More North American shoppers will have access to Alipay.
Through a partnership with leading luxury travel retailer DFS Group, Alipay’s in-store mobile payment service will be available in DFS’ Honolulu International Airport store, and its downtown T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii store in advance of the Chinese New Year. DFS Group launched Alipay in its airport stores in SFO, LAX, and JFK in 2016.
By bringing Alipay’s in-store payment solution to the U.S. and Canada, Chinese consumers shopping at North American retailers can use their Alipay mobile wallet during the checkout process, where they are prompted in Chinese to approve the transaction in either U.S. dollars or Chinese yuan. Chinese tourists can also use Alipay to search restaurants, shop nearby and discover deals — functionality that is expected to fur-ther drive business and increase sales for North American merchants.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Alipay to introduce its payments and lifestyle platform to Chinese consumers visiting Hawaii,” said DFS Group’s Mike Osorio, region president North America, Mid-Pacific and Japan.
“We are committed to delivering the best in-store shopping experience to all shoppers visiting North America,” he said. “As the Chinese traveler continues to be an important consumer segment for us, offering Alipay mobile payments in our Hawaii retail stores is another opportunity for us to further enhance their shopping enjoyment.”