Zapp mobile payments system gets boost in UK as major retailers come on board

Gigaom

Zapp, a British mobile payments outfit that partnered with several major banks earlier this year, has announced a raft of major retailers that will accept payments through its service both in-store and online.

On Wednesday, [company]Zapp[/company] said that from 2015 Asda ([company]Walmart[/company]’s U.K. subsidiary), [company]Sainsbury’s[/company], House of Fraser and catalog firm Shop Direct would all accept payments through Zapp, as would others including Spar, Clarks, [company]Thomas Cook[/company], Best Western hotels, and utilities such as Anglian Water and Bristol & Wessex Water. Some charities, such as Oxfam, have already signed up.

What’s more, point-of-sale systems providers such as the ubiquitous [company]Verifone[/company], as well as online payments processors such as [company]Klarna[/company], have also said they will work with Zapp.

This really does seem to represent broad retail industry support for Zapp in the U.K. — an unsurprising development in many ways, seeing as it’s a subsidiary of VocaLink, one of the largest…

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