18 APAC / Issue 12 2018 , InComm, a leading global prepaid product and payment technology company, recently announced it has partnered with Welcia, Japan’s leading pharmacy chain, to launch four mobile barcode payment solutions in its stores. This technology will enable Welcia customers to conveniently pay for their purchases by scanning a barcode on their phones at the point of sale. “Simultaneously connecting these major mobile barcode payments with the largest pharmacy chain in Japan is an exciting opportunity for InComm and Welcia’s customers,” said Takumaro Arai, Vice President and General Manager, InComm Japan. “This partnership demonstrates our flexibility to work with Japanese and other international barcode payment providers while meeting an important consumer need in our region.” The mobile payments that will be enabled at all Welcia locations are Chinese payment brands Alipay and WeChat Pay and Japanese payment brands LINE Pay and NTT DOCOMO’s d Payment. To accomplish this, InComm is integrating its proven point-of-sale payment technology directly with Welcia, which will allow for lower operational costs and increased revenue. InComm Expands Its Barcode Payment Solutions with New Partnership in Japan Japan is quickly moving toward the digitization of global payments. Today, nearly 20 percent of all payments are made by payment methods other than cash. Recently, the Japanese government set a goal to increase cashless payments to 40 percent by 2025, which further opened the market for new payment options. “We have actively sought to introduce credit cards, e-money and other payment services to improve customer convenience,” said Akinobu Kiyota, Director of Product Promotion at Welcia. “Installing InComm Japan’s highly reliable mobile payment system helped us do that. InComm Japan has made centralized management possible by connecting multiple payment services, which is a great benefit for us.” About InComm By building more value into every transaction through innovative payment technologies, InComm creates seamless and valuable commerce experiences. InComm’s unique products and New payment options will be launched inWelcia, Japan’s leading pharmacy chain. services – which range from gift card malls to enhanced payment platforms – connect companies across a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, tolling & transit, incentives and financial services to an ever-expanding consumer base. With more than 25 years of experience, over 500,000 points of distribution, 366 global patents and a presence in more than 30 countries, InComm leads the prepaid and payments industry from its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. Learn more at www.InComm. com.