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Contact-free payment speeds up checkout at discount grocer

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

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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