Standard Chartered enables real-time cross-border payments via QR code for Allinpay

Thursday 9 February 2023 10:49 CET | News

UK-based bank Standard Chartered has enabled Allinpay’s merchants in Hong Kong to accept PayNow instant payments in Singapore dollars via QR code.


Singapore PayNow can now be used to make Singapore dollar instant payments at Allinpay’s participating merchants in Hong Kong. The solution is also made possible with Standard Chartered’s proprietary solutions including its omnichannel gateway ‘Straight2Bank Pay’ and API-based FX pricing engine ‘SCALE’.

Allinpay serves a merchant network of more than 30,000 acceptance points in Hong Kong, offering comprehensive integrated payment solutions, including international credit and payment cards and e-wallets such as Alipay and WeChat Pay.

Standard Chartered facilitates Allinpay’s merchants in Hong Kong to accept payments in Singapore dollars via QR code


Facilitating transactions between Singaporean travellers and Hong Kong merchants

This latest collaboration will enable Allinpay’s participating merchants in Hong Kong to accept Singapore PayNow QR payments (both online and at the merchant premises), without the need for any additional technological investment, infrastructure integration, or operational changes. Furthermore, this solution unlocks the potential for merchants in Hong Kong to generate incremental revenues from Singapore travellers, with the resumption of normal travel as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Officials from Allinpay Merchant Services said that it is timely to spearhead PayNow QR payments at Hong Kong merchants with the resumption of travel. They are confident that this partnership will offer a real-time and seamless digital payment experience through Allinpay's integrated platform to meet customers' needs for better cross-border payments, cost savings, and mobile lifestyle.

Also commenting on the partnership, the bank’s representatives stated that they are happy to partner Allinpay and bring this collaboration to life. By achieving this milestone to accelerate the greater use of contactless cross-PUBLIC border payments, they’re laying the tracks for a whole new digital world of transactions. With capabilities to access over 20 instant payments infrastructures globally, they look forward to extending this solution to more markets in the future, enabling their fintech partners to deliver a fast and frictionless experience to their merchants and boost the tourism economy.

Seamless currency conversions in real time when paying

Singapore PayNow users can pay their Hong Kong dollar (HKD) purchases instantly in the Singapore dollar (SGD) equivalent amount via PayNow QR code. The SGD-HKD exchange rate is fetched real-time and displayed at the point-of-sale device upon checkout. Once users scan the QR code and execute the SGD-equivalent payments, the funds will be deducted from the user’s SGD bank account in Singapore immediately to complete the transaction.

This solution brings benefits to both customers and merchants. Singapore travellers can now make cashless purchases at participating merchants in Hong Kong, and have the visibility of the exact amount paid in SGD while enjoying savings in FX conversion and administration fees. Hong Kong merchants which accept PayNow payments will not be subjected to credit card transaction charges and get to reduce their cash handling costs.

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Keywords: QR payments, merchants, mobile payments, digital wallet, cross-border payments, FX , real-time payments
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Companies: Allinpay, Standard Chartered
Countries: Hong Kong, Singapore
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