Amazon is reportedly looking to challenge Apple with its own mobile payments within stores
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- Amazon has been quietly working to get brick-and-mortar retailers to adopt its mobile payment system for in-store purchases, The Wall Street Journal reports.
- This move would make Amazon Pay, which is primarily used (like PayPal) for online retail purchases, more similar to the payment services from rival companies that offer in-store options, such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and the Starbucks mobile app.
- Versions of in-store Amazon Pay are currently used at Amazon Go cashierless stores, which use "just walk out" technology to let customers pay through its app.
Amazon has found a new target to tackle in its continued pursuits to dominate retail: in-store mobile payments.Amazon has been talking with brick-and-mortar retailers to convince them to adopt Amazon Pay, the e-commerce giant's online payment option The Wall Street Journal reports. The service has so far been touted as a payment option similar to PayPal for shopping online, but the Journal reports that Amazon is looking to expand Amazon Pay capabilities.Advertisement
Amazon does offer similar mobile-wallet options for in-store purchases at its brick-and-mortar Amazon Go stores. These stores, which started popping up this year, are cashierless and instead use "just walk out" technology for customers to pay using the Amazon Go app.Amazon now operates six of these stores in the U.S., with two more in Chicago and one in San Francisco coming soon, according to the Amazon website. Bloomberg reported in September that Amazon is considering opening as many as 3,000 locations of its brick-and-mortar Amazon Go stores.
Beyond Apple, many of Amazon's tech and retail competitors have already adopted mobile-wallet usage, including Samsung, Google, Walmart, and China's WeChat. But while Amazon may be eyeing Apple as its main competitor in mobile payments, Starbucks has also shown impressive adoption of its mobile-payments app - the coffee giant reportedly saw more people using its payments app than Apple, Google, or Samsung.
As of now, it's still unclear exactly how Amazon Pay would work in stores, whether through scanning a QR code at checkout a la Starbucks, or tapping your phone (or smartwatch) such as with Apple Pay. The Journal reports that Amazon may also hit snags with what companies are willing to assist a company that's likely a direct retail competitor and is credited with causing a retail apocalypse.Advertisement
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