Staples and payleven enter pan-European partnership for mobile payments


Staples, a leading supplier of office products and payleven, a leading provider of mobile card payments, have entered into a distribution partnership. The payleven Chip & PIN card reader is now available in all Staples stores in Germany, the UK and the Netherlands, and in respective Staples online stores.

Together, Staples and payleven have a clear service orientation; with small and medium-sized businesses particularly benefiting from the partnership, the duo claim. Besides the product advice provided by Staples, customers gain the ability to accept debit and credit card payments via payleven. This happens fast: it’s just a few hours from purchase of the card reader to online registration.

“Staples is excited to be part of payleven’s journey as we firmly believe this innovative product will ‘make more happen’ for our customers,” said Peter Boers, European category director, Staples Europe. “We take pride in bringing our customers the right products to help their business succeed.”

Konstantin Wolff, founder and CMO of payleven, said: “With Staples, we’ve gained an important and reliable partner for the European distribution of our card payments solution. Small and medium-sized businesses can now find our card reader in the same place where they already purchase products for the successful day-to-day running of their businesses.”

Payleven claims it was the first to bring the Chip & PIN card reader to the European market and the first to distribute via partnerships. Following its emergence into the market, payleven’s mPOS technology is now viewed a market standard. A recently published study by VISA attests to the success of mobile card payments. In fact, the number of merchants integrating mPOS solutions with their business in Europe has increased by more than 60% in the last quarter of 2013.

The payleven Chip & PIN card reader offers small and medium sized businesses an easy, secure and cost-transparent alternative to traditional card payment solutions. Through the operation of the card reader in conjunction with the payleven app for smartphone or tablet, payments are also 100% mobile. Apart from the initial price of the device, a pay-as-you-go transaction fee of only 2.75% per payment applies. The payleven platform also offers additional services such as real-time sales monitoring and multiple accounts for employees or branches.