With PayPal’s mobile payments transactions volume increasing 40 percent year-over-year, the business is testing NFC payments prior to its imminent split from eBay, executives revealed this week during the ecommerce leader’s first quarter earnings call.
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Coffeehouse chain Caribou Coffee is attempting to steam up sales on mobile via its first application for iOS and Android devices that comes stocked with mobile payment and loyalty options, and suggests that mobile is a requisite offering for any coffee retailer seeking to reach on-the-go consumers.
Google is powering a new scan-to-pay mobile application used by street vendors in Seattle selling the city’s Real Change newspaper to benefit the homeless, enabling users to scan a bar code to receive a digital edition and suggesting that scan-to-pay has a future for bigger items as well.
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.
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.
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.