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  • Malware: The best defense is a good offense

    Malware has been the culprit behind many high profile retail breaches over the last year. Media stories have incorrectly blamed vulnerabilities in point-of-sale (POS) devices. The real security holes have been on back-office PCs attached to payment systems.

Apple Pay grows - except for holiday shopping

While retailers and banks continue to jump on the Apple Pay bandwagon, consumers have not yet caught on – particularly for holiday shopping.

Consumers say card breaches common

Consumers are suffering from "breach fatigue", since many retailers have been the target of card and data breaches in the last year. While the massive Target breach has been the most publicized, Home Depot, Kmart, SuperValu and a host of other retailers have also been targeted.

Google attempts to beat Amazon with new shopping features

The new plans for Google's Shopping service are eerily similar to features already in place at Amazon.  According to inside contacts, Google has approached retailers about creating a "buy" button for Google Shopping, similar to Amazon's popular "one-click ordering" feature. Of course, up until now, Google Shopping has referred shoppers to merchants' websites via links in search results.

Amazon's 'Make an Offer' platform offers more price control

Amazon continued to expand its sales platform into niche categories with the announcement of the new "Make an Offer" feature. The option will allow customers to haggle for better deals while giving vendors more control over pricing.

Charge Anywhere reports data breach

Another data breach affecting shoppers' payment cards has been detected, but this time it's not a retailer but mobile payment platform Charge Anywhere.

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Discount supermarket chain Aldi's announced it will now accept major credit cards and is offering coupons to customers. In the past, the grocer only accepted a limited number of debit cards in order to keep prices low. Now, with the added 2 percent transaction fee, the new payment option may result in a boost in product prices.

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Wanelo announced a partnership with Shopify that will allow the company's more than 100,000 retailers to sell directly within Wanelo's mobile app. With access to Wanelo's community, retailers will be able to directly show millions of users their product catalogs and even make items directly available for purchase through the app.