Bangkok, Thailand – Ant Group has announced that it has teamed up with Thailand retail company Central Retail Corporation (CRC) to launch the payment solution Alipay+ across CRC’s over 3000 stores in the country.
Some of the stores being supported include Central Retail, including Central and Robinson Department Stores, Supersports, Tops, Power Buy, B2S, OfficeMate, Matsukiyo, Tops Vita and Muji, unlocking convenience and choice for tourists in Thailand.
Users can also make digital payments via their local digital wallet, including China’s Alipay, Hong Kong’s AlipayHK, Malaysia’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet and South Korea’s Kakao Pay without having to carry cash or exchange to Thai currency.
Piyawan Leelasompop, head of corporate marketing at Central Retail Corporation, said, “This partnership between Central Retail and Ant Group to launch Alipay+ in Thailand will increase digital payment channels for Central Retail customers, delivering comprehensive services to serve consumers who prefer cashless payments. The company aims to target Asian tourists travelling to Thailand, providing convenience for those shopping at brands under Central Retail via Alipay+ with their local mobile wallet.”
She added, “Additionally, users can also receive promotions and special privileges provided by Central Retail and international mobile wallet providers, delivering next-level shopping experiences. There are also plans in the pipeline to expand payment services, accommodating tourists from other countries, including in Asia and Europe.”
Meanwhile, Sittipong Kittiprapapong, general manager for global merchant partnership in Thailand at Ant Group commented, “It is considered an important partnership between Ant Group and Central Retail in offering modern and convenient services so international customers can make borderless digital payments. Additionally, Alipay+ will also enable vendors in Central Retail to accept digital payments from Asian tourists as well as provide a convenient platform for international shoppers to browse products throughout their time in Thailand, delivering convenient and seamless experiences just as if they are in their home country.”