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.

Related Content

Accountability in the Digital Asset Business

With decentralization as a key design tenet, distributed ledger technologies are difficult to govern with centralized models of organizational oversight. While cryptoassets, smart contracts, and blockchains create efficiencies and mitigate certain known business risks, they introduce a unique set of risks. This project outlines strategies for managing, measuring, and mitigating these risks. For enhancing controls, its authors map out an integrated control framework with standards, roles, and responsibilities. They also look at audit and assurance of Dapps, proof of solvency, and regulatory compliance. Finally, they present a new playbook with red flags for executives as they size up their blockchain opportunities. It is a must read for enterprise leadership.

Read More

Introduction to Stablecoins

This research project looks at stablecoins, a new category of digital assets with stable prices in decentralized financial systems. It achieves three goals. First, it examines different ways to stabilize the price of a cryptocurrency. Some are backed by assets with stable value such as US dollars or gold, others are stabilized by algorithms, and some combine those two approaches. Second, it surveys the landscape of stablecoins and analyze the top ten stablecoins by market capitalization. Finally, it suggests ways to use stablecoins for protecting the value of a cryptoasset portfolio.

Read More