Fishbowl links with Android Pay for easy loyalty and coupon redemption

Fishbowl, a customer engagement platform provider for the restaurant industry, has announced an integration with Android Pay to provide easy loyalty, coupon and promotions management for restaurant industry clients. Fishbowl said in a press release that the collaboration with Android...

Volkswagen Financial Services acquires PayByPhone

Volkswagen's financing arm last week acquired PayPayPhone, a Vancouver-based company enables that drivers to pay for parking spaces via mobile apps, phone calls or texts. Several media outlets reported about the sale late last week. "It is important to make...

Retailers embracing mobile but conversion rates sluggish

More retailers are embracing mobile and are making mobile device sales a priority in the new year. Yet retailers are struggling to convert mobile device users, who tap smartphones for browsing, into bonafide shoppers, according to a new Shopgate study....

Sweetgreen salad restaurant chain doesn't want your 'lettuce'

Fast casual restaurant and hipster haunt Sweetgreen will go cashless at its 64 locations in 2017, following a limited year-long test of the policy. Co-founders Jonathan Neman and Nicolas Jammet, in an interview with Fast Company, offered several reasons for...

Bitcoin wallet lets users transfer value to Starbucks mobile app

iPayYou.io, a bitcoin wallet, announced the launch of Bitcoin Direct to Starbucks, a new way for coffee lovers to use bitcoin. iPayYou's newest feature enables users to easily transfer bitcoin from their existing iPayYou wallet to their Starbucks mobile app,...

Samsung Pay coming to more company devices in 2017

Samsung plans to bring Samsung Pay to all its devices next year with the exception of a few low-end models, according to a report from Business Korea. Earlier this year, a Samsung official said the company believed it could install...

Standard Bank acquires mobile payments company

Standard Bank in South Africa has acquired a majority stake in Firepay, a local company whose mobile payments service uses QR codes to complete transactions, according to multiple news reports. The companies did not reveal terms of the deal. Firepay partnered with Standard Bank in 2014 to launch the SnapScan service in South Africa.

AmEx adds card support to Facebook Messenger bot

American Express has announced a new feature that enables customers to add their cards to the AmEx bot on Facebook Messenger and make purchases on Facebook, according to a press release. The feature supports purchases in-game and on the shop...

Starbucks gifting comes to WeChat users in China

Starbucks and Tencent Holdings Ltd., a leading provider of internet value-added services in China, have announced a strategic partnership to cocreate a new social gifting feature on Tencent's WeChat in early 2017. Starbucks said in a press release that the...

Chase Pay gets order-ahead feature thanks to LevelUp partnership

Chase is collaborating with Boston-based LevelUp to use its technology so that Chase Pay users can order ahead at participating restaurants, according to a press release. Customers will have the option to pay either when they order ahead or at...

Australian payments provider brings Alipay acceptance to merchants

Quest Payment Systems Pty. Ltd., an Australian payments provider, has partnered with Alipay to launch the service in Australian stores, according to a press release. Quest has already enabled Alipay at select stores within The Chemist Warehouse and My Chemist...

Amazon Go promises no checkout, no lines, no waiting

Come 2017 Amazon aims to debut a no-waiting, no-line, no-checkout grocery store experience, called 'Just Walk Out', at its Amazon Go store in Washington state. The strategy, according to a web site about the new retail approach, is shopping without...

Visa Checkout and Papa John's team up to bring fans free pizza

Two prime NFL sponsors, Visa and Papa John's, have announced a partnership to offer fans a free large one-topping pizza with their next purchase if they order online and pay using Visa Checkout, according to a press release. The offer...

Participate in the new Mobile Retail App Comparison Guide

Mobile Payments Today is preparing a new report, the Mobile Retail App Comparison Guide. This guide will be the definitive resource for retailers' mobile apps and their capabilities. The point of this new report is similar to that of our...

Liquid Pay joins the mobile payment ranks in Singapore

Liquid Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of Korvac Holdings Pte. Ltd., has launched a mobile payment network in Singapore called Liquid Pay. Consumers who use Liquid Pay can add credit and debit cards to the app, which enables users to...

Cake sweetens mobile app with new loyalty program

U.K.-based Cake, a mobile payments technology company working with restaurants, recently relaunched its free dining mobile app for Android and iOS to include a rewards program, according to a press release. Cake said that the app's new rewards program benefits...

Chase Pay officially debuts with acceptance at Best Buy, Starbucks

Chase has officially launched its Chase Pay app, which the financial institution introduced in October 2015 at the Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas. At the time, the much-maligned Merchant Customer Exchange was Chase Pay's premier partner. MCX earlier this year...

Adyen adds WeChat Pay support to complete China trifecta

Payment processor Adyen announced it has added WeChat Pay to its portfolio of local payments methods. Adyen said in a press release that it is the first major payment service provider to integrate WeChat Pay into its offering on a...

High times: CanPay debuts for legalized cannabis industry

CanPay, which calls itself the the first debit payment product for the cannabis industry, has announced its availability to retailers and consumers in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, according to a press release. To ensure privacy and security, all purchases are...

Android Pay arrives in Poland

Android Pay is now live in Poland as consumers there can use the mobile wallet at some 400,000 locations that accept contactless payments, according to a blog post from Google. Alior Bank, Bank Zachodni WBK and T-Mobile Banking Services are the first financial institutions to support Android Pay in Poland.

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