American Express card holders in the United States will be able to make purchases using a wearable fitness tracker with an embedded NFC chip starting this summer, pointing to the potential for wearables to transform commerce.
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Olive Garden is the latest restaurant chain to employ tablets in its bricks-and-mortar locations, enabling customers to order and pay via the devices, suggesting that mobile has a strong role to play in streamlining the dining experience and increasing tip percentages for servers.
Papa John’s is introducing a new digital solution to consumers online and on mobile that enables them to split their pizza bill in a streamlined manner, suggesting that mobile payments sharing options are set to take off in 2015.
Dunkin’ Donuts and Seamless are aiming to order in more mobile sales by integrating with Google Wallet as a mobile payment option for Android users, proving that food and beverage marketers must offer mcommerce solutions for consumers of both iOS and Android platforms.
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.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is rolling out a mobile order-ahead application to let travelers in the airport or on planes with Wi-Fi order ahead while going through security, heading for gates or disembarking flights.
ChowNow, an online ordering and marketing platform for restaurants, has adopted Google Wallet, providing customers on mobile and operators at thousands of independent United States restaurants with enhanced convenience in ordering and marketing.
Checkout problems stemming from insufficient equipment investment and a lack of employee training in Apple Pay have raised questions about the technology’s long-term viability in mobile in-store payments, notwithstanding the buy-in it has received from a growing number of financial institutions, card networks and software companies.
Delta Air Lines is attempting to entice more Chinese consumers to book with its brand by teaming up with mobile and online payment solution Alipay, suggesting that parent company Alibaba may edge in on other payment options in the airline sector.
Mobile payments application looped in is hosting a fundraiser to raise awareness of the app and encourage users to purchase in-app meals for donation to the Greater Boston Food Bank, suggesting that smaller payments apps could stand to leverage live events and fundraisers to reach new audiences.