Lidl tests own mobile payment system in Spain

The discounter Lidl wants to build its own payment system via smartphones. Under the name "Lidl Pay" the system is to be introduced throughout Europe

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Lidl may introduce its own payment solution as it conducts trials in Spain.

 

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The discount grocer confirmed in an email to InternetRetailing that it was evaluating how customer payments might be integrated into its existing mobile app Lidl Plus through the tests.

The tests are taking place in some Spanish stores, with a full announcement expected when it is rolled out across all of them.

Lidl did not specify how many stores or how the app worked in a technical sense. A possible format is that customers add a payment card to the application and then pay through their device’s near-field communication.

The Lidl Plus app is currently available in Austria, Denmark, Spain, Poland and certain regions in Germany. It includes a digital loyalty card and provides easy access to discounts and promotions.

Other retailers are already cooperating with different providers. The drugstore DM recently announced that it is working with the payment service provider Alipay. Aldi does not want to become a payment service provider, Instead, their customers can pay with Apple Pay and Google Pay.

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