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Starbucks processes 8m mobile payments every week

April 24th, 2015

Coffee chain Starbucks has 16 million active users of its mobile app who are making eight million mobile payments a week, equalling nearly 19% of all transactions in US stores, president and COO Kevin Johnson has revealed,… More

Twitter invests in beacon marketer Swirl

April 24th, 2015

Twitter has invested an undisclosed sum in Boston-based proximity marketing specialist Swirl, hinting the social media platform could be looking at using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons to push messages. The social media giant has invested alongside Hearst Ventures, Softbank Capital and others in an $18m series-C round, taking the total raised by Swirl so far to $32m.

Forecast: 100m Apple Pay-capable phones in US by 2020

April 24th, 2015

Some 100m Apple Pay-capable smartphones will be available in the US in 2020, up from 53m this year, according to Mercator Advisory Group. The company is also forecasting that the future of the mobile payment service… More

German carriers and retailers promote NFC mobile payments in Berlin

April 17th, 2015

The largest NFC mobile payment initiative in Germany to date has launched in the capital Berlin, as the country’s three mobile network operators, Vodafone Germany, Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica, team up with six major retail… More

Apple Pay users report merchant POS problems

March 31st, 2015

Two in three Apple Pay users have encountered a problem when attempting to pay with the mobile payment service in a store, a survey from Phoenix Marketing International reveals. Most issues related to terminals not… More

Carrefour extends grocery shopping to smartwatches

March 12th, 2015

Customers at a Carrefour hypermarket in Paris are now able to use their smartwatch to access their digital shopping list, tick off items as they go and receive loyalty points when they check out. The… More

NFC shopping service goes live in Paris supermarket

March 12th, 2015

French supermarket chain Intermarché has introduced an NFC shopping service at its Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris store, enabling customers to add products to a digital shopping basket and receive personalised discount vouchers with a tap of their… 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

Niemann Foods rolls out beacon marketing

March 2nd, 2015

Niemann Foods has installed a Bluetooth beacon marketing platform provided by Birdzi in eight of its County Market stores and plans to roll out the solution to all its 45 County Market locations in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri in the coming months. Grocery retailer Woodman’s Foods is also rolling out the platform across its 15 stores following a successful pilot in one location in 2014.

Diageo unveils smart whisky bottle with ‘game-changing’ NFC tags

February 27th, 2015

“Smart bottles” that know when they have been opened and then deliver relevant, personalised messages directly to a consumer’s smartphone will be showcased by printed electronics specialist Thinfilm at Mobile World Congress 2015. The Norwegian… More

Neiman Marcus rolls out QR payments

February 26th, 2015

Luxury fashion retailer Neiman Marcus has launched a mobile wallet in partnership with Capital One to let its customers make in-store payments using their mobile phone and a preloaded credit card. “Customers can simply open the NM Mobile Wallet and generate a QR code with a click of a button,” the retailer says. “All Neiman Marcus Group stores, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Last Call, are equipped with the technology to use the NM Mobile Wallet for in-store purchases.”

Lloyds Bank to push customer rewards to mobile phones and smartwatches

February 19th, 2015

Lloyds Bank is to start sending push notifications about special deals with selected retailers to customers’ smartwatches and smartphones. The launch of push notifications for the UK bank’s Everyday Offers service – which allows customers… More

Six in ten US terminals to support EMV chip cards by year end

February 19th, 2015

About 59% of US point-of-sale (POS) terminals will be EMV-enabled by the end of this year, research by Aite Group has revealed, with NFC distribution projected to “ramp at the same rate as EMV distribution,”… More

Bluetooth beacons to generate new revenue stream for mobile banking apps

February 17th, 2015

2,500 US banks and credit unions will soon be able to add an “additional potential revenue source” by sending out branded, local offers to users of their mobile banking apps. The move follows a deal… More

NFC gets 75% approval rating from US consumers

February 13th, 2015

The speed, convenience and control of NFC have made it a clear winner with the American public in a study conducted by Strategy Analytics for the NFC Forum. “Once you get the technology into the… More

Supermarket in a box gives staff chance to shop at work

February 12th, 2015

Employees at chip maker STMicroelectronics’ Catania office in Italy can now order and pay for fresh food, groceries and personal hygiene products from their mobile phone and then collect their order from a unique “supermarket… More

JetBlue to accept Apple Pay

February 10th, 2015

JetBlue Airways is to become the first major US domestic carrier to accept Apple Pay for onboard purchases such as food and drink. “JetBlue will deploy iPad Minis and NFC-enabled cases to more than 3,500 inflight crewmembers,” the airline says. “Each iPad Mini will be loaded with a custom-designed iOS app — the Inflight Service Assistant — which will give inflight crewmembers access to customer manifest and flight data to provide the best experience possible to JetBlue customers.”

Mozido buys PayEase

February 10th, 2015

Mobile payments platform provider Mozido has acquired Chinese cross-border payment gateway provider PayEase with the aim of introducing its mobile payments and retail marketing solutions into the Chinese market. The move follows the company’s acquisition of mobile commerce specialist CorFire in December 2014 and a US$2.5m investment in SimplyTapp last week.

Contactless payment card shipments grow 35%

February 6th, 2015

Four out of every 10 smart payment cards shipped in 2014 (40%) were contactless, representing a year-on-year growth of 35% with much of the increase driven by Europe and Asia, the Smart Payment Association’s annual review of… More

Contactless card payments treble in Britain in 2014

February 6th, 2015

Ten contactless transactions took place in the UK every second in 2014, The UK Cards Association has revealed, and total spending on contactless cards more than trebled to reach a record £2.32bn. In total, 319.2m… More

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