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POST OFFICE BECOMES THE LARGEST UK RETAIL NETWORK TO ACCEPT AMERICAN EXPRESS CARDS

Press release   •   Apr 02, 2015 11:00 BST

  • With over 11,500 locations the Post Office will be the largest UK retail network to accept American Express credit cards
  • Post Office offers the largest contactless payment option in the UK, benefiting its 17 million customers a week

The Post Office today announces it will now accept American Express Cards in all of its 11,500 branches making it the largest UK retail network to do so.

The introduction of American Express as a payment option in Post Office branches follows demand from personal and business customers who wanted to have more flexibility when making card payments.

Initially, American Express Card Members will be able to use their Card for in-person counter transactions, to pay for services or purchase products at the Post Office. American Express Card Members will also be able to make payments using their Card online or when using Self Service Kiosks available in over 300 branches across the UK, by the end of 2015.

Nick Kennett, Post Office Director of Financial Services said: “We want to make it as easy as possible to access our services through longer opening hours and by offering the widest range of payment options. We have the largest presence of any retailer in the UK, and this move will help the 17 million customers who visit us each week. Accepting American Express Cards at all of our branches allows us to open the door to more customers giving them flexibility and choice when it comes to paying for goods or services.”

Mike Jackson, Vice President, Global Merchant Services – U.K. at American Express said: “We are committed to expanding the places where our Card Members can shop and are delighted to welcome the Post Office to our merchant network. We want to be everywhere our Card Members are and with more than 11,500 locations nationwide, the Post Office brings tremendous value.”

The Post Office welcomes over 17 million people through its doors each week including a third of small businesses.As part of the Post Office’s ongoing transformation, all branches accept contactless payments, the largest in the UK, offering customers the convenience to ‘tap and pay’ for transactions of £20 and under. With extended opening hours and 2,500 branches open on Sunday, the Post Office is one of the most accessible retailers on the high street to offer its customers a wide range of payment options.

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About the Post Office

The Post Office (Post Office Limited) has an unrivalled national network of over 11,500 branches across the UK, more than all the high street banks combined, and sits at the heart of communities in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England. The Post Office has made a commitment to maintaining its network of branches at its current size and reach. It provides around 170 different products and services spanning financial services including savings, insurance, loans, mortgages and credit cards; Government services; telephony; foreign currency; travel insurance and mail services.

The Post Office serves over 17 million customers a week and a third of small businesses. Some 99.7% of the total population live within three miles of a post office and over 97% live with one mile of a post office. For many rural communities, the post office is the only retail outlet. Post Offices branches remain highly valued and trusted, and are the focal point of many communities. For more information, visit http://www.postoffice.co.uk/.

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