TECHNOLOGY | Staff Reporter, UK

Mastercard partners with ‘Change Please' social enterprise

Mastercard implemented its mobile payments technology at Change Please.

Change Please is social enterprise that allows formerly homeless people to train as specialist baristas and sell coffee.

Qkr!, created by Mastercard, will allow Change Please's customers to pay for food and drinks from their mobile phone. Now the baristas at Change Please, a community project set up by a former city trader, have been supplied with digital tablets by Mastercard that allow them to accept mobile payments through Qkr, whereas previously they accepted only cash. The baristas serve ethically sourced coffee from their converted Piaggeo trucks at eight of London’s busiest commercial areas, including Canary Wharf and London Bridge.

Qkr is connected to the Masterpass digital wallet which securely stores all of card data – not just Mastercard – as well as payment preferences. Masterpass allows one-click purchases online without having to enter card details each and every time.

Cemal Ezal, founder of Change Please said: “Being able to use the technology in Qkr to connect with our customers is absolutely invaluable for us. We have an ambition to be completely cashless by the end of this year. And by using Qkr, it allows us to take payments which we couldn’t do previously. Being able to use this technology is fundamental to our expansion.”

Elliott Goldenberg, head of digital payments at Mastercard UK & Ireland said: “Change Please are proof that it’s not just big businesses that can accept digital payments. Even the smallest businesses can adopt this technology incredibly easily. An office worker can order a coffee from their desk allowing the barista to make it in advance. It removes queues and it removes the need to fiddle around with change. What’s so special in this instance is that it shows how technology really can make a difference.”

The implementation of Qkr at Change Please was made possible through the support of their acquirer WorldPay.

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