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Publix has indicated that it is rolling out support for contactless payments like Apple Pay and Google Pay, as noted by the blog Appleosophy.

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The supermarket chain informed employees of this news in a bulletin shared on Reddit, noting that its payment terminals will be updated with the contactless payments symbol where accepted. Publix has over 1,200 stores in the Southeastern U.S., with nearly two thirds of those locations in Florida, but it is unclear how many will accept Apple Pay.

Apple Pay support arrives at an opportune time, allowing shoppers to avoid using the frequently touched PIN pad when paying for groceries.



Article Link: Publix Rolling Out Apple Pay at Checkout
 
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montycat

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This is great! Publix is a wonderful grocery store and all the staff own stock in it. Every staff member is so helpful. A friend of mine retired as a meat cutter from Pubix with a ton of stock!
 
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martyjmclean

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A few hours of concentrated effort digging around in terminal settings to disable Apple Pay.
That doesn't make any sense... I thought they couldn't be separated (maybe I'm wrong?)
Every card issued in the last 10ish years has contactless, why would a shop disable it?
 

gnasher729

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How are they just getting Apple Pay now? Shouldn't they already have it, as it comes "packaged" with normal contactless.
There are two possibilities: 1. Their card terminals were ancient (by European standards) and didn't have contactless support at all. 2. They went out their way and intentionally detected Apple Pay and stopped it from working. That has happened.

But "normal" contactless only allows a rather low payment limit because the terminal thinks it is not Apple Pay, but just a contactless card, which obviously could be stolen.
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That's great we don't have to touch the PIN pad to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but folks need to get in the habit of cleaning their cell phones more often.
Just don't let anyone touch it. And wiping it on your trousers helps a lot (Covid-19 virus survives up to three days on a smooth surface, but only one day on rough surfaces like your trousers).
 

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There are two possibilities: 1. Their card terminals were ancient (by European standards) and didn't have contactless support at all. 2. They went out their way and intentionally detected Apple Pay and stopped it from working. That has happened.
The latter. The terminals at my local Publix all were update for chips and it’s the same ones in use elsewhere that support Apple Pay/contactless payments, but they disabled them from the start.
 

NickName99

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I love Apple Pay more than ever lately. I bought some medicine at Walgreens yesterday and only ever had to touch the meds - all exposure was limited to just that one hand. I used the other hand to pull out my iPhone and pay. I walked home, dumped out the bottle out of the little box, tossed the box and washed my hands. Super safe.

Just make sure to use Apple Pay with a credit card, since if you have a card that can be used as a debit card, you’re going to end up having to touch the card reader that everybody else has been touching.
 
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PickUrPoison

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I totally hate to burst your bubble but I think the story is all WRONG. Publix just rolled out the "Publix Mobile App" which uses their app to read the QR code at the register, this is NOT ApplePay. The app works the same way that Walmart uses their own app.


I wish/hope that I am wrong but I don't think so.
They (finally) turned on contactless. If you follow the link in the article, you’ll see this:

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york2600

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There are two possibilities: 1. Their card terminals were ancient (by European standards) and didn't have contactless support at all. 2. They went out their way and intentionally detected Apple Pay and stopped it from working. That has happened.

But "normal" contactless only allows a rather low payment limit because the terminal thinks it is not Apple Pay, but just a contactless card, which obviously could be stolen.
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Just don't let anyone touch it. And wiping it on your trousers helps a lot (Covid-19 virus survives up to three days on a smooth surface, but only one day on rough surfaces like your trousers).

Most stores have disabled it. Years ago Home Depot supported it before Apple Pay became a big thing. Back then just a few bank cards supported it so I doubt they even thought about it. Once Apple Pay was out for a few months they disabled it on all their terminals.
 
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ersan191

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I totally hate to burst your bubble but I think the story is all WRONG. Publix just rolled out the "Publix Mobile App" which uses their app to read the QR code at the register, this is NOT ApplePay. The app works the same way that Walmart uses their own app.


I wish/hope that I am wrong but I don't think so.
The Publix Mobile App QR (aka Publix Pay) has been around for almost a year. This is specifically contactless payments. Other poster posted the flyer from Publix, it explains.
 
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Böhme417

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I totally hate to burst your bubble but I think the story is all WRONG. Publix just rolled out the "Publix Mobile App" which uses their app to read the QR code at the register, this is NOT ApplePay. The app works the same way that Walmart uses their own app.


I wish/hope that I am wrong but I don't think so.

Publix didn't just roll that out. It's been a thing for nearly a year. I know this, because every time I asked them when they are going to accept contactless payments, they suggest I use their app.
 
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