RGCA forecasts big gift card sales this summer

Retail Gift Card Association bi-annual shopper survey reveals shoppers' preferences for giving, receiving, redeeming and exchanging gift cards.

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Retailers cautious about embracing upgraded payment options

Although technology continues to enhance the customer experience, retailers are still guarded when it comes to embracing upgraded payment options.

What is bitcoin's retail future?

While enthusiastic about the virtual currency's future, bitcoin experts sounded a note of caution about retail consumer adoption.

Is Facebook Messenger coming to retail?

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.

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.

The weak link in Apple Pay's security chain

Crooks have been using a surprisingly low-tech tactic to worm their way around Apple Pay's tokenization and biometric safeguards.

Apple Watch aims to alter payment and shopping experience

Apple revealed new details about its latest device as the wearable market received a major shot in the arm Monday.

Five major misconceptions about cryptocurrency

With all the heated rhetoric surrounding the topic, we thought it would be helpful to reach out to people who work with cryptocurrencies on a daily basis to get to the bottom of the most common misconceptions.

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.

Commentary: Retailers are leading the fight toward greater security

Sandy Kennedy, President of RILA, calls on Congress to pass legislation that enacts a single, preemptive national data breach notification standard.

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NEWS


Vesta releases solution to 'prevent online, mobile fraud'

Built to combat the rising trend of fraud in e-commerce, vGuaranteed is a "revenue-generating payment solution for digital goods, services and subscriptions."

Digital interactions drive brick-and-mortar sales

Deloitte Digital Study: Digitally-influenced sales are five times larger than e-commerce sales; consumers use of mobile for price checking declines 30 percent.

Best Buy accepts Apple Pay, still involved with MCX

Best Buy was one of several large retailers who did not accept Apple Pay at launch in October because it was involved with a competing system called CurrentC.

Netsuite inks deal to acquire Bronto software

Partnership brings together cloud-based omnichannel commerce provider and cloud-based commerce marketing company.

Retailers encouraged by passage of cyber security bills

The Protecting Cyber Networks Act and the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act encourage businesses to share cyber threat information electronically with federal law enforcement agencies.

Star Micronics launches new cloud-based digital receipting

Digital receipting eliminates the issues typically associated with email receipting including the time taken to record email addresses and the potential problem that these could be taken down incorrectly.

First Data adds in-club business consultants to Sam's Club

First Data will increase its presence in Sam's Club locations around the country by staffing on-site business consultants in more locations.

TNS adds Ingenico, expands point-to-point portfolio

TNS' Managed POS Encryption helps merchants to protect sensitive customer information by eliminating the transmission of 'clear' cardholder data from the merchant environment, according to a company release.

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.

Elavon SDK update enables merchants to accept Apple Pay

Elavon said the Commerce SDK comprehensive kit also accelerates a business' ability to implement a secure, EMV-compliant payment product.

Kofax works with Blackhawk to enhance digital wallet

A mobile capture feature is intended to make it easier for consumers to spend, share and keep gift cards secure.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service looking to improve checkout performance

NCR RealPOS 72XRT to be installed at 6,000 Exchange locations worldwide and supported by NCR Services.

Barclays expects huge gains in UK spending on mobile devices

Barclays said the influence of mobile on spending, however, is expected to more than double this figure from £18.4 billion to £112 billion over the same period.

Microsoft Payments on the horizon

Microsoft has applied for state money transfer licenses to act as a money transmitter.

Ingenico, Intel to work on products for the Internet of Things

The companies will jointly develop a mobile tablet that supports EMV and NFC payment functionalities.

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It's all about the money, and retailers that make it easy for their customers to pay for products and services increase their chances of making the sale. Payment technology is constantly evolving, too, meaning that retailers need to keep both themselves and their in-store systems up-to-date.