The study, "Costs of Cash Payment in the Retail Trade", was carried out in cooperation with the EHI Retail Institute and looks at consumer's cash use in retail settings, comparing it with girocard, credit card and SEPA direct debit.
While it is no secret that Germans prefer paying with cash, cashless transactions are on the rise. Even so, 3 out of 4 of the 20 billion retail transactions that occur each year in Germany, are still made with cash.
- Cash payments are about 7 seconds faster than card payments with PIN entry.
- Cash payments are about 16 seconds faster than card payments with with signature.
- Cash payments up to €50 are cheaper, since the fixed costs for cash payments are on average lower.
"At the till, cash is still the fastest and most cost-effective means of payment,"
Excerpt from Deutsche Bundesbank press release
Simulations for contactless payment
If all card payments made so far with PIN were contactless and payments for amounts below 25 euros would not have to be authorised, cash payments would continue to have the lowest cost per transaction.
Because of the speed of contactless payments, the variable costs are particularly low here. In terms of sales, contactless girocard payments had the lowest cost; This is followed by electronic direct debit, contactless credit card payments, cash payments and credit card payments with signature.