ALDI now accepts Apple Pay, Android Pay and all other forms of contactless payment

Batavia, Ill., 2017-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Committed to making grocery shopping smart, fast and easy, ALDI now accepts Apple Pay, Android Pay and all other forms of contactless payment. ALDI, known for its super speedy checkout process, will offer the new payment option at all of its nearly 1,700 stores nationwide.

“We’re continually innovating to provide our customers a faster, more efficient shopping experience that saves them time and money,” said Jason Hart, CEO of ALDI. “Shoppers love ALDI because we build and run stores they can shop quickly. Contactless payment makes shopping at ALDI that much faster and more convenient.”

Shoppers can pay for their groceries by tapping their contactless-enabled bank card, smartphone or other wearable device on a payment terminal. Contactless payments are safe and secure, and have the same protection as making a payment with your PIN.

Today’s announcement is the latest action by ALDI to make grocery shopping and saving as convenient and efficient as possible. ALDI most recently announced a pilot partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery service that brings your favorite ALDI products and fresh offerings to your door in as little as an hour.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry since 1976, ALDI operates nearly 1,700 U.S. stores in 35 states. More than 40 million customers each month benefit from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which are designed to meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality.

ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. For the seventh year in a row, ALDI was recognized as a value leader among U.S. grocery stores by a Market Force Information ® survey of U.S. consumers. For more information about ALDI, visit



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Carrefour Belgium launches Android Pay

BELGIUM, 2017-Mar-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Belgium is proud to be the first major retailer in the country to take payments by smartphone[1] using the Android Pay app that Google launched in Belgium on 7 March. Android Pay can now be used in nearly 600 Carrefour stores (45 Carrefour hypermarkets, most Market stores, Easy stores and Express stores). This makes life easier for customers as they pass even faster and more simply through the checkouts.

Carrefour therefore immediately embraced the advantages that Android Pay provides for customers and enthusiastically adopted this modern and practical means of payment.

If Carrefour has once again been able to be among the first retailers to introduce a new technology for its customers, it’s because all tills in Carrefour Hypermarket have been NFC-enabled (Near Field Communications) since 2010. Market, Easy and Express store tills have had this technology since the end of 2015. That in itself was also a major first for retail at the time.

Speed, comfort, security
Smartphones already provide numerous services and we always have them with us. We use them for browsing our shopping lists, scanning barcodes… and now to pay for our shopping.

Customers simply need to download the Android Pay app from the Google Play Store, register one or several credit cards (soon they’ll be able to add debit cards) that they want to use with the app, and then unlock their phone when they arrive at the checkout. When the cashier tells them how much they have to pay for their shopping (the amount will be shown on the payment terminal screen), they just have to move their smartphone close to the device and the payment goes through! Payment confirmation appears on the terminal screen, the cashier gives them their receipt and the transaction is complete. All that in just a few seconds. They no longer have to fumble around for their wallet, take out their bank card… they don’t even have to interact with the payment terminal.

And shopping is made even more pleasant. Obviously, customers can still get all their usual Carrefour benefits (Bonus Points, discounts etc.).
The app can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store.
[1] Android Pay works with Android smartphones (KitKat 4.4+) that are NFC-enabled (Near Field Communication).

SOURCE: Carrefour


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Rakuten Pay to support 14 major electronic money brands and Android Pay™ from summer 2017

Rakuten Pay to support 14 major electronic money brands and Android Pay™ from summer 2017


Rakuten Edy, Suica, nanaco, QUICpay+, iD and more accepted from Summer 2017

Tokyo, 2017-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rakuten, Inc. today announced that the Rakuten Pay in-store payment system will be expanded to support 14 major electronic money brands and Android Pay™*1 from summer 2017. Among similar payments services in Japan, Rakuten Pay is the first to support the 14 major electronic money brands in the country.

