Recently, NCR Corporation hit the shores at the NACS show, which is the biggest show around for the fuel retailer and convenience store sales operator. It brought with it the NCR Mobile Payments system, a new solution geared toward providing value whether it’s being used inside or outside. That’s a bigger point for the fuel and convenience operation than you might think, and NCR may be on its way toward being the biggest name in this field.
NCR Mobile Payments is a cloud-based system that can accommodate the output of several major wallets and card operations. That’s important; you never know when you’ll have an Apple Pay customer one minute and a Samsung Pay customer the next in the fuel and convenience retail operation field. It’s built around the P97 PetroZone platform, which is actually the leading mobile payments platform in the United States when it comes to fuel and convenience.
P97 Networks’ founder and CEO Don Frieden noted “This landmark agreement with NCR enables us to stay ahead of the innovation curve and offer customers convenient mobile payments, both inside the store and at the pump.”
Fuel retail is one of the greatest frontiers for mobile payments; after all, you’re seldom more mobile than you are when you’re getting gas. It’s basically the textbook definition of mobile. Setting up a system that’s platform agnostic can be difficult, but it’s so very necessary; the last thing a gas station really wants to do is get into a shouting match between Samsung Pay and Apple Pay users, let alone the horde of mavericks running a lesser-known payment system. Such operations want to accommodate as many users as possible, which is where NCR’s system really shines. Why bring in a system that focuses on one mobile payment system? The market is so broad right now, and there will likely be several firms therein for some time to come.
By opening up the field to all those users, NCR has made its system a clear front-runner to be put in place at the retailer level. That’s good news not only for retailers, but also for NCR, who can both pursue the lion’s share of the market this way.