Coca-Cola Amatil vending machines have started taking bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
“We originally applied the QR codes to service Alipay and WeChat Pay customers in tourist hotspots. We want to ensure customers can transact with us in their preferred currency, so accepting digital assets is the next step for us as digital assets become more popular,” a CCA spokesman said.
Centrapay chief executive Jerome Faury says digital currency transactions reduce physical contact with vending machines, a major concern for consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. People only need to touch the vending machine once, when they take their purchase.
CCA is paid in Australian or New Zealand dollars at the time of the transaction and Centrapay takes the exchange rate, so the bottler is not exposed to crypto currency volatility.
CCA said it would work with Centrapay to make the technology available in other markets.
Now weve shown how it can work in Australia and New Zealand, were looking to grow the business globally. Weve established a presence in North America and will be targeting the US market next with some world-first innovations, Mr Faury said.