The Future of Retail Payments

Report Overview

Author: Abhishek Punia
Release Date: January 30, 2018

Abstract:

This project illustrates different approaches to integrating blockchain into the retail environment. It compares the strategies of two online retailers, Overstock and Newegg, both of which accept cryptocurrency as payment for online purchases. Because of the challenges of implementing crypto within their legacy payment gateways, both formed strategic partnerships with crypto exchanges and payment services, BitPay, Coinbase, and Shapeshift.

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