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    UK restaurants and bars roll out Z-Beacon technology

    April 21st, 2016

    More than 1,000 restaurants, bars and pubs across the UK are deploying Z-Beacon, a new platform developed by QR code-based mobile payments provider Zapper. The platform uses Bluetooth Low Energy beacons to send out personalised messages, offers and rewards to customers’ mobile devices. Restaurant chain CAU is among the companies installing the technology and has rolled out Z-Beacon to all 17 of its locations across the UK.

    Verizon gives 2GB of free data to Android Pay users

    April 15th, 2016

    Android Pay users across the US with a Verizon handset can get 2GB of free data when they make in-store purchases using the mobile payments service between now and mid-June. More

    WeChat integrates with Givex to push in-store presence

    April 14th, 2016

    Chinese ecommerce giant Tencent’s WeChat mobile payments and messaging app has been integrated with Givex’s Vexilor point-of-sale solution to enable users of the service to make in-store purchases by scanning a QR code. More

    US brewery installs BLE beacons on beer taps

    April 12th, 2016

    Drinkers of Schlafly Beer in St Louis, Missouri can now receive information about drink specials, tasting notes, new beer releases and customised campaigns on their smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons attached to the craft brewery’s beer taps. More

    Alipay to expand to Europe this summer

    April 5th, 2016

    Chinese mobile payments platform Alipay, which has 450 million active users, is to be made available in Europe this summer, enabling Chinese shoppers to make payments in stores, receive offers and view nearby shops and restaurants that accept the mobile payments service. More

    SK Telecom launches hands free mobile payments and rewards

    March 30th, 2016

    More than 100,000 customers of SK Telecom in Korea have subscribed to T Pay, a hands free mobile payment and rewards service based on Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology that launched earlier this month. More

    Lufthansa uses Bluetooth beacons to promote upgrades to passengers

    March 22nd, 2016

    German airline Lufthansa is using Bluetooth beacons installed across Munich Airport to push special offers to passengers and enable them to use their mobile phone to book and buy access to its business lounge as well as purchase upgrades from economy class to business class. More

    MobiKwik lets mobile wallet users find local merchants

    March 21st, 2016

    Indian mobile wallet service MobiKwik has added a new feature to its app that lets users search for locations where the service can be used to make in-store payments. “With immediate effect, more than 10,000 MobiKwik partner retail stores would now be visible to the users on the ‘Explore Nearby’ tab,” the company says. “Users can also view existing offers at these outlets and pay via MobiKwik to redeem it.” WHSmith India began accepting MobiKwik in July 2015 and was shortly followed by Big Bazaar.

    More than 100m people will make an NFC mobile payment in 2016

    March 10th, 2016

    More than 100m people around the world will use an NFC handset to make a purchase this year, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics, and the value of transactions conducted via NFC handsets will grow from US$30bn in 2016 to US$240bn in 2021. More

    CU Wallet offers Mogl cashbacks

    March 7th, 2016

    The 120 credit unions using the CU Wallet platform to support their mobile payment services can now offer customers up to 30% cashback on purchases at “thousands of merchants” through rewards program provider Mogl. “The CU Wallet platform will integrate Mogl offers into its application’s central directory that currently supports thousands of customer-specific discounts and loyalty incentives,” CU Wallet says.

    FreeCharge takes mobile payments to ePaisa network

    February 16th, 2016

    Mobile wallet provider FreeCharge has partnered with mPOS company ePaisa to offer its services to “thousands” of retailers across India. “Customers paying through the FreeCharge wallet will also be able to avail exciting offers including cashbacks and additional discounts on spends at the registered merchants,” FreeCharge says. The partnership follows the launch of FreeCharge in 216 Indian McDonald’s restaurants.

    Mobeam update brings loyalty to POS scanners

    February 11th, 2016

    Mobeam has updated its mobile coupon and offer app Beep’nGo to let customers use retail loyalty cards, gift cards and barcode coupons on their smartphone at checkout scanners for the first time. “Mobeam currently operates with more than 330m Samsung Android phones and the company is in talks with other manufacturers to expand the technology,” Mobeam says of its infrared light based barcode system. The app currently has more than 10m installs.

    Visa launches cross-marketing network for coupon-free digital rewards

    February 1st, 2016

    US merchants can now send targeted offers and rewards to their customers that can be redeemed at other merchants’ locations via Visa Commerce Network, a new service launched by Visa that eliminates the need for coupons at the point of sale. More

    Broadway theatres deploy BLE beacons

    January 25th, 2016

    Theatregoers on New York’s Broadway can now get information about the show they are seeing and receive offers from local restaurants, bars and other venues via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons and the Playbill Passport app. The app has been developed by technology company Broadway Voice and Playbill magazine while the beacons have been supplied by Gimbal and are used in conjunction with Urban Airship’s mobile marketing platform.

    A third of US consumers now use mobile wallets

    January 25th, 2016

    Nearly a third of US consumers (32%) are currently using a mobile wallet such as Apple Pay or Android Pay, research from Vibes reveals. 94% are likely to save personalised mobile wallet offers and coupons while 59% say their opinion of a retailer would become more positive if they started to receive coupons and offers that could be saved on their smartphones.

    McDonald’s rolls out FreeCharge mobile payments to 216 Indian restaurants

    January 20th, 2016

    McDonald’s customers across West & South India can now pay for their orders in-store using their mobile device. The fast food chain has implemented support for mobile wallet provider FreeCharge in 216 restaurants across 26… More

    Carta and NXP to enable NFC payments and offers on wearables, mobile and connected devices

    January 20th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: NXP and transaction technology provider Carta are to integrate Carta’s digital transaction platform with NXP’s NFC capabilities, with the aim of enabling NFC payments, loyalty and offers to be deployed across a wide… More

    NXP and Guala add NFC security to wine and spirit bottle caps

    January 19th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Leading bottle cap supplier Guala Closures Group is working with chip maker NXP to develop NFC-enabled closures for wine and spirit bottles that will allow consumers to check the product’s authenticity and whether or not the beverage has been tampered with. More

    Yapi Kredi launches HCE mobile payments in Turkey

    January 5th, 2016

    Customers of Turkish bank Yapi Kredi can now make host card emulation (HCE) based mobile payments using a Yapi Kredi Wallet that enables purchases to be made at any contactless terminal with a tap of… More

    Facebook Messenger to launch in-app taxi booking and payments

    December 17th, 2015

    Facebook Messenger users across the US will soon be able to order and pay for an Uber taxi from within the chat app. “Within a conversation, tap the more menu and choose transportation,” Facebook says. “You can also search directly for Uber and tap the car icon to request a ride. For a limited time, you’ll get a free ride the first time you use this feature.” Payments are being processed by PayPal’s Braintree.

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