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You’ll soon be able to pay for those 7-Eleven Slurpees with both Apple and Google Pay

What took them so long?

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7-Eleven has announced that Apple Pay and Google Pay users will be able to use either of the contactless payment options at most of its 9,400 U.S. stores before the end of the month. Previously, the company supported only Samsung Pay for mobile payments, according to Digital Trends.

By adding contactless payment options through both Google and Apple Play, the company joins a huge number of other businesses and services that utilize the features from Google and Apple.

In making the announcement Gurmeet Singh CDO and CIO of 7-Eleven explained:

Frictionless experiences are the future, and digital payments are key to such experiences. Consumers prefer shopping at retailers that offer digital payment capabilities. The ability to pay with their smart device gives consumers one more reason to shop at 7-Eleven.

Adding Apple Pay and Google Pay isn’t the first technical innovation for the convenience store chain. Other advances include the 7-Eleven smartphone app that allows on-demand ordering of products at select locations; 7Rewards, an app-based loyalty program; and 7-Eleven Bot on Facebook Messenger, where fans can engage with the brand within Facebook.

The company also offers Amazon’s in-store package pickup service, Amazon Locker, at nearly 1,100 local 7-Eleven locations. 7-Eleven also supports BillPay at participating stores.

Apple Pay is available across multiple devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Google Pay, by contrast, offers similar tools on Android-based devices. 7-Eleven, Inc. is a Japanese-owned American international chain of convenience stores headquartered in Dallas, Texas. It includes over 66,000 stores in 17 countries.

I’m honestly surprised it has taken this long to get the services in this business, but better late than never, I suppose.

Will you be using either Google Pay or Apple Pay to make purchases at the convenience store? Let us know in the comments.

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