Payment with the Maestro card will be abolished – and that means a change for customers and retailers. Kaufland is also affected. The company has now commented.
From July 2023, the Maestro function for the new giro card will no longer be available. But that also brings with it a big problem: In many shops, the EC card is the only cashless payment method that is accepted, as the “tz” writes. And what about the switch to Kaufland?
Kaufland: What are the consequences of the changeover for the company and customers?
For some retailers, the end of the Maestro function means changing the payment system. This also involves circumstances and other costs. However, if you have a card reader, you only have to activate it to accept credit cards. A further contract is usually necessary here. Credit card payments are often processed via other service providers than EC payments.
Kaufland has commented on the possible consequences and changes for customers. Over time, the “offer has been expanded in line with technical developments and consumer expectations.”
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According to Kaufland, there should be no restrictions for customers
Means: Kaufland customers can pay in the branches with Girocard, Visa, Mastercard, American Express as well as Maestro, Vpay, GooglePay and Apple Pay – “assuming the cards or devices are contactless.” According to the company, there shouldn’t be any major problems. “The planned abolition of the Maestro function for new giro cards will not lead to any restrictions on card payments for customers in our branches and will also have no effect on our card terminals,” Kaufland is quoted as saying by “tz”.