Ukash, the world's fastest-expanding prepaid-cash issuing estate, continues its international expansion in 2010 with the announcement that the company's e-cash vouchers are now available directly nationwide to consumers in France for the first time, through a partnership with major issuing network la SAF.
Consumers can now purchase Ukash vouchers to shop safely online from 15,000 point of sale terminals operated by la SAF and its subsidiaries, found mostly in tobacconists and newsagents across the country.
A paper voucher will be issued at point of purchase with a code that is redeemable at any site where Ukash is accepted and can be combined, split or converted; a convenient way for consumers to shop online across websites from different countries.
Ukash has been operating successfully in France for some time and vouchers have been available via the prepaid Toneo card and online through a secure bank transfer (by visiting www.ukash.com) since mid-2009. Consumers can still obtain Ukash through Toneo and online but can now also get Ukash directly in 15,000 outlets. Globally, Ukash is available at more than 300,000 physical issuing points and spans 29 countries.
Mark Chirnside, Chief Executive Officer, Ukash, said: "Since Ukash first launched in France, it has proven to be a very popular payment method, and our new partnership with la SAF is evidence of the rising consumer need in the country to spend cash online. Now consumers can purchase Ukash conveniently from physical locations across the country, allowing more people to benefit from the simplicity and privacy of shopping online with cash."