The mobile-payments dilemma for retailers: What's what in the market

The decision on which mobile app to work with is an important decision. Some are sleek. Others are clunky. Some are quick. Others are slow as molasses. There are many items you must choose from, but here is an important something to think about.

Facebook Messenger chatbots prepare financial services companies for the future

Consumers these days want to connect with their preferred brands at a moment's notice. This, in turn, has forced companies to dabble in areas that didn't exist three to five years ago.

Retailers miss opportunities without a mobile app

With the inherent convenience of ordering favorite specialty items online, come new demands from consumers, namely: the expectation of finding their favorite brands in the app store. The more consumers turn to their smartphones for buying convenience, the more competition arises for brands looking to cash in on the gold rush.

Making international money transfers mobile

As more and more financial providers do way with physical locations and ATMs, making way for innovations that place mobile payments at the forefront, similar movements for international money transfers are likely much further down the track.

It's a weird time for mobile payments

We've seen multiple studies over the past few months that conclude younger generations are aware of mobile payments, but don't care much about them — a service such as Venmo being the rare exception.

Mobile Payments Today: April's best reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read articles and blog posts on Mobile Payments Today.

How Chinese exchanges influence bitcoin

Bitcoin was designed to be free from control by any one institution. But as mining and buying activity become concentrated in China, a country whose government wields absolute power, it's getting harder to argue that bitcoin is decentralized and borderless.

The mobile app security risk is growing

Retailers, financial services companies, government agencies and others that interact with customers through mobile apps need to keep security top-of-mind and threats become more sophisticated.

POS check: Rising to the mobile challenge

Mobile payment platforms debuted amidst tremendous buzz. Although the platforms launched successfully, most consumers continued to use traditional payment methods, pushing business owners to delay their mobile-first strategies to a later date. But that is changing and retailers need to be ready.

The offline and online worlds collide at Amazon's bookstores

If you want to see the potential future of retail, visit an Amazon bookstore.

Is the blockchain overhyped?

Major financial institutions such as JP Morgan are finishing up blockchain technology pilot tests and other businesses are starting to jump on board, as well. But is blockchain tech worth the hype?

MCX's CurrentC showed potential with loyalty-based approach

When JP Morgan Chase acquired the Merchant Customer Exchange payments technology last month, a 5-year saga came to a bitter end. The payments industry, which has proven difficult to navigate and succeed in over the past decade, claimed another victim.

Fledgling tech company ready to take on Amazon Go

A vending/micro market veteran has developed a technology, featuring artificial intelligence, he believes will disrupt the consumer goods distribution industry.

The future of augmented reality and mobile commerce

Retailers are inundated with new technology innovations, promising big returns for their bottom lines. It is difficult to decipher which deserve priority. However, few innovations have been able to match the benefits of augmented reality in retail.

Talking With: Gemalto's Jack Jania about EMV at the fuel pump

The card networks decided late last year to show some mercy on fuel operators and pushed back their EMV deadline to Oct. 1, 2020.

Mobile Payments Today: March's best reads

It's time for a look back at last month's most-read articles and blog posts on Mobile Payments Today.

How will the IoT impact retailers

Retailers not using Internet of Things technology may soon want to investigate its potential given big opportunities to boost the customer experience and save big bucks.

Webinar to focus on security in digital commerce and payments

With mobile blurring the lines between physical and online shopping for both consumers and merchants, these new payment options call for security and trust models that meet the new challenges and threats.

The new payment future: 3 technologies leading the way

Changes in consumer behavior continue to be rapid, disruptive, and largely driven by technology influences, such as mobile devices, big data, the cloud, IoT and machine learning.

McDonald's move to mobile ordering will be closely watched

McDonald’s and its recently unveiled plans to implement mobile ordering and curbside pickup is proof that even the mightiest brands now know mobile ordering is the order of the future. But, chains must lay the groundwork for this major transition by preparing a foundation that helps them clear the potential hurdles and move on to future success.

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