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CES 2015: Writing in the Sky—John Chambers Talks IOT

Alissa Saoutina |

Greetings from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the industry event that affords a view of just what to expect  in terms of existing gadgets, new gadgets and unheard of gadgets. The buzzword this year is The Internet of Things (IOT). You’d be surprised at what could be at the center of the mix. The
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2014 Payments Perspectives Blog: The Greatest Hits

Nitin Sumangali |

Now that 2014 is over, the Global Insights team has compiled a selection of the most read blog posts from last year. 2014 was a compelling year for the industry, and the wide variety of subjects covered in these top posts is a testament to how rapidly and deeply the industry is changing. The Amazing
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Spendingpulse™ 2014 Full-Season Spend Report: Holiday Shopping Season Delivers

Alissa Saoutina |

MasterCard Spendingpulse™ today released initial numbers for the 2014 U.S. holiday full-season spend and the results show this season’s growth was improved over last year. Overall, retail sales during the Black Friday to Christmas Eve period – excluding automotive sales – increased 5.5 percent in 2014.  This increase is in line with original SpendingPulse forecasts and reflects one additional
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Omnichannel Goes Omnipresent: Banks Keep Evolving

Theodore Iacobuzio |

Your agent is old enough to remember Bill Gates’s infamous visit to Jurassic Park; that was when he was reported to have said that “banks are dinosaurs,” with the strong implication that the new financial services providers would include corporations headquartered in Redmond, WA. Not so much, it turned out. Neither AT&T Co., nor PayPal,
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Omnichannel Spend: Data Backs Up the Hype

Manini Madia |

As retailers close what is shaping up to be a watershed year for eCommerce and mobile shopping, the importance of omnichannel sales and marketing has never been more urgent. In order to move from concept to profitable practice, merchants must define the value of omnichannel shopping to their enterprise as well as to customer spend.
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