Globe, VEND pilot 1st QR code-operated vending machines in PH to promote cashless transactions
“Mobile technologies continue to evolve to make our life easier and we now see cashless payments using mobile phones gaining traction in the Philippines. Anyone who has used the QR code for payments will realize that it is much more convenient and secure than credit cards or cash,” said Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Chief Finance Officer. She added: “This initiative with VEND is also a prime example of how closely we work with our partners in developing new business models with innovation and sustainability in mind.” In 2013, Globe started using GCash as payment for goods inside the company headquarters. It then went cardless in 2017 when GCash scan-to-pay was launched. However, coffee vending machines in the building were not capable of contactless payment, prompting Globe to look for ways to shift to the QR system. Payment via this method is performed by scanning a QR code from a mobile app like GCash. “Technology continues to move forward and we believe that vending operations should also be aligned with the times. We are thankful to Globe for bringing this idea to us. We are proud to be the first vending company in the Philippines to successfully launch a cashless coffee vending machine through a QR code payment scheme utilizing GCash,” said Gilbert Dela Cruz, President and CEO. Instead of paying with bills, coins, or card, users simply have to open their GCash app and scan the QR code displayed on the machine and input the price of the item. Once payment is successfully sent, they can already press the button of their desired drink. At present, there are 18 QR-operated vending machines in the Globe corporate headquarters in Taguig.