Ryan Ahern

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Are Wearables the Next Big Thing in Payments?

You probably didn’t realize it, but the future of payments is already here. While you may not be able to ride a hoverboard Marty McFly-style to work each morning, you can use your smartwatch to pay for your coffee on the drive-in. Wearable technology – some of the most futuristic consumer technology innovations – is here, and is enabling nearly invisible payments.

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Mobile Wallets Should be Part of Your Payment Strategy

Do you remember the wonder in your eyes when mobile wallets were first introduced? The idea of just simply tapping your smartphone on a payment acceptance device to pay seemed magical and in many ways, it was! The fact that you didn’t even have to take your credit card out seemed like a dream and it made you think that someday you could leave your wallet behind at home.

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Why Businesses Should Care About P2P Payments

How many times have you needed to split a bill or pay back a friend but didn’t have cash? For me, it’s a regular occurrence. Just a few weeks ago, I joined six of my friends for the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere. We ordered a few pizzas, drinks and snacks on Uber Eats and watched eagerly as (SPOILER!) Jon Snow learned he’s actually a Targaryen. When it came time to pay for my share of the order, I pulled out my phone -- not my wallet. I Venmo’d my friend $20 (description: 🍕🧟⚔).

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Wallets? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Wallets

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to live in a world without cash? In many parts of the world, this idea of the cashless society is already taking off. Sweden is moving the fastest: only 1 in 10 citizens reported paying for something with cash last year.

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Two Ways Merchants Can Help with Mobile Wallet Adoption

Accepting all the forms of electronic payment methods including mag-stripe, EMV and NFC/contactless is only half the battle for merchants when it comes helping with adoption of different ways to pay. In some instances, you need to make sure your customers are aware that they can pay any way they want to – whether it is via EMV or mobile wallets such as Apple Pay and Google Pay. A recent article in Digital Transactions mentioned how some merchants who have NFC/contactless capable payment solutions may not have turned them on leading to confusion among customers on whether this payment method is available or not. This lack of education among merchants combined with the absence of awareness triggers for consumers regarding this new payment method can affect the checkout experience for shoppers.

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