Apple Pay made a splash with news of its imminent arrival at Starbucks, KFC and Chili’s, but low adoption among iPhone users and a slow EMV transition suggests in-app availability may provide the bigger boost in the short term.
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Chevron is bringing mobile payments to select branded gas stations in California this fall via a partnership with Visa, proving that consumers are increasingly clamoring for seamless ways to pay at the pump via their smartphones.
While the EMV deadline arrives today, many retailers are not ready, suggesting that NFC payments solutions Apple Pay and Android Pay will continue to face more limited acceptance compared to Samsung Pay, which leverages older magnetic stripe technology.
Convenience store chain 7-Eleven hopes to increase store traffic by rolling out the 7-Eleven Bill Pay application, which enables shoppers to pay cash to more than 17,000 local and national billers with a bar code scan at participating locations.
Barclays Bank continues to jockey for a meaningful role in mobile payments in Britain, most recently with plans to update the Barclaycard Android application to enable tap-and-go payments and provide services unique to the space.
Macy’s is boosting its mobile payments strategy by rolling out PayPal as a payment option in-store, online and on mobile, including the service’s new streamlined One Touch capabilities.
Marriott International is appealing to mobile-savvy Chinese consumers by introducing payment option Alipay at select properties, suggesting there may be an untapped demographic for travel marketers to target.
Google has beat Samsung to the punch in U.S. mobile payments, launching Android Pay yesterday with a number of big-name merchants onboard, including Macy’s, Subway and Walgreens.
Discover, the latest payment service to introduce Apple Pay availability for cardholders, is getting the ball rolling with a 10 percent cash back offer, reflecting the slow but significant shift towards mobile payments.
As contactless payment cards finally begin to take off in the United States, a failure by retailers to partner with leading card networks for the MCX CurrentC mobile wallet is shaping up as yet another problem for the already struggling solution.