Contact-free payment speeds up checkout at discount grocer
Aldi is making it easier for customers to pay for purchases.
The fast-growing deep-discount grocer now accepts all forms of contactless payment, including Apple Pay and Android Pay. Both options are available across Aldi’s nearly 1,700 stores nationwide.
Shoppers can pay for their groceries by tapping their contactless-enabled bank card, smartphone or other wearable device on a dedicated payment terminal.
"We're continually innovating to provide our customers a faster, more efficient shopping experience that saves them time and money," said Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi. "We build and run stores customers can shop quickly. Contactless payment makes shopping at Aldi that much faster and more convenient."
This is the latest move the grocer has made to streamline how customers purchase merchandise. In August, Aldi announced a pilot partnership with grocery delivery service Instacart. Shoppers can access the service on Instacart’s website or the Instacart app, and add merchandise to their virtual carts. At checkout, they can choose a delivery window from an hour away, up to a week later.
The service is available in Atlanta, Dallas, and Los Angeles, and the company is already evaluating future expansion.
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FedEx to hike shipping rates by almost 5%
FedEx will have new shipping rates starting January 1, 2018.
All subsidiaries, FedEx Express, FedEx Ground and FedEx Freight, will increase their shipping fees by an average of 4.9%. The company is also imparting additional surcharges across other services.
For example, FedEx Express shipping rates will spike by an average of 4.9% for U.S. domestic, U.S. export and U.S. import services. FedEx One Rate pricing will increase by an average of 3.5%.
In addition to an approximately 4.9% increase across FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery shipping rates, FedEx SmartPost rates will also change.
FedEx Freight’s 4.9% increase applies to eligible FedEx Freight shipments within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; between the U.S. and Canada, within Canada, and between the contiguous U.S. and Mexico. FedEx Freight rates within Mexico will also change.
As of January 22, 2018, other charges will also be applied:
• A Third Party Billing Surcharge will be added to FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipments that are billed to a third party.
• Applicable criteria and pricing for packages that require additional handling, are oversized, or are unauthorized, will change.
• FedEx SmartPost will apply dimensional weight pricing, and the Non-Machinable Surcharge will change.
• FedEx Freight will implement an Over Length Surcharge of $85 per shipment. This fee will be applied to shipments with dimensions between 8 ft. or and 12 ft.
The fee increases come on the heels of FedEx’s plan to pull back additional surcharges on holiday season deliveries — unless packages require additional handling, are oversized or unauthorized. FedEx Express and FedEx Ground in the U.S. and Canada will increase handling by $3 per package. Oversized goods are subject to an additional $25 per package, and unauthorized shipments will be $300 per package.
The holiday season surcharge will launch Nov. 20, and run through Dec. 24.
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