POS / Payments / EMV

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.

5 Best Payments Solutions For Pop-Up Shops

Who doesn’t love a pop-up shop? The quirky, short-term retail stores are on the upswing as of late, keeping neighborhoods vibrant by temporarily filling vacant spaces and giving brands the chance to show off their goods to the public — even if it’s just for two-day sprints. For customers, pop-up shops deliver an exciting experience and fill them with a sense of urgency to get the latest sales. However, that feeling of excitement could quickly diminish if a they find the shop doesn’t take debit or credit, putting an unexpected hurdle in the way of completing their purchase, and diluting the whole customer experience.

Aptos Offers Amazon Pay To Retail Clients

Aptos has partnered with Amazon Pay to enable retailer clients to offer Amazon Pay Multi-Currency as a payments option, and to extend the platform to consumers overseas. With Amazon Pay, retailers leveraging the Aptos Digital Commerce platform can now offer shoppers the option to pay for online orders using the information already stored…

Killing Cash? Why Digital Payments, Bitcoin Can’t Finish The Job. Yet.

The global payments infrastructure is experiencing massive digital upheaval. Mobile and proximity payments are quickly entering the mainstream. Bitcoin has a market cap that could make a blue chip blush, and new retail concepts like Amazon Go and Shake Shack’s cashless store bring momentum to the theory that cash could essentially become useless in a future retail environment. The Indian government has even undertaken, and largely achieved, an ambitious digitization of its economy and financial infrastructure. But is cash really on the road to obsolescence? Not yet.

Exclusive Q&A With Mastercard Exec: Expanding Payment To Wearables, VR And Smart Home Devices

Payments are the unglamorous but absolutely necessary piece of any consumer purchase. As retail touch points have multiplied and become more technologically complex, encompassing mobile devices, wearables, and now voice, AR and VR applications, payment providers have had to keep pace. One indication of the breadth of this challenge is in Kiki Del Valle’s title: she is SVP of Commerce for Every Device at Mastercard. Del Valle, who will be presenting the session, titled Transforming How People Pay: Commerce For Every Device at next week’s Retail Innovation Conference, April 30-May 2 in New York City, revealed why payment providers need to balance innovation, consumer convenience and data security within a rapidly shifting customer journey.

Meet 2018 Goals By Making Payment Solutions Your Next Loyalty Campaign

Returning customers drive more than 22% of retailer revenue and spend 15% more than new customers on any given order, according to a study by StitchLabs. Given this obvious financial incentive, not to mention the high cost of attracting and activating new customers, investment in programs that drive loyalty and customer retention is essential. Today’s tech landscape and proliferation of e-Commerce offers more opportunity than ever for retailers of all sizes to leverage cost-effective retention strategies at one key element of their operations: the POS. “We believe customers are first and foremost loyal to the solutions that solve their problems and we are passionate about that,” said Patrick Gauthier, VP of Amazon Pay. “Today over 50% of Amazon Pay buyers are Amazon Prime customers, demonstrating the benefit of providing familiar, trusted payment methods wherever they shop.”

Teahouse Brews Up Growth With Streamlined Management And Loyalty Solution

The Teahouse, a chain of traditional Taiwanese cream teahouses in the Houston area, faced a problem familiar to many growing retailers. Keeping tabs on multiple locations that differed slightly from each other in menu setup, layout and prices was becoming an operational challenge. Additionally, Teahouse wanted a more organized way of managing its Teahouse Rewards loyalty program, which offers customers a free drink for every $40 they spend. The retailer, which currently operates 10 locations, deployed a POS and store management solution from Revel Systems in late 2015, and then added the Spendgo customer engagement solution in January 2017. The combination has provided Teahouse with multiple benefits, including:

Thando’s Footwear Boosts Site Traffic With Secure, Streamlined Payments

As a company that sources its designs from local African designers, it was critical for Thando’s to develop more than just an e-Commerce destination for footwear. For Co-Founders Taffi Ayodele and her husband Jibolu ‘J.G.’ Ayodele, giving back to the community that inspired the Thando’s collection of foldable flats for women was just as important as scaling the brand.

Walmart Replaces Alipay With WeChat In Western China Stores

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Walmart is parting ways with Alipay in all its stores in the western region of China, installing WeChat Pay, the popular digital payments app powered by Tencent.The move would be a blow for Alibaba, which is aggressivelyexpanding the Alipay platform outside China. In total, the Chinese mobile payments market has reached…

Affirm Debuts Brick-And-Mortar Financing Option, Integrates With Apple Pay

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Affirm, a startup that offers instant loans for online purchases, is expanding its financing services to brick-and-mortar retail. Shoppers can use Affirm InStore in physical locations, secure credit approval and pay for their purchase in fixed monthly installments. Additionally, the company revealed that consumers can instantly add a newly issued Affirm virtual…

Is Cash Dead? An International View

It’s widely believed that the ancient Greeks invented money as we know it. On the contrary, however, the first coins to ever appear came from a coastal kingdom on the Aegean Sea in ancient Turkey, about 2,700 years ago. The amount that each coin was worth was embossed on gold or silver flat coins. They were used to trade with visiting merchants from overseas. That’s a far cry from the “international payments” scene today. Nevertheless, it would be fair to say that for thousands of years, not much really changed with money. Cash was king. Even as credit card payments really took off during the 1980s, they were initially mostly for domestic, not international, use.

92% Of Brands Say They Can Make Better Use Of Retail POS Data

The vast majority (92%) of brand manufacturers now believe they can do more with the POS data they collect. This figure represents a remarkable 15 percentage point jump from the 77% who shared this belief in 2017, according to a report from Askuity. This dramatic upsurge in how much brands value POS data is a good sign for the retailer-brand relationship, as almost all brands now acknowledge that POS data can positively impact their own bottom line.

Tencent, Buy Stakes In Chinese Retailer Better Life

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Like players snatching up properties in the early rounds of a Monopoly game, Chinese e-Commerce giants Alibaba and have both been busily adding physical retailers to their portfolios. Alibaba went on a $1.3 billion buying spree prior to the lunar New Year on Feb. 16, 2018, buying a stake…
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