Caltex goes contactless with CommBank

Caltex goes contactless with CommBank

Summary: 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.


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 image by Andy Carter, CC BY 2.0)

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.

Caltex joins the ranks of other companies offering contactless payment services with Woolworths, McDonalds, Dymocks, Bunnings Warehouse and Cabcharge also offering a PIN-less payment option.

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.

Australia's Near Field Communication-enabled hardware market is set to expand this year, with the planned release of the Nokia N9 alongside the existing Samsung Nexus S.

NFC is also receiving attention abroad, as Google last month took the covers off its Wallet service. HP is also reportedly working on NFC-enabled phone and tablet devices.

Topics: Android, Banking, E-Commerce, Google, Mobility

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  • Big deal! I've been paying for my petrol at the pump with a Woolworths credit card for a year (albeit with a PIN, terribly difficult and time-consuming to enter). What am I to assume? The author is too young to do the shopping?
  • Hey iWonder,
    You've certainly hit onto an interesting point here: you said you pay at the pump with a PIN, which is "terribly difficult and time-consuming". Caltex has teamed up with CommBank to facilitate contactless payments where you can use your Mastercard PayPass for example to tap your card on the reader and walk away. No PIN, no signature and it works fast.

    What we asked Caltex is if they'd consider doing this at a pump level rather than just at the cash register. We were told that they're looking into lots of different ways to expand the use of contactless cards at a petrol station, which to me is exciting and it'd certainly speed up your filling process by the sounds of things too.

    Also, I'm most certainly a grown-up who fills up with fuel, goes shopping and holds a full license.

    Cheers and thanks for the comment,
    Journalist | ZDNet Australia