GERMANY: Wirecard expands its payment app for Europe’s largest furniture store Möbel Inhofer to include payments by credit card and Maestro. With the help of the mobile payment solution from Wirecard, the specialist for digital financial technologies, furniture suppliers can accept payments upon delivery. Customers of the furniture retailer Möbel Inhofer can pay an initial deposit for their items on the spot when they make their purchase, and then settle the remaining amount upon receipt of the delivery. This is made possible by the combination of an app and an mPOS device, which works in conjunction with mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.
Wirecard developed the payment app together with Ametras, an international IT and software company, and since July 2016, customers have been able to pay for their furniture purchases conveniently at home using the app. Initially, German customers paid in-app via direct debit, but now also credit card payments via Visa and Mastercard as well as Maestro are possible. In addition to Germany, customers in France, Austria and Switzerland will now also benefit from the mobile payment solution. It is also particularly convenient for suppliers: With the help of the app, they can see at a glance what amount the customer still has to pay. Wirecard provides the complete payment software and handles the payment processing.
With its mobile payment solution, Wirecard is following the sentiments of many merchants: According to the “Mobile in Retail” study conducted at the end of 2016 by the EHI Institute, 86 percent of the merchants surveyed stated that Omnichannel only works with mobile solutions. This is exactly what the Wirecard and Ametras app for Möbel Inhofer aims at: The payment app offers customers a user-friendly mobile solution that enables simple and flexible payment – regardless of which sales channel the user chooses.
Edgar Inhofer, from the furniture store of the same name, says: “Our customers throughout Europe are increasingly demanding customized shopping experiences. Since this of course also affects payment methods, we are pleased that we can now offer an additional option. With Wirecard’s payment app, our customers can conveniently pay for their furniture purchases at their doorstep and cross out further installments from their to-do list.”
Christian Reindl, Executive Vice President Sales Consumer Goods at Wirecard, adds: “With the expansion, the payment app now includes the most common payment methods in Germany and other European countries and makes buying furniture even easier for customers. Together with Ametras and Möbel Inhofer we guarantee an innovative and comfortable shopping experience.”