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August 1st, 2014

By Sarah Clark • Last updated 1 August 2014, 12:48

US merchant groups call for creation of open tokenization standards

RILA: Open standards for tokenization should be managed by independent body such as ISO or ANSI

Leading merchant groups in the US have come together to call for the creation of an alternative set of open standards for tokenized payments that would be managed by an independent body such as ISO or ANSI — rather than by the payments industry.

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July 31st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 31 July 2014, 14:34

Nestle runs NFC marketing campaign in 480 Woolworth stores across Australia

Shelf banners equipped with NFC tags have been placed in Woolworths supermarkets across Australia to promote food giant Nestle’s new Oats and Strawberries breakfast cereal.

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July 31st, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 31 July 2014, 14:27

American Express tests HCE for NFC payments

American Express is working with Croatia’s Privredna Banka Zagreb (PBZ), part of the Italy-based Intesa Sanpaolo banking group, to pilot an NFC payments service that makes use of host card emulation (HCE) technology.

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July 31st, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 31 July 2014, 14:22

Hilton to let guests unlock their doors with smartphones

Hotel chain Hilton Worldwide has announced a plan to enable guests to use their smartphones as keys at the majority of its properties around the world.

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BLE

July 30th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 30 July 2014, 11:04

HBC deploys iBeacons in Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor department stores across the US and Canada

HBC Department Store Group has begun using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons placed around its Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor department stores in Canada and the US “to deliver digital experiences to consumers’ smartphones while they shop”.

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July 29th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 29 July 2014, 15:06

NXP CEO: NFC secure elements will continue to see strong demand

“We feel very comfortable with the strength of the secure element,” NXP Semiconductors CEO Rick Clemmer has told analysts during the chip maker’s second quarter earnings call.

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July 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2014, 13:29

Zuckerberg: Facebook is working on payments but it will take time to get it right

Facebook is looking into the potential of adding payments capabilities across its business, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has explained during the company’s first earnings call following the hiring of PayPal boss David Marcus to head its messaging business — but the company won’t rush into the market and expects to take several years to fully develop its offering.

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July 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2014, 12:13

Starbucks now processes six million mobile payments a week

Coffee chain giant Starbucks now has 12 million active users of its mobile app in the US and Canada alone. Customers make six million mobile payments a week — representing more than 15% of all transactions in its US stores — and the company is pursuing a range of opportunities to expand the potential of its mobile payments platform, CEO Howard Schultz has revealed.

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BLE

July 28th, 2014 • By Rian Boden • Last updated 28 July 2014, 11:59

Hillshire sells more sausages with BLE beacons

A national in-store mobile marketing campaign that used Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and geofencing technology to drive sales and awareness of American Craft Link Sausages has seen a 20-fold increase in purchase intent by those exposed to messaging, a 36% increase in brand awareness and a lift in overall sales, owner Hillshire Brands has revealed.

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July 25th, 2014 • By Sarah Clark • Last updated 25 July 2014, 12:12

London Underground to accept NFC payments

Users of mobile network operator EE’s Cash on Tap NFC payments service will be able to use their mobile phone to pay for travel on the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground services from 16 September, when Transport for London (TfL) introduces the ability for passengers to pay for travel using contactless cards.

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News in brief

Facebook closes gifts business

By Sarah Clark • 1 August 2014, 10:52 • Last updated 1 August 2014, 10:52

Facebook is to close down its gifts service on August 12, Techcrunch reports. “Most of the team has already been reassigned to other commerce initiatives. Those include the Buy button for making ecommerce purchases within Facebook, Auto-Fill for auto-populating your billing info in other shopping apps, and Custom Audiences that let brick-and-mortar merchants retarget Facebook ads to existing customers.”

Amazon Wallet teams up with Blackhawk

By Sarah Clark • 1 August 2014, 10:37 • Last updated 1 August 2014, 10:37

Amazon is working with prepaid specialist Blackhawk Network on its new Amazon Wallet service, which lets Android and Fire users store gift cards and loyalty cards on their mobile phone. “Blackhawk Network’s expertise in gift card management provides our customers with access to the retailers they want and the digital experience that Amazon is committed to delivering,” says Amazon Local Commerce director Charlie Kindel.

Square unveils EMV card reader

By Sarah Clark • 1 August 2014, 10:12 • Last updated 1 August 2014, 10:12

Mobile POS provider Square is to introduce a new card reader that can be used to process both EMV chip card and magnetic stripe card payments. “Square Reader for chip cards is the most advanced and affordable way for you to be ready for the cards all of your customers will soon be carrying,” the company says. “No commitments, long-term contracts, or painful ‘reterminalization’ fees.”

