Steve Perry, executive vice president of Visa Europe, says cash is expensive - a cost on society - and should be replaced by a cashless society.
Philip Aldrick - 11 Jan 2010
Steve Perry, executive vice president of Visa Europe, has a different take on the folding stuff packed in our wallets that most of us take for granted. “Cash is expensive,” he says. “We need to be using it less.”
Expensive? Vintage wines, maybe. Designer clothes, yes. Modern art, almost certainly. But cash?
“Why do you think supermarkets introduced cashback?” Perry asks rhetorically.
He has me stumped there. I tell him I always thought of it as a service for overdrawn students to drive a few more sales through the tills.
“No,” he responds politely. “It’s because they want cash out of the system so there is less to manage. Processing a transaction on a card can be cheaper than handling cash.”
Perry is a leading cheerleader for the cashless society. It’s hardly a surprising role, but its an argument he is finding increasingly easy to make. Last month, for example, the Payments Council announced to anguished outrage that in 2018 the cheque would be dead.