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More hawkers are going cashless, but will it last?

ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A universal payment QR code is being displayed at a growing number of hawker stalls all over the island to let customers pay for, say, a plate of chicken rice or a soya bean drink with their smartphones.

Nearly a third of all 18,000 hawker stalls in Singapore now let customers pay from major banking apps and e-wallets by scanning the QR code, backed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2020, with the headline 'More hawkers are going cashless, but will it last?'. Subscribe