Barclaycard is sending out more than a million contactless payment cards in the UK this year as existing cards are replaced with cards fitted with contactless technology.
These cards can make small payments in participating retail outlets by being waved in front of a card reader rather than swiped through. The can also have added functionality such as Travelcard capabilities.
More than 4,000 retail outlets in the UK can take OnePulse payments with 20,000 expected by the end of 2008.
Elizabeth Chambers, chief marketing officer at Barclaycard, said retailers and consumers can benefit from fast, secure contactless payments, and she expects interest to grow across the UK.
Kenny Black, managing director for Rowlands Pharmacy, said there are multiple benefits for retailers. "Contactless means an end to long customer queues at the till. It also means less time cashing up as we will take fewer coins, and fewer paper receipts has to be good for the environment."