Barclaycard and Topshop launch contactless fashion accessories
British retailer Topshop has developed a range of fashion accessories that incorporate Barclaycard's bPay contactless payment technology.
The TOPSHOP x bPay range includes wristbands, smartphone cases, stickers – which can be put on accessories or gadgets – and key chains, all created to discreetly hold the small bPay contactless chip. The chip links to a secure digital wallet, enabling customers to shop with style and ease wherever they see the contactless symbol.
Users can add funds to their digital wallet on-the-go using a mobile app, online through the bPay web portal, or via an automatic top-up which adds funds when their balance falls below a pre-set level.
The collection comes in two designs: a bold monster fish print which will be available in selected TOPSHOP stores and online at TOPSHOP.com from 17th November 2015, and a luxe metal and snake effect design, which will be available later this year.
The launch of the TOPSHOP x bPay range comes after the upper limit for contactless payments in the UK increased to £30 and will allow users to make payments at over 300,000 locations across the UK. According to the UK Cards Association, more than £2.5 billion was spent using contactless cards in the first half of 2015, compared to £2.32 billion in the whole of 2014.
Launched by Barclaycard in 2014, bPay is available to anyone with a UK-registered Visa or MasterCard debit or credit card, not just Barclaycard and Barclays customers.
Tami Hargreaves, Commercial Director, Digital Consumer Payments at Barclaycard said:
“This is a really exciting partnership with TOPSHOP and marks the first time that our bPay chip is being incorporated into a product range from a major fashion retailer.
“The collaboration shows how the worlds of fashion and technology can combine to create a stylish and easy new way for people to pay using contactless, for everyday things – be it a morning coffee, a new lipstick or a bus trip across town.”