As global consumers are changing their daily behaviors to adhere to social distancing and self-isolation guidelines, businesses, too, are being forced to reimagine operations and change how they reach and sell to their customer base. This unprecedented crisis has created major changes in the way we buy and sell goods, and for many merchants and customers, this means technology innovation is now a priority.
Businesses, especially fine dining and quick service restaurants have shifted gears quickly to ensure they are meeting the needs of their valued customers. Many restaurants are now taking advantage of Touchless Commerce, offering mobile ordering and pickup options to eliminate contact but also streamline delivery and service times.
To make the process even more frictionless, restaurants are implementing, and recommending, the use of contactless payments when placing a pickup or delivery order. Portable payment terminals can accept payment curbside safely and securely, allowing customers to complete payment by accessing digital wallets on their smart phones or tap their contactless card.
Mobile and eCommerce transactions enable the same swiftness and ease, with a customized, uninterrupted checkout flow that can be made quick and seamless by enabling digital wallets. Undoubtedly, contactless, mobile, and eCommerce payments provide vast benefits to the customer including convenience, flexibility, and top-notch security.
In just a matter of weeks, the effects of COVID-19 have forced businesses and restaurants to re-evaluate in-house operations and digitally transform to meet their customer’s needs. With the buying and selling of goods and services happening predominantly online to promote social distancing practices, we have quickly become a marketplace powered by eCommerce. But what are the long-term social implications of these practices? Will online purchasing and mobile payments become our new standard of shopping and dining? How will businesses respond to the explosion of online living?
As we pivot to a highly tech-focused consumer world, the push to order and pay online or through mobile has become engrained in our daily activity. It is anticipated that in a post- COVID-19 world businesses will continue to supplement their daily operations with fast and frictionless payment technology. The opportunities in promoting a consumer-centric experience driven by technology are untapped and this is just the beginning!