As Chinese tourists pour into the United States and Canada, Shop merchants are preparing for them by outfitting their checkouts to accept WeChat Pay and Alipay, the two leading Chinese mobile-payments services at 35 stores in Toronto and Vancouver, British Columbia.67,000 stores worldwide, Alipay and WeChat Pay are just one of many solutions that we provide our global consumers so they can enjoy a frictionless experience in our stores,” said Gurmeet Singh, chief digital officer and chief information officer at Dallas-based 7-Eleven, in a statement. “We continue to drive digital transformation with the latest in consumer-facing mobile technology.”
Citcon USA LLC, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm specializing in outfitting North American stores with the equipment needed to accept the Chinese mobile-payments services, which rely on quick-response (QR) codes to trigger transactions.
Alipay, a service of Ant Financial Group, and WeChat Pay, owned by e-commerce giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., have been working with both Citcon and major processors to equip stores in North America for acceptance. Chinese tourism is rising.
As per Destination Canada, a government body who promotes tourism, 750,000 Chinese visitors came to the country in 2017, up 23% over 2016. A record number of tourists from China were expected this year.
Some 2.98 million Chinese visited the U.S. in 2016, the last year for which numbers are available, up 15% from 2015. They spent $33 billion, up 9%.
“Alipay supporting 7-Eleven in providing a seamless experience for Chinese consumers as they visit North America.
7-Eleven has been working on multiple fronts to equip its stores for digital payments.