Alipay, the world’s largest online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group (“Ant Financial”, “Ant”), today announced an agreement to make Alipay available in Apple retail stores across mainland China, making it the first third-party mobile payment method to be accepted at the U.S. company’s brick-and-mortar stores anywhere in the world.
The agreement covers all 41 of Apple’s physical stores in mainland China, the company’s largest retail market outside the U.S.
Apple users will also have access to a dedicated Apple section within the Alipay app, where they can find offers for online App Store purchases, bind their Apple account with their Alipay account, and access billing information for the App Store and Apple stores.
Alipay was made a payment option on the Apple China website and on the Chinese iTunes and App Store in November 2016.
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