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Small Businesses Going for the Win

Alissa Saoutina |

Are you a small business? Does the thought of keeping doors open tomorrow and winning sales this month keep you up at night? Eugene DeSilva, MasterCard’s group head responsible for the SME segment, talks to PYMNTS.com about small business’s outlook today; he offers advice to small business owners regarding securing funding for tomorrow’s initiatives. Go
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The Changing Face of Banking, or, What Is a Bank, Anyway?

Alissa Saoutina |

I know, you are probably wondering: “Where is the payments perspective in the message of the picture above?” But, think again. Is the message true? Who is it for? Will Citizen M hotel put Hilton Hotels & Resorts out of business? Probably not. To contrast with the message of the picture, consider this: the ability to
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Do You Want a Wocket in your Pocket?

Peter Reville |

A recent article on PYMNTS.com introduces us to the latest payment gizmo, Wocket.  As I understand it, the Wocket is an independent piece of hardware biometrically locked that stores multiple cards. Once the device is unlocked, the Wocket sends the relevant card information is sent to a dynamically programmable “card” that comes with the wallet. 
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Be Seeing You: Welcome to Creepy Town

Peter Reville |

I think we’re getting a little closer to understanding how consumers define creepy—in the personal tracking sense, that is.  A recent article in CNN Money on tracking in-store shopping behavior cites a study commissioned by consumer feedback company OpinionLab. Three-quarters of respondents (77 percent) report that in-store tracking—retailers’ ability to locate where you are in
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Devotion and Dependability

Alissa Saoutina |

Here is a brief story about my recent experience buying a cappuccino in a Starbucks in the UK. On a cool Sunday morning on my way to a wedding in London, I was hankering for a hot cup of coffee. The streets around King’s Cross station were quiet and it was with ease that I
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“Local” Merchants Need to Think Globally

Theodore Iacobuzio |

Brands of all kinds strive to become increasingly global in their marketing strategies, but you need to look through both tubes on the binoculars to get the true stereoscopic effect. In other words, global needs local, and local needs global. “Collectively, local brands still account for the overwhelming majority of consumers’ purchases,” said Sarah Quinlan,
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