Soon, the Indian Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) e-Rupee will be accepted as a form of payment for retail purchases at India’s biggest retail chain, Reliance Retail. This would make Reliance Retail the first major Indian company to do so.
In-store support for the digital rupee was reportedly introduced by Reliance Retail in collaboration with ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, and the fintech company Innoviti Technologies, as stated in a report issued by the Economic Times.
In the near future, Reliance Retail will start taking retail payments made using Digital Rupee at all 17,000 of its stores throughout the country in 7,000 different cities. Reliance Retail’s Freshpik gourmet store line in Mumbai was the location where the world’s first in-store credit card acceptance was piloted.
“This historic initiative of pioneering the digital currency acceptance at our stores is in line with the company’s strategic vision of offering the power of choice to Indian consumers,” said V Subramaniam, Director of Reliance Retail. “This historic initiative of pioneering the digital currency acceptance at our stores”
This solution, which integrates with the cashier billing system, was developed with the assistance of technology developed by Innoviti Technologies. A dynamic QR code for Digital Rupee acceptance will be presented to the client in the event that they make the decision to accept it after the invoicing process has been completed.
Customers may quickly approve payment using the e-Rupee by scanning the QR code on the Digital Rupee app terminal, which is powered by either ICICI Bank or Kotak Mahindra Bank, and entering the password. This process is quite simple. The customer will be updated without delay on the status of the payment.
The step made by Reliance Retail was described as a “game changer” by the President and Chief Digital Officer of Kotak Mahindra Bank, while the Head of Digital Channels and Partnerships of ICICI Bank, Bijith Bhaskar, referred to it as a “historic milestone.”
Recently, Indian billionaire businessman Anand Mahindra made a purchase from a nearby seller using the brand-new electronic currency. The transaction took place in rupees. According to Anand Mahindra, he obtained information on the e-rupee while attending a board meeting of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Compiled by Coinbold