A new study explores everything from whether googling diners before they arrive is creepy or cool to what diners think of emerging in-meal technologies like on-table touchscreens and mobile payment. However, 46% of diners say they have “never” used a phone to pay at a restaurant but like the idea.
LoopPay made available its LoopWallet app for Android at the Google Play Store. The free LoopWallet app for Android now significantly expands the number of consumers who can store all their cards on their phones and pay faster at just about anywhere they shop with Loop Ready™ devices. The first Loop Ready device available for Android users is the Loop Fob for $39. Additional Loop Ready devices in different form factors will be released throughout this year. Loop is also working with OEMs to embed its patented technology directly into a variety of products including smartphones and smart watches in 2015. Without the critical mass of merchants accepting NFC or other solutions from barcodes to Bluetooth, users won’t change their habits and leave their plastic cards behind. Loop allows users to securely swipe-in or scan-in all their plastic cards, and to securely transmit mag stripe card data directly to almost every POS system today without any changes to the merchants’ current infrastructure.
Heartland Payment Systems and Tabbedout mobile payment app announced a strategic partnership to deliver an integrated mobile payment solution designed specifically for restaurant and bar operators. Heartland and Tabbedout have a shared goal of supporting an open merchant and consumer platform that starts with payments and provides an infrastructure for merchants and brands, such as beverage brands and payment sources, to engage with consumers. By aggregating customer data, including profile information, purchase history and feedback, this solution enables operators and brands to offer targeted rewards and incentives to influence purchasing decisions, increase loyalty and attract new customers, all within the venues’ existing infrastructure. Tabbedout will continue to work with other payments and related companies to enable operators to work with the providers of their choice.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and American Express Canada have
partnered to issue the Starwood “Preferred Guest” Credit Card from
American Express and the Starwood “Preferred Guest Business Card,” also
from American Express. Slated for introduction in 1Q/10, the cards will
provide members in Canada the fastest way to earn Starpoints toward free
hotel nights and flights. Offering an accelerated points earning feature
the Starwood cards will allow cardmembers to earn 1 Starpoint for every
$1 charged to the card and to earn a bonus of 10,000 Starpoints for up
to three free award nights. Starwood has nearly 1,000 properties that
span 100 countries and nine distinct brands including St. Regis, W,
Westin, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton and Le MÃÂ©ridien.