4 June 2015

“An easier way to pay for 5.5 million Australians”

More than 500,000 small and medium sized businesses will now be able to accept mobile payments in-store from up to 5.5 million active Australian PayPal users, following a historic partnership between Tyro Payments and PayPal.

Called Tyro Mobile, the new payment solution gives Australia’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) the capability to meet exploding consumer demand for mobile payment facilities via the PayPal Australia consumer app.

“Australians increasingly want to pay for purchases quickly and conveniently and Tyro’s partnership means those with the PayPal app can now use their smart phones to do so in a second,” Tyro CEO Jost Stollmann said.

“Studies have shown that 61% of Australians are keen to pay with their mobile in a store [1] but only a third (36%) of Australian merchants accept mobile payments[2].

“We champion small and medium sized merchants and our technology gives them the ability to compete with big players in their markets, like Coles and McDonalds, and to become more appealing to consumer needs.”

Mr Stollmann said that with more than 5.5 million active PayPal account holders already in Australia, a large portion of whom regularly use the PayPal app, the uptake of Tyro Mobile by merchants had enormous potential.

“PayPal is the operating system for digital payments and partnerships like this one with Tyro Mobile allow us to extend our offering to Australian businesses of all sizes,” said Emma Hunt, Director of SMB, PayPal Australia.

“We’ve seen widespread acceptance of our consumer app amongst our more than 5.5 million active Australian users and are excited that Tyro Mobile’s merchants can now connect with our customers by facilitating PayPal payments in-store.”

Lionel Asseraf, owner of café and bistro Metro St James, in Sydney’s Hyde Park, is an early adopter of Tyro Mobile. “We’re very customer focused, we want to provide a great service. If our customers want to pay in this way, we want them to be able to,” Mr Asseraf said.

High consumer desire for mobile payments

Research has found Australian smartphone users’ top reasons to pay with their mobiles in store are

  • ‘It’s a convenient way to pay’ (32%)
  • ‘It’s a fast way to pay’ (27%)
  • ‘I do not need to carry or pull out a physical wallet, when my details are stored’ (22%) and
  • ‘It’s easier than paying by cash or card’ (19%) [3] .

Future-proofing payments for merchants

Tyro Mobile means Tyro’s merchants are ready to accept mobile payments made from digital wallets like PayPal today and from other payment types in the future such as Samsung Pay.

“Because we are a technology leader, Tyro’s merchants are confident they’ll be ready for digital wallets and other mobile-based payment types when they reach these shores,” said Andrew Rothwell, Tyro Co-Founder and VP Sales.

The PayPal App

The PayPal App allows customers to search for local stores, check in and pay at the counter with a swipe of the finger. There are other features including balance tracking, and P2P money transfers and it is available on Apple and Android devices.

[1] Telstra – How Mobility is Changing the Rhythm of Australian Retail [PDF]

[2] PayPal Australia small business payments research.

[3] PayPal – Ipsos Global Mobile Research Findings, Feb 2015

Need to know more?

For more about this news story please contact:
Carolyn Prendergast, Head of Corporate Communications on 0409 910 561 or cprendergast@tyro.com
Matthew Johnston, Corporate Communications Manager on 0432 535 893 or mjohnston@tyro.com