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December 7, 2018

MediaMarktSaturn pilots Smartpay service in Germany

Consumer electronics retailer MediaMarktSaturn has piloted a new payment by smartphone service through its Saturn Smartpay system in Hamburg, Germany.

Consumer electronics retailer MediaMarktSaturn has piloted a new payment by smartphone service through its Saturn Smartpay system in Hamburg, Germany.

Customers can pick up, scan and immediately pay for various items available across the store. The company will continue the service until the end of February next year.

The store is located in Mönckebergstrasse and is considered to be the biggest for the company globally.

MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group chief innovation officer Martin Wild said: “The smartphone has become many people’s remote control for life. Therefore, it’s only logical that it will also be used to make payments in the future, especially with this development being accelerated by new mobile payment offerings such as Google Pay and Apple Pay.

“The very positive response from customers to our first pilot projects in Innsbruck and Munich has encouraged us to offer mobile self-checkout across a large floorspace.”

“The very positive response from customers to our first pilot projects in Innsbruck and Munich has encouraged us to offer mobile self-checkout across a large floorspace for the first time.

“Our customers in Hamburg will thus benefit from an even better shopping experience and an additional innovative payment option when doing their Christmas shopping.”

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Customers can use the Saturn Smartpay service by scanning the barcode or the electronic shelf label of an item using the app, and then making payment using a credit card or PayPal.

After payment, store associates will deactivate the security tags at the Smartpay express counter before leaving the store.

The app is currently available for Android and iOS devices.

The company is planning to introduce Google Pay as a payment option from mid-December.