Apple Pay now at Costco 

Apple Pay now at Costco 

The chicken or the egg problem that has been facing mobile payment adoption in the US continues to ease with Costco Wholesale joining the ranks of 7-11 and CVS Health to accept Apple Pay. It’s all about reducing transaction friction but I’d also add it’s a relief for someone like me that sometimes forgets his […]

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Apple playing the long-game with Apple Pay

The current headlines are rumor mongering over iPhone X production cuts for the first half of 2018, but Apple continues to improve the stickiness of iPhone by tapping into the exploding world of mobile payments with Apple Pay. Initially off to a slow start, Apple Pay is now reportedly accepted in 50% of US retail […]

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Apple doubles down on Cashless Consumption with Apple Pay Cash

Apple doubles down on Cashless Consumption with Apple Pay Cash

Leveraging its smartphone install base and the popularity of messaging Apple is bringing its Apple Pay Cash feature to market with its iOS 11.2. Currently available to those in the iOS beta program, Apple Pay Cash will offer stiff competition to Venmo, owned by PayPal (PYPL) as well as other “send cash” apps like Zelle […]

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Here’s what we’ll be watching for at today’s Apple special event

Here’s what we’ll be watching for at today’s Apple special event

Several of the Disruptive Technologies investment theme companies on the Tematica Select List will play a key role in the Apple Special Event scheduled for Tuesday, September 12th, even if the companies themselves are never mentioned. With expectations once again running high ahead of this Apple event, here’s what we’ll be watching for as it pertains to the Tematica Select List.

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Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

Visa & Mastercard mandating contactless payment terminals

New technology adoption can be driven, primarily, by two forces – bubbling up based on consumer demand or pushed down due to a mandate from companies or the government. With contactless payments, we’ve seen consumer uptake grow as mobile payments, like Apple Pay, have come to smartphones and wearables. Now Mastercard  (MA) and Visa (V) are mandating […]

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Apple to get into the Content is King theme

Apple to get into the Content is King theme

Apple and the iPhone have been at the forefront of our Connected Society investment theme and Apple Pay lands the company in our Cashless Consumption theme as well. For a long time, Apple has held off creating original content preferring instead to be a platform via iTunes and its app ecosystem for others to distribute […]

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Facebook Messenger Brings PayPal Payments Home To Roost

Facebook Messenger Brings PayPal Payments Home To Roost

The payments landscape continues to evolve with partnerships being inked that bring payment capabilities to platforms that consumers are favoring be it for entertainment (smartphones) or communication (like Facebook’s Messenger). With Apple expanding its iMessage capabilities, we suspect it is only  a matter of time before its filling the Apple Pay love. PayPal is deepening […]

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Mastercard Data Show Chip Cards Are Worth the Wait When it Comes to Card Fraud

Mastercard Data Show Chip Cards Are Worth the Wait When it Comes to Card Fraud

  While we may not be enthused with the longer check out times associated with the move to chip cards, data from MasterCard shows a few more minutes is making all the difference when it comes to credit card fraud. Credit card fraud is down by more than 60% at Mastercard’s top five EMV-enabled merchants […]

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KFC officially launches Apple Pay at US restaurants $YUM $AAPL

KFC officially launches Apple Pay at US restaurants $YUM $AAPL

A step in the right direction for Cashless Consumption, and we have to wonder if KFC is a test bed for other Yum Brands (YUM) chains such as Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.  One more step toward the Cashless Consumption tipping point that is being spurred on by our Fattening of the Population investing theme. […]

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