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GameStop, Microsoft partnership sends games retailer’s shares up 44%

GameStop, Microsoft partnership sends games retailer’s shares up 44%

  • GameStop shares rose 44% on Thursday after it announced a multiyear partnership with Microsoft.
  • GameStop will begin selling an “Xbox All Access” bundle stores, with an Xbox console and two-year digital subscription at no upfront cost.
  • It will roll out the use of Microsoft Dynamics 365, Teams, and Surface devices in its stores and offices, it said.
  • GameStop will also upgrade its e-commerce site as part of the partnership.
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GameStop on Thursday announced a multiyear partnership with Microsoft to upgrade its stores and offer a new Xbox console package for no up-front cost — sending its shares rocketing by 44%.

As part of the partnership, the world’s biggest video games retailer said it would offer buyers an “Xbox All Access” bundle, for zero upfront cost, that includes an Xbox console and a two-year digital subscription to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft’s “Netflix of gaming” subscription service.

Microsoft did not name a specific Xbox console that would be part of the bundle in a statement, but said that it was “excited about continuing and evolving [the] relationship for the launch of the Xbox Series” consoles, due November 10. 

GameStop will also upgrade its e-commerce site as part of the agreement.

It will integrate Microsoft’s cloud software and hardware into its stores to create what it calls the “ultimate gaming destination” for gamers. GameStop has more than 5,000 stores in 10 countries. It didn’t say how many of these stores would be upgraded.

GameStop will use Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s suite of cloud-based business applications, to standardize its back-end and in-store operations including finance, inventory, e-commerce, retail, and point of sale. 

Staff would be able to access insights spanning both e-commerce and in-store sales data, Microsoft said. This includes customer purchasing history, real-time data on product

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Fuel Retailers Need Creative Solutions to Offset Costs of EMV Compatibility Upgrades, Says TNS – Press Release

Fuel Retailers Need Creative Solutions to Offset Costs of EMV Compatibility Upgrades, Says TNS – Press Release

RESTON, Va.–(Business Wire)–As fuel retailers implement and complete projects to upgrade automated fuel dispenser (AFD) equipment at the forecourt to avoid the liability shift, the initial costs have proven to be a challenge for many. Yet it is critical to make these upgrades sooner rather than later to reduce fraud costs — leading Transaction Network Services (TNS) to introduce flexible pricing structures with the goal of helping retailers offset their upfront and ongoing costs.

The longer retailers wait to upgrade, the more it will likely cost. Conexxus, a non-profit trade industry technology organization, found that installation costs (e.g., labor) tend to increase due to high demand leading up to an industry-wide change. On average, installation costs rise 14% six months before the deadline, 23% three months before the deadline, and 33% at the deadline, and remain around 31% higher following the deadline.

Yet budgets have become especially tight this year due to the pandemic, leading many retailers to hesitate on starting their projects. TNS is responding to this challenging reality by creating pricing strategies aimed at relieving near-term spend for early movers and offering retailers the benefit of a tailored combination of services.

“TNS understands that retailers are constrained by tightening budgets amid a lower demand for fuel and reduced foot traffic as a result of the pandemic, and our pricing strategies are intended to give operators who work with us a reduction in the pain associated with near-term spend given this current climate,” said Dan Lyman, TNS’ Head of Payments Markets, North America. “We want to help them get the most value out of their upgrades by avoiding liability and fraud and implementing the fast, secure payments infrastructure that is extensible to create new revenue opportunities, enhance and personalize customer engagement, and improve the overall customer experience.”

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