Barclays latest retail experiment is microclimates

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Climate control

Barclays has partnered with European sports retailer Decathlon to mimic the climate of Mount Snowdon in an attempt to improve the “click and collect” experience in stores.

The microclimate has been created in a store in the Surrey Quays shopping district in London, allowing shoppers to try products in their intended climate. Barclaycard says this will increase in-store payments, bring online shoppers into stores to complete transactions, and reduce refunds for people who pay online for in-store pickup, but don’t follow through.

Barclays often experiments with shopping innovations, recently moving several of its wearable payment devices into an e-store.

Barclays window sign

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Real-time breach

Records tied to Australia’s PayID P2P system have been compromised by a vulnerability in the country’s real-time New Payments Platform.

The data includes name and account numbers, though that’s not enough information to allow withdrawals without further permission from consumer, reports iTnews, an Australian technology site.

The breach comes about a month after a similar incident at PayID, which impacted consumers at Westpac bank.

Crypto test

Austrian mobile provider A1 is testing cryptocurrency payments, hoping to gauge merchant and consumer support for crypto retail transactions, which have proven elusive in most markets.

The initial test group is 7 stores, though A1 will add multiple locations, reports Bitcoinexchange, adding bitcoin, litecoin, dash, and ether are among the first cryptocoins to be accepted.

A1’s partners in the project include Salamantex, Ingenico and Concardis, and the mobile carrier plans to add Alipay and WeChat Pay to the test before the end of the year.

Bulking up

DoorDash is quickly adding technology to compete in the expanding food delivery app market by acquiring Scott Labs, a remote-control and autonomous car startup.

It’s the second deal in a month for DoorDash, following its $410 million purchase of food delivery app Caviar from Square. DoorDash and Square are retaining a collaboration that uses the Square Orders API and Square’s Cash App.

DoorDash is gaining scale and forward-looking technology from both deals, a necessity as competitors such as Postmates add payments processing through a deal with Adyen, and GrubHub added mobile payments and marketing technology by acquiring LevelUp.

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Barclays latest retail experiment is microclimates