Just one week after Apple Pay--a NFC pay system for Apple devices--went into full swing, CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart batted it out of play. But it's not only Apple Pay that's getting slammed; Google Wallet and other contactless pay systems are hit too. What's the fuss about? Data.
Apple Pay has faced its share of adversity since its official launch one week ago. Whether accidentally double charging some user accounts or retailers balking at the service, the release of Apple's new mobile payment method has been anything but smooth.
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Wal-Mart's innovation lab--@WalmartLabs--is buying Stylr, a mobile app that enables shoppers to find clothes in nearby stores, for an undisclosed consideration. This marks the 13th acquisition by the retailer's technology lab in the past three years.
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FierceDeveloper talked to Tim Kimmet, @Walmart Labs' vice president of platform and systems, about the company's technological ambitions, its expanding mobile initiatives and giving the people what they want. Developer Workshop
Retailers continue to be aggressive about data analytics. This week, Walmart--actually its Silicon Valley-based "innovation lab" @WalmartLabs--announced that it is acquiring predictive analytics software vendor Inkiru, as reported on TechCrunch.