Meijer first to break MCX ranks, keeps Apple Pay support at its 213 stores

“With a wave of your iPhone 6 or the soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, you can buy groceries or fill up your gas tank at Meijer using Apple Pay,” Shandra Martinez reports for MLive. “This isn’t a case of the Midwest retailer signing on to accept Apple’s new online payment service, but rather that it syncs with mobile pay technology already available at its 213 stores.”

“Meijer installed Near Field Communication technology, also known as ‘tap and pay,’ five years ago for its branded MasterCard and Visa credit cards. Since then, it has been used by customers with other payment methods,” Martinez reports. “‘If a customer has Apple Pay capability, our hardware works with it,’ Frank Guglielmi, Meijer spokesman, said.”

“Apple Pay has grown into the biggest mobile payment system since it was launched Oct. 20, reports the Associated Press. The free service lets people make purchases using a credit card or debit card, and a thumbprint. iPhone 6 owners set up 1 million Apple Pay accounts in the first 72 hours it was offered, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced Monday,” Martinez reports. “Apple Pay, which works with the six largest credit card companies, can be used at more than 200,000 storefronts across the country. Retailers accepting Apple Pay include McDonald’s, Whole Foods and Walgreens.”

“Meijer is both a member of MCX and listed on Apple’s site to use Apple Pay. At this point, Meijer does not plan on blocking Apple Pay. ‘We don’t plan to remove or disable these systems,’ Guglielmi told MLive on Tuesday,” Martinez reports. “The New York Times reported today that retailers who signed up for CurrentC are legally forbidden from accepting Apple Pay. ‘If these retailers break their contracts, they will face steep fines for doing so,’ reports the NYT’s Mike Isaac. But Peter Carstensen, who teaches antitrust at the University of Wisconsin Law School, tells Reuters that approach could be a violation of antitrust laws if there is an organized effort by the retailers to drop Apple [Pay].”

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MacDailyNews Take: Meijer has stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. We urge our readers in those states to patronize Meijer and use Apple Pay if at all possible. Meijer store locations are here.

Unlike CurrentC, Apple doesn’t save your transaction information. With Apple Pay, your payments are private. Apple Pay doesn’t store the details of your transactions so they can’t be tied back to you. That is what Walmart, CVS, Rite-Aid et al. hate about Apple Pay and why they currently won’t accept it.

Boycott non-cash payment systems from any company that willfully turns off NFC in an effort to block the vastly more secure, much more private, and far easier-to-use Apple Pay service.

[Attribution: 9to5Mac. Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz,” “Jonathan,” and “Arline M.” for the heads up.]

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      1. Done!
        also wrote to cvs( got response from them thanking me for my perspective on applepay and mcx’s bulling ways …)
        Wrote riteaid and mcx as well … No response
        Wrote Doj .
        And posted/ post in every relevent forum and blog.

        Encourage everyone to do so !
        Mcx wont get away with this.. But we all have to do our part

    1. From Consumer Reports’ (somewhat flawed) review: the answer is yes, refunds work.

      “All of the mobile wallets did well executing refunds. Essentially, they work the same way as a purchase–except in reverse; when you wave your phone or fob near the card reader, the system electronically credits your account with a refund.”

    2. Why wouldn’t they be able to?

      ApplePay is just a device authorization method in top of an already existing payment protocol there’s no reason why you would not be able to perform a “credit” transaction.

  1. Meijer is already the place I have used Apple Pay the most at! Last Tuesday evening, the elderly cashier there was so excited when I used my iPhone 6+ to pay with Apple Pay. She thought it was the coolest thing she’d ever seen, asked me how much an iPhone 6 would cost her, and what cards she could use on it. I wouldn’t be surprised if she has an iPhone 6 now!

    1. Your description is spot on. My family has a small house in Ohio where we stay for several weeks while visiting relatives each year. We regularly shop at Meijer while there.

  2. Give Meijer a call and thank them for supporting Apple Pay. I called and spoke to a very polite representative who said this feedback is important and will be forwarded to the corporate offices. Go to and select Customer Care.

  3. Please write to customer service at CVS, Rite Aid, and especially Walmart and Best Buy and complain. It’s not appropriate for the latter two to sell the iPhone 6 and then not let its buyers use its important fingerprint authentication security features.

    1. Here was my letter.

      “I am a long time Rite-Aid Gold Club member (ID 714xxxxxxx) that also spends thousands of dollars on our (family of 6) prescriptions needs at your store on Valley View in Garden Grove CA.
      I’ve been happy there and your employees have gone out of their way to be helpful and friendly.

      Your decision to deliberately turn off a working Apple Pay system to . . . I’m not sure why you did that.
      Was it to force us to use a less secure CurrentC system that now has a PR black eye that it will not recover from?
      To collect data from us? You already do that with our Rite-Aid ID.
      It can’t be that you do not want to accept credit cards because you still accept the same cards that Apple does.

      Please don’t forget that you are not in the banking business but in the business of providing for your customer needs. You will still get my purchase habits when I input my Rite-Aid ID.

      I am not going to have a knee-jerk reaction and stop shopping at Rite-Aid, yet. I know it takes time to correct a mistake made by your managers. But my choice is Apple Pay. (with Rite-Ad Club ID) If you don’t correct your mistake by December, I WILL move my business one block away to Walgreens. They also have a reputation for exceptional customer service.

      Looking forward to continuing my long relationship with you.”

  4. The anti trust argument is interesting. Is there a restraint of trade when the customer’s payment method is restricted? or Is it Apple’s right to provide the payment protocol that is restricted? You can still use your credit card, no? Does the MCX contract allow ONLY for their payment protocol?

    This is what I meant when I said in an earlier comment… “Not all contracts are legal.”

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