Mobile Payments

Walmart Abandons Scan & Go Checkout
May 17, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Walmart has decided to cancel an app that let shoppers scan and pay for items with their smartphones so they could skip waiting in line at checkout registers, the company confirmed to Business Insider on Tuesday. The decision to kill the app, called Scan & Go, comes just four months after Walmart announced it would expand…

The Why, How, What of Mobile Market Research
April 20, 2018 at 12:02 pm

Today, we live in a mobile-first world. According to a report from BI Intelligence, in-store mobile payments are set to grow at a 40 percent five-year CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) to reach $150 million by the end of 2020, a number that represents 56 percent of the consumer population. And it’s estimated that by 2019, almost 200 billion transactions a year will be made via mobile phones and tablets. So what does all of this mean for brands? Those that can capitalize on this mobile-first world will win. This report from Fuel Cycle, a platform revolutionizing market research by helping businesses engage with customers through rewards, surveys and group discussions, dives into the best practices for brands to implement when it comes to going mobile, including in-store payments, media consumption, interface design and geolocation technology.

Key Retailer Considerations for Mobile and Digital Wallet Implementation, Strategy
April 9, 2018 at 10:51 am

Innovations in mobile and digital wallets over recent years have resulted in a proliferation of wallet models and solutions, all intended to improve customer convenience, leverage data, lessen friction or lower the cost of payments. The potential for increased growth of digital commerce is evidenced by the number of brick-and-mortar retailers that have introduced mobile…

Mobile and Digital Wallets: U.S. Landscape and Strategic Considerations for Merchants and Financial Institutions
April 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm

Innovations in mobile and digital wallets over recent years have resulted in a proliferation of wallet models and solutions, all intended to improve consumer convenience, leverage data, lessen friction or lower the cost of payments. Merchants and issuers looking to understand the key factors and considerations for developing a mobile or digital wallet strategy can find guidance in a new U.S. Payments Forum resource, Mobile and Digital Wallets: U.S. Landscape and Strategic Considerations for Merchants and Financial Institutions.

Mobile Apps Help City Furniture Personalize the In-Store Shopping Experience
March 8, 2018 at 4:59 pm

In episode 134 of Total Retail Talks, recorded earlier this year at the National Retail Federation's Big Show in New York City, Steve Wilder, CFO and CIO of City Furniture, a South Florida-based furniture, mattress and home accessories retailer, discusses how the launch of three mobile apps has helped the company's store associates personalize and…

Global Payment Trends Show What’s Possible to Drive Sales in 2018
January 26, 2018 at 10:10 am

If there’s any reliable barometer for the picture of retail throughout the year, it’s Black Friday — the day retailers plan to bring in their biggest sales figures and customers in droves. At close of Black Friday last year, in-store sales were down less than 1 percent year-over-year, according to ShopperTrak, considerably better than the…

Post-Holiday Consumer Spending and Trends
January 22, 2018 at 11:01 am

Since founding my payment technology company, I’ve been living and breathing payments trends in retail. Over the last five years or so, projections have been all over the place: Is Black Friday dead? Is anyone still going to malls? Do consumers feels safe using their credit cards? As of early December, the stock market was…

Mobile-Empowered Sales Associates Key to Competing With E-Commerce Titans
December 22, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Increasing innovation in technology means more disruption, and the retail industry isn't immune. With the online pure-plays continually cutting into the market once dominated by brick-and-mortar, retailers need to come up with new strategies and tactics to compete. One not-so-obvious answer may be to leverage one of the their most unique assets — store associates.…

Kroger Adds Mobile Payments Option
December 14, 2017 at 1:21 pm

Kroger announced this week it will begin offering mobile payments next year through a partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Cincinnati Business Courier reports the retail chain will offer a service known as Chase Pay at select stores and e-commerce programs next year. “Technology is transforming our customers’ experiences and greatly influencing how we're re-imagining…

Why Mobile Self-Checkout Makes Sense for Retailers
November 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

Paper or plastic? Not too long ago, that was the only checkout question that consumers had to deal with. My, how times have changed. These days, whenever customers head to a checkout counter, they’re likely to deal with a barrage of questions, such as: Did you find everything? Do you have a loyalty card? What’s…