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Kohl's supports Apple Pay for
store-branded cards, Walgreens
headed toward support for
customer loyalty cards
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Who needs electric cars
when you can have a hydrogen car?
One of the Apple Pay features touted with iOS 9 was
support for new types of cards including store-branded
credit cards and loyalty rewards cards from retailers.
Department store chain Kohl's became the first retailer
to launch Apple Pay support for its store-branded credit
card, and it now appears Walgreens is preparing to follow suit for its Balance Rewards loyalty rewards program.
Balance Rewards members have for some time
been able to sign into their rewards accounts using
the Walgreens iOS app and add their Balance Rewards
numbers to the centralized Passbook/Wallet app. From
there, it's been easy for users to bring up the Walgreens
pass to display barcodes that can be scanned at checkout to make sure they receive rewards credit for their
However, the Balance Rewards card in the Wallet app
is now showing up as supporting NFC via Apple Pay.
Double-clicking the iPhone home button to bring up
Apple Pay cards offers access to the Balance Rewards
pass, where the user is then prompted to authenticate
with Touch ID and hold the phone near the NFC
terminal at the register. Users can also opt to show a
barcode for scanning if needed.
Honda is serious about this hydrogen fuel cell thing.
The Japanese automaker recently unveiled the production
version of its Clarity Fuel Cell sedan, which it will begin leasing
to customers in Japan in March. It's a handsome enough car,
vaguely futuristic, with a hint of Tesla's Model S.
But the styling is almost beside the point; the entire point
of this car - an idea Honda's been kicking around for nearly
three decades - is the hydrogen fuel cell, about the size of a
V6 engine and stuffed under the hood, that keeps it going. That
stack of cells will produce about 175 horsepower and send the
car more than 300 miles between refueling stops.
Automakers, especially Japanese and German automakers,
love fuel cells. There's a lot to love about them.
They combine all the benefits of battery electric vehicles like
the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf - zero tailpipe emissions,
excellent torque - without the drawbacks of limited range or
waiting around for your battery to charge.
But there are some downsides, the most glaring of which is
the acute lack of stations offering hydrogen. Hydrogen is the
most abundant element in the universe and there are some truly
renewable ways of producing it, but it is most often produced
by steam reformulating natural gas, a process that spits a fair
amount of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. What's more,
there's not much infrastructure for moving the stuff around
once it's produced.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Car Wash - Winter 2015
Letter from the ICA
Meet the Board
By the Numbers
Seven trends affecting the future workforce
Talent development and company culture
The Affordable Care Act in action: Preparing for reporting in 2016
Still stuck in traffic
Car washes in the fast lane
Car Wash Show Europe launch a huge success
Enning, Loogman inducted to Car Wash Hall of Fame
Take a Tour
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…
A gentler approach to damage claims
Women in Car Wash: Linda Parker
Blast from the Past
Women in Car Wash: Mandi Brower
5 ways to build trust in a business
Index of Advertisers
Car Wash - Winter 2015