Every year at SXSW, mobile payments technology captures a little more of the spotlight. With most of that spotlight deserving directed toward PayPal, we were eager to find out what PayPal’s primary message and objectives are at the festival this year.
Fortunately, the team at PayPal was immensely accommodating and welcomed MMW into their PayPal Social Media Lounge at SXSW for an in-depth one-on-one with Pablo Rodriguez, Head of Global Consumer Initiatives at PayPal.
With new innovations entering the mobile payments arena so frequently, Rodriguez tells us how PayPal continues to stay ahead of the pack, particularly with regard to making mobile payments ultra-convenient and secure.
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The romance between hotels and mobile technology has now blossomed into a full blown raging love affair.
This week, Marriott International was the latest to be struck by Cupid’s mobile payments arrow, becoming the first global hospitality company to offer Apple Pay.
According to an announcement from the hotel giant, this represents the latest step in Marriott’s creation of a complete mobile-powered travel experience.
Posted in Announcements, iOS, Mobile Commerce, Mobile Devices, Mobile Partners, Mobile Payments, News, Platforms, Technology
Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is out with a new report indicating that mobile isn’t budging as a top priority for retailers.
“As more consumers take to smartphones and tablets to shop with their favorite retail brands, retailers agree that keeping mobile at the top of their marketing priority lists is a smart move.”
That’s the opening argument in a report summary of the 2015 Shop.org/Forrester Research Inc. State of Retailing Online.
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On Tuesday, the team at Apigee, makers of an intelligent API platform for digital business acceleration, confirmed that they have been tapped by U.K. supermarket chain Morrisons for a new project.
Specifically, we’re told Apigee will provide the API infrastructure for Morrisons’ new digital platform, including its new loyalty site and mobile app called Match & More.
The supermarket behemoth says Match & More is the first program of its kind to provide a price match guarantee against Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Asda.
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This week, Gartner issued a new report pointing to how the “rampant interest” in mobile payments among U.S. consumers will impact online shopping in the coming years.
Looking at strong growth patterns in mobile commerce, Gartner predicts that by 2017, U.S. customers’ mobile engagement behavior will drive domestic mobile commerce revenue to 50 percent of U.S. digital commerce revenue.
A recent Gartner survey found that mobile commerce currently generates 22 percent of digital commerce revenue.
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Digital River, a global provider of Commerce-as-a-Service solutions, has set its sights on India, one of the world’s foremost emerging mobile markets and a nation with an increasing fascination with online shopping.
This week, representatives for Digital River briefed MMW on their company’s latest expanded offerings in India through a strategic partnership with local ecommerce provider Net Distribution Services.
The partnership, we’re told, will enable global merchants to offer preferred payment methods and local customer support services for branded online stores dedicated to the sale of products in India.
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Online shopping has continued to grow steadily over the last decade, but the emerging mobile commerce marketplace is just beginning to take off at supersonic speeds.
With mobile payment options, such as Google Wallet, Apple Pay, and PayPal exploding in popularity, a growing number of consumers are comfortably and confidently turning to mobile payment processing for day-to-day purchases. In a recent report (“Global M-Commerce Market 2015-2019”) the growth of mobile commerce over the next few years was exhaustively explored.
Currently, the mobile commerce marketplace is largest within the United States, yet the report estimates that the market will continue at a rapid pace to grow both in North America and around the globe. They estimate that mobile will account for over 32% of all payments within the next 4 years.
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