Tuesday , May 21, 2019


May, 2019

  • 20 May

    First Data’s Volume Growth Slowed in the First Quarter, but Brick-and-Mortar Topped E-Commerce

    First-quarter growth in leading merchant processor First Data Corp.’s portfolios lagged growth posted in the preceding two quarters, but in a rare event physical merchants posted higher sales increases than their online counterparts. In its latest SpendTrend report, First Data says total payment card spending at U.S. merchants on its …

  • 20 May

    Are Digital Payments Killing ATMs? Some Researchers Say Yes, But the Debate Isn’t Closed

    A report that emerged over the weekend showing a first-ever drop in the ATM count in four of the five largest ATM markets has lent new urgency to the debate over whether electronic payment methods are killing cash—and hence cash dispensers. The report, from London-based RBR, says the number of …

  • 20 May

    BAMS Lands Sezzle and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/20/19

    Sezzle, an online provider of installment loans to consumers, will use the Bank of America Merchant Services platform for digital card processing. Lavu, provider of mobile point-of-sale systems for restaurants and bars, certified three receipt printers from Epson America Inc. Lavu previously certified Epson’s Mobilink line of mobile receipt printers. …

  • 17 May

    Settlements End What the FTC Calls a Massive Robocalling Scheme

    A federal judge has ordered the two main perpetrators of what the Federal Trade Commission calls the “massive Pointbreak Media robocall scheme,” part of which involved remotely created checks, to pay $3.37 million to the FTC, the agency announced this week. U.S. District Court Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga in Miami …

  • 17 May

    TCH Says Avidia Bank Is Just the First Smaller Bank Lining up For Real-Time Payments

    The real-time payments network built by The Clearing House Payments Co. LLC is often viewed as a creature of the big banks, including the ones that own and control TCH, but on Friday it became clear that some of the nation’s smallest financial institutions are ready to sign up for …

  • 17 May

    Chase To Buy InstaMed and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/17/19

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. said it will buy InstaMed, a specialist in health-care payments. Terms were not disclosed. In April, InstaMed released an app with a blockchain prototype that it said will demonstrate how the technology can support adjudication and payment for insurance claims, patient billing, and patient payment. NLS …

  • 16 May

    Among Businesses, A Wider Array of Payouts to Consumers Is Gaining Attention

    Consumer-payments services are starting to garner attention among businesses, with 76% of banks having corporate customers asking for automated business-to-consumer payment services. That’s the word from Bottomline Technologies Inc. in its 2019 B2B Payments and Working Capital Management Strategies Survey, released this week. The survey of more than 300 financial …

  • 16 May

    A New Survey Casts Doubt on the Idea That Contactless Cards Will Trigger More Mobile Payments

    Conventional wisdom in the payments business has been that the advent and spread of contactless cards would pave the way for wider use of mobile payments. But research released this week indicates that may not be the case. Indeed, far from serving as the training wheels for mobile payments, new …

  • 16 May

    Boomtown Raises $12 Million and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 5/16/19

    Boomtown Inc., which provides merchant-support services, raised $12 million in funding led by Telstra Ventures with others participating. The Series B funding will go toward building its Relay Software-as-a-Service platform and additional growth. Boomtown also announced that Robert H.B. Baldwin Jr., a member of the Global Payments Inc. board of …

  • 15 May

    AmEx Acquires Resy Reservation Platform; Shift4 Unveils Pay-at-Table System

    Payments firms continue to strengthen their offerings in the dining sector as evidenced by Wednesday’s announcements from American Express Co., which said it had acquired reservation platform provider Resy Network Inc., and Shift4 Payments, which is launching a pay-at-table system called SkyTab and providing it to new merchants at no …

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