Walmart has stopped supporting Alipay and started accepting WeChat pay at all stores located in the Huaxi region of China (western China, including Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Chongqing), local media is reporting.

About a week ago, an image of a public notice at a Walmart store in Chongqing started circulating online. It stated that Walmart will stop accepting Alibaba’s payment method from March 15. On the same notice was the company’s announcement of a new WeChat Pay two-week promotional campaign.

Walmart Huaxi has confirmed the rumor that it has, in fact, reached a deep partnership with WeChat and there will be more exclusive benefits and discounts coming up soon. The two will also collaborate in big data analytics and precision marketing, the company said. The multinational retailer said it has ended the partnership with Alipay the two formed in 2015 and that it was a solely business decision.

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.