Scenes From Rock & Roll Retail 2018

Retaillica Abby Lorden, RIS Brand Director, introduces the bands. The Off Season. Graham Jackson from Fluent Retail rocks the guitar. Tom Petty Larceny. Ivan Mantilla keeps the band in time....
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Top 5 Takeaways from the RIS/IHL Store Experience Study


Register Now! Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm ET Shoppers experience stores with all five senses. Original link
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20 Cities Get a Chance to Be the Next Amazon Headquarters Location


After reviewing 238 proposals, Amazon has chosen 20 metropolitan areas to move on in its search for the company's second headquarters in North America, HQ2. Original link
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Instacart Ups Its Digital Firepower with Unata Acquisition


The acquisition of Unata gives Instacart a value-add for brick-and-mortar retailers and enables continued innovation in the digital grocery space. Learn the details and what it means for the two...
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Flux gains FCA authorisation

Flux are thrilled to be part of history as the first authorised Account Information Service Provider (“AISP”) in the UK under new Open Banking (aka PSD2) regulations that went live...
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AnaCap acquires mPAY24 as bolt-on investment for heidelpay

heidelpay Investments GmbH (the “heidelpay group”), a leading German and Germanic-speaking countries (“DACH”) payment service provider (“PSP”) backed by AnaCap Financial Partners (“AnaCap”), the specialist European financial services private equity...
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Blockchain security startup Ledger scoops £56 million funding round

Draper Esprit has led a whopping £56 million Series B investment round in Paris-based cryptocurrency wallet and blockchain security outfit Ledger. The VC contributed £18 million to the round, with...
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Contego gets the nod for Open Banking ID checking

The UK's Open Banking Implementation Entity has selected Contego to run ID checks and verify the bona fides of users accessing personal account data for third party development work. In...
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How fintechs can keep a handle on costs

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) now spend an average of £1 million (£1,016,194) each on business expenditure every year, according to new research*. The biggest costs in this annual...
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Best of NRF 2018: Top 10 Takeaways


As the name implies, the NRF Big Show is gigantic. It is impossible to see and hear it all in three short days. Check out RIS’ annual look at the...
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Arise joins FinForward movement

As part of its goal to promote financial inclusion on the African continent, Arise has partnered with FMO, the Dutch Development Bank and Above and Beyond Tech (a&b), a global...
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Earthport CFO Simon Adamiyatt steps down

Earthport (AIM: EPO), the leading payment network for cross-border transactions, announces that Simon Adamiyatt is stepping down from his position as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, effective on 31st...
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Vantiv closes Worldpay acquisition

Vantiv, Inc., a leading provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions in the U.S., announced today that it has completed its acquisition of...
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Seven things you probably should know about PSD2, but were never told

January 13 was the deadline for the much-anticipated Second Payment Services Directive, or PSD2, to become national law in EU Member States. In the UK, PSD2 was implemented within the 2017...
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Blackhawk agrees $3.5bn sale

Blackhawk Network Holdings, a US fintech outfit specialising in prepaid gift cards, has agreed to be acquired by PE firm Silver Lake and hedge fund P2 Capital Partners in an...
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IBM and Maersk form JV for blockchain-based global trade platform

IBM and transport and logistics outfit AP Moller-Maersk are setting up a joint venture that will build a blockchain-based cross-border supply chain programme to manage and track the paper trail...
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Fidesmo hires Ulrich Dreefs

Fidesmo strengthens its team with Ulrich Dreefs, an experienced manager in the field of IT-based B2B services. Coming from the field of web-based solutions, Ulrich has been active in the...
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Australia's ME Bank picks FIS as card platform provider

FIS (NYSE: FIS), a global leader in financial technology services and solutions, today announced that it has been selected by ME Bank, a direct bank based in Australia, as its...
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Bombogenesis at the 2018 NRF Big Show


The weather was not frigid at the 2018 NRF Big Show, but there was a winter cyclone under the roof of the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Original link
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A Store That Heals Itself: How Automation is Changing In-Store Retail Technology


Retailers need to create an in-store experience that cannot be duplicated online. But to make this a success, a new approach to ensuring technology availability needs to emerge. Original link...
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