Lidl has introduced a new payment option for its customers in Portugal, with shoppers now able to pay via the MB Way application.
Using the technology, which is available in more than 250 Lidl outlets, customers just need to touch their smartphone to the payment terminal.
The move forms part of the retailer’s commitment to ‘smart shopping’, enabling its customers to avail of a faster and more convenient payment method for their purchases, reports Dinheiro Vivo.
MB Way is a mobile payment service and application developed by Portugal’s central payment utility, SIBS, that enables users to make instant money transfers, card-free withdrawals and purchases at participating merchants. Each payment is protected by a PIN code via the MB Way app.
Other supermarket chains using MB Way in Portugal include Continente, Jumbo and Pingo Doce.
Elsewhere, Lidl is planning to open up to four new supermarkets in Greater Lisbon in 2019 – a project in which it will invest €25 million.
Speaking to Dinheiro Vivo, Lidl's director for the Lisbon region, Alexis Latorre García, revealed that two openings are already guaranteed.
The first two will be in Bairro Azul (600 square metres) and Loures (1,400 square metres), while further openings in Carnaxide and Olivais Sul (1,500 square metres) could be moved to 2020.
Lidl Portugal has over 250 stores in Portugal, of which 20 are located in the Greater Lisbon area.
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