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Argos has introduced PayPal payments as the retailer gears up to enter the mobile commerce market.

The home goods retailer has added PayPal payments as a way of addressing consumer concern around payment security, and as one of the first steps the company is taking to move into mobile selling, according to an Argos spokesman.

PayPal provides mobile payments globally, with more than 1m in the UK making payments on their phones through the platform.

“There’s still a large number of people who don’t like using cards online. PayPal gives them the ability to transact without the need to enter card details,” said the spokesman.

Argo is looking to “incrementally” increase online sales as a result of introducing PayPal.

According to research by Forrester, a third of people polled chose PayPal as their favourite online payment solution.

Argos is already a PayPal merchant through Argos Clearance Bargains, a sales channel on Ebay dedicated to selling surplus stock of small consumer electronic products.

Since the channel’s launch in February 2007, PayPal processed payments for more than 750,000 Ebay marketplace transactions for Argos. Adding PayPal as a payment option on argos.co.uk was a natural next step, the spokesman said.

Both companies are looking to ramp up their m-commerce propositions in 2011.

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Published 24 January, 2011 by NMA Staff

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