Walmart Announces Apple Pay Competitor 'Walmart Pay' for iOS

Walmart today introduced its own mobile payments service called "Walmart Pay" built into its Walmart app on iOS and Android. The new Apple Pay competitor will roll out in select Walmart stores in the U.S. this month, followed by a nationwide launch within the first half of 2016.

Walmart Pay's QR code-based checkout process will involve opening the Walmart app, selecting Walmart Pay, activating the camera, scanning the code displayed at the register and waiting for the cashier to finish bagging your items. An electronic receipt will automatically be sent to the Walmart app.

The new payments solution will only work in Walmart stores and supports any major credit, debit, pre-paid or Walmart gift card. Walmart says that 22 million customers actively use its Walmart app each month, placing it among the top three retail apps in the App Store and Google Play.

Walmart is among a handful of retailers that have refused to support Apple Pay since its U.S. launch in October 2014. The retailer is instead one of over a dozen retailers committed to the Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) consortium and its yet-to-launch rival payments service CurrentC.

Walmart's future plans to support Apple Pay remain undisclosed, but the company's senior vice president of services Daniel Eckert said Walmart Pay allows "for integration of other mobile wallets in the future."
“The simplicity and ease of Walmart Pay comes not only from how it works, but also in how it’s been built,” said Daniel Eckert, senior vice president, services, Walmart U.S. “We made a strategic decision to design Walmart Pay to work with almost any smartphone and accept almost any payment type – even allowing for the integration of other mobile wallets in the future. The result is an innovation that will make the ease of mobile payments a reality for millions of Americans.”
Walmart App is free on the App Store for iPhone and Apple Watch. [Direct Link]

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54 months ago
Oh yea, the simplicity of an app for every store. And I really want Walmart to have my credit card info saved on their servers.
Rating: 117 Votes
54 months ago
Everyone's thinking the exact same thing... "seriously?"
Rating: 91 Votes
54 months ago
Last weekend I went to the local chain grocery store, same distance from my house as WalMart. While I was there, they announced they were now accepting Apple Pay. They also had everything on my grocery list, and weren't filled with "people of WalMart."

Buhbye WalMart.
Rating: 73 Votes
54 months ago
Maybe it will let you donate to their employees for christmas?
Rating: 48 Votes
54 months ago
Yeah, so good luck with that Walmart. I don't shop with you anyway, and now I have yet another reason NOT to.
Rating: 47 Votes
54 months ago
Nevermind the fact that it's Walmart, what's really bizarre is that so many of these companies are trying to get into mobile payments with QR code scanning. What a waste of everyone's time.
Rating: 44 Votes
54 months ago
This sounds every bit as fiddly and awkward as CurrentC. What a freaking joke.
Rating: 38 Votes
54 months ago
I cannot see this taking off - the fact that I can use apple pay in other stores where I can tap my phone next to the reader and it bring up apple pay automatically.
Here I have to unlock, find the app, open it and then do press a button to pay!
I might as well get my wallet out and card...
Rating: 30 Votes
54 months ago
Really? Really Walmart? I'm not trusting you with my data, and are you really going to compete? Come on...
Rating: 29 Votes
54 months ago
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