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Off for EC cards: This is how Kaufland explains the consequences for customers when shopping


The end of the classic EC card means a major change in shopping in 2023. But what changes at all? Kaufland has commented on the consequences. 

The end of the classic EC card means a major change in shopping in 2023.

But what changes at all?

Kaufland has commented on the consequences. 

Many topics have recently been discussed in the food trade.

Some companies have already commented on certain points.

When asked by

, there were clear guidelines in November 2022 for a possible mask requirement when shopping at Kaufland and Lidl.

And there was also repeated speculation about the consequences for customers after they left the Maestro card. 

The problem: In some shops, the EC card is the only accepted cashless payment method.

The Sparkasse recently presented its planned successor to the popular card - the new Sparkasse card.

But what about the switch to retailers such as Kaufland, Lidl and Co.?

End of the Maestro function when shopping: retailers have to change

According to the


, the reports about the end of the Maestro function of the giro card had "startled" many traders.

For some of them, the change means a conversion of the payment system - and thus possibly additional costs.



Head office:



1984 in Neckarsulm

Sales: \t

21 billion euros (2019)

According to the report:

“Anyone who already has a card reader simply has to activate it to accept credit cards.

This usually requires an additional contract (supplement), since credit card payments are often processed via a different service provider (acquirer) than EC payments


This will incur additional costs for some retailers.

But what about the large grocers in the Schwarz Group?

What's in store for Kaufland and Lidl?

Off for Maestro card: This is how Kaufland deals with the changeover

Kaufland spoke to


the changeover and possible consequences for customers and the company.

Accordingly, over time, the

“offer has been expanded in line with technical developments and consumer expectations”


According to their own statements, Kaufland customers can pay in the branches with Girocard, Visa, Mastercard, American Express as well as Maestro, Vpay, GooglePay and ApplePay –

“provided the cards or devices are contactless”


Kaufland is well prepared for the switch to the Maestro system

According to Kaufland, there should not be any major problems with the abolition of the Maestro system.

The grocery giant from Neckarsulm explains that no conversion is necessary for this: "The planned abolition of the Maestro function for new giro cards will not lead to any restrictions on card payments for customers in our branches and will also have no effect on our card terminals."

The food giant recently commented on a possible reduction in opening times.

But here you can see that the decision lies with the customer, as the company revealed when asked.

List of rubrics: © Franziska Kraufmann/ Eibner-Pressefoto/dpa/ Collage Jahn

Source: merkur

All life articles on 2023-01-27

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