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Grocery Store Chains Winn-Dixie and BI-LO Begin Accepting Apple Pay

Following in the footsteps of office supply store Staples, Winn-Dixie and BI-LO have become the second and third retail chain this week to begin accepting Apple Pay in their retail locations.

According to a tipster who spoke to MacRumors, Apple Pay will officially be supported at Winn-Dixie beginning on Monday, November 17, but multiple reports on Twitter suggest that both Winn-Dixie and its sister store BI-LO have already begun processing Apple Pay payments.

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Winn-Dixie is is a major grocery store chain that operates in the southeastern United States, with more than 500 stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Similarly, BI-LO, a grocery store chain owned by the same parent company, consists of more than 800 stores across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

The two grocery store chains will join Meijer, Wegmans, and Whole Foods, becoming the fourth and fifth grocery stores to accept Apple Pay. Unlike Staples, which also recently began accepting Apple Pay, BI-LO and Winn-Dixie were not listed under Apple's "Coming later this year" banner, making their adoption of Apple Pay somewhat of a surprise. Winn-Dixie did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the addition of Apple Pay in its stores.

With the addition of Winn-Dixie and BI-LO, Apple Pay now has 36 retail partners, including major retailers like Macy's, Disney, Foot Locker, Petco, Walgreens, and Toys R Us. Apple Pay is also unofficially accepted in many stores that support contactless payments.

Because Apple Pay is still in the early stages of rolling out, there's little data available on its popularity in retail stores, but Whole Foods processed 150,000 transactions in the 17 days following Apple Pay's October 20 debut, which equated to approximately one percent of all Whole Foods transactions.


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21 months ago

As a local Floridian, I wish Publix would jump on, but they are part of that crap CurrentC group. Publix is just so much closer to me than Winn-Dixie.

Don't worry. The CurrentC group won't last 2015 intact. I will enjoy watching it fall part. Nothing like seeing an alliance of people who hate their customers fail.
Rating: 11 Votes
21 months ago
Oh darn. I thought they were gonna say they were selling Retina 5K iMacs in their Fish Department...
Rating: 8 Votes
21 months ago
I'm looking at you, Hy-Vee, make it happen!

For those that are excited about saving "an extra 4 seconds of time", that's only one benefits. For the me primary benefits are security and privacy. I'm willing to spend a little more at stores that get that fact vs this CurrentC bullcrap. I've had to spend many hours this year pouring over bank statements, and then canceling my cards, and then changing all of my online payment methods when my new card arrived. I bought things from Adobe, Target, Home Depot, and Michaels, all of which were hacked. I'm tired of it! It seems like every day something new gets hacked, and it's to the point where it's not even news.
Rating: 8 Votes
21 months ago
I go to Winn-Dixie almost weekly, so this should save 4 seconds of time by not using my actual card. :rolleyes::D

As a local Floridian, I wish Publix would jump on, but they are part of that crap CurrentC group.


Yet another reason why I'm glad I opted for Winn-Dixie instead of Publix.
Rating: 6 Votes
21 months ago
As a local Floridian, I wish Publix would jump on, but they are part of that crap CurrentC group. Publix is just so much closer to me than Winn-Dixie.
Rating: 5 Votes
21 months ago

I go to Winn-Dixie almost weekly, so this should save 4 seconds of time by not using my actual card. :rolleyes::D



Yet another reason why I'm glad I opted for Winn-Dixie instead of Publix.


I abandoned Winn Dixie entirely because they make you use that stupid card to "save money". "Your pork chop is $8! But if you have this card, it's $6".

Publix just charges you what it says.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago
I do not have these stores in my area, but am happy to hear that Apple Pay continue to roll. It seems like it may even be picking up a little bit of speed, which is really nice.
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago
All together now: A winn for dixie! :D
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

Grocery stores are suprisingly ahead of the curve. In Minnesota, Cub Foods was allowing Apple Pay from Day 1. They didnt advertise anything though.

A Target store employee said that they will enable it by December. Not sure.


That's not surprising. A typical cc purchase takes about ~20 seconds longer to complete than Apple Pay does. That means during peak hours that cashier can process one additional shopper per hour. Five check stations process 40 more shoppers during an 8 hour shift. This is under ideal conditions. But the fact remains that the grocery store can process more shoppers without adding cashiers.

This is the primary reason McDonald's signed up. During peak meal times McDonald's serves one customer every 2 minutes through its drive-thru. Saving just 10 seconds means 3 more orders filled per hour without adding additional staff. Do that 3X a day for a year and your order completion rate goes up by ~4,900.
Rating: 3 Votes
21 months ago

Is CurrentC cheaper than paying with Apple Play?


1. CurrentC is not currently operational, the point is moot.

2. Depends how you define cheaper? Will you be offered discounts by merchants to use CurrentC? probably. Will you have to spend more to defend yourself against possible identity theft when CurrentC is hacked and your information is stolen? yes

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Is MR going to write a story every time the discover a new company that is accepting NFC payments?

Almost always one of the top comments is "x company had been accepting apple pay from launch because they already had NFC."

This is just getting ridiculous.



Yes, MR will have too. Because most of us want to see every MCX member capitulate to Apple Pay.
Rating: 3 Votes

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