It’ll soon be getting much easier to pay with your smartphone at Target. The retailer, which had been a major holdout, announced in a blog post Tuesday that it will soon accept Apple Pay, Google Play, Samsung Pay as well as “contactless cards” from Mastercard, Visa, American Express and Discover in all of its stores.
Apple separately announced that in addition to 1,850 Target stores in the U.S., Apple Pay will be accepted at more than 7,000 Taco Bell stores, at more than 245 Hy-Vee supermarkets in the Midwest, at around 3,000 Speedway convenience stores, and more than 2,200 Jack in the Box locations.
Apple Pay is now accepted at 74 of the top 100 merchants in the U.S. and 65 percent of all retail locations across the country – with the technology used more than any of the other secure mobile payment solutions. Last year, Costco completed the rollout of Apple Pay in more than 500 of its U.S. warehouses. And CVS Pharmacy and 7-Eleven also came on board.
In a retail store, consumers can pay through Apple Pay by waving their iPhone or Apple Watch near a contactless NFC-type checkout terminal. The drill is similar with Android phones and other wearables.