It's not a huge chain, but it's a start. Moosejaw Mountaineering and its seven stores will now accept PayPal and the chain is also starting to use in-store kiosks to display online customer reviews, according to this Internet Retailer story. Neither move is a first. BillMeLater is already inching into online payments, and the Fair Indigo chain in Wisconsin already started the kiosk-search-through-Web-customer-reviews effort last year. Still, any movement toward Merged Channel is welcome.
EBay's PayPal is following the path set by other alternative payment players and is starting to appear in physical stores.