Boots photo partner CEWE now incorporates contactless payment

CEWE photostation

Payment processor Computops has integrated a contactless payment function into the 2,200 Boots Photo photo stations powered by CEWE service in Boots pharmacy and beauty stores across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The kiosks enable customers to transfer photos from smartphones for printing.

Computop said contactless POS terminals from CCV are installed as special hardware. The software connection is made via a central server, which ensures smooth commissioning and maintenance of the devices. The transaction data flows into the Computop Paygate payment platform, which is also used to process CEWE online payments.

In addition to payments with the major credit card brands, local debit cards will also be accepted in the future, which Computop can process directly as a network operator. By the end of the year, besides the photo stations in Great Britain and Ireland, Computop expects to have installed contactless payment at 1,000 more stations in different countries including several hundred units already in use in France.

“We are very pleased to be able to support our long-standing customer CEWE to bring contactless payments to their services in-store and to have implemented a true omnichannel solution,” explains Stephan Kück, CEO, Computop. “By connecting to Computop Paygate, not only e-commerce but POS business can be internationalized and standardized quickly and easily – with a uniform terminal, centrally managed and administered.”

“With the direct payment function at the CEWE photo stations, we have introduced another innovative service that can reduce queues but also shrinkage rates,” says Holger May, Managing Director Onsite Finishing, CEWE. “The efficient processing via the Computop PSP platform enables us to offer this omnichannel application to retail partners throughout Europe. Initial results show a very positive end-customer response to the new payment function.”

In 2019, CEWE announced an agreement with Boots to provide photo products and services. In mid-2020, the CEWE-powered photo site was launched.