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  • Why Omni-Channel Shoppers Are Worth It

    Why Omni-Channel Shoppers Are Worth It

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Today’s consumers are tech savvy and highly connected, demanding convenience, speed and choice across channels, payment methods and fulfilment options. And, with a growing proportion of shoppers readily switching between online, mobile and physical touchpoints at various points in the purchasing journey, merchants are now dealing with a constantly evolving and unpredictable retail landscape. This requires fresh strategies and technologies that allow them to adapt to the expectations of omni-channel customers.

  • Millennial shopping behaviors

    Are Millennials’ Shopping Behaviors Today, Everyone’s Shopping Behaviors Tomorrow?

    Monday, April 03, 2017

    Much has been made of the impact that the so-called ‘Millennial generation’ (aka Generation Y) will have – or is already having – on the way financial services are developed and delivered. And plenty of (digital) column space has been dedicated to discussing how the first digital native generation is transforming commerce – and payments – with different expectations, preferences, and shopping behaviors than their older cohorts.

  • The Middle East Presents Retailers A Growing Opportunity But Faces Two Challenges

    The Middle East Presents Retailers A Growing Opportunity But Faces Two Challenges

    Friday, March 31, 2017

    36% of Middle East residents are digital shoppers1  and are expected to spend $19B2 online in 2017; with this spend figure rapidly growing to $34B in 2021. Although cash is the preferred method of transacting, the region is edging toward a digital society. In the UAE and Saudi Arabia, nearly two thirds of the population has smartphones—fueling shopping online growth.3  This prevents retailers new growth opportunities.

  • Card payment complexity

    Are Card Payments Getting Simpler... Or More Complex?

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    2017 is now well underway, and the trends that will shape the year ahead in payments are taking shape. There has already been plenty of discussion around frictionless payments, and reducing complexity for both consumers and for merchants. So, are card payments getting simpler, or more complex? The answer seems to be… both.

  • Omni-Channel's Biggest Challenge

    Drowning in Data? Or Thirsty for More? Omni-Channel’s Biggest Challenge

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    There is no doubt that retailers recognize the value of knowing their customers better. Whatever the merchant sector, geography, or business model, understanding customer buying habits, payment and channel preferences, and satisfaction levels can drive sales, boost customer loyalty and raise revenues. But, in the ever-changing world of the omni-channel shopper, how easy is it to really know your customer?

    The single biggest key to this challenge is data – and lots of it. Not just ‘big data’, but smart, consolidated big data – and this only comes from the ability to bring massive amounts of information together from multiple sources, and analyze it to build a comprehensive picture.

  • El Riesgo Oculto de “Dormirse en Los Laureles” [The Hidden Risk of Complacency]

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Available in Spanish and English

    As a professional in Latin American electronic payments, I often forget how it is to live not knowing what’s going on backstage every time I use my cards. My specialization makes me aware of trends worldwide, so while traveling, I’m able to analyze different technologies in action. My consumer side, also known as my ‘shopaholic’ side, exposes me to multiple situations, since any trip—be it business or leisure—always provides a good opportunity to shop. On a recent trip, I had the chance to experiment with my Argentinian cards during a semi-long-term stay. While out of country for 40 days, I experienced first-hand the challenges that consumers encounter with the EMV payments barrier.

  • Blockchain for retailers

    Blockchain For Retailers: Producing Real Business Benefits

    Wednesday, March 08, 2017

    When I read about blockchain, I typically come across three use cases: cross-border payments, security issuance and digital currency. These have all been proven to work—and they are also finance-related. But the payments ecosystem includes a lot more than just financial institutions. This post explores the potential impact that blockchain will have on retailers and their value chain.

  • eCommerce-in-South-Africa

    The eCommerce Opportunity in South Africa

    Thursday, March 02, 2017

    High mobile penetration, rising consumer confidence in online transactions, and secure online gateways are driving eCommerce growth globally. However, by international standards, eCommerce penetration across Africa is still relatively low. But it is estimated that 600M consumers will be online by 2025, spending $75B each year, which offers a tremendous opportunity.

  • Estate Management

    Devices, devices everywhere – the growing challenge of terminal management

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017

    As merchants grow in size, the number of devices needed to power payments across the enterprise inevitably increases. And, with the growth of omni-channel retailing, the store is fast becoming home to an array of different payment device types, as merchants strive to meet the demand for customer service innovation.

  • ACI Worldwide Survey Validates Growth in Mobile and Omni-Channel Retail

    ACI Worldwide Survey Validates Growth in Mobile and Omni-Channel Retail

    Wednesday, February 01, 2017

    During this year's National Retail Federation (NRF) Retail's BIG Show, ACI Worldwide conducted a survey of more than 100 retailers in attendance. The results of the survey highlight how retailers see an increased reliance on both mobile and omni-channel retail solutions to meet consumers’ evolving buying habits.