Is Facebook Messenger coming to retail?

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With a reach of more than 600 million active monthly mobile users, Facebook Messenger as a business platform has the potential to make quite an impact. Alex Hum considers the possibilities.

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EMV shift could also shift NFC payments adoption

With about six months to go before merchants have to make the switch to POS terminals that accept chip cards, some industry executives are expecting proximity mobile payments to get a boost since the new terminals also have contactless technology.

BJ's Restaurants exec discusses benefits of chain's mobile app

Tim Hackbardt, VP of Marketing for BJ's Restaurants, talks about the many ways the chain's mobile app improves the customer experience.

How SeaWorld's mobile app enhances the guest experience

Len Dudis describes SeaWorld's folio approach to guest payments via its mobile app.

Can you, and should you, accept Apple Pay?

Balancing the benefits and the costs of new or upgraded point of sale equipment are key considerations when deciding whether Apple Pay is a good move for your business.

Summit to take a deep dive into the future of ATM and mobile technologies

The second annual ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit in September will feature experts with exceptional depth of knowledge in areas of innovation, security, compliance and regulation.

What host card emulation means for mobile payment security

The EMV card is a physical asset that provides security via encryption. The next step is to duplicate this security virtually.

Amazon eyes mobile payments, POS

The online retail leader has a chance to make an immediate impact with an mPOS product.

Want to connect with customers? Think mobile first. [infographic]

Most Americans now own a smartphone and are using them to shop and eat out.

Retailers commit to collaborative approach to reduce fraud

NRF said retailers are willing to do their part, but banks and card companies must also shore up the payments system.

Starbucks CEO talks gift card, mobile payment trends

The company processed 2-plus million new Starbucks card activations a day leading up to Christmas.

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Mobile payments app for restaurant goers seeks to cut wait time and feed the hungry

Full Society launches IndieGoGo campaign to finalize app development designed to allow users to donate when paying for a restaurant bill.

Lids Sports Group opens up inventory across channels

Specialty retailer uses Oracle to help increase available inventory while helping customers and associates easily find items online and at over 1,300 locations nationwide.

Pyrim intends to educate merchants about mobile commerce

The company introduced what what it calls the Mobile Commerce Education Resource Kit, a guide designed to teach merchants about the mobile commerce ecosystem.

Verifone intros Android-based cloud POS product

Verifone Cloud POS will be distributed through Verifone's network of ISO and acquirer partners

More Apple Pay touchpoints arrive

TCF Bank, Western Union and USA Technologies all announce integration within their respective businesses.

Convenience store chain Wawa intros mobile payment app

Users can link a closed-loop gift card to the app to pay for purchases at 680 locations.

North American consumers embrace mobile payments and virtual currency

Accenture survey finds that 40 percent of consumers in Canada and the U.S. have used their smartphone to make a payment at a merchant location.

SelfPay mobile shopper app integrates Apple Pay

Integration aims to eliminate waiting in line.

Webinar will take marketers beyond mobile payment

For restaurants and retailers, the possibilities opened by the mobile wallet revolution extend far beyond payments.

Merchants shut down support for NFC, as MCX looms

CVS and Rite Aid no longer accept Apple Pay, Google Wallet, or Softcard.

Apple unveils Apple Pay mobile wallet at iPhone launch event

Apple Pay, which is set to launch in the U.S. in October, uses a secure element in the phone to store card information. It eliminates the need for a mag stripe, instead generating a single-use, unique number for each transaction.

MCX reveals its mobile payments network, CurrentC

CurrentC has been launched in private pilot mode in select locations across the country. The private pilot will expand through 2014, with regional and national rollouts to follow in 2015.

Square updates Cash app; seeks more funding

Users can now send funds via text or email as company redesigns service with better transaction notifications.

InComm launches platform for mobile wallet providers

Prepaid product and transaction services company InComm has announced the launch of InComm Mobile Platform for mobile wallet providers and merchants. According to the company, IMP integrates with multiple platforms to provide a full breadth of capabilities required to process mobile payments made using prepaid cards at the retail POS.

Chase adds dashboard for its mobile checkout

Chase Paymentech, a global merchant acquirer, payment processor and subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has announced the launch of its Mobile Dashboard, an interactive reporting display that provides merchants using an Apple iPad with a snapshot of their payment...

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