May 19, 2020

Google Wallet to hit market this summer

Google
Mastercard
B2B
sprint
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Google Wallet to hit market this summer

 

Reports have been confirmed that Google will announce its mobile payments platform, Google Wallet, at today’s Google Partner Event in New York. Smartphone users can tap their phone against a card reader to pay for goods and services. The service will allow users to combine coupons, discounts and payments made at the time of purchase using their smartphone.

CNET offers the following tutorial on how Google Wallet will work:

“Together the services will work like this: Coupons for items you buy regularly will pop up on your phone, or items the store you're shopping at is out of will pop up on the phone and let you buy that item online. When you check out, you wave your phone over a terminal, which will charge your card. Meanwhile your loyalty points with that merchant will be added to your phone. Eventually receipts will be delivered to your phone.”

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Stephanie Telenius, VP of Commerce for Google says the company plans to bring all parts of the retail experience together to make “tomorrow’s best shopping experience.”

The first phone slated to integrate Google Wallet will be the Android-based Nexus S, which has an NFC chip built inside. The program won’t be out until summer and San Francisco and New York City will be the first cities to guinea pig Google Wallet before expanding into other cities. The first retailers to adopt the technology will be Macy’s, Subway, Walgreens, Toys R Us and Noah’s Bagels. Google is partnering with Sprint, MasterCard, Citi and First Data for its payment service.

While this concept may sound foreign to you, officials believe NFC technology may be safer than actually holding credit cards in your physical wallet, as a smartphone’s password and encryption will make it harder for credit information to be compromised.  

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Jun 14, 2021

Giving efficiency the full throttle at NASCAR

CDW
NASCAR
3 min
CDW is a leading provider of information technology solutions, optimized business workflow and data capture systems for the auto racing company.

The NASCAR organization has long been synonymous with speed, agility and innovation. And so by extension, partnerships at NASCAR hold a similar reputation. One such partner for the organization has been CDW – a leading multi-brand provider of information technology solutions to businesses, government, education and healthcare customers in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. CDW provides a broad array of products and services ranging from hardware and software to integrated IT solutions such as security cloud hybrid infrastructure and digital experience. Customer need is the driving force at CDW, and the company helps clients by delivering integrated services solutions that maximize their technology investment. So how does CDW help their customers achieve their business goals? Troy Okerberg, Field Sales Manager - North Florida at CDW adds “We strive to provide our customers with full stack expertise, helping them design, orchestrate and manage technologies that drive their business outcomes.” 

NASCAR acquired International Speedway Corporation (ISC) in 2019, merging its operations into one, new company moving forward. The merger represents an important step forward for NASCAR as the sport creates a unified vision to embrace its long history of exciting, family-oriented racing experiences while developing strategic growth initiatives that will drive the passion of core fans and attract the next generation of race fans. CDW has been instrumental in bringing the two technology environments together to enable collaboration and efficiency as one organization. Starting with a comprehensive analysis of all of NASCAR’s vendors, CDW created a uniform data platform for the data center environment across the NASCAR-ISC organization. The IT partner has also successfully merged the two native infrastructure systems together, while analyzing, consulting and providing an opportunity to merge Microsoft software licenses as well. 

2020 turned into a tactical year for both organizations with the onset of the pandemic and CDW has had to react quickly to the changing scenario. Most of the initial change included building efficiencies around logistics, like equipment needing to be delivered into the hands of end users who switched to a virtual working environment almost overnight. CDW’s distribution team worked tirelessly to ensure that all customers could still access the products that they were purchasing and needed for their organizations throughout the COVID timeframe. Okerberg adds that today, CDW continues to optimize their offering by hyper-localizing resources as well as providing need-based support based on the size and complexity of their accounts. Although CDW still operates remotely, the company commits to adapting to the changing needs of their clients, NASCAR in particular. Apart from the challenges that COVID-19 brought to the organization, another task that CDW had been handed was to identify gaps and duplicates in vendor agreements that the two former single-entity organizations had in place and align them based on services offered. CDW further helps identify and provide the best solution from a consolidation standpoint of both hardware and software clients so that the new merged organization is equipped with the best of what the industry has to offer. 

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