Target to start accepting contactless, mobile payments at all stores

Paying for shopping will be a quicker process in the near future.
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Target is joining the contactless revolution by revealing it will soon be accepting touch-free payments at all stores in the near future.

On Tuesday, the Minneapolis retailer confirmed that it will be accepting contactless debit cards and credit cards from the likes of Mastercard, Visa, Amex and Discover.

What's more, it will also accept payments from your cellphone for those who have activated Apple Pay, Google Pay and Samsung Pay.

In the future, it'll mean someone with mobile payments will simply be able to hold their cellphone or wearable device near the card reader at the checkout to pay for their purchases.

Currently, the only contactless payments customers can make is through the "Wallet" feature in the Target app, which REDcard holders can use to pay for their goods and access weekly coupons.

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The rollout means Target has got the jump on its major rival Walmart, which USA Today notes is one of the last major holdouts to accept mobile payments, with others including Home Depot and Lowe's.

Retail analyst Jordan McKee, of 451 Research, told the newspaper that acceptance of mobile payments by the likes of Target will help move shopping to the point where "tapping to pay will become habitual for shoppers."

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