On The Run (OTR) – an Australian convenience store with international locations – will reportedly allow clients to pay for products in cryptocurrencies by partnering with the digital asset exchange CryptoCom.
OTR’s Dive in Crypto
According to a coverage by The Australian, OTR will enable customers to pay for fuel, goods, and services in digital currencies in 170 company locations in South Australia. Not long ago, the convenience store stretched its operations to Victoria. However, it remains unknown whether those will also allow payments in crypto.
Once the move is finalized in July, OTR will become the largest bricks-and-mortar retailer in Australia to accept digital currencies as a payment method.
In addition, the firm’s parent company – Peregrine Corporation – will also embrace crypto settlements at its Subway, Oporto, and Smokemart stores. Commenting on the matter was Yasser Shahin – Peregrine’s Executive Chairman:
“The growth and mainstream acceptance of cryptocurrency adoption in Australia and the rest of the world has been phenomenal, and has offered us a clear opportunity to tap into the momentum of this fast-growing space for the benefit of our customers.”
CryptoCom’s Asia Pacific General Manager – Karl Mohan – said the partnership will “make further inroads in accelerating Australia’s adoption of cryptocurrency.” “Customers will now be able to pay for goods and services via CryptoCom Merchant Pay at all OTR stores,” he explained.
Australia set its Focus on Crypto
Australia has displayed significant enthusiasm toward the cryptocurrency industry recently. At the end of 2021, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg proposed implementing a “crypto-asset reform plan” that could place the nation among the global leaders in the digital asset sector.
The legislation is also expected to improve customer protection and strengthen Australia’s financial system. According to Frydenberg, crypto exchanges should have the same regulations as banks since they hold “significant sums of people’s money and investments.”
Prior to that, the Australian Finance Services Minister – Jane Hume – claimed that digital assets are not a “fad.” On the contrary, she opined that bitcoin and the altcoins have grown rather rapidly over the years and have “captured the hearts and minds” of Aussies.
Hume touched upon Decentralized Finance (DeFi), too. She forecasted it will “present incredible opportunities” in the future. “Australia mustn’t be left behind by far of the unknown,” she concluded.
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