Barclaycard is to trial gloves that allow people to pay for their shopping via contactless, following demand for a wearable payment item that makes paying quicker and easier when laden with shopping bags.
In a survey by Barclaycard, which quizzed 2,000 people on their shopping behaviour,
“gloves you could pay with” were voted the most popular wearable item consumers would like to see created, followed by rings in second place and bracelets in third.
Barclaycard has developed a small number of ‘pay-glove’ prototypes which are being trialled across some of the UK’s 300,000 contactless locations.
The cosy woollen gloves, which are also touchscreen-enabled so shoppers can use their mobile phones while on the move, act like your credit or debit card and can be used to make quick and easy contactless payments.
They are likely to be popular with the 74% of shoppers who, when asked about their shopping dislikes, rated queuing as their biggest pet hate. They will also be useful for the one in five shoppers (19%) who said they struggle to pay when their hands are full of bags.
The shopping survey also found that “overcrowded shops that are difficult to navigate” (41%) and “the battle to find a car parking space” (38%) were a regular annoyance for consumers. “Unfriendly and unhelpful check-out staff” (36%), and “items you want being sold out” (32%) also scored highly.
This fashionable make-over for Barclaycard’s payment devices couldn’t have come at a better time with UK consumers predicted to spend £2 billion through contactless this year as they increasingly choose it over cash.
The Barclaycard gloves are embedded with a bPay contactless chip that can be linked to a credit or debit card and used to pay for transactions of up to £20. In the same way consumers use a contactless card, the gloves work when tapped on a contactless terminal and payment is processed in an instant.