Amazon will offer a new alternative in addition to credit and debit cards for purchases made in the United States. The company announced on Thursday (19) the expansion of PayCode, a payment method that uses Western Union units in the country.
With it, customers can place their order on the internet, select PayCode as their payment option and go to the nearest Western Union to make the payment. After confirmation, Amazon starts delivering the products.
Before that, however, it is necessary to confirm the order by means of a photo document and a QR Code. If the customer does not have a smartphone to present the code, Amazon can send a nine-digit number by SMS.
The company reports that PayCode will be accepted at Western Union’s 15,000 units in the U.S. in the coming weeks. They will also be used to refund customers in the event of a return.
The method was already available in 19 countries, including Chile, Colombia, Peru, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Tanzania and Kenya. In these locations, Amazon gives customers 48 hours to make payment.
In the USA, the limit will be only 24 hours. It has been reduced for Amazon to be able to deliver more quickly. The company says PayCode is another payment option and does not target a specific user base.
Still, she highlights in her statement the number of people who still use money to make payments in the United States. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 39% of payments made in person in the country use cash.
PayCode joins Amazon Cash, another method offered by the company for those who cannot pay by credit or debit card. In this case, customers go to Amazon’s partner networks and deposit $ 5 to $ 500 into their virtual account to then make a purchase.
Launched two years ago, Amazon Cash will also be available on Western Union units. With the partnership between the two companies, the payment method will reach more than 100 thousand physical points in the United States.