Starbucks payment pen to lunch in Japan

Starbucks Payment Pen - Woman holding Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks is releasing a new NFC-enabled product in Japan. Starbucks is gearing up to launch another gadget in Japan that can be used in its stores. This time around it’s a Starbucks payment pen. Called “Starbucks Touch: The Pen,” the new hardware product is indeed a working pen. Not only can you write with it, but it has an NFC reader that connects to a digital wallet, allowing the user to pay for items at the coffee shop. The pen features brown gel ink and FeliCa technology. The Starbucks payment…

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Japanese bank to roll out facial recognition ATMs to customers

Facial recognition ATMs - ATM Machine

Seven Bank and NEC Corporation have teamed up to bring the identify verification tech to ATMs. Japanese bank Seven Bank is providing its customers with facial recognition ATMs, which will be enabled with the identity verification technology and a QR (quick response) code reader for document authentication and payments. NEC Corporation, the Japanese multinational provider of information technology services and products, has provided the tech that’s been integrated into the machines. The NEC technology is part of the company’s Bio-Idiom portfolio of biometric authentication technologies. The facial recognition ATMs will…

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Cross-border European mobile payment network in the works

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Seven European payments operators are partnering to create a cross-boarder mobile payments network. The European Mobile Payment System Association initiative has been announced by seven European payments operators that own and operate mobile payments services in Europe. These operators, many of which are owned by banks, are in the process of building a pan-European network that focuses on cross-border mobile-based payment transactions. The move comes as banks and traditional financial services companies battle fintechs and global tech giants. The seven businesses and payments networks involved in the initiative include: •…

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Restaurant chain in B.C. Canada implements tabletop QR code

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Tap & Barrel introduced QR code payments at tables. Customers at British Columbia (B.C.) restaurant chain Tap & Barrel can view and pay their bill by scanning a tabletop QR code. The quick response (QR) code “robo-servers” have been implemented to streamline bill payments and even lets diners split their bill. Customers can connect to the bill at their table by scanning a QR code. The tabletop QR code is located at the diners’ tables at Tap & Barrel restaurants. It lets the customers scan the code to connect them…

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PENNY rolls out QR code food tracking to appeal to eco-conscious customers

QR code food tracking - Pineapple in grass field

The German discount supermarket chain is increasingly relying on origin labeling. PENNY, owned by the REWE Group, is adding QR code food tracking labels to some of its store products to provide its customers with easy access to information regarding the foods’ origins. It will start with the traceability of its pineapples and organic bananas. European consumers are increasingly purchasing foods based on their origins. According to a study published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in June 2019, 53% of EU citizens surveyed said that knowing where their…

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