Pharmacy giant Rite Aid has announced that it will begin accepting mobile payments beginning August 15. The company has announced that NFC-based payment systems will be supported including Google Wallet, Apple Pay and the upcoming service, Android Pay, which will arrive with Android M. Other tap-and-pay services, such as NFC credit and debit cards, will also be welcomed.
The support will be available through all of the company’s stores across the country, which total a whopping nearly 4,600. The move is another step forward in advancing mobile payments, which have great potential, but have yet to become fully mainstream. It also places Rite Aid toe-to-toe with Walgreens, which has been one of the strongest supporters of mobile payments. With more chains hopping onboard, we’ll cross our fingers that mobile payments continue to grow in popularity.