Apple says that it will soon begin to use ApplePay in order to deliver items to customers in cities across the U.S. The rollout is part of the company’s efforts to increase the volume of purchases it makes and reduce its reliance on paper-based payments.
The company’s Chief Executive Tim Cook said at the time that he was “looking forward to seeing more cities implement ApplePay, which will make it easier for our customers to buy groceries.”
The news comes as the U, a nation that has been plagued by inflation and stagnant wages, is starting to feel the effects of the global economic downturn.
The global economy, with a median household income of $72,000 per year, has slowed down considerably, but is expected to grow by 2.6 percent in the second quarter, according to data from the U: It was previously expected to shrink by 1.2 percent.
The U.K. and France also announced plans to introduce Apple Pay in their respective markets this week.
Apple has been testing Apple Pay for about two years, according a report from Reuters.
That report also said that the payments company will start accepting credit and debit cards on Tuesday.
The move comes after several U.s. states introduced their own versions of Apple Pay this month, including California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.