Walmart has no intention to follow Costco's example in supporting Apple Pay

Walmart has no intention to follow Costco's example in supporting Apple Pay
Apple seems to have slowed down the global expansion pace of its market-leading digital wallet service after a very busy couple of years from that particular standpoint, focusing instead more on achieving US ubiquity of late.

It’s been almost four years since Apple Pay made its stateside debut, and even though the mobile payment app constantly added new banking and retail partners during this time, negotiations with certain big companies proved challenging (to say the least).

Ultimately, the Cupertino-based tech giant managed to reach no doubt mutually beneficial agreements with both CVS and 7-Eleven, as well as Costco, the latter of which ranks second on the list of the world’s largest retailers by 2017 revenue.

Unfortunately for folks addicted to their iPhones and iPads, the clear leader in those earnings rankings has “no plans” whatsoever to change its current mobile payment setup and follow its arch-rival’s suit.

On the bright side, you can obviously use Walmart Pay on your iOS or Android device to accelerate your checkout experience. But if you think options are always a good thing, you’ll probably be disappointed to hear the “exclusive form of mobile payment accepted at Walmart” will continue to be the company’s own proprietary digital wallet solution.

This hasn’t been very well-received nearly three years ago, relying on aging QR codes rather than modern NFC technology. For what it’s worth, at least Walmart Pay availability has been ramped up relatively quickly, reaching all 50 US states and over 4,600 stores as of 2016. That’s a lot of potential revenue Apple is missing out on.

source: MacRumors

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30 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Fortunately, I have a Samsung Pay, which does work at Walmart (and pretty much everywhere).

3. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

I love getting told that we don't have an " Apple Pay" terminal as the payment goes through with my Gear S3 or Note 8.

14. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Samsung Pay is hit or miss for me at Walgunk. It works flawlessly at Target though.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, but so far I can't put my Target red card in it.

24. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

How, I thought Walmart uses chip and doesn't allow magnetic swipe?

26. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They only require chip for chip cards. It works just fine there.

30. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Interesting, I'll test it out when I go next time.

2. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

For me I find the 10 - 15 second window used to pay in cash is very acceptable and doesn't interfere with my day too much. At the same time I'm not giving any electronic/financial/internet entity any data in regards to my location/shopping habits.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Since Samsung Pay transactions are tokenized, neither am i.

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

All mobile payments are tokenized. And mobile device payments is more secure than giving your credit card to any person. Carry cash these days is down-right dangerous. But to each his/her own. tech will never progress, as long as we have hold-outs who fear the most dumbest things. I have never received any direct ad from Samsung or Google, for any purchase I have ever made using Samsung Pay.

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I don't carry all my money with me because that would be dangerous - I only carry enough for whatever I feel will be needed to get me through the day. I'm not ready for a truely cashless society, and just because I choose to use cash where possible doesn't make my mindset dumb (thanks for that by the way). I appreciate advancement in tech, but that doesn't mean I have to be among first adopters. You are free to surrender your iris info and fingerprint info to unlock your phone etc, while I find a simple password/passcode works just fine for me.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Technically, you're not surrendering either, since they're stored encrypted only on the phone.

4. libra89

Posts: 2298; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not surprised, considering that they have a system of their own...

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Target has the same setup with their mobile payment. At least it's inside the Target app itself and not a stand-alone. Makes getting them kupens easier to redeem.

18. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Target was actually the target of a huge data breach about two years ago.

5. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Samsung Pay ftw.

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Sam's Club has gone out of its way to prevent mobile payments. Samsung Pay use to work, but now it is blocked and no longer works. At Target, when I use mobile pay, the one by my work already knows it only works with Samsung Pay, and if they even think I'm pulling out an iPhone,t hey make me aware Apple Pay does not work. And I be like, "I know, I use Samsung". I have stopped carrying a wallet and just carry my ID and one card for just in case. Mobile payments is just an awesome concept. People really need to start using it more.

21. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I remember Target. I had an opportunity to visit their store here in Canada only once before they closed. Lasted maybe a year? ..so sad. Then again...I'm sure what they were offering here paled in comparison to their US counterparts.

11. irossdrummer

Posts: 369; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

My Samsung pay usually works without needing to support anything LOL

12. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

A large company like Walmart has no good excuse to not support mobile payments, Apple Pay or Google Pay.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Sure they do. On top of the credit card company's 2-3% fee is an Apple Pay fee of 3% as well. Not to mention upgrading NFC terminals at $300-$500 a pop. Typical Trumper, grossly uneducated and ignorant beyond human comprehension.

16. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

FYI, the Apple Pay fee isn't lumped on top of a credit card fee. It's actually cheaper for a merchant to accept Apple Pay than a credit card. Apple Pay saves them money on each transaction, so that terminal upgrade would pay for itself in no time. Did you get that info off one of your "fact" checker sites? What was that about "uneducated and ignorant"? Libtard projection *yawn* If Walmart can't afford that, how can that dumpty quik Mart down the road from your trailer park afford it?

17. Venom

Posts: 3732; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Stop living in the past, Crispin. Mobile Payments is the future, and probably a little more secure than using cards.

19. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

No one is disputing that. Once again your reading comprehension has failed you. I was merely trying to explain to the resident trailer trash some basic business principles he couldn't possibly understand since he knows very little beyond food stamps and whatever he gets through day labor work. I do use mobile payments. I use Samsung Pay on my Gear S3, Google Pay with my Android phone, Apple Pay on my 8+ and Fitbit Pay through my Ionic for when I use my Windows Phone and leave the Gear at home. I use 'em all pal.

20. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Explain what exactly? Why my reply to you made you look stupid and you can't refute it? Its because they don't teach basic economics in Cooba. Go back to Huffington Compost or CNN and peddle those lies to other nazi libs who believe anything.

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

You sure about that?? Walmart is massive enough to justify no need for support from others - Apple or otherwise. (coming from someone who avoids Walmart at all costs)

28. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They have their own mobile pay system.

13. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I use wally world pay, only because I'm not inserting the card, typing in a PIN number. There are cameras over EACH self checkout terminal to make sure you are scanning every item you stick in your bag. Someone is watching those cameras, or they are recorded in their security bunker just north of Bella Vista Arkansas, on Hwy 71 just inside Missouri. You could bet they could easily get your PIN number. Yeah, the card is chipped but for me it's just easier to use the QR code.

23. lyndon420

Posts: 6836; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

They have cameras planted at the doors as you walk in up here in Canada. May as well be walking in the doors of Homeland Defense!!!....uhmmm....wait... they're one in the same now yes???! QR code? Wouldn't cash be a more secure method of protecting one's privacy??

29. PostmanLV

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Use Samsung pay everywhere except Walmart,Walmart pay also works well but having all my receipts on my phone is really nice

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