Retail 1.12.15 by Bill

Apple Pay Launches Mobile Payments in Real Time

Apple Pay mobile payments is changing the way consumers and businesses conduct business. Nobody likes waiting for anything. This cultural allergy towards lines is only getting worse. With pay as you go features, the concept of lines to pay will slowly become obsolete in all environments. According to TechCrunch, “Apple Pay accounted for 1 percent of digital transactions in November according to research firm ITG, which reveals it to be a strong competitor to PayPal, the only other player out there achieving much success.” “Achieving critical mass for a system like Apple Pay now depends on winning retailers and various consumer-facing … Learn More

Retail 1.12.15 by Bill

Instacart Dispatches Personal Shoppers To Expedite Grocery Delivery

Customer delivery service expectations are becoming harder to meet in all environments. This morning I was reading a passage in the Wall Street Journal about a promising Startup company called Instacart. “Grocery delivery startup Instacart has raised more than $200 million at a valuation near $2 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.” Instacart is competing with formidable companies such as Amazon and Wal-Mart. They differentiate in that they don’t hold any physical products. According to the Wall Street Journal. “Instacart dispatches workers to existing grocery stores like Safeway and Whole Foods to pick up customers’ orders and shuttle them … Learn More