In this 20-page edition of The Mobile Wallet Report we examine:
- Facebook enters the payments market: Next step, a mobile wallet? The social networking giant has made its first move towards becoming a participant in the mobile wallet market with the launch of the Facebook Card, an innovative gift card solution that enables consumers to access multiple gift cards from one card and manage their balances from a single mobile app — and makes use of a unique viral distribution model. See page 2.
- NFC finds a place in the home. While the size of the role NFC will play in payments remains unclear, consumer electronics manufacturers are building the technology into a wide range of devices for the home. This year’s CES show, not normally a location for NFC-related announcements, saw a slew of new product launches including new NFC phones and everything from NFC-enabled TVs to cookers, cameras, speakers and more. See page 9.
- Key moves from around the mobile wallet world. This month we’ve added a wrap of the latest technical and business developments from Japan to China, the US, the UK, Poland and beyond. See page 13.
Organisations mentioned include AT&T, Alibaba, Alipay, Allure Energy, Amazon, Analysys International, Apple, Asus, Auchan, Bed Bath & Beyond, Belkin, Bicqlo, Biedronka, Big Echo, Bling Nation, Braintree, Circle K, Cirque, Continental, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s, Discover Financial Services, Disney, Dunkin’ Brands, FIS, Facebook, Fandango, First Data, Forrester, Gartner, GoBank, Google, Green Dot, Groupon, Hobby Lobby, ICM UK, iLuv, Incipio, Isis, JC Penney, Jamba Juice, Juniper Research, LG, Lemon, Lenovo, Link, M-Pesa, MCX, MasterCard, Merchant Warehouse, mFoundry, NFC Forum, Olive Garden, Panasonic, Pantech, Payments Council, Poplar Group, Pronto, QuikTrip, Rakuten Edy, Ribbet Capital, Safaricom, Samsung, Sephora, Sequent, Sony, Sprint, Starbucks, Sutton Bank, Tagstand, Target, Temomin, Texas Instruments, Tokyu Hotels, Tylt, Verizon, Walmart and Wawa.