USA: Staples adopts Apple Pay for Web after in-app success
Office supplier Staples is investing more in Apple Pay for online purposes after it saw 30 percent of its mobile application sales coming through the mobile pay program, but its in-store usage is lacking.
The company announced that customers can now use Apple Pay to check out with a single authentication through their Apple device’s Touch ID on mobile outside of just its app. This removes the somewhat tedious process of entering credit card information through a mobile site, suggesting that the success of Apple Pay in-store is being expanded to every aspect of the retailer’s channels.
“Apple Pay is still in the early days of web acceptance, but given the brand awareness and cards on file one can assume their success rate will be significant,” said Jon Squire, CEO and founder of Cardfree. “Given that in-store is still beholden to NFC terminalization it may also be safe to assume that online could have a more immediate impact.”
Staples was one of the retailers in the first wave of Apple Pay adopters in November of 2014. Since then, the company has gone on record saying that it has been successful in purchases made through its mobile app, but less so when it comes to in-store checkout.
As reported by Apple Insider, the brand saw 30 percent of its mobile app sales coming through Apple Pay. Meanwhile, Apple Pay is not even in the top three for Staples’ in-store purchasing methods.
It seems that Staples is leaning into Apple Pay’s strengths by opening up its use on the office supplier’s mobile Web site in addition to its mobile app.
Now, users can link their Apple Pay accounts with their Staples accounts and simply sign in to the mobile Web site. Once signed in, purchases can be made just as smoothly as through the mobile app by accessing the consumer’s Apple Pay account.
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All that is required to finalize the purchase is for the consumer to confirm his or her identity through Apple’s Touch ID.
“Anytime you introduce a new means of payment for customers it’s key that it work seamlessly across all channels to reinforce both the experience and the brand support for the payment type,” Mr. Squire said. “Checkout can quickly become one of those natural speed bumps in your consumer process if you don’t provide ubiquity.”
Source: Mobile Commerce Daily
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