Shops urged to move into online and mail order

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The boss of an electronic payments business is urging South Yorkshire retailers to add internet and mail order services to their traditional shop fronts.

Dan Wagner, chairman and chief executive of mPowa, was speaking in the wake of a British Retail Consortium report that showed the number of empty shops on the UK’s high streets is at its highest level for more than a year and South Yorkshire is one of the worst-hit areas.

Mr Wagner said: “Consumers have become more demanding than ever before in the way they purchase goods.

“Sophisticated mobile handsets and tablets mean shoppers have a myriad of choices on how, what and when they buy. The challenge for the retailers in South Yorkshire is to ensure that they have a variety of platforms which allow them to purchase at the point when the customer is ready, wherever they might be.

Mpowa is the company behind a card reader that can be plugged into a mobile phone’s headphone socket or a Chip&PIN device, enabling credit and debit card payments to be made on the go.