Blackhawk Network acquires CashStar to expand digital gift card offerings

Blackhawk Network, a global financial technology company, last week acquired digital gift card provider CashStar for $175 million. Blackhawk said in a press release that the acquisition strengthens its position in the emerging digital gift card market and establishes the...

Local coffee shops get an ally with LuvJo, LevelUp mobile ordering pact

LuvJo, an online ordering platform dedicated to local coffee shops, juice bars and food trucks and LevelUp, a provider of mobile engagement products for the restaurant industry, are partnering to enable merchants to add features to operations such as mobile...

TixTrack adds Apple Pay to mobile ticketing system

TixTrack, a provider of ticket software products, has integrated Apple Pay into Nliven, the company's mobile-first ticketing system. TixTrack introduced Nliven to in January 2016 as a way for venues, promoters and sports teams to take control of all ticketing...

Onosys signs Krystal, Captain D's, and Giordano's to digital ordering deals

Onosys, a custom digital ordering provider, has announced three new restaurant chains have agreed to use its system for mobile and online ordering. Krystal, Captain D's, and Giordano's have each recently signed on to use the Onosys digital ordering platform,...

Alipay acceptance comes to Starbucks in Malaysia

Alipay is now available as a payment method for mainland Chinese tourists at all 242 Starbucks branches across Malaysia, according to a press release. Chinese tourists can find the nearest Starbucks location in Malaysia through the in-app Discovery platform, and...

Nintendo gamers can use PayPal to make game purchases

Consumers with a Nintendo Switch now can use PayPal to make purchases with their Nintendo eShop accounts directly from the game console. Game also can use PayPal on the official Nintendo website to fund balances and to purchase software downloads...

Youtap launches QR codes

Youtap, a global provider of contactless mobile payments and financial services software, has launched a white-label QR code product and smartphone apps for mobile money services in Africa and Asia, according to a press release. Youtap product enables customer-initiated or...

Tacos on the go: Chipotle to add mobile ordering to new app

Chipotle Mexican Grill has selected Deloitte Digital to help redesign its mobile customer experience, according to a press release. Deloitte Digital, the creative digital consultancy within Deloitte Consulting LLP, will redesign Chipotle's iOS and Android ordering apps as part of...

Little Caesars introduces self-service, mobile order pizza pick-up station

Little Caesars has streamlined the process of getting a pizza with a heated, self-service, mobile order pick-up station called the Pizza Portal. Customers get hot, ready pizza after they walk in the store using automated, self-service hot-holding technology. The "Reserve-N-Ready"...

Walmart leaps ahead of Amazon with Scan & Go

Walmart is getting the jump on Amazon to make checkout lanes obsolete as the world's largest retailer is rolling out a mobile app that enables to scan and pay for items without the need to wait in line, according to...

MobileBytes adds mobile payments options for counter, table service restaurants

MobileBytes, a point-of-sale system provider for iPad, has launched mobile payment options for counter and table service restaurants and announced two additional major new features. "The goal at MobileBytes is to provide restaurateurs with a POS system that helps manage...

MasterCard, PayPal extend Asia-Pacific partnership

MasterCard and PayPal have announced an extension of their partnership in the Asia-Pacific region to "enhance the consumer experience" and make MasterCard a clear payment option within PayPal, according to a press release. The deal will expand PayPal's presence at...

EMVCo releases QR code payment specs

EMVCo, the global technical body that manages EMV specifications, has released QR code payment specifications that support use cases for both merchant- and consumer-presented QR codes. The technical documents define QR code payments in a manner that simplifies the development...

Hey Siri: Pay my cable bill

Royal Bank of Canada personal banking customers are now the first in Canada who can ask Siri to pay their bills on iPhone and iPad via the bank's mobile app, according to a press release. RBC also launched Interac e-transfer...

Weebly brings Apple Pay to online merchants

Weebly, a global website and e-commerce player, is integrating Apple Pay into the mobile checkout flow of Weebly online stores, according to a press release. "The process of paying and checking out shouldn't have to be a difficult one," David...

CanPay reaches California with medical marijuana mobile payments

CanPay, which calls itself the first legitimate debit payment product for the cannabis industry, is partnering with Harborside, the leading national medical cannabis dispensary, to provide a cashless payment option for delivery transactions originating from its Oakland and San Jose...

Paytronix extends mobile rewards program to C-stores

Paytronix Systems, a provider of reward program products to restaurants and retailers, is prepping a new "Reward Yourself" capability in its branded mobile app that lets C-store program members redeem rewards of their own choosing, according to a press release....

List your mobile wallet in our Mobile Payments Today comparison guide

Mobile Payments Today is preparing the 2017 edition of the Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide. If your company provides a mobile wallet, you're eligible for a free listing in this guide. Please note the guide is meant for mobile wallets that consumers can use in multiple locations and not limited to a single retailer.

Chatbots gain steam with consumers, especially millennials

One quarter of U.S. consumers are using a chatbot on a daily basis, and that figure spikes to 40 percent among the millennial generation. More importantly for retailers, 77 percent of consumers surveyed by 3Cinteractive Corp., for its Chatbot Consumer...

MasterCard puts more stock into QR code mobile payments

MasterCard has outlined plans for greater choice in retail payments through the planned expansion of its QR-based programs, according to a press release. Beginning this month, the company will broaden its products to offer QR codes that can be scanned...

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