Amazon Go store now open to the public

Amazon is opening its cashierless Amazon Go store to consumers in Seattle today, following a 14-month trial with company employees, according to The Seattle Times. Upon entering, customers scan a smartphone app that registers them into the store. After grabbing...

Kroger advancing self-checkout strategy

Supermarket chain Kroger is set to expand its self-checkout service to 400 stores in 2018, according to a report from the Cincinnati Business Courier. Kroger's Scan, Bag, Go service is similar to Walmart's effort in that it enables shoppers to...

Walmart testing new personal shopping experience

Walmart is reportedly tapping text to provide a new personalized shopping experience for the wealthy busy mom. The mega retailer, according to a Recode report, is beta testing a new service that will give shoppers item recommendations and allow purchase...

Garmin Pay now live on Garmin vívoactive 3 smartwatch

Garmin International and Fit Pay, a wholly owned subsidiary of NXT-ID, have announced that the Garmin Pay contactless payment feature is now live on Garmin's vívoactive 3 smartwatch and available to cardholders of issuing banks supporting the new service, according...

Amazon Alexa skills to feature payments

Software developers will soon have the opportunity to add Amazon Pay to the voice apps that are available from the Alexa Skills Store, according to an announcement Amazon made at a conference in Las Vegas this past week. Skills categories...

Hatch Loyalty, Cardfree partner on retailer mobile wallet services

Hatch Loyalty is partnering with mobile commerce company Cardfree to bring personalized engagement and mobile wallet services to large retailers, according to a press release. The companies will provide gas stations and convenience stores order-ahead, stored-value, engagement and loyalty services....

Study: Online holiday spend will beat in-store spend this year

For the first time ever, online holiday shopping spend will beat in-store retail spend, according to a new Deloitte study. There will also be more "self" gifting this holiday season, according to the firm's 32nd annual Holiday Survey of consumer...

Venmo acceptance comes to 2M online merchants mobile digital wallet pos

Venmo users can now shop on their mobile phone and make purchases at more than two million U.S. retailers via the mobile web, according to a press release. The new feature enables Venmo users to shop at millions of merchants...

Wirecard provides online payment gateway to Ikea stores in southeast Asia

Technology group Wirecard has signed an agreement with Ikea stores in southeast Asia to provide them with a regionally-managed payment gateway product for online checkout, according to a press release. The payment service covers Ikea stores in Malaysia, Singapore and...

Robots, no-cash experience coming to Shake Shack NYC location

There won't be any humans taking orders and no cash exchanged at the impending Shake Shack location in the East Village of New York City. Hungry consumers will tap touchscreen kiosks via an app to place orders, according to a...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

NCR, Ecwid partner to drive a better omnichannel experience

NCR and Ecwid, a cloud-based ecommerce platform, are teaming up to provide an improved omnichannel order experience via the NCR Silver point-of-sale solution. The partnership will allow independent U.S.-based retailers and restaurant owners to bring their business everywhere and anywhere,...

Saladworks selects POS system as its omnichannel digital platform

Saladworks, the nation's largest fresh-tossed salad franchise concept, has chosen Dovetail Systems Inc.'s Gusto POS system as its omnichannel digital platform, according to a press release. The system is designed to provide a cross platform customer engagement solution, leveraging a...

Study: Proximity mobile payments to reach $49.2B in 2017

The value of U.S. proximity mobile payment transactions will total $49.29 billion in 2017, up 78.1 percent from last year, according to a study from eMarketer. Though the growth rate will remain in double digits through the forecast period, it will slow down to 23.9 percent in 2021.

Paytronix expands integration of rewards platform

Paytronix Systems is expanding its reward platform with three new POS integrations. The platform is now integrated with Gilbarco Passport, NCR Radiant and Verifone Commander, all technologies used at convenience stores, including the Des Moines-based Yesway store chain. "The new...

Online grocery service debuts Alexa skill for hands-free voice order capability

Consumers who like to order from Stop and Shop's online Peapod grocery service can now enlist the help of Amazon's Alexa devices. The grocer is offering an "Ask Peapod" feature which enables voice ordering, according to a Progressive Grocer report....

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