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    PwC in digital currency project for everyday banking

    November 16th, 2016

    Global consultancy firm PwC has joined forces with US blockchain technology outfit Bloq to create a platform allowing digital currencies to be used for everyday banking. Vulcan Digital Asset Services will “provide digital currency wallets, international payment processing, and investment and trading services, and will soon offer point-of-sale and merchant services and the ability to create and support native digital currencies and rewards-based systems”, Bloq says. The partnership also involves blockchain analytics provider Libra and digital currency solutions firm Netki.

    Half of global banking customers use fintech services, but trust remains low

    November 4th, 2016

    Half of banking customers around the world are using the products or services of at least one fintech firm, according to the first World FinTech Report (WFTR) from Capgemini and LinkedIn, but customer trust in… More

    EMVCo updates tokenization specification with new payment account reference data element

    March 30th, 2016

    EMVCo has updated its tokenization specification to include a new payment account reference (PAR) that can be used to link a cardholder’s payment token with their primary account number (PAN) without needing to use their underlying… More

    Carrefour installs Bluetooth beacons in 28 hypermarkets across Romania

    July 23rd, 2015

    Supermarket giant Carrefour has installed 600 Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in its 28 hypermarkets in Romania to guide shoppers around the stores and to deliver personalised promotions and offers either directly to their smartphones or to Samsung tablets affixed to the handles of their shopping carts.  More

    Jamba Juice and Fishbowl integrate promotions to Android Pay

    June 18th, 2015

    Jamba Juice and restaurant data analytics provider Fishbowl have worked together to integrate Fishbowl’s Promotion Manager software into Android Pay, allowing guests to “save and use promotions while merchants will be able to process redemptions in real time,” the companies say. “We are now able to deliver unique Promotion Manager codes end-to-end in the Android Pay ecosystem,” adds Fishbowl’s Dev Ganesan.

    Jawbone adds NFC payments to fitness trackers with AmEx

    April 17th, 2015

    Wearable device maker Jawbone has unveiled a fitness tracking wristband that can be linked to the wearer’s American Express card account and used to make NFC payments. US card members with an Up4 tracker “will… More

    Visa sets out tokenization expansion plans

    February 13th, 2015

    Visa is to expand its Visa Token Service to more regions, to a range of mobile devices and to online transactions made using its Visa Checkout service in 2015, the payments network has announced, “helping to… More

    LoyaltyGrid uses NFC tags to let luxury brands reward their customers at the point of sale

    November 6th, 2014

    Dutch startup LoyaltyGrid has unveiled a solution that lets luxury brands use NFC tags embedded in product packaging to guarantee the authenticity of their products — and deliver rewards, discounts, exclusive content, invitations to special events… More

    Ralph Lauren promotes new line with NFC and QR codes in Harrods windows

    October 31st, 2014

    Ralph Lauren has taken over a 15-window display at luxury retail store Harrods in London to promote the launch of its new Polo Ralph Lauren collection using NFC and QR code stickers provided by proximity… More

    UK retailers install hi-tech mannequins that let customers buy what they see in the window

    August 21st, 2014

    UK retailers House of Fraser, Hawes & Curtis and Bentalls are using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons installed in display mannequins to let customers get information about outfits displayed in their shop windows and around… More

    Brits turn to mobile for purchase decision making

    July 11th, 2014

    Nearly half of all UK consumers with a tablet or smartphone (46%) now use mobile devices as their primary tool for telecoms purchase decision making, 39% for insurance and 33% for retail, according to new… More

    French shopping centre uses BLE beacons to help retailers attract customers

    July 11th, 2014

    Les Terrasses du Port, a new 480-hectare shopping centre in the French city of Marseille, has installed Europe’s largest network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, enabling retailers such as Zara and H&M to deliver… More

    Charity raises funds via NFC wristbands

    June 11th, 2014

    Special care baby charity Bliss is using NFC wristbands to make it easier for supporters to generate donations from people they meet. When a potential donor taps a band worn by a supporter with an… More

    Russian supermarket tests NFC for personalised shopping and loyalty

    December 17th, 2013

    Russian premium supermarket chain Land is piloting personalised NFC shopping using technology developed by Synqera, which combines ‘Loyalty Generator’ coupon dispensers at the front of the store and NFC-enabled Simplate payment devices at the checkout. More

    Historic cinema uses NFC tags

    November 27th, 2013

    The Eden Theatre in La Ciotat, one of the oldest cinemas in France, has installed NFC tags to enable visitors to watch movie trailers and access a mobile website containing news, previews, special events and schedules. NFC supplier Imeji‘s new CineTaGs service allows the Eden to manage its tags remotely and track and analyse real time user interaction statistics.

    Google Play Music gets NFC promotion on Australian public transport

    November 13th, 2013

    Google has partnered with NFC specialist Tapit to promote its Google Play Music service using NFC and QR code enabled posters on public transport along the east coast of Australia. More

    CBS Outdoor picks Proxama for NFC

    October 29th, 2013

    Global out-of-home advertising provider CBS Outdoor has selected Proxama’s TapPoint platform to add NFC capabilities to its outdoor media estate. More than 8,000 locations in the UK and Europe are due to go live by the… More

    CommBank to launch NFC payments using embedded secure elements

    October 22nd, 2013

    Commonwealth Bank of Australia has announced a series of upgrades to its mobile banking and payments service, including plans to offer NFC payments using secure elements embedded in “certain phones” and NFC stickers that can… More

    SAP to put NFC in vending machines

    October 9th, 2013

    Software giant SAP is developing a smart vending machine solution that will provide consumers with the ability to make payments via NFC and link purchases made with social profiles, enabling owners to gain insight into… More

    Nokia Music and Wooshping offer NFC playlists at NY music venue

    October 9th, 2013

    Nokia Music and UK-based NFC specialist Wooshping have teamed up to offer exclusive music playlists via NFC posters and stickers to gig goers at New York’s Webster Hall. More

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