CVS is a retailer that made news for its disabling of AndroidÂ Pay and Apple Pay support at its pharmacies across the United States. It was just one of many businesses that had decided to make this move, and, like some of those others, it has even launched its own mobile payment service.
The new serviceÂ is called CVS Pay, and it’s a barcode-based mobile payment option. The new service is built into the official CVS Pharmacy app (for Android and iOS), and it supports the major credit and debit card issuers.
Users will show the barcode within the app to the CVS pharmacy employee who will scan it, and then the user can select the payment method they want to use to checkout. For folks that want to use the drive-thru window, there’s a pickup number that will be registered so the driver can use the mobile payment option. There are specific barcodes for prescription pickup, too, and the app supports CVS’s ExtraCare loyalty program.
CVS Pay officially supports debit and credit cards issued by Discover, American Express, Visa, and MasterCard. It also supports Health Savings Accounts, and Flexible Spending Account cards.
CVS has confirmed that CVS Pay is available in Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and in Pennsylvania. The company plans on rolling out support nationwide, to over 9,600 pharmacies, later in the year.