JCB, a Japan-based global payment brand, announced on Monday it has extended its partnership with cloud-based digital payments provider Viva Wallet in Europe. The partnership will reportedly enable contact and contactless payment between Viva Wallet’s European merchants and JCB’s 140 million cardmembers through face-to-face and online commerce transactions.
The duo further noted that the roll-out will be extended with an additional six European nations, over and above the 17 countries which have already been enabled, from September 2020. Viva Wallet will also bring JCB acceptance to merchants spanning a total of 23 countries across Europe from late 2020. The collaboration will then support around 80,000 merchants in Greece, more than 3,000 merchants in Belgium, and more than 6,000 merchants in the UK (and other countries) across multiple industries including retail, food, and transportation.
Speaking about the extension, Makis Antypas, CIO and Co-Founder of Viva Wallet, stated:
“We always strive to combine our cloud-based processing infrastructure, our multiple principal memberships for acquiring and issuing services, and our participation in various payment systems across Europe, to benefit our merchant base making their payments’ journey as seamless as possible.”
Thomas Heigl, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, JCB International (Europe) Ltd., added:
“We’re thrilled to partner with Viva Wallet and to welcome increased, secure sales for Viva Wallet’s merchants across 17 European countries. This is a key achievement for us as we increase JCB cardmember acceptance in both brick and mortar establishments and through e-commerce transactions. The opportunity to extend into other territories from September 2020 is one we look forward to also.”