Dante D'Orazio, writing for The Verge:
In other words, retailers are mad that the NFC systems they already installed are actually being used by people with Apple Pay compatible devices. If Apple Pay continues to be successful, it'll cut out their ability to shove their own, shittier solutions down people's throats.
This isn't even the worst part of this. Take a look at CurrentC, the system they want to replace the NFC readers with:
Fucking QR codes, on a third party app that you link your bank account information to. QR codes are one of the worst trends of the mobile device era, and this sounds so horrible insecure, you gotta wonder what is going on the heads of the people that make these decisions.
I imagine board room conversations in these situations go a little something like this:
Executive A: Hey, we know we're fucking idiots, but does the world know?
Executive B: I just don't know, but I think we should make it abundantly clear.
Executive A: What if we made it harder for our customers to spend money at our stores, and replace a very simple and secure system with something vulnerable, cumbersome, and horribly stupid?
Executive B: I think we're on to something here.