Payments Awards 2016: winners announced
Mastercard, Verifone, Hello Soda, Vodafone and RateSetter were among the companies who took home a coveted trophy at the fourth annual Payments Awards 2016 last night, hosted by FStech and Retail Systems. Recognising cards and payments excellence and innovation, these awards were hotly contested, with the winners revealed at a prestigious gala dinner and awards ceremony at the London Marriott Hotel in Mayfair last night. Congratulations to all of our winners
UK internet sales continue impressive rise
The average weekly online expenditure reached £931 million in September, an increase of 22 per cent when compared with September 2015 and 2.8 per cent compared with August 2016. This is according to the latest UK retail sales figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which estimated that the volume of total retail sales increased 4.1 per cent year-on-year, with all store types excluding textile
Stagecoach to roll out contactless bus travel
Stagecoach, Britain's biggest bus operator has announced it will deliver contactless bus travel on all of its regional bus services across the UK by the end of 2018. The £12million initiative will allow passengers to pay for their travel with a contactless credit or debit card, as well as Apple Pay and Android Pay.
Masterpass QR to reach 33 African countries
The Ecobank Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mastercard to roll out Masterpass QR, a mobile payment solution, across 33 African countries. The MoU signals the largest Masterpass deal of its kind for Mastercard globally, expanding the service which is currently only available in Nigeria.
US the ‘prime location’ for UK retailers
The US is now the prime location for UK retailers in global e-commerce, according to a new report which suggests that the decline of the pound has presented a big opportunity. Research from Global-e, which surveyed more than 250 British retail ‘decision-makers’ found that over half (59 per cent) consider the US to be the most significant overseas e-commerce market.
Online retailers ‘set to see Christmas boost’
One in five UK consumers plan to shop online more over the Christmas period, according to new research. Market research firm Mintel, who conducted the study, estimated that total UK retail sales will grow 2.5 per cent this December, compared to last year, reaching a total £42.2 billion.
Returns proving costly for retailers
Almost six in 10 merchants grant refunds regardless of product condition in order to maintain a positive relationship with customers, according to new research from Barclaycard. Furthermore, the research found that a quarter of refunded items were deemed unfit for resale, including 48 per cent which had been used, were marked (29 per cent) or had parts missing (28 per cent).
First Apple Pay in-call payment carried out
Worldpay and UK-based payments firm, Eckoh, have performed what is believed to be the world’s first Apple Pay payment via a telephone call. Up to this point, Apple Pay has been used to pay for goods via face to face point of sale, online or in app. The technology, which will open up mobile payments to new channels by enabling telephone based payments to be taken via Apple Pay, is also expected to add an additional layer of security for consumers and retailers.
Wincanton implements new delivery tech
Logistics management firm Wincanton has chosen Paragon technology to help streamline the workflow processes for its multi-client home delivery operations. Wincanton plans on using the system across a division that is responsible for handling more than 200,000 furniture deliveries a year.
Ingenico’s Ian Benn discusses payments, in-store technology and his retail predictions with Michelle Stevens
Michelle Stevens talks location-based analytics with Luke Horrocks, Client Engagement Manager of ShopperTrak