• Visa, Fandango Team for Location-Based Deals
    Visa is letting consumers receive location-based information and deals as an incentive for linking their accounts to Fandango's iPhone application. Consumers with a Visa Signature credit card can participate in the Tixpress promotion. Fandango has also updated its iPhone and iPad app with a few new features.
  • Another Mobile Payment Company Raises More Funding
    An Israeli m-commerce start-up has closed another funding round of $2 million, raising a total of $3.5 million. The company says it will use the latest round of funding to add new product functionality, increase traction with retailers, solidify new partnerships, and build its presence in the rapidly expanding global payments market.
  • Mobile Payment Loyalty Program Offers Free Vending Machine Products
    USA Technologies, Inc. kicked off what it believes to be the largest mobile payment and loyalty program for the U.S. vending industry this week at the NAMA OneShow in Las Vegas. Themobile payment and loyalty program will integrate USAT's installed base of over 100,000 NFC-enabled cashless payment terminals with Isis mobile commerce technology, for rewards acceptance and redemption.
  • Flower Subscription Service Adds iPhone App with Exclusive Products for Mobile
    An an online flower subscription service that lets businesses and individuals order regular deliveries of fresh flowers, has launched an iPhone app, where it will also sell gifts. Gifts including chocolates, cupcakes, candles and macaroons will be sold exclusively through the mobile channel, which soon will also include an Android app and a mobile commerce website.
  • Walmart's UK Grocery Chain Adds Click & Collect Shopping
    Walmart Stores's U.K. Asda grocery business's use of technology to expand its online, delivery and pick-up services for groceries could be the "secret sauce" that helps the world's largest retailer develop its online grocery presence in the U.S., an analyst said. Asda offers online grocery services covering 98 percent of the U.K. population. It also has an Asda direct non-food site, a George.com e-commerce site with delivery to Europe, a strong mobile commerce site that accounts for 16 percent of online sales, a "Click and Collect" program that allows customers to order food online and pick up in two hours, …
  • Groupon Adds Deal Searching Feature to Mobile App
    As companies such as foursquare, Facebook and Yelp increasingly roll out more comprehensive location-based offerings, Groupon is striking back by adding a universal search feature to its iPhone and Android applications. The new search feature is being rolled out to Groupon's mobile apps to help consumers sort through the company's growing inventory of deals.
  • School-Related Fundraisers Now Take Mobile Payments
    School-related fundraisers, auctions and group events are getting easier thanks to the new partnership that makes it possible for members to be able to accept credit and debit card payments for a variety of K-8 sponsored events including fundraisers, auctions, group dues or any other event, directly from their smartphones and tablets.
  • Restaurant Industry Commerce Platform Launches Mobile Self-Checkout
    In a move to provide restaurants more resources to enhance the user experience and collect more comprehensive customer data, the nation's largest mobile-based commerce platform for the restaurant industry is launching an on-premise, self-checkout and mobile payment application.
  • Falling Prices Drive Smartphone Sales in India
    The market for smartphones in India is approaching a tipping point, with penetration hitting 10% due to falling prices for entry-level handsets. The market is expanding fast, but a tipping point is still about a year away, according to the chief marketing officer at a mobile services operator.
  • Mobile Payments Demand Increases in Middle East
    As companies in the Middle East have begun a broadening of the infrastructure for mobile payments, the demand for using this alternative form of transaction is also on the rise in that region. This trend has kept the area well in line with the evolution that commerce is taking on a global scale.
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