It took a worldwide pandemic, but Publix will now offer Apple Pay

Now the only thing you have to touch is the shopping cart.

It took a worldwide pandemic, but Publix will now offer Apple Pay

In an effort to keep fingers off of keypads during the coronavirus outbreak, Publix announced today that they’re finally accepting Apple Pay, and other forms of mobile payment.

In a statement released today, the Lakeland-based grocer says it will roll out contactless pay options, which also includes Google and Samsung, at all of its store locations, including GreenWise Market, by April 4. 

“In these unprecedented times, we recognized the need to make our customers’ trips to our stores faster and more efficient,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones in the statement. “By expediting this payment option, we will help customers reduce contact with commonly used surfaces like PIN pads.”

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So far, three Publix employees have tested positive for coronavirus. Earlier this week, Publix said they will start offering paid sick leave to associates who test positive for the virus, and allow some employees to wear gloves and masks

The company also previously announced that that would also install plexiglass barriers at registers, customer service desks and pharmacies.

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