Apple Pay launched in the United States last month with support at over 220,000 stores operated by participating merchants, including Apple Stores, American Eagle, Aeropostale, Bloomingdale’s, Champs Sports, Chevron, McDonald’s, Nike, Office Depot, Radio Shack and Walgreens. Additional retailers and apps have since added Apple Pay support including Staples, and now the mobile payments service can be used for parking, rent and at even more retailers as of this month…
Chicago-based startup SpotHero updated its app earlier this week with support for Apple Pay mobile payments. SpotHero is an innovative solution to find parking, compare rates and book a spot for up to 50% off the drive-up rate. SpotHero receives unsold spots from parking facilities, negotiates a special rate and passes the savings on to consumers. The app covers major metropolitan areas like New York, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Newark, Denver, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and New Orleans.
SpotHero claims to be the only parking app that currently supports Apple Pay.
“Our goal is to make life easier for the daily driver. Since many of our customers are last minute parkers, Apple Pay allows them to quickly find and reserve a spot with one tap,” said SpotHero CEO Mark Lawrence about the company’s move to Apple Pay. “Since 46% of our mobile app users have an Apple Pay eligible device, we believe this move will improve more people’s experience with SpotHero.”
It is now also possible to actually pay your rent with Apple Pay using another innovative app called RadPad, regardless of how old-school your landlord is. If you are currently paying your rent by cash or check, you can use RadPad to pay with a debit card or credit card using Apple Pay. The app, for a fee, can turn your payment into a physical check and send it out to your landlord.
RadPad claims that, up until now, some 90 million renters across the United States have paid their rent by check or cash — nearly $350 billion in rent annually. In its first four weeks after launching, RadPad’s “Pay with RadPad” feature processed $256,000 in rent through mobile payments. To use Apple Pay, simply tap on Pay My Rent and enter your landlord’s information.
Last, two additional retailers in the United States will reportedly begin accepting Apple Pay with grocery store chains Winn-Dixie and BI-LO enabling support. Whole Food Markets is another grocer that has supported Apple Pay since its launch with Apple’s mobile payment service accounting for an estimated 1% of of the chain’s sales during Apple Pay’s first 17 days.
Update: Bi-Lo Holdings, which owns the grocery stores Winn-Dixie, Bi-Lo, and Harverys, officially announced Apple Pay support at its locations calling it “a digital solution that prioritizes privacy and usability.”