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Hands-on with Walmart Pay: The retailer's answer to Apple Pay is a pleasant surprise

Glenn Fleishman | July 14, 2016
The company's app-based payment system for in-store purchases isn't perfect, but it's nearly delightful.

The e-receipt appears in the Account tab in the app along with any other linked purchases online. Tapping the receipt reveals its details, along with a conventional 1D bar code that can be scanned for a return.

Apple Pay and Android Pay certainly remain more seamless, convenient, and universal. But many tens of millions of people shop regularly at Walmart, and a good subset of those customers don’t own a payment-capable smartphone or lack the trust in Apple or Google to secure their payment information—but might be fine with Walmart, because they already routinely swipe or dip a card at Walmart.

The punchline to this perfectly fine payment experience is that I got the clock home, put a battery in it, and the hour hand doesn’t work. I’ll have to find an excuse to get back to the store, now that I know where it is, and use that electronic receipt for a refund or exchange.

 

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