HNB Managing Director /CEO, Jonathan Alles making a payment via SOLO by HNB with Lanka IOC Managing Director, Manoj Gupta, Lanka IOC Senior Vice President - Retail Sales & HR, Girish Ranjan at the Felix Perera Shed in Alexander Place, Colombo – 07
- Phase 1 launched covering 41 Lanka IOC petrol sheds
- Another 167 sheds to offer the facility under phase 2
Catering to the rapidly increasing demand for digital payment solutions Hatton National Bank PLC(HNB) and Lanka IOC PLC recently launched phase 1 of contactless payment options via the Solo Digital Payment App by HNB at 41 Lanka IOC petrol sheds across the island with phase 2 set to offer the facility at a further 167 sheds.
Developed in line with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka’s (CBSL) Lanka QR mandate for licensed commercial banks, HNB SOLO offers the opportunity to complete transactions via the app while maintaining social distancing and avoiding the exchange of cash or cards when refueling their vehicles at a Lanka IOC petrol station.
HNB Solo users now have the opportunity to complete transactions via the app and avoid the exchange of cash or cards when refueling their vehicles at a Lanka IOC
The partnership inked in a post-COVID-19 landscape, offers customers a safe and convenient payment option in a world in which social distancing measures will be in force for the foreseeable future.
“With the gradual move to the new normal, consumers are encouraged to strongly adhere to the mandatory physical distancing rules that are imposed by the government. This new lifestyle has brought about a significant increase in cashless and contactless transactions and we are fully committed to providing our customers with the safest and most secure payment options. In times like these, every effort can have a positive impact on our society. As such, we will continue to explore innovative solutions to support businesses and consumers as we face this challenge together,” HNB Deputy General Manager- Retail and SME Banking, Sanjay Wijemanne said.
Customers can pay for their petrol or diesel by merely scanning the unique QR code generated with the Solo app. To adopt this cleaner, safer way to pay at Lanka IOC’s 208 fuel stations spread across the isalnd, users only require a smartphone with the Solo Payment App installed.
“Our partnership with HNB to activate contactless payment options was brought about by our deep commitment in keeping our customer attendants at petrol sheds and customers safe and healthy in a post-COVID, new normal scenario.
“Contactless payments have completely changed the way customers pay for goods and most importantly, reduced the time spent in queues at POS terminals, which is an absolute necessity in today’s world,” a Lanka IOC spokesperson said.
Users can sign up with Solo by downloading the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store for free. Once downloaded, a user can register by entering the mobile number and personal details with no requirement for paperwork at a branch office.
Customers also have the option of connecting the app directly to their bank account or VISA/ MASTER credit or debit card from any bank.
Thereafter, the user can scan the Solo QR code at any Solomerchant to complete any transaction through VISA, Master Card or JustPay platforms with just the swipe
of a screen.