Westfield enables shoppers to pay for parking with PayPal mobile app

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Shoppers at Westfield London, Shepherds Bush, can now pay for car parking with their smartphone through PayPal’s app. Visitors to the centre need never again rummage for coins or cards to pay for parking. It’s the first time people in the UK have been able to pay to park with PayPal’s app.

To mark the announcement, PayPal and Westfield are offering free parking on weekdays and all day weekend parking for just £3 (a £6 discount) when visitors pay with the PayPal app. It is another reason why people can leave their wallet at home, and pay for parking, shopping and even restaurant bills using just their smartphone.

Rob Harper, director of retail and hospitality services at PayPal UK, said: ‘Parking at Westfield? PayPal has an app for that, and it’s the same app you can use to shop at Oasis or Warehouse, or pay your restaurant bill at your table, order ahead and pay for your takeaway as well as send money or split the bill with friends. Over 2,000 UK high street stores and restaurants already let you pay with PayPal’s app, and we predict that by 2016 you’ll be able to leave your wallet at home when you shop on the high street.”

Bill Giouroukos, Westfield’s director of operations, UK & Europe, said: “Westfield prides itself on pioneering digital innovations for our customers.  We know that our customers love their smartphones and a high level of service, so it was a natural fit to partner with PayPal to allow convenient payment for parking with phones. It’s one less thing to worry about – customers will be able to save time and money with the special offer.”

Payment is facilitated through the car parking hardware and software designed and installed by Harrow-based APT Skidata. Sean Dunstan, managing director of APT Skidata says that this is a mobile ‘first’ within the parking industry: “The ability to integrate our parking systems with multiple payment technologies, including PayPal, will further enhance the Westfield London customer experience which starts and ends with the car park.”

Westfield car parking joins the likes of GBK, wagamama, Prezzo, Carluccio’s, Oasis, Coast, Karen Millen, Warehouse, Thomas Pink and Sole in accepting PayPal mobile payments at Westfield.

Anyone wanting to download the app should visit the App Store or Google Play, or you can download directly from the PayPal website.