Vodafone Italia pilots smart shopping posters

By Rian Boden • 29 July 2014, 14:59 • Last updated 29 July 2014, 14:59

Vodafone Italia is working with high-end Italian food market chain Eataly on a pilot project that lets 2,500 staff tap their NFC phone or scan a QR code on a smart poster to order and pay for groceries that are then delivered to their home or office. The posters come in a range of sizes and can be applied to various surfaces, enabling them to be placed in a wide range of locations, the partners say.

Pepsi tests NFC for shopper marketing

By Rian Boden • 29 July 2014, 14:40 • Last updated 29 July 2014, 14:40

Pepsi has tested a new NFC shopper marketing solution developed by logistics optimisation solutions provider Rehrig Pacific that uses NFC chips and QR codes on display trays to “increase the opportunity for consumer interaction, at the point of sale, without increased merchandising or delivery costs”. The pilot at the Pepsi Bottling branch in Burnsville, Minneapolis resulted in a 48% click-through conversion rate, 2.8% engagement rate and 1.34% response rate. A full case study is available here (PDF).

Interest in mobile payments grows

By Sarah Clark • 29 July 2014, 13:53 • Last updated 29 July 2014, 13:53

Some 53% of consumers globally report they have either used or are interested in redeeming offers and coupons with their phones, while 44% have used or are interested using their mobile device to pay for things in stores and restaurants, according to new research from Ovum. “Combined rewards and offers in conjunction with mobile payments are set to be a common feature in the near term as a means to reach consumers and drive spending in new ways,” the analysts conclude.

Amazon to enter mPOS market?

By Sarah Clark • 28 July 2014, 11:45 • Last updated 28 July 2014, 11:40

An Amazon Card Reader will be available from next month costing US$9.99, according to internal documents from office supplies retailer Staples obtained by 9to5Mac. The new product will be located “alongside existing card readers from Square, PayPal, and Staples’ own in-house brand”, the documents show. The Wall Street Journal first revealed in February that Amazon planned to introduce a Kindle Checkout solution this summer.

Motherboard leak fuels iPhone NFC rumours

By Sarah Clark • 28 July 2014, 11:35 • Last updated 28 July 2014, 11:26

French website NoWhereElse has posted images from a source in China of what is believed to be the motherboard for Apple’s next iPhone, expected to be introduced in September. The device will include NFC, the “particularly reliable” source told the website, although the images do not appear to provide any indication of whether or not NFC will be supported.

Xiaomi unveils $13 smart band

By Sarah Clark • 28 July 2014, 11:20 • Last updated 30 July 2014, 10:56

Chinese mobile device maker Xiaomi has launched the Mi Band, a CNY79 (US$13) wristband that features sensors for health and fitness tracking and can be used to unlock the wearer’s Xiaomi smartphone via BLE.  “Future plans for the Mi Band include making it into a personal ID — so it can unlock your door when you come home, or switch on smart appliances and gadgets,” The Next Web reports.

PayPal goes Dutch on mobile payments

By Sarah Clark • 28 July 2014, 11:05 • Last updated 28 July 2014, 10:56

PayPal has partnered with MyOrder, the mobile ordering and payment system backed by the Netherlands’ Rabobank, to let customers “order and pay for food or drinks ahead of arriving at a cafe; to pay at the table in a restaurant without calling over the waiter, or pay for parking without searching for the closest meter”. The service is available at 1,500 physical locations, PayPal says.

More news in brief...


August 2nd, 2014

Latest news

  1. US merchant groups call for creation of open tokenization standards
  2. Facebook closes gifts business
  3. Amazon Wallet teams up with Blackhawk
  4. Square unveils EMV card reader
  5. Nestle runs NFC marketing campaign in 480 Woolworth stores across Australia
  6. American Express tests HCE for NFC payments
  7. Hilton to let guests unlock their doors with smartphones
  8. HBC deploys iBeacons in Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor department stores across the US and Canada
  9. NXP CEO: NFC secure elements will continue to see strong demand
  10. Vodafone Italia pilots smart shopping posters
  11. Pepsi tests NFC for shopper marketing
  12. Interest in mobile payments grows
  13. Zuckerberg: Facebook is working on payments but it will take time to get it right
  14. Starbucks now processes six million mobile payments a week
  15. Hillshire sells more sausages with BLE beacons
  16. Amazon to enter mPOS market?
  17. Motherboard leak fuels iPhone NFC rumours
  18. Xiaomi unveils $13 smart band
  19. PayPal goes Dutch on mobile payments
  20. Microsoft publishes WP8.1 NFC guide
 
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