Seamless and The PCMS Group have signed a collaborative agreement to further strengthen SEQR’s presence in the UK and the US. The agreement between PCMS and Seamless is a key component for big retailers in the UK and the US waiting to activate SEQR. PCMS is a key point of sales provider for top tier retailers so this he agreement opens up PCMS large client base on both markets. THis partnership sees payment solutions for all devices across their many sales channels.
Retailers across Europe predict the mobile phone will overtake the physical store, website and call centre, as the single most important communication channel with customers by 2020, according to new research from MasterCard. Only 3% believe the industry is currently keeping pace with consumer demands for multi-channel retail. This research, conducted amongst 300 leading retailers across Europe, forms part of a new industry report sponsored by MasterCard and written by the Economist Intelligence Unit: “The I Factor: how consumer demand is driving retail innovation”. It heralds the era of the “I-Con” – the smart, omnichannel, omnipotent consumer – and looks at how retailers are innovating to retain competitive edge in a rapidly revolutionised market, whilst setting out a vision of how that market will continue to evolve. It concludes the customer is in the driving seat: One in three retailers cited a more empowered customer (32%), alongside increased choice (competition from other retailers – 37%), as amongst the top causes of change in the retail sector in the past five years.
American Express revealed the top five projects selected as
finalists for “Members Project”.
American Express has launched its “Members Project” online initiative,
inviting cardmembers to submit ideas for 5 separate projects for
American Express to fund with an allotted $2.5 million. The best
projects will be decided on and nominated by everyone who chooses to
participate and narrowed down by an advisory panel of experts. The top
project receive $1.5 million, the second place project will receive
$500,000, the third place project will receive $300,000, two additional
projects will receive $100,000 in funding and will all be selected based
on the degree to which it creates a positive impact. This is in
conjunction with American Express’ “Desire to Do Goodâ survey,
demonstrating 92% of Americans believe in the power of ideas to help
change the world, 87% of those aged 18- to 39 believe one person can
help change the world, 71% of people aged 55 or older believe one person
can help change the world and 80% have done something in the past year
to help make an impact, including 57% who have made donations, 56% who
have given to charity and the 49% who have volunteered.
The semi-finalists for “The Members Project” were announced last week by American Express. The program asked cardholders to submit, discuss and rate ideas to make a positive impact in the world. Project ideas ranged from local community-based projects throughout the USA to international aid projects in Africa and Asia. More than 7,000 project ideas submitted to “The Members Project.” In the next phase of “The Members Project,” American Express is calling for cardholders to register and vote for their favorite project ideas to narrow down the list to the idea about which cardholders are most passionate. For every cardholder that registers, American Express will contribute $1 toward the winning idea. American Express has committed at least $1 million and up to $5 million to bring the winning idea to life.