PDQ stands for ‘Process Data Quickly’ and is the original name used for card machines when they were first introduced in the UK. Although mainly used before Chip and PIN technology was accepted, PDQ machine is still a common alternative name for card machines today.
With the rise in card payments, PDQ machines have become a very popular choice in the UK. According to recent studies by the UK Cards Association, 77% of all retail spending in the UK was made using debit and credit cards in 2016. Last year also saw £39.2 million card payments per day in the UK.
Originally, for a customer to make a payment, you would need to swipe the cards magnetic strip using the PDQ machine. This allowed the machine to check that the account had enough funds for the transaction, with the screen displaying an approved or not approved message. If the transaction went through, the customer would also sign to verify it. This resulted in a much slower process.
Now known by a few different terms including Chip & PIN machine, credit card terminal and card machine. PDQ machines have advanced since their introduction, using Chip and PIN to take faster card payments. Enabled with the latest technology, our PDQ machines are quick, reliable and secure. Contactless, Apple and Android Pay now also come as standard, which makes paying even faster. Payzone are also FCA regulated for consumer hire.
With a PDQ machine, you’ll be able to offer your customers an alternative way to pay, plus reduce cash handling within your business. You’ll also benefit from driving in customer footfall and more impulse purchases. At Payzone, we’re trusted by thousands of businesses already in the zone. We work in partnership with Barclaycard for our card payment solutions.
Equipped with the latest security, our range of Ingenico PDQ machines are fast, smart and reliable. Plus, we offer a flexible 12-month contract – one of the shortest on the market!
With our card payment solutions, we have no setup fees if you decide to join or exiting fees should you choose to leave at the end of your contract.
We have a team of local PDQ payment specialists available who will help you to choose the perfect PDQ terminal for your business.
We have a friendly UK customer support team available to answer any card payment queries you might have.