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Apple Pay won't popularize NFC overnight

Apple's highly anticipated entry into the NFC market strengthens the case for the technology, but full-scale adoption remains unlikely in the short term.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Sep 2014
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Security: Apple's Achilles' heel

Apple's fashionably late entrance into mobile payments came with all the fanfare needed to distract us from the recent iCloud furore. Yet mobile wallet security is still a major concern for many consumers, and Apple will need to tread carefully.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Sep 2014
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Clear the skies for drone insurance

Major shifts in the insurance industry are often driven by technological innovations, from aggregator sites to the widening use of telematics. While the more scientifically advanced developments may be years away, insurers would do well to prepare.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2014
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Facebook's Buy button doesn't belong

Facebook's latest move towards payments is at odds with its own brand identity, and thus is unlikely to succeed.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Sep 2014
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Amazon Local Register: a gateway to omni-channel retailing

The new Amazon Local Register is a strategic move by Amazon to boost its merchant offering and ensure its long-term commercial relevance. Crucially, it signals that mobile point of sale (mPOS) is a potentially lucrative gateway to omni-channel retailing.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Aug 2014
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Low-income customers can be profitable

Although not the typical focus for banks, low-income customers may be the key to increasing overall customer satisfaction levels.

Published By Datamonitor
10 Jul 2014
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Card-linked loyalty needs issuers on board

Card-linked schemes are crucial to success in loyalty, but a successful scheme depends upon a business model that funds offers using both issuer and merchant partners.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Jun 2014
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Mashreq's innovative boost to mobile banking

In the UAE Mashreq Bank has made it even more attractive for customers to use mobile banking by offering a desirable incentive and removing some of the friction.

Published By Datamonitor
18 Jun 2014
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PayPal's POS strategy has promise

PayPal's approach to mobile payments avoids some of the biggest pitfalls by not focusing exclusively on any one technology, but the market remains highly competitive and difficult to succeed in.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Jun 2014
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Groupon's Gnome risks alienating merchants

Groupon's move to launch Gnome is the latest attempt by the online daily deals provider to establish itself within the payments space. However, it runs the risk of alienating merchants by requiring those that use its service to adopt Gnome.

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2014

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