy the benefits of digital financial services in a cost-effective, efficient, and safe way,” said Jing.
“This day marks a special moment in the history of technology and payments in the Philippines—this launches the first broad application of such technology, and marks GCash as the leader in this space,” said Zobel de Ayala.
Ayala seeks to promote financial inclusion for the underserved Filipinos. In doing so, it continuously invests in creating new channels and access points that broaden payment and lending options for all. Meanwhile, Cu noted, “In this country, only 5% of the population have credit cards, leaving almost everybody to carry cash all the time to pay for something. Today, we are introducing the third method of payment—GCash…Now that more people are using data on their smartphones, the time is ripe to enable digital payments using the smartphone and let this go mainstream. Our challenge today is to make digital payments the preferred choice among our customers instead of cash or credit cards.”
GCash is an internationally-acclaimed mobile wallet service of Mynt which can be used to buy load, pay bills, send money, and pay for goods and services whether online or offline. For more information on GCash, visit gcash.com. For more information about Ayala Malls, visit Ayala Malls on Facebook.