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QR code-based payments gradually displacing cash in Singapore, reveals GlobalData

Friday 12 February 2021 14:20 CET | News

GlobalData has revealed that QR payment is increasingly displacing cash among merchants in Singapore.

According to the press release, Singapore has been investing in building infrastructure for cashless payments for a long time, with QR code being one such initiative. As a result, QR payment is increasingly displacing cash among small merchants. Its growing acceptance has even prompted some of the larger merchants, that traditionally focused on payment cards, to begin accepting QR payments. 

Singapore has high concentration of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). According to the Singapore Department of Statistics, there were 273,100 businesses in the country by the end of 2019, with 99.5% of them being SMEs. However, despite having a well-developed payment infrastructure, a considerable number of consumers still prefer cash. This is due to limited acceptance of electronic payments among smaller merchants including street vendors, food stalls and hawkers. 

To encourage non-cash payments among these businesses, the government along with payment participants is focusing on QR based payments as a viable alternative for cash. Singapore has seen proliferation of mobile wallets-based QC payments, thereby making merchant stores cluttered with multiple QC codes. To overcome this, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), in collaboration with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), launched a unified QR code called Singapore Quick Response Code (SGQR) in September 2018. 

The solution combines multiple payment QR codes, thereby eliminating the need for merchants to invest in separate QR code from each provider. SGQR is now widely accepted across the country at more than 160,000 merchant points. Majority of digital payments in food stalls and stalls hawker centers are now being carried out via SGQR. 


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Keywords: GlobalData, research, QR payment, merchants, Singapore, mobile payments, digital payments
Categories: Payments & Commerce | Mobile Payments
Countries: Singapore
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