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Android Pay gains processing support

BY Dan Berthiaume

The newly launched Android Pay mobile payment service from Google is gaining a supporter in the crucial area of processing.

As Google continues its roll out of Android Pay, Atlanta-based e-commerce technology provider First Data Corp. is supporting the new service for in-store transactions.

Android Pay lets consumers use their phone to pay in stores with most credit or debit cards, across all NFC-enabled Android devices. First Data will provide processing solutions for Android Pay to help ensure a safe, secure transaction at the point of sale, enabling payment with a single, contactless tap.

“First Data has collaborated with Google since it first entered the mobile wallet market and we are pleased to deepen the relationship with our support of Android Pay,” said Barry McCarthy, executive VP and head of network and security solutions at First Data. “Google’s latest innovations in the digital wallet space with Android Pay further leverage and extend First Data’s mobile payments market leadership.”

Learn more about Android Pay here. http://www.chainstoreage.com/article/apple-pay-has-new-big-name-competitor

First Data is quickly emerging as a leading mobile payments provider. As mobile commerce grows at an explosive pace, First Data is uniquely positioned to create “frictionless commerce,” a complete commerce ecosystem to expand mobile usage to meet consumers’ evolving demands for omnichannel commerce that can be transacted anywhere.

First Data’s STAR Network, the largest independent debit network, now also supports Android Pay transactions. STAR provides payment support for all channels, devices and cardholder verification methods.

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Sports Authority asks customers to get fit and reap the (retail) rewards

BY Gina Acosta

The Sports Authority is teaming up with Under Armour and MapMyFitness on a new fitness rewards program.

The retailer says rewards members soon will be able to earn retail rewards for completing activities within the MapMyFitness app.

“We are excited to announce this first-of-its-kind partnership with Under Armour that directly links workout activity to The League by Sports Authority loyalty rewards,” said Ron Stoupa, executive VP and chief marketing officer for Sports Authority. “It is a win-win for users to be able to earn The League points and rewards simply by being active. At Sports Authority, we believe in the good of sport and are proud to reward customers who track their activity through MapMyFitness.”

The first challenge, “Back on Track,” kicks off today on the MapMyFitness app, available on the App Store and Google Play. When members log three workouts or 10 miles a week, they have a chance to win a $500 Sports Authority gift card.

“This loyalty program showcases the capabilities of the MapMyFitness platform, providing our growing community with the opportunity to earn rewards through an active lifestyle,” said Warren Kay, VP of advertising at Under Armour.

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The Container Store contest challenges students to get creative

BY Gina Acosta

The Container Store is teaming up with the Rhode Island School of Design on a contest that invites design students to re-think the organized home.

The goal is to give design students a platform to present their product ideas to The Container Store and the chance to see their ideas produced. The product submissions need to appeal to The Container Store’s consumer.

Customers can vote for their favorite designs to determine the People’s Choice Winner. The prototypes will then be sent to Kikkerland Design and The Container Store where a jury of buyers, merchandisers and industrial design professionals will determine the pieces selected for production. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Dec. 4.

Winners in the two categories below will be announced at the awards ceremony:

• Academic Winner(s): The selected student(s) will receive an academic achievement award and will be invited to Design Week.

• People's Choice Winner: This is the selected product that received the most votes online. The winning designer will receive an award certificate and will be given additional consideration for Kikkerland production. The final winning designer will receive a royalty agreement with Kikkerland Design.

“We are honored to partner with Kikkerland for their annual design challenge. At The Container Store, we’ve always believed that storage and organization don’t have to be boring and that functional items can actually be fun. Kikkerland has always been a trusted vendor we look to for inspired designs that turn the everyday into exciting, make-you-smile solutions. We’re eager to see what these bright and talented RISD students will dream up in the way of home organization,” said Sharon Tindell, chief merchandising officer of The Container Store.

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