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Boston local merchants drive foot traffic with beacon-enabled Howler app

April 21, 2015

In Boston, 150 local merchants including Grindr, Patty Chen’s Dumpling House and Sofa Cafe are delivering offers to passersby via beacon technology and the Howler mobile application, driving 52 percent of recipients into a venue.

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MasterCard’s order-ahead app makes US restaurant debut

April 20, 2015

MasterCard is boosting the role of its Qkr! application in the growing mobile-ordering space by partnering with New York restaurant Streetbird Rotisserie to give customers the ability to order ahead and pay from their phones.

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Merchants’ limited understanding of mobile transactions presents risk fraud: report

April 20, 2015

Merchants have only a cursory understanding of mobile transactions even as the volume continues to grow, making it challenging to assess the legitimacy of these transactions, according to a new report from Kount, CardNotPresent.com and The Fraud Practice.

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Spring shopping app attracts fashion brands and investors

April 17, 2015

In reflection of the growing excitement around mobile shopping and applications, a bevy of fashion labels and investors have embraced Spring, an app offering a highly curated experience targeting younger shoppers as well as many brand-friendly tools.

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Discover boosts security with mobile-enabled account-freezing tool

April 16, 2015

Discover takes mobile management for credit cards to a new level with Freeze It, a tool enabling cardholders to instantly stop purchases on their account from their smartphone when a card is misplaced and just as easily reinstate purchasing once it is found.

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Expedia’s app speeds access to last-minute travel information

April 16, 2015

Expedia’s latest update to its mobile application focuses on better meeting the needs of last-minute travelers – an important and growing group on mobile – by enabling them to book a car rental and find a nearby hotel deal for that day on the launch screen.

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Retailers embrace omnichannel selling but profits are elusive

April 15, 2015

While retailers and consumer goods manufacturers are investing heavily in omnichannel selling capabilities and often putting mobile at the core of these efforts, new research from JDA Software and PwC reveals that only 16 percent of companies’ efforts are profitable when it comes to fulfilling omnichannel demand.

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Bed Bath and Beyond marries wedding registry with augmented reality

April 13, 2015

Bed Bath and Beyond is taking its wedding registry to the next level via a new print-to-digital tool that easily adds an item from a catalog by holding a smartphone over the page and tapping a hot spot.

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Home Depot doubles down on in-app interactive shopping tools

April 10, 2015

The Home Depot is supporting shoppers’ omnichannel needs with several new interactive tools available across its application and mobile Web site that are designed to simplify finding and buying the right products for the lawn and garden this spring.

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Mobile payments competition moves to OS as Microsoft eyes entry

April 9, 2015

Microsoft is reportedly developing a payments solution for Windows devices, making it the latest mobile operating system to push into the space and lending further support to proximity payments.

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