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Supermarket giant Woolworths has rolled out a groundbreaking new QR code payment system that it says will make shopping faster and more secure.

From today, shoppers in Woolworths and Big W stores around the country will be able to pay for their groceries using a QR code that is linked to a digital wallet on their smartphone.

Dubbed “Everyday Pay”, the technology has been built by Woolworth’s payment arm Wpay and is one of the first of its kind in the country.

The digital wallet will automatically deduct the funds from the user’s nominated card, as well as collect Everyday Rewards points and digital receipts. (Dallas Kilponen/Woolworths)

The way it works is simple: customers can download the Everyday Rewards app and then punch in the details of their preferred credit, debit or gift card.

Then at the checkout, all customers have to do is scan the QR code presented by the terminal, upon which the app will automatically deduct the transaction from the nominated account.

Woolworths says the new system will make shopping faster because customers will no longer have to scan their Everyday Rewards card prior to paying normally.

Woolworths Everyday Pay MD Hannah Ross said the new system will help make checking out faster and more seamless. (Dallas Kilponen/Woolworths)

“We know speed, ease and contactless payment at the checkout is important to our customers as they lead increasingly busy lives,” Everyday managing director Hannah Ross said.

“Everyday Pay from Everyday Rewards has been designed with this need top of mind.

“By integrating the ease of QR code payments, with our Everyday Rewards app, we can save customers time at the checkout and help ensure they never miss a rewards point again.”

Woolworths’ payment terminals will display a QR code for users who want to pay with the new system. (Dallas Kilponen/Woolworths)

The Everyday Rewards app is used by one million Australians every week and rewards regular users by offering point offers, shopping specials and fuel discounts.

Woolworths says the QR code system is another way of promoting “contactless” payments and will cut down on the environmental waste of paper receipts.

While the Everyday Rewards app boasts a user base of one million, the program itself has more than 13 million members across Australia.

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