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Payment has become a challenging and complicated scenario for retailers. Mobile technology, NFC and EMV offer valuable opportunities, but at a cost. Together with payment processors, banks and technology providers, merchants must uncover the best solutions for their particular business. If it’s time for a POS upgrade, then mobile POS featuring a variety of payment options must be on the table. Access the latest trend updates, news, and case studies with this up-to-the-minute coverage.

Alipay Expands Mobile Payment App Services To North America

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Alipay, a digital payment platform based in China, has expanded its in-store mobile lifestyle and payments service to the North American retail market as it seeks to enhance the shopping experience for Chinese consumers visiting the U.S. and Canada. The company announced the initiative during NRF Big Show 2017.
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New Cash Management Study To Be Released At NRF 2017

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Are businesses wasting millions on inefficient cash management practices? New research from cash management solutions provider Tellermate finds that the average 250-location retailer could be wasting up to $5.9 million annually. The full Cost of Cash study will be released during the NRF Big Show 2017.
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Bizerba Integrates Digimarc Barcode Into Retail Labels

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Package weighing, slicing and labeling technology provider Bizerba has integrated Digimarc Barcode into its retail scale labels. The technology integration is designed to increase productivity at checkout, reduce barcode swapping and improve customer engagement. Users can apply the Digimarc Barcode across an entire printed label, including in the background of…
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Ahold Upgrades WiFi, Network Bandwidth In 780 Supermarkets

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Seeking to create "smarter" stores for the three million customers per week visiting its supermarkets, Ahold USA has brought WiFi to 780 stores, while increasing network bandwidth to move data more quickly. Storewide WiFi connectivity has been instrumental for tailoring offers and promotions to mobile app subscribers as well as…
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Clutch Acquires Persio And Secures Funding

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Customer management and marketing analytics company Clutch has bought Persio in a deal designed to add new mobile marketing capabilities to its platform. Clutch plans to make the new mobile functionality available to its clients in Q1 2017. Terms of the transaction, which closed in December, were not disclosed. "With…
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Video And VR Technology Bring Store Tours To NRF Expo Floor

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A booth design using two stacked shipping containers will allow NRF 2017 attendees to see for themselves how retail can be redefined for consumers who are hungry for experiences. The iQmetrix booth #4323 will use iQmetrix Endless Aisle, 360 video and Samsung Gear VR to provide virtual tours of a…
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Walmart Canada Lifts Visa Card Ban In 19 Stores

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Walmart Canada will continue accepting Visa credit cards within all 409 of its Canadian stores, ending a months-long stalemate in which the retailer threatened to ban the payments network from its stores. In June, Walmart said it would expel Visa from all its Canadian stores unless the network agreed to…
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Mobile POS Hacks For Efficient Employees And Happy Customers

Mobile POS (mPOS) came into the limelight a few years ago and promised to have a transformative effect on the retail space. Industry experts (including me) predicted sales associates would roam the floor and consumers would be able to complete a purchase with just a wave of their phone. They wouldn’t even need to stop walking or shopping. mPOS has brought some changes, it just hasn’t been fully leveraged to all of its potential. Some examples stand out, such as the fashion trucks sprouting up in various cities that allow owners to operate mobile boutiques. Despite the advances of mPOS in the retail space, the big changes and advancements aren’t quite there yet. Many retailers that implement mPOS solutions such as Square treat it as more of a novelty, where it essentially functions as a more aesthetically attractive and smaller cash register. When used in this fashion, the truly “mobile” aspect of the tech is largely wasted. But it’s not fair to blame retailers, as they’re crunched for time with managing sales, inventory, hiring and all of the other details that are required for smooth operations.

Oracle Updates Cloud Solutions In Retail Release 16

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Oracle unveiled Oracle Retail Release 16, its updated suite of solutions designed to deliver unified cloud-based consumer experiences across all sales channels. The release comes four months after the technology services giant debuted its second generation cloud infrastructure service. As part of the updated cloud solution, Oracle Retail has put a…
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WHSmith Deploys POS Solution In 900 Stores

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UK-based stationery and gifts retailer WHSmith has selected the Aptos Store POS solution for its more than 900 locations in Europe. The retailer plans to increase productivity and customer engagement in stores, including WH Smith’s Travel locations and High Street outlets.
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Can Starbucks Usher Bitcoin Adoption Into The Mainstream?

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Mere weeks after establishing a five-year expansion plan that will bring 5,000 new stores to China, Starbucks has taken another leap into largely uncharted territory: cryptocurrency. The international coffee brand is partnering with bitcoin wallet iPayYou to provide users of its mobile application with a way to pay with the…
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Gymboree Adds Mobile POS And Endless Aisle Capabilities

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The Gymboree Corporation has selected the Aptos Store and Mobile Store POS solutions, along with Aptos Enterprise Order Management, to deliver continuous customer experiences no matter where, when or how customers shop. “Aptos Mobile Store will give us the flexibility to support innovative new retail formats so we can bring…
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VTEX Facilitates Global Retail Expansion With Adyen

Cloud commerce platform VTEX has partnered with payments technology provider Adyen to support the global expansion of its e-Commerce businesses. This strategic partnership will enable an array of digital commerce businesses to grow and expand into the worldwide marketplace with the addition of integrated and centralized payment methods. With the…
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Will Gift Cards Migrate To Mobile Wallets?

Holiday shoppers have traditionally purchased gift cards to give the recipient the option to select something of their own choosing, but more than one third (34%) of U.S. shoppers buy gift cards for both gifts and self-use: 6% buy gift cards exclusively for self-use, according to a study from the Retail Gift Card Association. The top reasons for self-use are to qualify for special loyalty deals or discounts (45%) and to help stick to a budget (35%).
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