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Smartphone Payments

May 23, 2018

News Release Contact:

Dawn Eischen - (804) 213-4640
Email: dawn.eischen@abc.virginia.gov

Virginia ABC Stores Now Accepting Smartphone Payments

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Authority store customers can now enjoy the convenience of making purchases using their smartphone. Customers who use Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and other Near Field Communications (NFC) technology-enabled apps can simply wave their mobile phone near the secure credit card terminal at checkout, confirm payment and be on their way.  

“We’re constantly looking for ways to improve our customers’ experiences,” said Chief Retail Operations Officer Jeff Reeder. “More people are replacing their wallets with smartphones, and contactless payments give our customers more payment options and greater convenience at checkout.”

Since July 2017, more than 27 million customers have visited Virginia ABC stores.

All 371 Virginia ABC stores across the commonwealth have updated their credit card payment devices to accommodate the new technology. This service is offered for free to Virginia ABC customers. Stores will continue to accept credit/debit cards, cash and gift cards at checkout.

Find your nearest ABC store and search store inventory at www.abc.virginia.gov.

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The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 371 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 18,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now marking its 84th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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