Last fall, many food retailers — without necessarily realizing it — began allowing shoppers to pay in stores with their mobile phones. Those were retailers such as ShopRite, Meijer, Spartan, Supervalu, Food Lion and Whole Foods that have equipped their checkouts with NFC (near field communication)-enabled payment terminals in order to accept chip-bearing “contactless” credit cards; instead of swiping the cards, shoppers only need to place them on or near a ...

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