Howdy! Congratulations on surviving the holiday season! We recently shared our reflections from 2012, and today we’re changing gears to look ahead at all the fun stuff awaiting us in 2013. Here are our predictions for what’s in store: Revelations in Mobile Payments 2012 was big year for mobile payments, and the party is sure to continue in 2013. We’re expecting more big announcements from mobile POS companies such as Square, who gained significant...

The season is upon us! It’s time to gear up and head out into the world to get your Holiday Shopping done. We’ve put together a list of essential apps to you’ll want in your arsenal this year:   Shopkick – Shopping rewards (iOS and Android) Not only will it save you money, it’s totally fun! shopkick is basically a game where shoppers earn points called “kicks” that lead to rewards and discounts from...

Howdy! It’s that wonderful time of year again when shoppers gear up to move out in hordes to participate in Black Friday, the yearly post-Thanksgiving shopper’s super sale. Every year Black Friday gets a little wilder and crazier, so we prepared a survival guide that will ensure you’re victorious in securing some sweet deals this Friday. Here are some essential apps to help you stay ahead of the pack: shopkick Not only will it...

We’ve been talking a lot about how the world of mobile payments has been expanding lately, and today we’re going to continue the discussion. Our mobile payments series started off by taking a look at the evolution of point-of-sale and self-checkout solutions, and now we’re going to check out what’s happening with mobile “wallets.” In a far distant past few of us remember, cash was the primary means of transaction in...

In our last post on mobile payments, we talked about how smartphone-based self-checkout solutions are changing the way we shop. Today we’re going to look at how mobile point-of-sale (POS) systems are disrupting the payments space.   By creating a product that turns any mobile device into a POS system, companies like Square, Intuit or LevelUp have drastically disrupted the POS market causing a plummet in payment fees.  The drop in costs...

Today we’re going to talk about mobile self-checkout systems, and how they’re going to affect the way we shop. Most of us are used to the self-checkout kiosks seen at grocery stores. These bulky units have reduced the time it takes to shop by providing customers with the option to interact with a machine rather than a person. Recent studies demonstrate that half of shoppers are choosing this method over that...

We’re excited to present a new blog series which will take a dive into the world of mobile payments, examining the self-checkout, point-of-sale, and digital wallet solutions are presenting themselves in the marketplace. Here’s a quick overview of what’s to come:   Mobile Self-Checkout Solutions Our first post will examine existing and up-and-coming mobile self-checkout solutions, and how these new systems will transform the way we shop.  Existing self-checkout solutions that are common...

In our previous post in our “barcode vs. NFC” blog series, we talked about the prohibitive cost of NFC tags and the effort required to develop custom tagging solutions for many different product packaging. Today, we'll look at the benefits of NFC tags on consumer products from a B2B perspective or -- too be more precise -- the lack of such benefits. In recent years, RFID has received a lot of...