The Tipping Level: Kroger, Starbucks Might Ignite Retail Crypto

It’s no secret that cryptocurrencies don’t receive many plaudits in the mainstream media as reliable means of payment. Critics have even claimed that Bitcoin “sucks” as a payment mechanism.

Yet, despite that blinkered skepticism, cryptocurrency payments actually grew last year. Payment processor BitPay reported a “record” $1 billion in transaction revenue in 2018, with its business-to-business (B2B) operations increasing by 255 percent compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the use of cryptocurrencies in such economically unstable countries as Venezuela and India has surged, as people turn to the likes of Bitcoin and Dash to escape from increasingly worthless national currencies.

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