#GemaltoNFC: My plans for the Contactless Challenge today

The MIR audience is brilliant. You’re all stars. James Body of Truphone in particular — he tweeted me this morning suggesting that I take a look at shoe-repair and photography chain, Timpson:

They’re all contactless, apparently.

I did a quick search and sure enough, it appears they’ve deployed the technology across their stores.

As it happens, I do need some new shoelaces. Normally I order them in a blink-of-an-eye via Amazon however on this occasion I’m changing strategy. I suspect that a Timpson transaction should be worth at least 10 points. I’ll tweet a picture of the little Timpson mascot chappie with his hammer and shoe when I get that done.

In other news, I haven’t eaten anything yet.

That’s right, I’m going BIG today. First day. I want those 50 points! Quite simply, all I need to do is pay for breakfast, lunch and dinner via contactless and those 50 smackers are mine.

(Side note: I think it’s possible to repeat the transactions. So at the risk of adding a few more Kg, I could theoretically repeat this for the next 10 days. That’d boost the points wouldn’t it?)

I’m also going to see if I can pick up some contactless flowers. Although I’m due in Richmond most of the day so I am going to be at the mercy of the flower retailers — will any of them have contactless capability? I’ll find out.

What else… well, I really would welcome your suggestions. If you’ve come across contactless at a retailer in London or at a chain retailer like Timpson, please could you let me know? I’m aware of the biggies like McDonalds and Pret a Manager (that’s the lunch target today) but I didn’t know about Timpson. Please do tweet me or stick a note below. (I’m @ew4n on Twitter).

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  • Right those are some excellent suggestions Raymond.

    However, that site lists Krispy Kreme as having contactless capability. They don’t! I went there on Friday night and found a standard dumb PIN terminal!

  • True. KK removed contactless earlier this year when it changed acquirer. But that aside, plenty of other choices. Some good ones in Richmond as well

  • Ahh so Barclaycard haven’t been quick about updating their database then… Right bring it on Richmond.

  • maethorechannen

    Waitrose have gone contactless (at least at Canary Wharf and Stratford City)

  • maethorechannen

    Right – the Burrito place is Benito’s Hat and there are 4 of them in Lndon. http://www.benitos-hat.com/find_us.html

  • Apparently they’ve also got contactless at their store in Bracknell nearby Maethorechannen so I’m going to see if I can try’em out. Maybe they’ve got contactless in Richmond?

  • Right I’m going to try and do that!

  • maethorechannen

    Looks like Waitrose is rolling (or possibly even has rolled by now) it out to all stores this year – http://www.retail-week.com/waitrose-to-introduce-contactless-payments/5032703.article

  • I’ll go there for lunch then I reckon.

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