The state of pay

The long-awaited mobile revolution is finally upon us and is poised to transform the payments landscape as we know it. Nick Martindale reports

Shape of things to come

Contactless technology at the point of sale could prove to be the tipping point for mobile payments in the UK, writes Michael Dempsey. But concerns around security refuse to go away

Points of sale are guiding business

The last two decades have seen a steady decline in the number of retail transactions carried out in cash. Geoff Nairn rounds up the main options for retailers as they seek to move with the times

Lessons from overseas

Payment systems are not developing at the same rate around the world. Some are growing rapidly in some markets, but barely getting traction in others, as Rod Newing reports

A tangled web we weaved

Businesses and consumers are making international money transfers more frequently, but systems have a reputation for being cumbersome, costly and prone to error, writes Rod Newing

Costa lotta?

Inflation and commodity prices may push up the cost of a cup of coffee. But is there a foam ceiling above which it just becomes too much? Simon Brooke reports

Bean counters

Coffee used to be a utilitarian drink. Now, increasingly, it is a connoisseur product, assessed with all the attention to flavour paid to fine wines and whiskies, writes Sarah Jane Evans

Rise of the machines

More people are buying coffee machines for the home, creating a market dividing along lines of style and performance, convenience and connoisseurship, writes Josh Sims