Morning Brief 9.23.19: British Airways kicks the tires on a new payment system

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Test pilots

British Airways will test a new payment settlement system from the International Air Transport Association that's designed to streamline payments by building a more direct connection to third parties such as travel agents.

The airline will work with Click Travel on the project, which will debut later this fall with an internal test, with a more formal beta early in 2020, reports, a travel information site.

Called Settlement with Orders, the service allows travel agents, airlines and other stakeholders to use a single reference number for transactions and changes to itineraries, rather than the distinct reference numbers for all changes that usually accompany travel bookings.

Checking out

South Korean retail company Shinsegae is the latest to pursue checkout-free technology, planning a Emart24 high-tech store.

The first model store will open at Sinsegae's data center in Gimpo, and will launch later at a more traditional shopping center, according to InsideRetailAsia.

Amazon Go has garnered the most attention among checkout-free initiatives, though there are more than two-dozen technology companies pursuing the technology globally.

Speaking up

Starbucks and Alibaba are extending their retail technology partnership in China to include voice ordering.

The coffee chain will use Tmall Genie, Alibaba's voice assistant, with a 30-minute time frame for the full transaction. Alibaba also partners with Starbucks on more conventional mobile commerce and store concepts in China.

Starbucks also added new technology last week in Japan by offering an NFC pen for transactions.

Making Douugh

"Piggy bank" app are playing a larger role in building financial literacy, particularly as cash starts to fade as a payment type.

Douugh, an alternative financial institution that serves a more general audience than most youth-oriented apps, has expanded its subscription financial services product to include a Mastercard debit card and a gamified savings/payments feature.

Called "savings jars," the product uses encouragement and payments tracking to build savings toward specific goals. Mastercard also plans to partner with Dough on added payment products.

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