Chinese tourists will soon be able to make payments at 210,000 store locations in Germany serviced by payment provider Concardis using Ant Financial’s Alipay mobile payment platform. The move marks the service’s launch into Europe after the company unveiled its expansion plans at Money20/20 Europe in April 2016.
“Alipay solution can be easily integrated by all merchants of Concardis,” Ant Financial says. “This integrated solution can be integrated with a software update into the POS terminal — no additional infrastructure is needed for merchants to accept Alipay.
“To start with the integration of Alipay, only two steps are necessary. The download of software and the signing of a contract. Concardis will first introduce Alipay infrastructure in all H5000 terminals and thereafter gradually take over in the entire Concardis portfolio. Alipay will be integrated into the entire Concardis merchant portfolio first in Germany, then in Austria.”
“Through Concardis, the German merchants are able to offer Chinese tourists a payment method they are accustomed to and gives them the same experience abroad as in China,” the company adds. “On the terminal, a QR code is generated, which the consumer scans with the Alipay app. This makes payment for tourists who are travelling as easy as at home.”
German merchants will also be able to push their promotions and activities through the Global Lifestyle Platform within the Alipay app.
“With this partnership, we are able to connect German merchants to the many Chinese tourists in Germany through our payment and marketing solution and simultaneously offer a payment method they are used to from home,” says Sabrina Peng, president of Alipay International.