Skip to main content

PayPal will debut in brick-and-mortar shops

PayPal-Shopping-ShowcaseYesterday in an eBay earnings call, CEO John Donahoe said that PayPal will make its way in-store for the holiday shopping season. While details haven’t been released yet, it appears that the integration into brick-and-mortar retailers will include location-based deals, more flexible transactions, and improved inventory access.

Earlier this month, PayPal introduced a pop-up shop in New York, self-titled PayPal’s Shopping Showcase. “Image a digital wallet that stores all of your gift cards, loyalty points, and offers, and then automatically applies the stored money and savings for you at the point of sale,” PayPal executive Carey Kolaja wrote on the company blog. “Imagine purchasing an oversized item from the aisle and having it shipped directly to your house in a matter of licks. At the Shopping Showcase, we’ll be showing merchants and select members of the media a complete set of solutions that do all of this—and so much more.”

PayPal has already become a dominant force in online retail. The company’s revenue increased 32-percent this quarter yielding an impressive $1.1 billion. Mobile and e-commerce in general have been doing well for themselves recently, much in thanks to the mass adoption of smartphones and mobile applications. But merchants and consumers that have shied away from online shopping will now have a more tangible option with physical PayPal locations. If executed properly, this will give buyers the comfort and in-store interaction and the convenience of paying and shipping via the Internet.

It could also offer merchants a way to transition to using PayPal for their own e-commerce needs, and boosting this segment of its customer base is especially important for PayPal profits.

The timing is certainly right: NFC adoption has picked up some steam with the official Google Wallet announcement and appearance of capable in-store modules. Couple that with the fact that the holiday shopping season (which has been increasingly profitable for e-retailers and online shopping portals) is upon us, and the sky just might be the limit for PayPal.  

Editors' Recommendations

Molly McHugh
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Before coming to Digital Trends, Molly worked as a freelance writer, occasional photographer, and general technical lackey…
What is an RSS feed? Here’s why you should still use one
A person using a HP ENVY x360 2-in-1 15.6-inch Touch-Screen Laptop sitting on a bed.

With so much new content on the web added daily, it can be tough to keep up with what's happening online. People try several different ways, including visiting specific websites every day, doing Google searches, or relying on social media to keep them informed. One solution that sometimes gets overlooked is an old-school one: The RSS feed.

What is an RSS feed? It's a technology that has influenced many modern internet tools you're familiar with, and its streamlined, algorithm-free format could make it your next great tool for reading what you want online.
What is RSS?

Read more
Best laptop deals: Save on HP, Lenovo, Dell and Apple
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 playing Cyberpunk 2077.

Buying a new laptop can be very daunting, especially with how saturated the market is with dozens of options from nearly a dozen brands and various configurations of each of those laptops. Even worse is trying to navigate the maze of available laptop deals across various retailers, and for those who don't want to do all that legwork, you're in luck! We've used our experience to collect the best deals in various categories to ensure you get the best bang for your buck. All you need to do is have a general sense of what specs or brand you want, and we'll likely have a deal for it listed below.

Best Laptop Deals

Read more
M2 MacBook Air vs. M1 MacBook Air: things have changed
A man holds the new Macbook Air (2022) in his hands.

The Apple MacBook Air M1 has been among our favorite MacBooks for some time now, and it's even held a place on our list of the best laptops overall. The new MacBook Air M2 is a significant redesign, bringing with it a new chassis and Apple's latest M2 processor.

Sometimes, it's easy to recommend the new model over the old one, especially when the new model brings significant improvements. The M2 MacBook Air qualifies, as it feels a lot more like a completely new model than a simple replacement of the old one. While Apple continues to sell the original M1 MacBook Air at a lower price, the M2 MacBook Air can often be had for only a little more money. That makes the choice between them a lot easier.

Read more