Coin, a new payment startup that allows you to upload your credit cards and debit cards onto a single card (called a "Coin") was the big story in tech today.
This must be the week of "face recognition" false alarms. Last week, I blogged about PayPal's face recognition at the point of sale, saying it wasn't as revolutionary as it sounded.
The Retail TouchPoints blog published a post today from an event at which eBay's Head of Retail Business Strategy, David Geisinger, was speaking.
Mobile payment company Square introduced a new service yesterday (Oct. 15) called "Square Cash," which lets you send money over email (as well as via a new Square Cash app for iOS and Android).
The recent NSA security scandal and news of retailers tracking customers in-store has put consumer privacy under the microscope.
Mobile POS is a hot topic in retail right now. So hot in fact, that research firm IHL Group is predicting North American retailers will spend more than $2 billion on mobile POS hardware and software in 2013.
On Sunday (July 14), Stephanie Clifford and Quentin Hardy of the New York Times published an article about retailers tracking in-store customers' behavior, either via video or Wi-Fi signals.
We often blog about the newfangled ways retailers and third-party apps try to obtain real-time shopper data in stores. Inevitably, this type of data collection comes at the expense of consumer privacy.
Bill Siwicki of Internet Retailer wrote Monday (June 17) about new "indoor positioning" technology that uses tiny sensors to identify a shopper's location inside the store in order to provide personalized service and encourage purchase decisions (i.e. push deals and add-on items).
Fast Company published an interesting article today, which considers the implications of Google Glass in different venues where data, privacy, recordability and access to instant communication might be particularly sensitive -- like casinos, hospitals, movie theaters, to name a few.
"Imagine walking down an aisle at Target and casting a glance at a big orange bag of Cheetos on the shelf. Next thing you know, an ad featuring Chester Cheetah pops up on a video monitor in the aisle," wrote Meghan McDonough of Digital Trends (April 29). "A new eye-tracking device called SideWays is responsible."
If you're a fisherman excitedly gearing up for the spring season, you're likely checking your smartphone weather app for a nice weekend to head to the lake.
If you're a retailer or an advertiser -- heck, if you're just a consumer -- you gotta see this: It's an interactive infographic from Advertising Age that shows the path taken by a customer's data when she buys a pair of shoes in-store.