Retail & Ecommerce

EU probing Apple Pay: Restricting access to key NFC technologies on iPhones prevents EU banks from providing payment solutions, limiting competition. Mounting scrutiny could alter the duopoly’s payments dominance.

As its market share shrinks, Walmart introduces a rewards program: The retailer is partnering with Ibotta to offer customers cash rebates across its app and website.

Snapchat sees augmented reality as the key to social commerce success: The social media platform’s new AR creation suite enables businesses and shoppers to utilize the tech on and off the app.

Amazon and Flipkart sellers in India face allegations of anti-competitive behaviors: The Indian government is investigating claims that some sellers on the platforms have been given preferential treatment.

The Federal Reserve started onboarding participants for its FedNow pilot test as its 2023 launch date approaches.

Established brands—and not DNVBs—will drive the vast majority of D2C ecommerce sales.

Consumer spending hasn’t slowed despite rising costs: But that may be tested as companies such as Whirlpool and Clorox plan additional price increases.

Amazon aggregator Thrasio announced layoffs and a CEO change: The company’s hypergrowth business model drove it to rapidly acquire new enterprises without paying heed to the infrastructure needed to sustain success.

In 2021, cryptocurrency accounted for $6.10 billion worth of transactions worldwide, up 177.3% from $2.20 billion the year before. Come 2023, crypto transaction value will hit $16.16 billion as more businesses accept these digital currencies as payment.

The card network posted Q1 growth across the board—especially in cross-border volume—despite boycotting Russia.