MCX member Rite Aid to accept Apple Pay and more

Rite Aid

US pharmacy chain Rite Aid, a member of the MCX retailer-owned mobile payments consortium, will accept Apple Pay and other mobile payment services in its stores from August 15, following its decision to stop accepting NFC payments in the wake of the launch of Apple Pay in October last year... More




MCX member Target to support Apple Pay

US discount retail giant Target has become the latest member of retailer-led consortium MCX to reveal its intentions to support Apple Pay, following Best Buy’s announcement that it will roll out support for the NFC mobile payments service this year... More



Korea’s SK Planet buys US BLE offers platform Shopkick

SK Planet and Shopkick

Mobile offers platform Shopkick, which is working with a number of high profile US retailers to roll out a network of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, has been acquired by SK Planet (SKP), operator of Korea’s largest shopper rewards program and part of the same group as carrier SK Telecom... More




Retailer-owned payments venture MCX unveils CurrentC brand

CurrentC

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), the mobile payments venture co-owned by US retail chains with collective revenues of more than US$1 trillion annually, has announced that its payments, loyalty and offers platform is to be called CurrentC — and provided the first details of how the service will work when it rolls out to 110,000 merchant locations across the US in 2015... More




Auchan picks mobile barcodes for France’s MCX

Flash'n Pay

“Our goal is to create the m-payment standard within the retail sector, independent of any telephone operators and banks,” says the head of Flash’n Pay, a new mobile wallet brand that has been created by one of the country’s largest grocery retailers and is set to go head to head with the French carriers’ NFC-based Cityzi service. More




Apple shows off Passbook mobile wallet

Apple iOS Passbook screens

Video coverage of the launch of Apple’s first mobile wallet app shows how it will enable developers to build mobile barcode-based ticketing, stored value, loyalty card and coupon apps for today’s iPhones — and hints at how these apps could migrate to NFC in the future. More


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