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McDonald’s Taps Capgemini for Digital Push; Burger King Unveils Whoppercoin in Russia

Do you want fries with that? France-based Capgemini is likely to hear that phrase a lot more now that it’s signed a multiyear IT strategic provider agreement with McDonald’s Corp. Meanwhile, Burger King Russia is jumping on the cryptocurrrency bandwagon.


NCR Takes Bigger Bite of Restaurant Business

NCR is hungry for more restaurant business, announcing its third such partnership in the last month. The Duluth, Ga.-based company is working with Performance Food Group to offer its NCR Silver cloud-based, point-of-sale solution to a new group of independent restaurants.


Bridg Raises $11 Million from Morpheus Ventures, March Capital, Visa and NextEquity

Bridg, which claims to be the first marketing software company to leverage point-of-sale data to drive “precision-marketing campaigns” for restaurant and retail brands, has secured $11 million in Series B funding.


Alipay Buzz Continues with Starbucks Deal

Alipay is zipping along in terms of its international expansion. With its latest partnership, the world’s largest online and mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group, is now available for Mainland Chinese tourists at all 242 Starbucks branches across Malaysia.


Square Opens Manhattan Store

Mobile POS pioneer Square is venturing into new territory with its own brick-and-mortar store in Manhattan.


Walmart Taps Google for Omnichannel Commerce Play

Google and Walmart are teaming up to take on Amazon (and Alexa) with voice-activated commerce and more plans for 2018. Starting in late September, the retail giant will be working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping via Google Assistant.


CIBC Goes it Alone with New Simplii Financial Banking Brand

Canada’s banking group CIBC has unveiled Simplii Financial, its new direct banking brand, signaling the end of its President’s Choice Financial consumer banking business with retailer Loblaw.


Barclaycard Tests Alipay in Eight U.K. Retail Stores

Barclaycard is launching a pilot that enables merchants to accept in-store Alipay transactions in the U.K., where Chinese tourists are expected to spend more than £1 billion (US$1.3 billion) in 2017.


Blackhawk Network Takes Lotto Tickets Mobile

The chance to win big is going mobile. Using live ticket technology from Linq3, Blackhawk Network will give grocery shoppers the ability to purchase mobile-enabled tickets for big jackpot games, such as Powerball and Mega Millions, in the checkout line.


Bread Raises Serious Dough for E-Commerce Installment Payments

Bread, a fintech startup that builds installment payment solutions for online merchants, has completed $126 million of equity and debt financing to expand its portfolio and bolster its engineering team.