SafeCharge and Visa partner for a digital payment option for small businesses

SafeCharge, a Nuvei company, announced SafeCharge Local a new solution for small businesses offering them alternative ways to accept digital payments in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Paylink sits at the heart of SafeCharge Local which enables consumers to make payments online. The new digital payments are supported by Visa and enables consumers to make payments online via QR codes and secure payment links without the need for a physical point of sale terminal or an online shop.

The are two ways to accept payments. A QR code can be generated or an email link directing consumers to a secure page where they can complete the transaction. A secure payment page can be created and completed when consumers place orders over the phone.

The implementation requires no costly technical development or resources and can be used across a range of mobile devices to help provide small business with the flexibility to easily begin accepting digital payments and continue selling to their customers.

Philip Fayer, Nuvei’s chairman and CEO said:

“Merchants have been quickly adapting their offerings and business models in order to get them through this challenge, yet even today, many small businesses have a digital gap to overcome.

“Our team is pleased to not only provide the technology to keep commerce flowing, but the professional insight and partnership required to help merchants reinvigorate their business operations using a completely new payment method, some for the very first time. The more we make it effortless for a business to grow, either locally or globally, the greater the long-term value they’ll receive.”

Yuval Ziv, MD of SafeCharge and head of global acquiring said:

“Our focus throughout COVID-19 has been to leverage our technology, flexibility and industry knowledge to provide struggling businesses with the tools required to survive this crisis.

“Our principal clients are ecommerce merchants and ideally placed to adapt or potentially thrive throughout the crisis. However, as we quickly recognised the impact to the economic landscape, we wanted to help businesses at risk of bankruptcy, particularly those providing essential goods and services to their communities.

“We believe that when restrictions lift, these merchants will leverage the additional revenue stream and transform their business model to include an online presence. It’s quite probable that their customers will continue to buy with Paylink or similar means of digital payment. We are deeply committed to supporting businesses impacted by the crisis. We will get through this together.”

Dominic White, Visa’s head of merchant sales and acquiring for UK & Ireland said:

“Businesses of all sizes are navigating an overnight shift to digital amidst the global pandemic. As consumers continue to embrace digital payments for their everyday spend, Visa is working with partners like SafeCharge to provide the help and resources businesses need to adapt as they rebuild for the future.”

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