Aldi says its nearly 1,700 grocery stores nationwide are now accepting all forms of contactless payment, including Apple Pay and Android Pay.

The Batavia, Ill.-based grocery retailer also revealed it is participating in a test partnership with Instacart, a grocery delivery order-ahead service promising to bring Aldi products to a customer's door within an hour.

With retail giants like Amazon and Walmart pushing grocery delivery and mobile pay, the announcements bring Aldi up to speed with competitors.

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Aldi has positioned itself in the industry as a less expensive option, where shoppers bag their own groceries and use grocery carts by putting a quarter into a slot attached to the cart, and receiving the quarter back upon returning the cart.

"We're continually innovating to provide our customers a faster, more efficient shopping experience that saves them time and money," Jason Hart, CEO of Aldi, said in a Sept. 21 press release. "Shoppers love Aldi because we build and run stores they can shop at quickly. Contactless payment makes shopping at Aldi that much faster and more convenient."

Shoppers can pay for their groceries by tapping their contactless-enabled bank card, smartphone or other wearable device on a Near Field Communication payment terminal.

Contactless payments are safe and secure, and have the same protection as making a payment with your PIN, Aldi said.

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