A number of UK retailers including New Look, Marks & Spencer, Dune, JD Sports and London department store Liberty have signed up to offer Apple Pay, which will allow shoppers to purchase goods by tapping iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch devices on readers from July.
The contactless payment service will be available in over 250,000 locations across the UK when it launches, Apple executive Jennifer Bailey revealed at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco yesterday.
HSBC, NatWest, Santander, TSB, Lloyds, Nationwide and Royal Bank of Scotland have signed up to support the launch.
M&S said it will support the service across 620 of its UK stores, making it one of the UK’s largest Apple Pay retailers.
Laura Wade-Gery, executive director of multi-channel at M&S, said: “M&S already has one of the biggest contactless payment estates in the UK and our integration of Apple Pay means we are well set up to cater for customers’ evolving shopping habits.”
James Cox, chief operating officer of Dune, which has 46 stores and 169 concessions in the UK, said: “Apple Pay’s solution enables us to further extend customer choice of payment options, we believe this will prove popular due to the speed and security of the Apple Pay contactless payment process.”
The UK is the first country outside the US to have access to the service.
Users will be able to use bank, discount and loyalty cards to pay for goods via Apple Pay, however card numbers are not stored on the devices or transferred to the retailer.
Visa expects there to be a high take up of the feature in the UK, because the infrastructure is already in place in many UK stores.
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