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Arnotts gives its customers a faster way to pay this season

Arnotts, in partnership with AIB Merchant Services and Visa Europe, has become the first department store in Ireland to offer contactless payments.

With almost 200 contactless-enabled terminals throughout the store, customers will have a new, faster way to pay whether they're paying for a photo with Santa, buying a gadget in the kitchen department, a bestseller in WH Smith or something in Arnotts' restaurants.

Arnotts IT director Helen Duffy said they were delighted to be the first department store in Ireland to introduce the system.

"Improving our customers' shopping experience is important to Arnotts and we are keen to embrace new technology to achieve this.

"We process up to a million credit/debit card transactions and approximately three million cash transactions in a year."

Irish people withdraw more money from ATMs (on a per capita basis) than any other EU member state.

In fact, the figure is almost twice the EU average. The move toward contactless payments is aligned to the Government's National Payments Plan to help reduce cash- and paper-based transactions and promote electronic transactions.

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