Costco rolls out Apple Pay support at all US locations

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Costco recently completed a months-long nationwide rollout of Apple Pay, and as of Aug. 10, 750 of the company's big box stores support Apple's mobile payment platform at checkout.




In what started off as a limited run near the company's headquarters in Washington, Costco has rolled out Apple Pay integration to all of its stores, reports CNET. Costco branded gas stations have yet to receive similar attention, though support is coming soon.

"We've added additional mobile payment options to make your next visit more convenient," Costco said in a statement issued to MacRumors. "Costco members can now use Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Samsung Pay at U.S. Costco locations."

With Apple Pay, shoppers will are able to tap-to-pay using their iPhone or Apple Watch. Holders of Costco-branded Citi cards, which also acts as a membership card, can process their payments through that bank's service.

Costco is the latest expansion to a growing list of Apple Pay adoptees, with several other U.S. retail chains rolling out support later this year. Both longtime holdout CVS and 7-Eleven were announced during Apple's quarterly results in July. Germany will also be getting Apple Pay by year's end.






Beyond brick-and-mortar stores, Apple Pay Cash peer-to-peer payments has been growing in popularity. Consumer Reports recently crowned Apple Pay the winner in a head to head showdown of mobile peer-to-peer payment platforms, beating out the likes of Venmo and Square.

This is all good news for Apple, which has seen its Services division, in which Apple Pay is lumped, continue to significantly increase revenue. Services saw growth of 31-percent during the third quarter of 2018, with revenue of $9.5 billion.
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  • Reply 1 of 30
    Costco Canada still doesn’t have it for credit as their MasterCard company (Capital One) doesn’t support Apple Pay. So I won’t get their MasterCard. Some stores accept Apple Pay via debit though but not all. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 30
    This is huge. Does it work for all Visa branded credit cards, regardless of Costco issued or not?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 30
    I use a non-Costco branded Visa when I shop already, so I expect it will work. 
    chasmwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 30
    Tried it today with my Apple Watch and had an authorization error.  Still may be some bugs.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 30
    corygcoryg Posts: 1member
    mindwaves said:
    This is huge. Does it work for all Visa branded credit cards, regardless of Costco issued or not?
    Yes. The Costco employee told me it will work with any debit card and any Visa branded credit cards. 
    edited August 2018 watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 30
    AlinschiopuAlinschiopu Posts: 2unconfirmed, member
    I would say it’s easier now to pay with the city card just touch the screen with your card.. that if you have the credit card from them.. but if you only have the membership with no credit card from them it’s easier Apple Pay! 
  • Reply 7 of 30
    bonobobbonobob Posts: 153member
    Will I still have to hand the cashier my credit card/member card so they can scan the member number?  If so, I can't get very excited because I'll still need to pull out the credit card.  Maybe with NFC enabled, I can just use the NFC chip on my card to pay instead.
  • Reply 8 of 30
    bageljoeybageljoey Posts: 1,747member
    I feel like we are finally getting to a tipping point with merchant adoption. 
    Still some hang ups. I asked a store clerk if I could use Apple Pay last week. She said “I don’t think so” but the POS machine looked like it took wireless. I said let me try and it worked fine.  “Oh.”  She said. I wonder how many people she turned away...
    watto_cobraclaire1
  • Reply 9 of 30
    bageljoey said:
    I feel like we are finally getting to a tipping point with merchant adoption. 
    Still some hang ups. I asked a store clerk if I could use Apple Pay last week. She said “I don’t think so” but the POS machine looked like it took wireless. I said let me try and it worked fine.  “Oh.”  She said. I wonder how many people she turned away...
    I wonder how many lost sales she created.
    Alinschiopuwatto_cobraclaire1
  • Reply 10 of 30
    fallenjtfallenjt Posts: 3,959member
    wanderso said:
    I use a non-Costco branded Visa when I shop already, so I expect it will work. 
    I used my Meriwest CU Visa in ny Apple Pay at Costco last week. Worked perfectly. The problem: a woman in front of me still used the physical check. That pissed me off!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 30
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,558member
    bonobob said:
    Will I still have to hand the cashier my credit card/member card so they can scan the member number?  If so, I can't get very excited because I'll still need to pull out the credit card.  Maybe with NFC enabled, I can just use the NFC chip on my card to pay instead.
    Of course, you must still prove you’re a Costco member so you’ll have to show them your Costco card.
  • Reply 12 of 30
    Welcome to Costco, I Love You. 
    claire1
  • Reply 13 of 30
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,382member
    I shop at Costco all the time.  This is great!

    Now put it on gas pumps!!
    jbdragonAlinschiopuwatto_cobraclaire1
  • Reply 14 of 30
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 30,558member
    sflocal said:
    I shop at Costco all the time.  This is great!

    Now put it on gas pumps!!
    I did notice they’ve updated all their pump terminals. It’ll be coming soon.
    Alinschiopuwatto_cobraclaire1
  • Reply 15 of 30
    In the UK the Costco has been accepting AP for months, without limit.  Also of interest, Aldi has removed the £30 limit for AP transactions only - they accept GP but it is still restricted to the same £30 that the physical card contactless has imposed due to security issues.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 16 of 30
    dewmedewme Posts: 1,894member
    bonobob said:
    Will I still have to hand the cashier my credit card/member card so they can scan the member number?  If so, I can't get very excited because I'll still need to pull out the credit card.  Maybe with NFC enabled, I can just use the NFC chip on my card to pay instead.
    Of course, you must still prove you’re a Costco member so you’ll have to show them your Costco card.
    This sounds like an opportunity, not a problem. (For Apple)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 30
    Is this only Apple Pay or all NFC payments?
  • Reply 18 of 30
    sirlance99sirlance99 Posts: 1,112member
    Is this only Apple Pay or all NFC payments?
    All
  • Reply 19 of 30
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 1,964member
    I would say it’s easier now to pay with the city card just touch the screen with your card.. that if you have the credit card from them.. but if you only have the membership with no credit card from them it’s easier Apple Pay! 

    But you have to pull out that card while I just put my Apple Watch near the screen and done before you have your card out of your wallet, and then you still have to put it back.

    watto_cobra
  • Reply 20 of 30
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 1,964member
    Is this only Apple Pay or all NFC payments?
    Clearly, you didn't bother to read the whole thing.

    "We've added additional mobile payment options to make your next visit more convenient," Costco said in a statement issued to MacRumors. "Costco members can now use Apple Pay, Google Wallet and Samsung Pay at U.S. Costco locations."
    watto_cobra
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