Eligible card customers can expect to get faster service at the petrol pump from tomorrow, as Caltex readies hundreds of stores with new contactless card payment readers from the Commonwealth Bank.
Caltex plans to go live with Commonwealth Bank contactless readers in 387 stores from tomorrow for MasterCard and Visa credit and debit purchases, eliminating the need for PIN or signature verification.
"Our aim is to help customers get on their way to where they are going as quickly as possible, and that means giving customers access to modern and efficient forms of payment technology such as MasterCard PayPass, said Leo Pucar, Caltex national retail manager.
Caltex plans to expand the contactless footprint outside of metropolitan areas by the end of the year to include another 393 stores around Australia. This would take the total number of contactless-enabled Caltex Star Marts to 780 by year's end.
Caltex told ZDNet Australia today that its adoption of contactless card payments is its way of using emerging technology to make customers' lives easier, and said that it hasn't ruled out plans to deploy contactless payment points directly to fuel pumps in future.
"We are currently looking at ways we can further expand options at the site. We don't limit the range of areas we can explore," Caltex said in a statement.
As retailers around the country roll out contactless payment for cards, financial institutions and hardware developers are still debating the best way to deploy phone-based, Near Field Communication (NFC) payment methods.
ANZ Bank trialled an NFC payment system using MicroSD-enabled iPhone cases in April, and reported mixed results for that trial yesterday.