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Harris Teeter selects Paydiant for mobile wallet

BY Marianne Wilson

Wellesley, Mass. — In a pilot at its Matthews, N.C. store, Harris Teeter, which was recently acquired by The Kroger Co., is using Paydiant’s white label mobile wallet solution as part of its Express Lane online shopping service in Matthews, N.C., beginning this month. The deployment allows the Express Lane customers to use the Harris Teeter mobile wallet called “HT Express Pay” to pay for groceries ordered online. Payment will occur from within a customer’s vehicle at Express Lane curbside pick-up locations.

Once the Harris Teeter mobile wallet app is downloaded to the customer’s iPhone or Android smartphone and payment cards are linked to the wallet, the customer will simply scan a QR code presented to them on a Verifone handheld mobile point of sale device. From there, the customer uses the mobile wallet to choose which of their major credit cards to use to complete the transaction, taps the “pay” button, and then a digital receipt is automatically sent to the customer’s mobile device.

Later this year, in an industry first for a large retailer, Harris Teeter will also accept other Paydiant-powered mobile wallets from banks and card-issuers in the HT Express Lane.

Upon the successful pilot and in subsequent phases of the deployment, the Paydiant mobile wallet platform will be incorporated into Harris Teeter’s existing consumer-facing mobile application, ht mobile.

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Stage Stores Q2 profit drops 18%

BY Marianne Wilson

Houston — Stage Stores Inc.’s second-quarter net income dropped 18% and the department store operator lowered its expectations for the year.

The retailer earned $9.6 million in the quarter that ended Aug. 3, compared to $11.7 million last year.

Revenue rose more than 3% to $395.3 million, missing Wall Street expectations.

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Sonic Corp. taps Micros Systems as its POS and strategic enterprise partner

BY Marianne Wilson

Columbia, Md. — Micros Systems announced that Sonic Corp., the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants with over 3,500 locations, has selected Micros as its strategic enterprise solution partner.

Included in the solution is Micros’ point-of-sale for drive-in transactions, as well as the supplier’s enterprise solution including enterprise management, enterprise inventory and labor, business intelligence, and loss-prevention systems for above drive-in operations. This enterprise solution will be provided in a SaaS model providing an economic and streamlined approach for Sonics and its franchisees to deploy and maintain its technology.

"We look forward to standardizing our POS and enterprise back office systems across the Sonic brand. Micros’ ability to quickly understand our requirements and develop a complete solution that exceeds our specific requirements was impressive," stated Craig Miller, senior VP and CIO for Sonic Corp.

Miller said Sonic also looks forward to improving its customer service, operations and achieving gains in profitability through enhanced loss prevention, and better controls on inventory and labor.

The Micros solution will include a new audio system designed to enhance Sonic’s drive-in experience and simplify operations.

Sonic’s implementation of the solution has begun in corporate drive-ins and all new drive-in openings. Installations at existing franchise locations will follow shortly thereafter.

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