OfficeMax Deploys Google Wallet POS Terminals in 100 Stores

In more than 100 stores in major markets, OfficeMax has deployed contactless POS payment terminals that allow customers to pay, redeem coupons and access loyalty program benefits with a single tap of their mobile phones.

The terminals, which harness the Google Wallet technology that was launched in May and are powered by MasterCard PayPass, were launched earlier this week in the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, DC markets. OfficeMax operates a total of nearly 1,000 stores.

Google Wallet, currently available only on Sprint Nexus 4G phones, securely stores virtual versions of a consumer's payment and rewards credentials on their phones, with the information accessed using near field communication (NFC) technology. Retailers including Macy's, Walgreens, Guess, Foot Locker, RadioShack and Toys "R" Us have participated in tests of the technology.

"OfficeMax is interested in using the very latest technology to deliver a faster, easier and personalized in-store shopping experience for our customers, and mobile payments with Google Wallets lets us do just that," said Ryan Vero, chief merchandising officer at OfficeMax in a statement.

"We're excited to have OfficeMax join a fast growing ecosystem by demonstrating how easy it is to implement the Google SingleTap experience," said Osama Bedier, Google's vice president of payments.

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