With Rakuten Pay, Rakuten is able to provide affiliated stores with a single payments service that supports a variety of payment methods, including credit cards, electronic money and a smartphone app, allowing them to meet the diverse needs of their customers. Rakuten Pay will accept payments made through Rakuten Edy, the electronic money service provided by Rakuten Group, nine electronic money brands affiliated to transport organizations, including “Suica” and “PASMO”, “nanaco” which can be used at Seven & i Holdings retailers across Japan, “WAON” the electronic money brand provided by the AEON Group (planned service launch in 2018) , as well as  “QUICPay+TM” and “iD*1.” As the system supports “Rakuten Edy”, it is also compatible with Android Pay™. In the future there are plans to make the service compatible with payment services based on the international NFC (Near Field Communication)*2 standard, such as “Visa payWave”*3 ,  “Mastercard® Contactless”*4 and “J/Speedy”*5  making it possible for affiliated stores to process payments made by foreign tourists visiting Japan as well.

In preparation for the beginning of this service expansion, the “Rakuten Card & NFC Reader Elan” (18,800 yen including tax) will also become available for purchase from March 6, 2017*6. This device is equipped with functions that enable payment through both credit cards and electronic money. For participating stores that already carry the older device and stores that wish to accept only major electronic money brands, the “Rakuten NFC Reader Piu” (4,980 yen including tax), an electronic money reader that is equipped with NFC functions, is scheduled to go on sale in the summer of 2017.

Rakuten launched the Rakuten Pay in-store payment system, originally a settlement service for credit cards, in December 2012 with the aim of expanding the Rakuten Ecosystem to brick-and-mortar stores. In October 2016, Rakuten began providing a smartphone app service through Rakuten Pay which utilizes the Rakuten Member ID, further driving innovation and capitalizing on the strengths of its FinTech businesses, such as Rakuten Card and Rakuten Bank. The Rakuten Pay in-store payment system is recognized for its convenience, as well as paying by Rakuten Super Point.

By working to continually expand its payment services offerings and functions, Rakuten aims to further improve satisfaction for participating stores and customers.


Launch date of service: Summer, 2017

Electronic money brands accepted:
Rakuten Edy, all electronic money brands affiliated with transport organizations (Suica, PASMO, Kitaca, TOICA, manaca, ICOCA, SUGOCA, nimoca, Hayakaken), nanaco, WAON (scheduled to be launched in 2018) , QUICPay+, and iD,

* As the system also supports Rakuten Edy, payment is also accepted through Android Pay™, the digital wallet service provided by Google.

Source: Rakuten Inc.


Associated Food Stores: more than 200 independent and locally owned grocers now accept Android Pay

Contactless Pay Option Available at Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s, Fresh Market and other local grocery stores

Salt Lake City, Utah2015-9-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Few shoppers leave home without their cell phone. Now their favorite device can help them pay for their groceries. Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s, Lin’s and Fresh Market, along with more than 200 independent and locally owned grocers now accept Android Pay—a simple way to pay in stores with your mobile device.

To use Android Pay, shoppers can download Android Pay in the Play store and add their preferred credit and debit cards. Users can make purchases by unlocking their phones and holding it near the contactless terminal. Android Pay works even if the app isn’t open.  To keep card information secure, payment information is encrypted and constantly monitored for fraud. Instead, Android Pay uses a virtual account number for transactions and does not share the actual 16-digit card number with merchants or store it on the device.

“We want to make grocery shopping as easy as possible for our guests. That includes offering a variety of options when it comes to payment, from traditional choices like cash and cards, to mobile payments,” said Jason Sokol, Director of Marketing for Associated Food Stores.

Android Pay is also available at multiple participating Associated Food Stores retailers including Broulim’s, Blairs, Bowmans, Davis Food & Drug, Kent’s Marketplace, Lee’s MarketPlace and Stokes Market. For more information about Android Pay, visit


About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 when 34 independent retailers joined together to battle high supplier costs and competition from large chain stores. That fighting spirit has continued to help the grocery wholesaler grow over the last 75 years. With a focus on the little guy, AFS has changed the way independent retailers operate and allowed them to prosper and currently serves more than 500 retailers across the intermountain West. For more information about Associated Food Stores visit