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More hawkers are going cashless, but will it last?

ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A universal payment QR code is being displayed at a growing number of hawker stalls all over the island to let customers pay for, say, a plate of chicken rice or a soya bean drink with their smartphones.

Nearly a third of all 18,000 hawker stalls in Singapore now let customers pay from major banking apps and e-wallets by scanning the QR code, backed by the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2020, with the headline 'More hawkers are going cashless, but will it last?'. Print Edition | Subscribe