Cash payments have become less common thanks to the pandemic and a nationwide coin shortage. Consumers and essential workers alike are hesitant to exchange bills and coins due to concerns about virus transmissions. Even some credit and debit cards transactions are considered problematic, especially if the customer must enter a pin or use a shared stylus to sign their names. As a result, contact-free payment options such as Apple Pay and NFC bank cards have become more common, but did you know you can use QR code labels to facilitate contact-free payments?
Both Venmo and PayPal can generate QR codes that open a payment window when the customer scans it. Depending on how the QR code is set up, the customer may be prompted to enter the payment amount or the payment amount will already be pre-filled.
For example, if you operate a bakery and use Venmo, you could incorporate your Venmo QR code into your box label design. When a customer picks up a cake, he or she can scan the QR code to pay — all without exchanging cash or swiping a bank card. You don’t even need to hand over a paper receipt as that will be handled within the app. If you sell goods at farmers markets, you can also print a PayPal QR code on your product labels such as coffee labels, candy labels, candle labels, framed art labels, and so forth, enabling customers to scan, pay, and go with minimal contact between the customer and a clerk.
Another idea is to print a Venmo or PayPal QR code on tabletop or framed displays or disposable menus. A food truck customer, for example, could pay for lunch by scanning a QR code, entering the appropriate amount, and showing you the receipt before picking up their order. Similarly, cannabis stores could offer contact-free payments by incorporating QR code labels into their documentation or on displays.
Non-profits and youth “booster” organizations often use Venmo and PayPal to accept donations. Including a QR code label on business cards, brochures, printed materials, and in correspondence is a great way to spur donations.
Printing your own QR code labels is easy, no special QR code design software required if you use Venmo or PayPal to generate the label. Any type of printer will do including color desktop inkjet printers, laser printers, thermal label printers, and inkjet label printers. Depending on the printer type, you can use sheet labels or label rolls. Argon Technology has blank QR code labels in a variety of formats, shapes, and sizes. Browse by printer type today.