Perks give QR code payments more bite

Hawkers, diners more likely to go cashless when food centres offer discounts or rebates

Customer Neo Ann Chee, 36, paying for her lunch at the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre using the QR code payment system offered at the stall. Of the 50 stalls there, 45 display the Nets QR code and have Nets' card readers to let consumers
Customer Neo Ann Chee, 36, paying for her lunch at the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market and Food Centre using the QR code payment system offered at the stall. Of the 50 stalls there, 45 display the Nets QR code and have Nets' card readers to let consumers use their ATM cards.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The future of cashless payment at hawker centres and coffee shops could involve scanning a quick response (QR) code that looks like a mesh of pixelated squares, with the Government pushing for this.

But consumers may need a strong nudge to use QR code payments at hawker centres and coffee shops, The Straits Times has found.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2018, with the headline 'Perks give QR code payments more bite'. Subscribe