Cryptocurrency startup Pundi X has partnered with major Venezuelan chain Traki, who will now offer Pundi X’s blockchain-based point-of-sale devices for crypto payments.
Pundi X announced the expansion in an official blog post on Aug. 20. The device, called XPOS, will allow Traki’s customers to pay with Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) — as well as a number of other cryptocurrencies and Pundi X’s native tokens.
Traki’s progressive use of crypto
With 49 outlets, Traki is one of Venezuela’s largest department store chains. The co-founder and CEO of Pundi X, Zac Cheah, said:
“Traki has been one of the early adopters of cryptocurrencies in Venezuela, which highlights its commitment to improve the traditional financial system [...] We hope the XPOS further expands the crypto use cases that customers have come to expect from Traki.”
Michael Gomez, chief of Traki’s crypto assets department, said the retailer was committed to making crypto an accessible mode of payment in its stores. He added:
“At Traki, we aspire to offer the most convenient options for our customers, and cryptocurrency has proven to be an effective payment solution [...] This partnership with Pundi X solidifies our commitment to make cryptocurrency as easy to use as fiat currency in our stores.”
Pundi X’s move into Panama
As reported by Cointelegraph a few days ago, Pundi X expanded into Panama via a partnership with Chainzilla. The blockchain development company plans to distribute XPOS payment processors and provide services that allow merchants to convert from cryptocurrency to fiat money or stablecoins.
Chainzilla CEO Charles Gonzales commented on the difficulties of launching fintech services internationally within Latin America, saying:
"The fintech sector is fragmented in Latin America. Each country acts as an island that has its own regulations, which are often different from those of its neighboring countries. This creates difficulties in developing international services. These challenges are difficult and they will take time to resolve but it all starts with education. That’s why we’re focusing on educating the people, companies, and government entities we interact with."