Pick n Pay enables cash deposits at till points

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Retail giant Pick n Pay says customers can now make cash deposits directly into their own bank account at any of its till points, anywhere in South Africa.

Pick n Pay says deposits at till points is another first for the retailer as it increasingly becomes a one-stop-shop where customers can do their shopping and banking at the same time.

It notes that for many years, customers have been able to withdraw cash from till points and now they can deposit cash, up to the value of R5 000 per transaction, at any Pick n Pay store, including clothing stores.

Pick n Pay says it facilitated over R36 billion in cash withdrawals last year in its stores, and this is steadily increasing each year as customers enjoy the convenience of being able to “bank” at their nearest Pick n Pay store.

The retailer also has a strategic partnership with TymeBank to offer customers access to a low-cost banking solution, including cash withdrawals and deposits through till points.

This new deposits at till points service at Pick n Pay – facilitated through the national payment system – means customers from all South African banks will be able to deposit cash directly into their bank account at any PnP till point.

Customers would need to have their bank card with them and will be required to enter their PIN into the card machine to complete the transaction.

Richard van Rensburg, chief information officer at Pick n Pay, says while many customers are choosing the convenience of online banking, many South Africans rely on bank branches or ATMs for services, such as cash deposits.

“We want to make banking services more accessible and convenient for customers, and offering these value-added services helps us do this due to the location and network of our 1 700+ stores.

“Deposits at till points will provide easy access for customers who don’t have a bank branch or ATM in their area, which will save them time and money they would have spent on transport. Our stores will also provide a safe environment to deposit their cash, seven days a week,” says Van Rensburg.

The retailer says the other role-players involved in facilitating this service include Visa, Mastercard and Absa as the acquiring partner to Pick n Pay.

It notes there is a set transaction fee of R19.95 for this service, irrespective of the amount deposited.

Through the Visa Direct platform, any cash deposits made by Visa cardholders will reflect on their bank account in real-time.

“The digitisation of cash deposits is another example of the many ways we are advancing our goal of digitising payments by increasing how and where our products and services can be used. Working closely with Pick n Pay has shown that enabling deposits at till brings a new level of convenience to individuals and small business owners,” says Aldo Laubscher, country manager at Visa South Africa.

According to Suzanne Morel, country manager at Mastercard South Africa, consumers are increasingly moving away from cash and opting for digital payments as access to alternative channels improves, such as PnP’s deposit at till points.

“Cash is inconvenient, costly and unsafe. By partnering with Pick n Pay, Mastercard can bring this convenient solution to the market in a step that will further speed the transition towards a cashless and more inclusive society.”

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