A year without cash – Day 330 - Judopay

A year without cash – Day 330

JEREMY NICHOLDS SPENDS 2019 CASHLESS.

NO NOTES, NO COINS. OVERCOMING COMMON CHALLENGES, TESTING THE BOUNDARIES IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES AND AMONGST DIFFERENT SOCIAL EXPECTATIONS.

READ THIS BLOG TO FIND OUT IF WE’RE READY TO BE A CASHLESS SOCIETY.

At 330 days into my #ayearwithoutcash challenge I can almost see the end point – except that I don’t see there being an endpoint anymore. I just don’t have the need to change my cashless habit – it simply works!

Over 2000 transactions with 10 service providers across a number of markets in Europe, and then USA, Japan, Singapore, Australia – it just works.

Across all the countries I’ve been to the only real challenge I had was in Tokyo where the superfast, super efficient metro system has a mysterious hang up for cash.

That’s not to say that they’re not digital because the “ticket” is an Oyster like reloadable card called Suica or Pasmo which you can use contactlessly as a ticket, with vending machines or at a variety of smaller convenience stores.

And the reload experience was pretty easy too with one issue – the only way you could transfer value on to the card in the machine was by loading banknotes. Luckily we had preloaded cards to use from the travel agent!

But I understand having come back from Japan that you can also add a Suica card into Apple Pay, and reload the card from your debit or credit card. So now we’re talking!

Talking of ‘cashlessness’, I was recently a panellist at CMSP’s Retail Payments Conference in London where the topic was about “Cashless stores – a debate and practical advice to deal with declining cash volumes”. It just made me realise how far we’d come.

I can still remember talking to retailers back in 2006-2007, in Mastercard then Visa roles, about this thing called contactless, and trying to persuade them that it would be a good thing for their business.

And now everybody’s doing it and everybody’s happy, right?

Well seemingly not- whilst to my thinking one of the big advantages of digital payment is that you have a record of all your transactions that one typically carries around on a mobile phone everywhere, apparently – according to experts – “young people are getting into debt because it is now too easy to spend money”.

Now I never saw that one coming!

So with Christmas coming and New Year not far behind, I’m looking forward to completing my year without cash.

I’ll do a final tally up at the end of the year, but until then happy spending – cashlessly not carelessly of course!

Jeremy

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