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New HP Survey: Mobile Payment Is Priority For 75% Of Retailers

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A new study released by HP Atalla and conducted by the Ponemon Institute has outlined new payment system trends and the number of retailers currently using — or planning to use — mobile payments, person-to-person payments and e-wallets.

Results from the Security & Compliance Trends In Innovative Electronic Payments Report indicated that payments completed with mobile devices or phone numbers are the most popular, with 75% of respondents saying their organizations have plans to support them.

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McDonald’s Rolls Out Mobile Payment In U.S. Locations

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After a successful pilot, fast food giant McDonald’s is rolling out mobile payment technology from Softcard in all U.S. locations. 

McDonald’s customers now can tap and pay for their meals in-restaurant and in the drive-thru lane using the Softcard mobile app. This is the largest deployment of NFC-based mobile commerce in a drive-thru environment, according to an announcement from McDonald’s.  

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CurrentC Hacked, Emails Of Pilot Program Participants Obtained

CurrentCThe Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), which consists of major retailers such as Best Buy, Gap and Walmart, announced that its mobile payment solution CurrentC has been hacked. 

This news comes on the heels of MCX members, specifically Rite Aid and CVS, reversing their acceptance of mobile payment competitors Apple Pay and Google Wallet. Although both chains had NFC card readers compatible with the mobile payment systems, both companies eventually blocked NFC recognition.

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Pandora Exec Delves Into Mobile Payment Trends

With the recent release of Apple Pay, mobile payment is coming back to the forefront. And retailers seemingly are more eager to hop on board and create a more seamless and enjoyable customer experience. However, there are a variety of factors retailers need to consider before hopping on the mobile bandwagon. 

In the below Q&A, Leon Sikes, Global Director of Retail Technology at jewelry designer, manufacturer, and retailer Pandora, discusses retail mobilization trends, challenges and best practices.

With 24 years of global business and technology experience, Sikes brings a unique perspective and understanding of the pressures retailers face with regard to driving the customer experience through mobile enablement. Sikes is slated to speak at the 2014 fall Mobile Payments Conference (MPC), which is being held October 6-8, 2014, in Chicago.

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SUBWAY Makes Lunching Easy With Mobile Payment Roll Out

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Nearly half (48%) of workers today say their lunch break lasts 30 minutes or less, according to research from OfficeTeam.

As consumers’ break time shrinks, they are seeking fast, convenient ways to purchase their meals. That is why the SUBWAY restaurant chain has launched NFC-based mobile payments with Softcard, the mobile commerce venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.

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Amazon Enters Mobile Payment Market With Local Register

amazon-local-registerAmazon.com has launched Amazon Local Register, a secure card reader and mobile app designed to allow local businesses to process digital transactions originating from a smartphone or tablet.

Local Register will serve as a direct competitor to mobile payment processors PayPal and Square. Retail customers who sign up for the Local Register before October 31, 2014 will receive an introductory rate of 1.75% per card swipe until January 1, 2016. The Amazon solution’s initial flat rates are less expensive than Square and PayPal, which offer swiped rates at 2.75% and 2.7%, respectively.

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LevelUp Launches StartUp Program To Support New Restaurants


Mobile payment solution provider LevelUp has launched a startup program designed to provide new restaurants with tools to enhance their business processes. 

The LevelUp StartUp Program includes:

  • Three months of free payment processing through LevelUp;
  • Complimentary hardware to accept mobile payments;
  • A free email announcing the launch to LevelUp users who live close to the business; and
  • 250 free promotional cards to market the program to consumers.
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Take Mobile Commerce Efforts To The Next Level

New predictions from Forrester Research confirm that mobile commerce has reached a tipping point. Total smartphone and tablet transactions in the U.S. are expected to total $114 billion this year, according to the forecast. In addition, 29% of all e-Commerce transactions will be completed on mobile devices.

Retailers are trying to keep pace with today’s cross-channel shoppers by implementing mobile commerce strategies that span across marketing, clienteling and payment.

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Restaurants Implement New Mobile Apps From Zuppler And LevelUp

Online food ordering platform Zuppler and mobile payment solution provider LevelUp have collaborated on a series of new apps for restaurants. The mobile apps were designed to help bridge the gap between the online food ordering and mobile payment industries. 

Together, Zuppler and LevelUp serve more than 18,000 restaurants and more than two million customers. Combining mobile payment and online ordering gives customers the opportunity to order and pay for their meals anywhere and at anytime.

Casual restaurants Boloco and Protein Bar have launched apps touting the mobile payment and online ordering technology from Zuppler and LevelUp.

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