The UK continues to expand its rollout of contactless, with Starbucks completing its deployment of contactless point-of-sale terminals at 550 coffee shops nationwide.
The Starbucks deployment follows completion by Marks & Spencer, one of the UK’s largest retailers, of the rollout of contactless payment at 644 of its UK stores. McDonald’s restaurants and retail pharmacy Boots are also among tier-one merchants in the UK supporting contactless open-loop payments, along with the 11,000-branch UK Post Office and Transport for London on more than 8,000 buses.
There are now more than 250,000 contactless POS terminals deployed in the UK, according to Visa Europe, which announced the completion of the Starbucks rollout Monday. That is the most in Europe and is expected to eventually help clear the way for launch of mobile NFC payments in the country. UK NFC commercial launches have generally been delayed.