Isis teams with USA Technologies to bring mobile commerce to vending machines


Isis gets a boost through partnership with USA Technologies

USA Technologies, a leading cMobile Commerce - Isis teams with USA Technologies ashless payment solutions firm serving primarily small sectors of the retail industry, has teamed with Isis, one of the largest mobile commerce platforms in the world. Isis was formed as a joint venture from AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile, and is the only mobile commerce platform that was able to garner the support of most of the world’s major financial institutions before its launch. Isis is poised to become the leading mobile commerce platform in the world, and it is getting a major boost from USA Technologies.

Mobile commerce comes to vending machines

USA Technologies has announced that some 7,500 vending machines in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City, Utah, will be able to accept mobile payments made through the Isis platform. These vending machines will be equipped with USA Technologies’ ePort and ePort Connect services. These are NFC-based services that are designed to facilitate mobile, wireless payments. Users of the Isis platform will be able to use their mobile device to purchase products from these vending machines without having to use physical currency or connect to the vending machine in any way.

Vending machines use NFC technology

Because the vending machines will be equipped with NFC technology, only consumers with NFC-enabled mobile devices will be able to use the vending machines with Isis. The vending machines will accept traditional currency in order to serve those without Isis or an NFC-enabled device. Mobile commerce has seen some criticism in the past because of its acute focus on NFC technology. The scarcity of NFC-enabled mobile devices is part of the reason behind the criticism, as well as concerns regarding the security of the technology.

Isis poised to compete for mobile commerce superiority

Mobile commerce continues to gain momentum in the U.S., and Isis and USA Technologies are keen to take advantage of that fact. Isis is currently considered one of the only mobile commerce platforms that may be able to compete with Google and PayPal. Both these companies have invested heavily in mobile commerce, with PayPal working on developing an alternative to NFC technology that is more inclusive of a wider range of consumers.

Razorfish hired by Target to re-launch e-commerce arm


Mobile Commerce Target hires Razorfish for e-commerceRazorfish selected to address growing need for mobile commerce services

Target, one of the largest retailers in the U.S., has been looking to engage mobile consumers in a more dynamic way recently. The company experienced promising results from its sales initiatives over the Thanksgiving shopping weekend, seeing a major uptick in mobile traffic and mobile sales. The company is now looking to overhaul its e-commerce business and has hired Razorfish, a digital interactivity agency and marketing firm. Razorfish will be responsible for revitalizing Target’s e-commerce division in the hopes of being more in line with the needs of mobile consumers.

Razorfish to help develop new mobile application and e-commerce platform for Target

Target selected Razorfish after having vetted the agency for several months, beginning in August of this year. Razorfish was able to beat out competition from 10 other agencies in order to land the deal with the major retailer. As such, Razorfish will work to re-launch for the PC, mobile, and tablet platforms. Part of this effort will include t he development of a mobile application that will help boost the mobile shopping experience in stores.

Target takes note of growing momentum behind mobile commerce

Though has not experienced any significant problems since being re-launched last year, the retailer is becoming more aware of the need to reach out to mobile consumers. Mobile commerce is becoming a powerful force in the U.S. market and has gained considerable momentum in the wake of the Thanksgiving shopping weekend. Target saw firsthand how powerful mobile commerce can be and is working to become more accommodating of mobile consumers through overhauling its e-commerce presence.

Retailer eyes QR codes

Target will also begin focusing more on QR codes in its physical stores as a way to provide mobile consumers with more robust service. These codes will be used to distribute information about certain products to interested consumers. The QR codes will also help supply consumers with deals and special offers. QR codes have long been considered a powerful tool in the mobile marketing space.