Adyen Becomes Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold Level Partner Extending Value of POS and Omnichannel Investments
Oracle today announced that it has awarded Adyen, the payment platform of choice for the world’s leading companies, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN). By attaining Gold Level membership, Oracle has recognized Adyen’s ability to deliver complementary and unified payment gateways for the Oracle Retail Xstore solutions. With this relationship, Oracle and Adyen now offer a best in class, global consumer payments solution to their retail customers.
“In our global consumer research Retail in 4 Dimensions, we discovered that the global consumer has rising expectations for fast, smarter payment options. In fact, 57% of global consumers want instant one-click checkout online and 60% want mobile payment options in-store,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Oracle Retail. “Adyen delivers that customer experience and we are pleased to extend the Gold level member status after having successfully implemented Oracle and Adyen at multiple global brands.”
The integration between Adyen and Oracle Retail is a great example of how Oracle is delivering additional value for retail customers through integrations that extend the value of POS and Omnichannel investments. In addition to providing multiple point-of-service hardware offerings, Oracle Retail offers a fully integrated portfolio of hardware and software solutions that enable retailers to streamline managerial tasks, increase speed of service and elevate the consumer experience.
“Successful retailers should focus on delivering great customer experiences across all channels. With this partnership, retailers will be better equipped to meet rising shopper expectations wherever and however they want to pay.” said RoelantPrins, Chief Commercial Officer, Adyen. “The partnership enables a seamless end-to-end consumer experience anywhere in the world.”
On April 10-11, Oracle will convene a global community of retail leadership at Oracle Industry Connect in New York, NY to discuss adapting to market changes, simplifying operations and empowering authentic brand experiences. At this event, Oracle and Adyen will present how this relationship will benefit to retail merchants worldwide.
- Promotions and Entitlements Across Channels: Oracle Retail enables a single view of the customer that can increase engagement in a loyalty scheme and enable effective marketing campaigns. In this demonstration, you can expect to see how our solution can be used to reward and delight with highly targeted promotions and loyalty awards that span channels. The demonstration is scheduled to start with a customer’s journey online where a purchase triggers a loyalty award that is delivered directly to their mobile device and concludes with an in-store experience where the customer can use their device to apply the award to an in-store transaction with Adyen payments platform. The demonstration features capabilities from Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Retail Customer Engagement, Oracle Retail Xstore and Adyen payments platform.
- Innovation on the Cloud – Retail.com Chatbot: Understand how Oracle Retail is embedding artificial intelligence and machine learning into the customer journey in this innovative demonstration. You can expect to see a customer being re-targeted after abandoning a basket on-line and invited to a Facebook Messenger chat session with a chatbot developed using Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise with intelligent bots. The customer is rewarded with loyalty points for joining the chat, can understand further product and order details from the chatbot and finally can place an order with Adyen tokenization. Returning shoppers can pay securely with a tap of their finger in the chat session. This demonstration features capabilities from Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud Enterprise, Oracle Retail Customer Engagement, Oracle Retail Order Broker, Oracle Retail Order Management and Adyen tokenization.
To learn more about Oracle Industry Connect 2018 and register to attend visit: www.oracle.com/oracleindustryconnect/
Oil prices hit 11-month highs on tighter supplies, Fed assurance on low rates
By Florence Tan
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices rose for a fourth straight session on Thursday to the highest levels in more than 11 months, underpinned by monetary easing policies and lower crude production in the United States.
Brent crude futures for April gained 19 cents, 0.3%, to $67.23 a barrel by 0400 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for April was at $63.30 a barrel, up 8 cents, 0.1%.
Both contracts touched their highest since January earlier in the session with Brent at $67.44 and WTI at $63.67.
An assurance from the U.S. Federal Reserve that interest rates would stay low for a while boosted investors’ risk appetite and global financial markets.
“Comments from Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, earlier in the week relating to the need for monetary policy to remain accommodative have probably helped, but sentiment in the oil market has also become more bullish, with expectations for a tightening oil balance,” ING analysts said in a note.
A rare winter storm in Texas has caused U.S. crude production to drop by more than 10%, or 1 million barrels per day (bpd) last week, the Energy Information Administration said. [EIA/S]
Fuel supplies in the world’s largest oil consumer could also tighten as its refinery crude inputs had dropped to the lowest since September 2008.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies including Russia, a group known as OPEC+, is due to meet on March 4.
