Sunday , February 17, 2019

Home

In the Shadow of the Fiserv-First Data Deal, FIS Ponders ‘Actionable’ Acquisitions That ‘Make Sense’
As the Fiserv-First Data Behemoth Looms, Jack Henry Issues a Subtle Warning
New Jersey Lawmakers Pass Bill To Protect Cash-Paying Consumers
TSYS Sets ‘Aggressive Goals’ for Vital But Predicts ‘Headwinds’ From the CFPB’s Prepaid Rule
Target, Taco Bell, And Other Chains Are the Latest to Sign up for Apple Pay

Chase’s New Token Is Strictly Intrabank, And Won’t Be Coming to Consumers Any Time Soon

For years, banking and payments veterans have dismissed cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin but at the same time have shown interest in the digital currencies’ underlying technology, the blockchain. Now one of the world’s biggest banking titans is testing its own blockchain-based token, but its restriction of the system to its own client universe raises questions, payments …

Do Cashless-Payment Policies Create a ‘Segregated Purchasing System’?

New Jersey’s legislature this month passed a bill requiring merchants to accept cash at the point of sale, and several big cities, including New York, are considering similar measures. But does cash really need legal protection from payment cards and mobile wallets? That’s the question public officials as well as executives in the retailing, ATM, …

Wendy’s Announces $50 Million Data Breach Settlement and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/15/19

Hamburger chain The Wendy’s Co. announced a $50 million settlement of class-action lawsuits filed against it after a data breach that began in 2015. The 7,500 bank and credit-union plaintiffs alleged the breach was caused by malware that affected point-of-sale systems at more than 1,000 franchised Wendy’s locations. Some 18 million payment cards were compromised …

Supermarket Kingpin Kroger Debuts Kroger Pay And a Rewards Debit Card

Cincinnati-based grocery giant The Kroger Co. has launched a proprietary mobile-payments service, Kroger Pay, and an accompanying Kroger Rewards debit card. Kroger Pay, available for iOS and Android mobile devices, is a quick-response code-based mobile-payment service, which also includes digital coupons and personalized offers. Kroger Pay, like some other retailer-backed mobile-payments services, is deeply integrated with a …

The U.S. EMV-Accepting Merchant Base Grew by 400,000 Locations in 2018

The number of U.S. merchant locations accepting EMV chip cards grew nearly 15% in 2018 while EMV payment transactions rose 27%, according to new data from Visa Inc.  In its latest report on the conversion of U.S. general-purpose payment cards from magnetic stripes to EMV chips, Visa says 3.1 million U.S. card-accepting merchant locations, or …

Chase Testing Its Own Cryptocurrency and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/14/19

JPMorgan Chase & Co. will within a few months begin testing its own cryptocurrency for wholesale payments between corporations and banks globally, according to CNBC. The new token, called JPM Coin, will be exchangeable at the rate of $1 each. The development may surprise some observers, given the harsh criticism of Bitcoin voiced at times …