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Thursday, October 20, 2016

PayPal’s Popular But Apple Is The Class Favorite

PayPal is the number one mobile payment app in the U.S., according to research by Parks Associates and by quite a margin. NFC World reported that 12 percent of those polled prefer PayPal while retail-branded apps are second at 9 percent and Apple Pay is at 4 percent. But it’s a bit of a mystery then why merchants are requesting Apple Pay much more than PayPal for in-store payments. A huge 67 percent are requesting Apple Pay versus 8 percent requesting PayPal.

Chris Tweedt, r ...read more

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Amazon Axing Apple, Google Devices Could Cost Them Millions

Amazon made a bold move earlier this month when it removed devices from its marketplace that don’t work with Prime Video.

What that really meant was saying goodbye to Apple TV and Google Chromecast — two devices that compete against Amazon’s media streaming services and its Amazon Fire TV. At the time, some analysts questioned the move, saying it could hurt Amazon as much as it hurt the other companies.

“This has the potential to hurt Amazon as much as it does Apple and ...read more

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Amazon's Streaming Device Power Play

Amazon’s decision to limit sales of two major competitors’ products right before the holiday shopping season goes into full swing has not been met with a full-throated chorus of cheers. Some have criticized the move as being motivated more by spite than by sound reasoning.

Some noted that whatever work this does to boost Amazon’s ambitions in the streaming arena — it weakens their footing in their core eCommerce business.

“This has the potential to hurt Amazon as much as ...read more

Friday, October 02, 2015

Amazon Nixes Apple/Google Video Streaming Device Sales

If a device does not “interact well” with Prime Video, it is no longer welcome in Amazon’s marketplace.

At least that’s what the online retailer said in an email alerting its sellers that Apple TV and Google Chromecast device inventories would be removed on Oct. 29, and no new listings for the products will be allowed, Bloomberg reported yesterday (Oct. 1).

The move shows how far Amazon is willing to go to promote its own streaming services and devices, even if that mean ...read more

Friday, September 19, 2014

An Apple Loyalty Program Tied to Apple Pay?

Such a program, if it included desirable rewards, could help Apple’s mobile payments offering succeed after all prior efforts have floundered.

“It’s a technique worth trying,” said Jennifer Kent, a senior analyst at market researcher Parks Associates. “Mobile payments have had a difficult time getting traction with consumers.”

From the article "An Apple Loyalty Program Tied to Apple Pay?."

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