The Home Depot Expands Commitment to Bring PayPal to Stores
By Ina Steiner
Do-it-yourselfers can now use PayPal to pay for everything from hammers to lumber to appliances thanks to retail chain The Home Depot. The home-improvement store has entered into the second phase of a pilot in which PayPal's point-of-sale technologies is available to shoppers when checking out. The technology is now available in 51 Home Depot stores and is open to the public.
PayPal said Thursday it has invited more than half a million PayPal users to register for the pilot, which is available in 44 Home Depot stores across the Bay Area, one store in Atlanta and six stores near Omaha, Nebraska.
Shoppers can register to use the new technologies at PayPal Anywhere and will then be able to make purchases at participating Home Depot stores by swiping a PayPal payment card or by entering a mobile phone number plus PIN associated with their PayPal accounts.
A PayPal spokesperson said the company is further delivering on its vision for the future of commerce by testing out new point of sale technologies. "We're ensuring that the checkout experience is quick, convenient and secure."
PayPal is expected to extend the program to all Home Depot stores in March, according to Bloomberg, and Reuters said office-supply chain store Office Depot is also testing PayPal's point-of-sale technology.
Don Kingsborough has spearheaded the program since his arrival at PayPal a year ago, and he provided some additional background in a recent interview.
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