Announced by Rite Aid this morning, the pharmacy chain will now accept Google Wallet and Apple Pay mobile payments nationwide beginning this upcoming Saturday, August 15.
For quite some time, Rite Aid did not accept Google Wallet and Apple Pay, as it breached a reported exclusivity deal it has through CurrentC, the mobile payments solution sponsored by a consortium of retailers. These deals are expiring, meaning we could see this same move at other retailers in the near future.
Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores and president of Rite Aid Corporation states, “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. Investing in mobile technologies is just one piece of Rite Aid’s evolving digital strategy and we will continue to explore, test and implement innovative technologies that will help us to better serve our valued customers.”
Rite Aid, in the statement, declared the forthcoming Android Pay service will also be accepted.