Florida utility introduces bill payment kiosks

Gulf Power, an electric utility based in Pensacola, Florida, has implemented self-serve kiosks to make bill payment easier and more accessible, according to WJHG-TV. The kiosks have been deployed over the past few months.  The kiosks are located at Gulf Power's main office on 15th Street.

Freshii closes Target units, reports delayed openings

After operating 18 locations inside Target stores for the past two years, Freshii announced this week that it's closing all of them with 17 shuttered in the 13-week period ending Sept. 24.

Swarovski's new VR app lets users buy goods via Masterpass checkout

MasterCard and Swarovski launched a virtual reality shopping app for the Atelier Swarovski home décor line, a collection of functional and decorative crystal home accessories. The app immerses consumers in a tastefully decorated home where they can browse and purchase...

Mental health screening kiosk installed in North Carolina town

A mental health screening kiosk has been installed at the Human Services Center in Bayboro, North Carolina as part of the Access Point screening program from Trillium Health Resources, according to WNCT-TV. The Access Point Screening Program is designed to...

Study: Consumers OK with IoT payments, but want control over purchase

Nearly half of consumers in the U.S. polled for a Worldpay survey said they would feel comfortable with a connected device, such as a refrigerator, ordering items on their behalf, according to a press release from the company about the...

Starbucks in China welcomes Alipay acceptance

Alipay users in China can now use the mobile wallet to pay for coffee and food at all Starbucks locations in China, according to a report from Caixin. The move comes 10 months after WeChat became a payment option inside...

California DMV opens self-serve kiosks in San Francisco supermarkets

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has installed 14 self-service kiosks at San Francisco area grocery stores so drivers can renew vehicle registrations and receive the hard copy faster than if they renew online, according to sfgate.com. Drivers renewing registrations...

Cyber Monday will overtake Black Friday as consumer favorite, reveals study

Tired of crowds, long lines and seeking more convenience, consumers are expected to shop more on Cyber Monday this holiday season than on Black Friday. One big reason is that consumer expectations are at an "all time high," according to...

Halloween spend may hit $9B record

Retailers selling Halloween candy, costumes and pumpkins are likely to see a lot of consumer activity this year as shoppers are predicted to spend $9.1 billion, an 8.3 percent spike over last year's $8.4 billion. The average shopping trip should...

Amazon's Manhattan hub will house 2,000 employees

Amazon's impending Manhattan office will be home to 2,000 employees over the next three years, according to an AM New York report. The office, slated to open in 2018, is a 360,000,000-square foot spot at 5 Manhattan West, and Amazon has signed a 15-year lease, according to the report. It will be home for Amazon Advertising.

Study: Consumers not keen on facial ID for payments

A Juniper Research survey reveals more than 40 percent of iOS users in the U.S. consider themselves unlikely to use facial recognition as a payment security technology. Contactless payment users consider fingerprint sensors and voice recognition more appealing authentication methods,...

Swarovski's new VR app lets users buy goods via Masterpass checkout

MasterCard and Swarovski launched a virtual reality shopping app for the Atelier Swarovski home décor line, a collection of functional and decorative crystal home. The app immerses consumers in a tastefully decorated home where they can browse and purchase the...

New Walmart headquarters to bring in natural light

Walmart plans to do away with the "inefficient" current campus of its corporate headquarters — a sprawling collection of more than 20 buildings in Bentonville, Ark. — and replace it with new facilities that will encourage a more efficient business....

Consumers more comfortable with nonfinancial providers for bill pay, money transfers

A substantial number of consumers are comfortable using nonfinancial providers for essential activities such as paying bills, transferring money to others and taking out loans, according to the latest consumer trends survey from Fiserv. The survey also found notable adoption...

Alipay expands to Nordic region with retailer pacts

Alipay has signed separate memorandum of understandings with Finpro (Finland), Svensk Handel (Sweden) and the Scandinavian Tourist Board, which will enable retailers across the Nordic region to accept payment via Alipay and reach Chinese customers before, during and after their...

Tencent launches mobile marketing tools for US retailers

Tencent is launching a suite of advertising products and resources that will enable U.S. marketers to directly engage Chinese consumers on Tencent platforms both in China and while they travel abroad, including on the company's popular social messaging app, WeChat....

Aldi to accept contactless payments at all locations

Grocery chain Aldi will now enable shoppers to pay for their items with any contactless payment method, including mobile methods such as Apple Pay, as well as plastic cards and wearables, according to a press release. "We're continually innovating to...

Walgreens-Rite Aid deal gets regulatory green light

While Walgreens isn't getting the opportunity to acquire all the Rite-Aid stores initially hoped for, it is getting the regulatory green light to acquire about 42 percent of the stores at a cost of $4.38 billion. The approved deal between Walgreens Boot Alliance Inc. and Rite Aid Corp.

Kohl's teams with Amazon in product return partnership

Looking to return an Amazon purchase? Now you have two options: send it back to Amazon or drop it off at Kohl's. Kohl's will be accepting select Amazon return items in 82 stores come next month, according to a Reuters...

Retail cybercrime may spike due to Equifax hack

Consumers and retailers are likely to be dealing with the aftermath of the major hack at credit reporting firm Equifax. The hackers took data that can be used to hack shopper profiles on retail sites, according to a New York...

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