London-based big data startup ERN has raised $1.6 million in seed funding, according to TechCrunch. The company did not name the participating investors, but described the benefactors as "high net worth individuals." The report suggested most of those who contributed to this funding round were new investors. Read more.
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Moms often lead the pack when it comes to mobile shopping trends, so what do their preferences tell us about where mShopping is headed? We take a look at an Alt12 study that reveals some interesting stats about what matters most to moms who use their devices to transact.
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As analytics tools improve and big data gets bigger, loyalty is an industry influenced by constant change. PYMNTS.com spoke with Dominic Hofer, CEO and founder of Loylogic, to discuss how companies can be innovative in the space, and to review what merchants and consumers alike stand to benefit from the next wave of loyalty solutions. Why does Hofer define his company as a "virtual currency clearinghouse?"
MasterCard today is announcing the launch of their new "Sector Insights" reports: a weekly spinoff of their Spending Pulse tracker that will provide actionable big data to merchants, issuers and governments alike. What type of transactional information does Sector Insights contain, and how does it reflect current regulatory, economic and consumer trends? PYMNTS.com spoke with Sarah Quinlan, SVP at MasterCard Advisors, to learn.
A new study that finds Americans born in the early 1980s have over $8,000 more in debt than did those born in the 1920s, and repay their loans at a slower rate, too. What can be done to curb this troubling trend?
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