Second Cup’s ‘Rewards’ mobile app drives brand transformation

For Vanda Provato, vice-president of marketing & category at Second Cup Coffee Co., a new mobile app focused on loyalty rewards and payments is better late than never. After a pilot phase in

Published on: May 11th, 2015 Brian Jackson

Mobile payments: a history of [in]security presentation

Using mobile devices to complete payment transactions in stores is on the brink of mass adoption in North America. What's not clear yet is what technology will be the most popular and how

Published on: October 3rd, 2014 Brian Jackson

Gata Labs supplying ‘ammunition’ for taxi fleets battling Uber

A Toronto-based startup is aiming to create the anti-Uber app for taxi fleets across Canada – and it’s looking to topple other big names on behalf of local businesses in other industries, too.

Published on: September 2nd, 2014 Candice So

Tim Hortons security loophole could lead to theft in mobile payments pilot

Tim Hortons Inc.'s new mobile app, TimmyMe, is prone to a security loophole that allows someone to create barcodes online to steal the money from customers’ gift cards. Tim Hortons launched the TimmyMe mobile

Published on: February 12th, 2014 Candice So

You can now send a Starbucks coffee through Twitter

The next time you want to buy someone a coffee as a thank-you, consider it doing it the digitally social way – by delivering it to them via a tweet. Starbucks Corp. and

Published on: January 9th, 2014 Candice So

Smartphones more important than wallets for 40%

    What would you rather give up, your wallet or your smartphone? That's the question that Ipsos Global @dvisor asked in its latest poll. Turns out that as many as 40 per

Published on: June 12th, 2013 Brian Jackson


When it comes to the “daily deals” market in Canada, companies such as Groupon, Teambuy and Wagjag lead the way. But the success of a recent promo by a relatively smaller player on

Published on: January 22nd, 2013 Jeff Jedras

Starbucks Canada iPhone app launches, shows how to execute mobile payment

Canadians buying eggnog lattes today at their local Starbucks will be able to pay using their iPhone, as Starbucks Coffee Canada launches its mobile payment app.iPhone users downloading the Starbucks Canada app will

Published on: November 8th, 2011 Brian Jackson

How to turn Starbucks into your new office

You're gripping a triple-shot Espresso Macchiato with your left hand and prepping a presentation on your laptop's screen with your right. You chat with your client from your smartphone, trusting that the whoosh

Published on: April 20th, 2011 Liane Cassavoy

Small coffee shops squeezed out by Starbucks’ free WiFi

After years of experimentation, coffee shops are finally figuring out what to do about Wi-Fi. Some have decided that Wi-Fi is a profit killer, and they're shutting it down. Others, most notably coffee

Published on: August 17th, 2010 Mike Elgan

Starbucks brews free WiFi, other deals to entice patrons

On Tuesday, coffee-purveyor Starbucks reversed course on its long-standing in-store Wi-Fi policy by announcing that starting July 1, Wi-Fi would be free in all its U.S. establishments. Though CEO Howard Schultz broke the

Published on: June 17th, 2010 Thomas Wailgum