Japanese convenience store brand Lawson and Chinese third-party payment platform Alipay recently reached a deal to deploy mobile payment services at Lawson's retail stores.
Starting from August 11, 2015, Alipay mobile payment has been available at Lawson convenience stores in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, and Shanghai. When checking out, consumers can show their Alipay payment code and the cashier will scan the code to complete the payment. The entire process only needs a few seconds and compared with paying in cash it is more convenient since no change is needed.
Commenting on the new service, Lawson said more customers like to pay with their phones. By introducing Alipay, Lawson hopes to provide a more convenient payment experience to consumers.
As a well-known convenience store brand in Japan, Lawson entered the Chinese market in 1996.
In 2015, nearly 40,000 supermarket and convenient store outlets support payment with Alipay. So far, those retailers include Carrefour, Vanguard, Wal-Mart, Wumart, Lianhua, Auchan, Wuhan Zhongbai, C-store, Family Mart, 7-Eleven, C&U, and Alldays.