Bi-Lo Holdings, parent company of Bi-Lo, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, will support Apple Pay mobile payments across its eight-state operating area.
Apple Pay is available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users, who hold their phones to a contactless reader and place their finger on a Touch ID screen to pay.
“Customers want a shopping experience that is convenient, easy and secure, which is why we’re so pleased to announce support for Apple Pay,” said Bert DuMars, VP, digital marketing at Bi-Lo Holdings, Jacksonville, Fla., in a press release. “Bi-Lo Holdings is prioritizing digital mobile solutions for our customers, and Apple Pay is an exciting first step in our journey.”
Associated Food Stores, Salt Lake City, has also announced that it’s offering Apple Pay at 135 of its local and independent grocers.
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“We want to make grocery shopping as easy as possible for our guests,” said Jason Sokol, director of marketing for AFS, in a press release. “That includes offering a variety of options when it comes to payment, from traditional choices like cash and cards to mobile purchases.”
When a credit or debit card is added to Apple Pay, the card numbers are not stored on the device or on Apple services. Instead, a unique device account number is assigned, encrypted and stored in the secure element on one’s device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time security code, according to the release.
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