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Why cash on delivery still exists in major markets

Given the explosive growth of global eCommerce, it can be easy to overlook the fact that effectively selling in a lot of major markets around the world requires a robust “cash on delivery (COD)” infrastructure.  Say again?  Yes, I’m talking … Continue reading

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Is the next phase of loyalty marketing a bitcoin enabled Starbucks card?

If you’ve been looking at the numbers on prepaid cards in the US, you may have had to do a double take on the fact that we’re expecting 5% of retail spend (around $200 billion) to go through prepaid this … Continue reading

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Blurring Boundaries with Bitcoin

Being a savvy global merchant today requires a truly local approach to payments and conversion, but take a step back and this is far from the optimal scenario.  In a fully connected world, why should merchants have to maintain such … Continue reading

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Did tapping your phone to pay just get easier?

Is the promise of using your phone to make purchases finally here?  Besides using the Starbucks app to get wired on coffee, has something fundamentally changed to allow people to legitimately leave their wallets at home for good?  Well, if … Continue reading

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Do “paying for meals and drinks” apps actually pay off?

About two months ago, OpenTable launched a pilot program here in San Francisco allowing customers to not only book a table, but also to pay for their meal directly from their phone. Customers see their bill populate on their phone … Continue reading

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Alternative payment types – More than just a cultural choice.

As companies move more aggressively into new global markets, there is a natural progression to think about alternative payment types to help improve conversion rates and customer satisfaction.  I’m not talking about PayPal, but rather bank-based payment options that are … Continue reading

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Let’s get started. Again.

With a little over a year under my belt working with companies to figure out better ways to transact globally, it feels like the right time to start blogging again. There are so many points of intersection where social, big … Continue reading

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