Apple Pay has its sights set on CVS and 7-Eleven, as well as Germany

Apple Pay has its sights set on CVS and 7-Eleven, as well as Germany
Apple had another tremendous quarter between April and June 2018, but with both iPad and Mac revenue on a year-over-year decline, and iPhone unit sales mostly flat, the company’s “services” and “other products” categories were largely responsible for the latest expectation-exceeding financial results.

Apple Pay is, of course, an integral part of the Services division, continuing its slow but steady rise to global ubiquity and domination of the thriving digital wallet market. After detailing that impressive new financial report yesterday, CEO Tim Cook unveiled the next country added to the mobile payment app’s world tour.

Believe it or not, Apple Pay is currently unsupported in Germany, the most populous EU member state, although the situation will change at some point by the end of the year. Already available in markets as diverse as Australia, China, France, Russia, Japan, Spain, Italy, Brazil, Denmark, Switzerland, and of course, the US, Apple Pay may have delayed its inevitable German debut due to a regional persistence of cash usage.

But Google Pay beat its rival to the punch a little over a month ago, prompting this quick response and… vague announcement. It’s similarly unclear when Apple Pay support will be extended to CVS and 7-Eleven in the US (“later this year” is all we know right now), but it goes without saying this is huge news nonetheless.

CVS is America’s largest pharmacy chain, with around 9,800 locations nationwide, which didn’t stop arch-rival Walgreens from accepting Apple Pay in its 8,200 or so pharmacies first. Meanwhile, 7-Eleven clearly needs no introduction, reaching a whopping 60,000 convenience stores worldwide a couple of years back, and aiming to soon open the chain’s 10,000th US location. It doesn’t get bigger than that, so a partnership with Apple Pay seems only fitting.

source: The Verge

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17 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I thought Apple Pay worked at CVS. Thought I saw its symbol at their terminal. Regardless, Samsung Pay works pretty much anywhere.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I know it does at Walgreens, not so dure about CVS.

4. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

CVS blocked all services (Apple/Google Pay etc - except Samsung Pay for obv reason). They're backtracking once realizing they're losing business because customers drive down the road to Walgreens instead for Apple Pay, and after seeing Apple Pays insane transaction history across the globe. While Samsung Pay works everywhere, its crazy to see that Apple Pay is the #1 mobile payment service being used, passing PayPal and Square... Insane that people don't want to use Samsung Pay.

6. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Samsung Pay works at both, though I have gone to 7-11 and have it fail, because it was a malfunctioning terminal. I believe some CVS location do have an NFC capable terminal, but its not company-wide. Samsung Pay works there with no issue. I do know Foot Locker is in the mist of upgrading all its 4000 locations worldwide with new equipment that supports all pay services. Walgreen's, McDonald's, Shell, BP an many other do have NFC terminals that can do both. But Samsung Pay is king in the US and works in places i never expected.

7. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

"But Samsung Pay is king.." Not according to the latest numbers. Maybe anecdotally but not objectively.

10. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I didn't speak of number. Samsung Pay is king because it works in 95% of retail location, because it doesn't rely solely on NFC. It works with both which is a clear advantage in the US. Outside the US, NFC is the payment option, but again Samsung Pay works with NFC provided Samsung Pay is available for that country. Apple has more banks onboard vs other pay system. But without an NFC terminal it doesn't matter how many banks they have, acceptance will still be an issue.

13. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Doesn't it go both ways? Without banks, Samsung Pay is useless, and to my understanding..Apple Pay has literally THOUSANDS of banks and credit unions, where as Samsung Pay has less than 300.

17. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

You don't need thousands of banks to be supported to use it though. As long as you have an account with a supported bank, you're good to go and most major banks are supported. If yours isn't, open a free account, problem solved. Unsupported phones or even OS is a whole different beast. Especially if it won't work in your whole country...

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2114; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

CVS blocked all payment services, including Samsung Pay. Yes I know first hand, since I tried several times at several different CVS stores.

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

That is not true. They blocked NFC payments like Apple Pay and Android Pay. I have 2 CVS' I frequent and I use Samsung Pay all the time. Samsung Pay works with MST. I do know Sam's Club has blocked the ability for Samsung Pay to work.\ https://9to5mac.com/2014/10/27/apple-statement-apple-pay/

12. apple-rulz

Posts: 2114; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

What I stated is true, neither NFC nor MST will/would work at CVS.

16. Macready

Posts: 1821; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

MST works at CVS, I use it all the time with my phone.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

7-11 would be wonderful. I buy my coffee from there every morning.

5. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Wish I had a 7-11 around here (Greenwich, CT)

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You guys have none? They’re everywhere in Vegas.

14. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Zero. All you see around here are Shell stations with giant munchie isles and s**t lol. There are some 7-11's in Fairfield County, but your chances are better seeing Apple re-add the audio jack.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol good one.

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