The group will discuss a modest easing of oil supply curbs from April given a recovery in prices, OPEC+ sources said, although some suggest holding steady for now given the risk of new setbacks in the battle against the pandemic.
Extra voluntary cuts by Saudi Arabia in February and March have tightened global supplies and supported prices.
(Reporting by Florence Tan)
Australian media reforms pass parliament after last-ditch changes
By Colin Packham and Swati Pandey
CANBERRA (Reuters) – The Australian parliament on Thursday passed a new law designed to force Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for content used on their platforms in reforms that could be replicated in other countries.
Australia will be the first country where a government arbitrator will decide the price to be paid by the tech giants if commercial negotiations with local news outlets fail.
The legislation was watered down, however, at the last minute after a standoff between the government and Facebook culminated in the social media company blocking all news for Australian users.
Subsequent amendments to the bill included giving the government the discretion to release Facebook or Google from the arbitration process if they prove they have made a “significant contribution” to the Australian news industry.
Some lawmakers and publishers have warned that could unfairly leave smaller media companies out in the cold, but both the government and Facebook have claimed the revised legislation as a win.
“The code will ensure that news media businesses are fairly remunerated for the content they generate, helping to sustain public-interest journalism in Australia,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said in a joint statement on Thursday.
The progress of the legislation has been closely watched around the world as countries including Canada and Britain consider similar steps to rein in the dominant tech platforms.
The revised code, which also includes a longer period for the tech companies to strike deals with media companies before the state intervenes, will be reviewed within one year of its commencement, the statement said. It did not provide a start date.
The legislation does not specifically name Facebook or Google. Frydenberg said earlier this week he will wait for the tech giants to strike commercial deals with media companies before deciding whether to compel both to do so under the new law.
Google has struck a series of deals with publishers, including a global content arrangement with News Corp, after earlier threatening to withdraw its search engine from Australia over the laws.
Several media companies, including Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment and the Australian Broadcasting Corp have said they are in talks with Facebook.
Representatives for both Google and Facebook did not immediately respond to requests from Reuters for comment on Thursday.
(Reporting by Colin Packham in Canberra and Swati Pandey in Sydney; Writing by Jonathan Barrett; Editing by Leslie Adler, Stephen Coates and Jane Wardell)
OPEC+ to weigh modest oil output boost at meeting – sources
By Ahmad Ghaddar, Alex Lawler and Olesya Astakhova
LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – OPEC+ oil producers will discuss a modest easing of oil supply curbs from April given a recovery in prices, OPEC+ sources said, although some suggest holding steady for now given the risk of new setbacks in the battle against the pandemic.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, cut output by a record 9.7 million bpd last year as demand collapsed due to the pandemic. As of February, it is still withholding 7.125 million bpd, about 7% of world demand.
In January OPEC+ slowed the pace of a planned output increase to match weaker-than-expected demand due to continued coronavirus lockdowns. Saudi Arabia made extra voluntary cuts for February and March.
Three OPEC+ sources said an output increase of 500,000 barrels per day from April looked possible without building up inventories, although updated supply and demand balances that ministers will consider at their March 4 meeting will determine their decision.
“The oil price is definitely high and the market needs more oil to cool the prices down,” one of the OPEC+ sources said. “A 500,000 bpd increase from April is an option – looks like a good one.”
A rally in prices towards $67 a barrel, the highest since January 2020, the rollout of vaccines and economic recovery hopes have boosted confidence the market could take more oil. India, the world’s third biggest oil importer, has urged OPEC+ to ease production cuts.
Saudi Arabia’s voluntary cut of 1 million barrels per day (bpd) ends next month. While Riyadh hasn’t shared its plans beyond March, expectations in the group are growing that Saudi Arabia will bring back the supply from April, perhaps gradually.
Some OPEC+ members also anticipate that the Saudis will be willing to ease cuts further, but it was not clear if they had had direct communication with Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia has warned producers to be “extremely cautious” and some OPEC members are wary of renewed demand setbacks. One OPEC country source said a full return of the Saudi barrels in April would mean the rest of OPEC+ should not pump more yet.
“The Saudi voluntary cut will be back to the market,” the source said. “I’m personally with no more relaxation, not until June.”
Russia, one of the OPEC+ countries which was allowed to boost output in February, is keen to raise supply and a source last week said Moscow would propose adding more oil if nothing changed before the March 4 virtual meeting.
(Additional reporting by Rania El Gamal and Nidhi Verma; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)
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