For decades QR codes were mocked as a gimmick. Then a global pandemic hits, and they spread faster than the virus. This is the ultimate underdog story!
Vipps has long been promoting QR codes as the future (probably because they couldn’t use NFC in mobiles), but the pandemic has turned QR-codes into something people use. Vipps proved this during the Oslo Fushion Festival, where those who felt the urge to buy a work of art, cool clothes, or something else could do so instantly by just scanning a QR-code
, and get the product delivered home.
But QR-codes have one large problem that is seldomly discussed: A QR code is just a physical representation of a link that phones can quickly read. But material things tend to have a longer life than digital. This begs the question: What happens when you change the payment provider or make other changes that kill the original URL? I’m guessing we’re going to see a lot of dead QR-codes in the years to come.