Target is reportedly working on its own mobile wallet, borrowing a page from Walmart as the need to address consumers’ growing demand for smartphone services takes on greater urgency.
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McDonald’s in Japan is partnering with wireless carrier NTT Docomo, enabling customers who pay at most of the chain’s 3,000 locations nationwide using the iD mobile payment platform to receive discounts on their purchases.
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.
Google unleashed a series of mobile payments initiatives at its annual developer conference last week – including a hands-free payments pilot with McDonald’s and Papa John’s – as the technology giant looks to ride Apple Pay’s momentum and guarantee its own leadership role in Android-based transactions.
IPhone owners are much more likely than Android smartphone owners to have made a purchase in-store at the checkout counter using their mobile phone within a 30-day period, according to a new report from Javelin Strategy & Research.
The growing chorus singing the praises of Apple Pay and calling 2015 the tipping point for mobile payments may be premature as ongoing challenges with fragmentation, availability and perception promise to dampen adoption.
Starbucks’ focus on mobile to help drive holiday foot traffic appears to have been a success, with the company reporting gains not only in traffic and but also a strong response to its holiday promotion, Starbucks for Life.
While Apple Pay has quickly become the mobile payments platform to beat on iOS, the ongoing leadership void for Android users could be solved by Google’s reported interest in acquiring Softcard.
Apple Pay continues to add more partners, including a number of new banks, which will drive perceived value for consumers and encourage more banks as well as retailers to jump on board.
In a bet that near-field communications mobile payments may still not be ready for prime time, Burger King has opted to power its application with PayPal’s cloud-based, PIN-driven solution.