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KFC China restaurants to accept Alipay mobile payments next month

June 30th, 2015

Nearly 5,000 KFC China fast food restaurants will accept Alipay mobile payments next month, following in the footsteps of Walmart which is rolling out support for the service in all of its Chinese stores by the… More

Beacons guide Hong Kong airport passengers

June 30th, 2015

Passengers at Hong Kong International Airport are being guided by 50 beacons installed across Terminal 1 as part of a pilot with SITA Lab. “These user-friendly maps display key information on passengers’ mobile phones or tablets, and the time it will take to get to the gate,” SITA Lab says. “They also provide information about shops, restaurants and retail offers.”

Canadian carriers sign up for independent Suretap platform

June 23rd, 2015

Canadian carrier Rogers has spun off its Suretap NFC mobile wallet service as a separate company, with the brand now operating independently and open to other carriers. Mobile network operators Bell, Telus, Koodo and Virgin… More

Twin Peaks offers mobile payments with MyCheck

June 19th, 2015

US sports bar chain Twin Peaks will offer mobile payments through an integration with MyCheck at its locations in August. “The new Twin Peaks mobile app will allow customers to view, split and pay their bill using Apple Pay, PayPal, Google Wallet, debit or credit cards, order additional menu items and access exclusive rewards and special offers only redeemable in the app,” MyCheck says.

Barclays and Starbucks promote contactless in UK

June 18th, 2015

Barclays customers can upgrade the size of their Starbucks coffee for free at participating locations in the UK when using their contactless card to pay until the end of June. “When you pay for any handcrafted espresso based beverage with your Barclays Visa contactless debit card, you must say ‘Barclays Cupgrade’ when you order and pay to redeem the offer,” the bank explains.

SEQR mobile payments to launch in US

June 12th, 2015

Mobile payment solution SEQR, developed by Swedish m-commerce software firm Seamless, is to launch in the US, making it the eleventh country where the system is available. Allowing consumers to make payments, transfer money, connect loyalty programs and redeem offers through digital coupons, it is also in operation in Sweden, Finland, Romania, Belgium, Portugal, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France and Italy.

Apple Pay adds loyalty cards and expands to UK

June 8th, 2015

Apple Pay will be available in the UK from July 2015, vice president of Apple Pay business Jennifer Bailey has announced at the iPhone maker’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Users of the mobile payments service will also be able to add store credit, debit and loyalty cards to their Apple mobile wallet from “this fall”. More

Execs look to disrupt payments value chain

June 4th, 2015

Nearly half (44%) of payment executives globally cite reducing the number of fee collectors in the payments value chain as their “top opportunity”, ranking higher than targeted offers (41%) and mobile (39%), ACI Worldwide and Ovum reveal. Some 59% are evaluating direct connections with banks to cut reliance on card networks and 85% of banks want closer ties with organisations to reduce costs.

Google demonstrates how Android Pay will work

June 2nd, 2015

Google has demonstrated how its Android Pay mobile payments service will work for making in-store and in-app purchases, for payments made through a banking partner mobile app, and how users will be able to pay for items such as a Coca-Cola from a vending machine using just the points stored in a customer loyalty account. More

Shazam launches visual recognition marketing platform with global brands

June 2nd, 2015

Shazam has launched a visual recognition marketing platform that lets its mobile app users scan Shazam-enabled logos or QR codes placed on images to access custom mobile experiences including interactive content, special offers and the… More

Cayan to support Android Pay rewards

June 2nd, 2015

Businesses using payment technology provider Cayan’s Genius Customer Engagement Platform will be able to “simply switch on” support for Android Pay when the service launches later this year. “In addition to supporting payments, Genius will also support loyalty and offers from Android Pay, which enables both payment and loyalty/offers through NFC,” the company explains.

Ingenico backing for Android Pay

June 1st, 2015

Point-of-sale terminal maker Ingenico has announced its smart terminals will be able to process Android Pay transactions as well as supporting the service’s loyalty and offers functionality. “Virtually all Ingenico terminals implemented in the US by large and medium-tier merchants are NFC-capable, and many of those merchants have already enabled this capability to accept other types of mobile wallet payments,” Ingenico says.

OTI to support Android Pay

June 1st, 2015

NFC and cashless payment solutions provider On Track Innovations has integrated support for Android Pay payments and rewards into its Saturn NFC readers. “OTI’s Android Pay-enabled NFC reader will automatically recognise and apply loyalty cards loaded in Android Pay,” the company explains. “Similarly, Android Pay users will benefit from the ability to receive, store and present offers with enabled merchants.”

Android Pay to support offers and rewards

May 28th, 2015

At “select retailers”, Android Pay will include support for loyalty programs and special offers to be automatically applied at checkout, Google’s Pali Bhat explains in a blog post. “For example, when you tap to buy a Coke at a vending machine, your MyCokeRewards will be automatically applied. With Android Pay the contactless terminal not only receives your payment info, but also your loyalty programs and offers.”

Carrefour uses LED lighting to send offers to shoppers in stores

May 27th, 2015

French supermarket giant Carrefour is piloting an LED in-store lighting system in its Lille hypermarket that sends location-based services, offers and promotions to a shopper’s smartphone anywhere across the 7,800 square metre shop floor. For the… More

Beacons land at UK airports to send out offers and rewards

May 19th, 2015

Eight UK airports are to roll out a network of 200 Bluetooth Low Energy beacons that will deliver notifications such as offers and rewards to passengers while they wait for their flights. The service is… More

PayPal begins piloting NFC and records 40% growth in mobile payments

April 27th, 2015

Online payments giant PayPal has revealed it is again testing NFC, though the company’s president has made clear that he’d like the company’s platform to be technology agnostic and he doesn’t see the long-term success… More

New Zealand NFC wallet venture Semble goes live

March 31st, 2015

Close to one million New Zealanders now have the ability to make NFC payments with the nationwide launch of Semble, a SIM-based mobile wallet introduced by two New Zealand banks, three carriers and payments network… More

PayPal explains why it’s buying mobile wallet provider Paydiant

March 20th, 2015

“What Paydiant has is a clarity of focus on mobile and how large merchants need to utilise mobile to connect with their customers — they’re a small company doing that very successfully with some really… More

PayPal to buy MCX supplier Paydiant

March 2nd, 2015

Paypal is to acquire Paydiant, a white label mobile payments specialist and developer of a platform that allows retailers to incorporate payment, loyalty and offers functionality into their own apps. Paydiant also provides the mobile… More

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