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Archive for June, 2013

Starbucks Trounces Mobile Payment Competition

There’s been a lot of talk about mobile payments, and we’ve been hearing the names of the heavy hitters often—Google, PayPal, Square and LevelUp. Last year, in the US, Smartphone users spent nearly $500 million on goods and services. It’s a considerable amount of money, so you may be surprised to learn that Starbucks’s own […]

Mobile Payments Can Change Your Shopping Experience

In a recent post on Forbes.com, Henry Helgeson, CEO and co-founder of Merchant Warehouse, talked about why businesses should care about mobile payments, despite the idea being slow to catch on. Helgeson notes that people are happy to pay with cash and credit cards because it’s comfortable and familiar, but mobile payments can help enhance […]

Are you ready for wild weather?

Experts are warning about a very busy hurricane season this year. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting 7 to 11 hurricanes and of those, three to six are projected to be major storms. Hurricane season typically begins June 1 and concludes at the end of November but we’ve already seen our share of […]

Customer Loyalty on a Social Scale

People across the country are on social media sites, “liking” photos, updating their statuses and reporting to their friends what restaurants they have been to and what products they are buying. Patrons who choose to install a company or store’s app may be rewarded with special discounts, early bird access to sales or get first […]

Google Adds new functionalities, ready to go head-to-head with PayPal

Restaurant Pro Express™ and Cash Register Express™ accept payment through Google Wallet, a mobile payment system that stores credit cards, loyalty information and gift cards. Currently, there are more than 300,000 merchant locations that accept Google Wallet, including Bloomingdales, Subway, McDonald’s, The Home Depot and 7-Eleven, among other major retail and restaurant chains. Recently, Google […]

Panera Bread Finds Creative Solutions for Shrinking Dining Out Budgets

Americans may find their wallets look a little skinnier after paying their bills, taxes and for other essentials, like food and gas. A report from Wells Fargo & Co. noted that disposable incomes fell 5.2% since the first quarter of 2013, after rising last year. And although the country is slowly climbing out of the […]

Who are the Showroomers? You might be surprised.

The competition between brick and mortar stores and online-only retailers is at fever pitch. Much has been written about showrooming: what it is, how retailers are fighting back and the shopping dollars at stake. We know what it is and we know why people do it. But who are the showroomers, exactly? According to STORES […]

Use Mobility to Increase Customer Loyalty

Customer loyalty can be hard to earn and even harder to hang on to, especially when consumers are still leery about the economy. Loyalty programs, special promotions and other offers help you communicate with customers on a more direct level, but instituting mobile payments may be a key factor in getting patrons to come back […]