Payments Archives


Maybe the Biggest News of WWDC: Pay with Apple Pay

Tweet Perhaps lost in the splashier news about Siri, iMessage and Apple Maps was confirmation that Apple Pay was coming to the web (PC and mobile). The expansion of Apple Pay to the web was first reported earlier this year by the Re/code blog. Merchants can now integrate Apple Pay as a payment option online, beside credit […]

Survey: Consumers Prefer to Shop Local but Expect Digital Sophistication

Tweet Most consumers would generally prefer to shop and buy from local/small businesses but they also want those businesses to be digitally savvy. That’s according to a survey by Yodle of 6,000 US adults released in late June. The following are the top 10 reasons to use or stop using a local business according to the survey […]

Two Major ‘Local Metatrends’ of 2014

Tweet There have been a lot of year-end roundups and predictions posts over the past two weeks. I participated in a couple of those for ReachLocal and StreetFight. I specifically declined to do that here. Now however I want to offer an abbreviated year in review post. Looking forward to 2015, there are lots of interesting things happening […]

Ubergate: Considering the Ethics of the Services We Use

Tweet Warning: This is a rant. Turn away now. I have been an enthusiastic user of Uber for some time. My rides have always been good. I enjoy talking to the drivers about their experience and motivations. I love the convenience and the in-the-background payments. The first time I used it and simply got out […]

Is Small Business Saturday For Real or Just a Feel-Good Symbol?

Tweet Situated awkwardly between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is the more recent shopping day devoted to SMBs: Small Business Saturday. I’ve been skeptical for some time about whether Small Business Saturday is a real thing and whether it actually helps deliver additional revenue beyond what consumers would already be spending. Started in 2010 by American Express (as […]

Right Time and Place for Curbside

Tweet Curbside a new mobile shopping app has formally launched with almost $10 million in funding. Jaron Waldman is CEO. He was the head of the “Geo Team” at Apple following the acquisition of his mapping startup Placebase. Simply put, Curbside taps into the “buy online, pick up in-store” infrastructure of major retailers such as […]

ReachLocal Co-Founders Back in SERVIZ with New Marketplace

Tweet ReachLocal co-founders Zorik Gordon and Michael Kline have formally launched SERVIZ. The successor to ReachLocal’s ClubLocal, which was spun out when the two left the company, they call SERVIZ “an on-demand home services company.” I might use the more descriptive term “end-to-end marketplace.” Regardless of the precise terminology, SERVIZ joins a segment of companies […]

Cities Trying to Protect Taxi Biz Against Uber Onslaught

Tweet I hate the overuse of the term “disruption.” It may be descriptive but it has become a cliche. It clearly applies, however, in the case of Uber, and similar ride-sharing services Lyft and SideCar. While the taxi business is still healthy in New York it has dramatically declined in other US cities. For example, an […]

Apple Pay Triggered eBay-PayPal Spinoff

Tweet This morning eBay announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies in 2015: eBay and PayPal. Beyond ongoing pressure from investor Carl Icahn, the announcement of Apple Pay was likely the trigger for the decision. Here’s what eBay said this morning: eBay Inc. today said its Board of Directors, following a […]

Taxis vs. Uber: To Beat Them, Imitate Them

Tweet As I waited on a Berlin street corner this evening for a cab I wished UberX were available in Germany. It’s not. Black Car Uber is here but under legal attack.  I’m also told its pricing is not competitive with regular cabs and so it’s not widely used. In several countries, including the US, […]