Ever since GCash pioneered electronic payments using QR codes and made it available to shoppers in Glorietta, and recently, Trinoma—and soon all Ayala Malls, I heard!—I always make it a point now to buy things I need, dine, and watch movies at this particular mall because of the convenience. It’s really so easy to use the GCash app’s QR payment option, and I love how some establishments even give you a cash back. I can’t wait for all establishments around the country to adapt the benefits of cashless payments.
And I think it will happen sooner than later, since now, one of the largest 24-hour convenience store chains in the Philippines accepts GCash QR payments: Ministop, a franchise of Ministop Co. Ltd., one of the largest convenience store chains in Japan. It’s a subsidiary of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc., the second-largest multi-format retailer in the Philippines. The convenience store chain has developed products and services that cater to the Filipino market with its wide assortment of merchandise and an extensive selection of ready-to-eat products, which are mostly patronized by employees and students. A good part of my life in the corporate world was spent buying Ministop’s huge, delicious fried chicken for lunch and dinner, actually.
Ministop continues to provide affordable goods and value-added services 24/7, and e-payment via QR code through GCash makes it more convenient and secure for Filipinos from all walks of life to pay for their favorite treats and meals with just a few clicks on their mobile phones.
To use the GCash scan to pay feature, you only need to download or update the GCash App in your iPhone or Android smartphone, register for an account, and load your GCash wallet in any of the 12,000 GCash partner outlets nationwide, including Robinsons Business Centers, Globe Stores, SM Business Centers, Puregold branches, 7-Eleven Cliqq kiosks, and TouchPay kiosks, among others. Once done, just tap or point the phone’s camera at the QR code by the cashier and input the amount to be paid.
The GCash App scan to pay feature is initially available at Ministop branches in Cyberscape Alpha and Cyberscape Beta in Ortigas Center starting December 1, with more and more branches slated to roll out the service in 2018. GCash users will also enjoy a 10 percent rebate when they scan to pay with GCash at the said branches for the whole month of December.
“This will be good for the larger population because of the ease, convenience, and security that e-payments provide both consumers and merchants,” said Anthony Thomas, President and CEO of Mynt (owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial, and Ayala Corp.) which operates GCash.
Gcash has been aggressively campaigning for cashless payment system using the GCash App scan to pay feature, kicking off the cashless movement at Mercato Central in Bonifacio Global City and Ayala Malls. Thomas said Filipinos will see GCash becoming more ubiquitous in the next couple of years as it acquires more partner merchants, including micro entrepreneurs. “We are not reserving e-payment for organized trade, but also for your cigarette vendor, balut vendor, and the sari-sari store, among others. Eventually, you can pay with your smartphone anywhere you go. No need to bring cash,” said Thomas.
GCash has been working hard to change the landscape of how Filipinos usually pay for their purchases to eliminate the pain points of cash payments, such as the hassle of bringing money, waiting for change, or getting into misunderstandings over payments. Merchants, meanwhile, will no longer need expensive machines to process mobile money transactions since they only need QR stickers with a unique code linked to their GCash wallet.