Korean catering offers crypto-payment option

Special kiosks with the ability to accept payments in virtual currencies are planned to be installed in cafes and restaurants of Korea
12 March 2018   479

South Korea largest cryptocurrency exchange is planning to launch a special service for Korean food and beverage franchises. In order to reach the customers that deal with virtual currencies, Bithumb partnered with kiosk manufacturers Tros Systems, IYU and Unos Space. The purpose - designing and installing digital currency kiosks into cafes and restaurants. With the special software for the kiosks by Bithumb, clients will be able to pay for their food with their cryptocurrency on the exchange. Potential kiosk users will be able to easily access their accounts with just the password because the machines will be equipped with Bithumb Cache - a password settlement service.

The entry into the kiosk business is meaningful to provide substantial benefits and low-cost rental services to small business owners.  We will continue to work in various industries based on Blockchain technology. We will continue to provide opportunities to provide total solutions for small businesses through our partnership.

 

Excerpt from Bithumb statement

In order to stimulate the adoption of the new concept, Bithumb is going to offer 2 options for the franchises: first, service packages for businesses to choose from in order to get the best match to their needs; and second, a discount of 10% for the catering companies with the intention to help this area of small business afford the product. Estimates indicate over 1 mln cryptocurrency holders in Korea suggesting a gigantic open market for food service providers have yet to set foot into.

Earlier, a similar precedent was spotted in Japan.

Korean Exchanges to Ban Withdrawal for Unverified Users

This decision was made by Bithumb and Coinone for anti-money laundering policy implementation
18 September 2018   159

Bithumb and Coinone will deprive unverified users of the possibility to withdraw funds, Bitcoin.com reports.

The possibility of withdrawing the crypto currencies to Bithumb will be discontinued on October 1 for corporate market participants. For individual users, this restriction will take effect on October 15. According to the representatives of the exchange, the decision was made to implement the requirements of the anti-money laundering policy.

Representatives of the trading platform stressed that the limitation concerns only the possibility of issuing fiat funds.

The South Korean authorities ordered local crypto-exchanges to verify users in January. Exchange customers can use the so-called "real name system" to convert their accounts into verified and linked to the accounts of banks cooperating with platforms.

However, by now banks have provided this service only to the four largest South Korean exchanges - Bithumb, Upbit, Coinone and Korbit. Moreover, despite the efforts of the government, banks and the cryptoexchanges themselves, only 40-50% of traders took advantage of this service. At the same time, local banks exert pressure on the exchanges, so that the latter more actively comply with the requirements of the anti-money laundering policy.

A similar statement was made by the Coinone Exchange, all unverified users of which will not be able to withdraw Fiat after October 15.