News In Brief 2015
25.08.2015. Migros Launches 'Pioneering' Mobile Payment Initiative
The service, launched on 20 August, requires customers to install the Migros App on their smartphone in addition to depositing an account with Migros bank or a Cumulus credit card.
Payment is effected through a QR code. The user simply opens the app at the till, retrieves the code, and hands it over to the cashier to scan. “The service offers all customers the possibility to pay in an uncomplicated manner,” Migros chief executive Herbert Bollinger, said in a statement. “Migros continues to proves its role as a pioneer in the Swiss retail trade."
12.08.2015. Rite Aid does u-turn on Apple Pay acceptance
U.S. drugstore giant Rite Aid will accept Apple Pay starting Saturday. The move comes nearly a year after the chain disabled its support for contactless payments in its retail stores.
That means customers who use Apple Pay on the iPhone 6 will be able to use it at all of Rite Aid’s 4,600 stores across the country. Additionally, Rite Aid will begin accepting other contactless payment options, including tap-to-pay credit cards and Google’s upcoming Android Pay.
"Increasingly, consumers are actively seeking out and incorporating mobile technology into many facets of their life, including their shopping and purchasing decisions," Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid Stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation, said in a statement. "By accepting mobile payments, we're able to offer Rite Aid customers an easy and convenient checkout process, which we know is important to them.”