Staples, one of the world’s largest internet retailers, recently announced that its Staples App for iPhone now supports Apple Pay. Now iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can make purchases from within the Staples app using Touch ID, eliminating the need to fill out forms or enter in a credit card number. The updated Staples App with Apple Pay is currently available in the App Store.
Staples also announced that customers will be able to use Apple Pay at 1400 Staples stores across the U.S., making it easy to securely and privately pay for purchases from their iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, upon availability. The reinvented Staples App has been built with an entirely new design, offering customers the best omnichannel features possible at a much improved speed. The app provides a totally new shopping experience with a faster, more intuitive interface, quicker, simpler checkout and enhanced search and navigation functionality.
Apple portrays security and privacy as the core of Apple Pay. When customers add a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the card numbers are not stored on the device or on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code, instead of using the security code from the back of the card.
“We’re excited about the capabilities that Apple Pay offers our customers,” said Faisal Masud, executive vice president of global e-commerce at Staples Inc., in an official press release. “Innovations like these will help customers quickly find and pay for the products they need to make more happen. Apple Pay is the key feature of our updated iPhone app, and is another example of how we’re making it easier for consumers and small businesses to shop and check-out whenever and however they want.”
The updated app also brought other features including:
- New Weekly Ad page, redesigned to showcase the best in-store deals and allowing users to view deals by category
- Immediate access to Staples Rewards from the shopping cart, making them easier to redeem
- Customizable search results, sortable by price, category and relevance
- Easy Store Finder with the ability to check store inventory
With the addition of Staples, Apple now has 34 retailers officially listed as partners, including Bloomingdale’s, Foot Locker, McDonald’s, Nike, Panera Bread, Toys R Us, Walgreens, Whole Foods, and more.