Leading alternative payments provider, epay, has partnered with international payment network UnionPay, to enable Australian retailers to offer the QR code payment service to UnionPay customers, removing the need to use cash or card.

Australian retailers including Muji, Haigh’s Chocolate, L’Occitane, Vodafone, MJ Bale and Priceline Pharmacy have already enabled QR payment technology with epay through bank or epay terminals, while Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein have directly integrated epay into their Point of Sale system to enable the service.

For all other retailers, epay can help onboard the UnionPay QR code payment method, providing in-store solutions including epay terminals and POS integration. In addition to technology onboarding, epay will roll-out a series of marketing activities to promote the new payment option.

epay Australia country manager, Matthew Blayney said the partnership will see epay expand its alternative payment offering to provide safe, secure and convenient alternative payment options for UnionPay customers in Australia.

“UnionPay is a leader in providing preferred payment technologies, so this is a partnership that we know Australian retailers will be excited about,” he said.

UnionPay International chief representative for South Pacific, Dr Jian Jiangtao said the relationships and technical integration that epay has with Australian retailers enables UnionPay to provide access to high-profile brands and retailers.

“This partnership allows us to continue our track-record for providing simple, convenient and safe alternative payment solutions into the hands of the UnionPay users.”