Contactless Big Issue sellers reaches 1,000

The Big Issue Group has equipped 1,000 of its vendors with technology that allows them to accept contactless payments. Its goal is to have all 1,500 vendors able to accept cashless payments by the end of 2022.

If you think about how much cash you carry, this was probably reducing before the pandemic, and has likely plummeted since. So fundraising that relies on cash has suffered too.

Big Issue sellers are using Zettle by Paypal (presumably with the Zettle Go app), which allows sellers to accept contactless payments on their phone without any additional hardware. Research has also found that sellers will sell up to 35% more magazines if they accept contactless as well as cash.

You can find out more about Zettle by Paypal (other payment providers are available) at