Retail Business Technology Expo puts cards & payments centre stage for 2013

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Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE), the European retail show, has delivered on its promise to reflect the true omnichannel nature of payments as an enabler of multichannel retailing by putting cards and payments in the spotlight as never before at RBTE 2013.

In addition to the Cards & Payments Conference Theatre which is run in association with Vendorcom, the business critical issue of payments is integral to the whole of the RBTE educational programme, with content appearing prominently in the other conference theatres, and in the Pecha Kucha bite sized industry seminars.

The Vendorcom Cards & Payments Pavilion will host Anderson Zaks, Astro Systems, HTEC, Polar Moment, PSC, Safenet, Security Metrics and Vodat International while a host of leading payments vendors including Datacash, Handpoint, Ingenico, The Logic Group, PayPal, Phoenix Managed Networks, Servebase, Sumup, VeriFone and YesPay will be found across the Expo floor, demonstrating the latest innovations that will help retailers with their critical payments strategy.

The Cards & Payments Theatre will tackle a wide range of issues and topics critical to retailers payments strategy.  In the Payment Security & Risk Management stream, Jeremy King, European Director – PCI Security Standards Council will be discussing The Future of PCI: Securing Payments in a Changing World, and a panel of experts from a range of organisations, including the Smart Payment Association, Everything Everywhere, TUI Travel and Barclaycard will tackle subjects including PCI, payment fraud prevention, authentication, identity, big data and mobile payment security to provide a holistic view of payment security in the retail world.

In Opening up new Markets – the strategic role of payments, the topic of Integrating UnionPay will come under the spotlight, and a panel will discuss how retailers can reach can connect with their international markets, the different payment channels available and the variety of technologies that will have to be employed to provide customer choice.

WorldPay will be covering how to Mobilise Micro-merchant payments in 'The Mobile Revolution' stream which will delve into the reality of what mobile payments has in store for merchants/retailers, looking at key trends, technologies, and, above all, bringing some definition to this emerging area to provide some useful reference points and a clear route map for anyone daring to enter into today's minefield.

A key area of interest for retailers is covered in the Future Proofing your Payments session, and this will be tackled thoroughly by exploring how, in such a changing landscape, the retailer can have confidence in choosing the right options – understanding the winners and losers – in the battle for the future of consumer payments.

In addition to the subjects covered in the Cards & Payments Theatre, Nick Rudd, Head of Loyalty Services, Weve and Jon Worley, The Logic Group will examine.

'Interacting with the Mobile Consumer – it's so Much More than Card Payments'; Alex Rolfe, Publisher of Payments Cards & Mobile Magazine will chair a panel discussion around 'The Low Value Payment Debate - How Technology Finally Supports Small Transactions at a Fraction of the Processing Costs'; Brian Kilcourse, Managing Partner, RSR Research will present the latest findings from exclusive research 'Retail Payments 2013: Has Mobile Finally Arrived?' and Martin Fielding, CEO, The Cards & Payments Awards will be revealing the success stories behind the winners of The Card & Payments Awards 2013.

Paul Rodgers, Chairman of Vendorcom, said," Every session at the Cards & Payments Conference is specifically aimed at answering retailers' most widely asked questions; 'Retailers frequently ask me, "How can I pick the winning solution from the vast array of confusing options that are all vying for my attention and budget? Is there a definitive consumer payments routemap and how can I tell the silver bullets from the blanks?"  The answer is to stay close to the action; don't be swayed by the hype of charlatans who fail to demonstrate any real merchant or market empathy. The experts will be at RBTE – see you at the Vendorcom Cards & Payments Solutions Conference."

Payments will also be a strong theme in the Pecha Kucha bite sized industry presentations, with sessions including; NFC: The Customer Experience; Who Cares about Protecting Retailers from Cybercrime and Payment Fraud?; Securing Payments: Don't Make a Fraudster's Job Easier and Mobile Payments – When Everyone can Accept Card Payments Everywhere.

Places for the Cards & Payments conference are free but have to be pre booked through Vendorcom: By registering for the conference streams, you will automatically be registered to receive your badge for the show.

Retail Business Technology Expo 12-13 March 2013 at London's Earls Court, South Hall.  Follow

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