Apple Pay Now Available in 10,000+ U.S. 7-Eleven Stores

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7-Eleven today announced that Apple Pay and Google Pay are accepted at nearly all of its 10,000+ locations across the United States, following a rollout that began in August.

While many 7-Eleven retail locations have already started accepting Apple Pay, the rollout will continue throughout the month of September until "most U.S. stores" support the payments service.


"The ability to pay with their smart device gives consumers one more reason to shop at 7-Eleven," said 7-Eleven CDO and CIO Gurmeet Singh of the Apple Pay launch.

7-Eleven also highlighted some of the technology improvements that it has introduced recently, including the 7-Eleven NOW app for placing on-demand orders with Apple Pay as a payment option, the 7Rewards loyalty program that allows customers to earn points for purchases, and the 7-Eleven Bot on Facebook Messenger to allow customers to get quick answers to questions.

Apple CEO Tim Cook first announced in July that Apple Pay support would be coming to 7-11 retail locations in the United States, and the wide availability of Apple Pay at 7-Eleven comes just in time for the launch of Apple's new 2018 iPhones.

To use Apple Pay at 7-Eleven stores, customers will need an iPhone 6, 6s, 6, 7, 8, 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, 8 Plus, SE, or X, and/or a compatible Apple Watch model.

Along with 7-Eleven, popular drugstore chain CVS, once an Apple Pay holdout, is also expected to begin accepting the payments service this fall.

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JosephAW

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Too bad Apple can't figure out a way to create a bridge for payments for companies like Walmart. That way you could use Apple Pay at any retailer.
 
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dmylrea

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Because I totally make buying decisions based on whether the store offers Apple Pay..
Hmmm...sarcasm or honesty? I think former. :) If so, I agree. It's just as easy to grab a CC and do the transaction that way.

The only place I would REALLY love to use AP is at gas stations (at the pump), where CC info is ripped off daily from card scammers. But, I've yet to see a pump that takes AP.
 

joeblow7777

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It’s not like Apple Pay requires some proprietary equipment. It works on any card reader that supports tap, which is almost everywhere now. I rarely find places that I can’t use it, and I live in Canada, which launched Apple Pay later than US.
 
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tmiw

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Along with 7-Eleven, popular drugstore chain CVS, once an Apple Pay holdout, is also expected to begin accepting the payments service this fall.
In my experience, most CVS locations already have for at least the last week or two.

Too bad Apple can't figure out a way to create a bridge for payments for companies like Walmart. That way you could use Apple Pay at any retailer.
The real issue is that many/most merchants in the US don't really like cards at all. Fix that and you'll fix a lot of the acceptance issues. (Or wait until there's enough customer demand, but that might be a while.)
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It’s not like Apple Pay requires requires some proprietary equipment. It works on any card reader that supports tap, which is almost everywhere now. I rarely find places that I can’t use it, and I live in Canada, which launched Apple Pay later than US.
The bolded part is the issue. Contactless cards aren't currently a thing in the US either, so those can't be used to justify adoption.
 
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One more nudge...

Seriously? Tap is pretty common in Canada, and I thought that if anything we were behind you guys.
Quite a few larger places will have the wireless part of the credit card reader disabled just to prevent it. CVS drugstore had it enabled prior to Apple Pay (I had a debit card that had wireless), but they disabled when Apple Pay came out...just cause.

As for being behind us down here...remember we just got chip cards a couple of years ago and thought the new fangled metric system was too radical for us - don't even get me started on our political system. Just think of yourselves as way above us. ;-)

Walmart is trying to capture the value in a card transaction, that’s why it made its own bastard orphan system.
Definitely, get that 3% back, but also being able to track buyers through their nonchanging credit card numbers is part of it too.
 
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Because I totally make buying decisions based on whether the store offers Apple Pay..
I make buying decisions based on tap, thats why I avoid Walmart. I hate spending 20 minutes in a line waiting for everyone to take 5 mins to pay each
[doublepost=1536619510][/doublepost]So... they accept tap.
 
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Seriously? Tap is pretty common in Canada, and I thought that if anything we were behind you guys.
The US is generally 10-20 years behind the rest of the world in anything banking related. In fact, chip only really came here a couple of years ago. I'm kinda surprised we even bothered with any form of contactless payment at almost the same time as chip, to be honest; without Apple we very likely would have waited a decade or two as is the usual fashion, or possibly never.

Come on cvs, get back on board!
Try visiting CVS tonight and I suspect you'll be pleasantly surprised.
 

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The biggest shocker to me is that 7/11 still exists.
Just about every 7/11 store I see is now a quick cash loan store or a head shop.
 

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Hmmm...sarcasm or honesty? I think former. :) If so, I agree. It's just as easy to grab a CC and do the transaction that way.

The only place I would REALLY love to use AP is at gas stations (at the pump), where CC info is ripped off daily from card scammers. But, I've yet to see a pump that takes AP.
If you live in the mid-Atlantic or Florida, Wawa takes contactless at the pump.

I remember seeing another gas station with the option as well on a road trip, but I can't remember it. Perhaps it was Chevron?

If 7-Eleven allows it at their pumps like Wawa, and I can't imagine them NOT taking it that far since they have a big footprint in Florida and the recent Wawa invasion of the last 5-6 years has impacted them, then other major players may start incorporating contactless in their gas pumps too.
 
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If 7-Eleven allows it at their pumps like Wawa, and I can't imagine them NOT taking it that far since they have a big footprint in Florida and the recent Wawa invasion of the last 5-6 years has impacted them, then other major players may start incorporating contactless in their gas pumps too.
Many 7-Elevens, at least around here, haven't done any pump upgrades yet. And the one that I found with newer looking pumps had no external contactless readers. YMMV though.
 

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The US is generally 10-20 years behind the rest of the world in anything banking related. In fact, chip only really came here a couple of years ago. I'm kinda surprised we even bothered with any form of contactless payment at almost the same time as chip, to be honest; without Apple we very likely would have waited a decade or two as is the usual fashion, or possibly never.



Try visiting CVS tonight and I suspect you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Your loss, I guess. To those who don’t use it, I know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but I have to say that it’s pretty awesome to be able to pay for things with just a wave of your phone, and yes, given the choice between frequenting a store that supports Apple Pay and one that doesn’t, I’d definitely choose the former if all other factors are equal or even near equal.
 
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