Saturday , October 19, 2019


October, 2019

  • 18 October

    AmEx’s Discount Rate Returns to Its Year-Ago Level

    Issuer and acquirer American Express Co. said its global third-quarter discount rate—what merchants pay to accept the brand’s credit cards—was 2.39%, a slight increase from 2.38% a year ago. The uptick comes more than a year after AmEx said it would shave its worldwide discount rate in an effort to boost …

  • 18 October

    Shopify Acquires 6 River Systems and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/18/19

    Payments and retail-technology provider Shopify Inc. announced it has closed on its acquisition of 6 River Systems Inc., a developer of cloud-based software and mobile robots for fulfillment. Terms were not announced.Fast Park, which operates parking garages near airports, announced it will accept credit and debit cards exclusively for payment at all …

  • 17 October

    UPDATED: Herbert Out as CEO of USA Technologies; Interim Leader Appointed

    With a proxy fight looming, vending-machine payments provider USA Technologies Inc. announced late Thursday that chief executive Stephen P. Herbert has resigned. Herbert, a former Pepsi-Cola executive, spent 23 years with Malvern, Pa.-based USAT, including eight as CEO. USAT’s board of directors named one of its members, Donald W. Layden …

  • 17 October

    How ISOs are outsmarting flat production trends

    John Newton – Vice President of Sales, Strategic Partnership Channel, First American Payment Systems If one-to-many isn’t part of your ISO’s growth strategy, it should be. The days of selling on price and free equipment are in the rearview mirror. Product parity has leveled the playing field, with market compression …

  • 17 October

    How a New Credit Card From Synchrony Could Help Boost Revenue for PayPal’s Venmo

    PayPal Holdings Inc. has made no secret of its push to generate revenue from its highly popular—but free—Venmo peer-to-peer payment service. Its latest gambit came to light early Thursday with the news that long-time finance partner Synchrony Financial will issue a Venmo credit card for the U.S. market starting the …

  • 17 October

    Galileo Lands $77 Million in Funding and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/17/19

    Galileo Financial Technologies, a 19-year-old developer of application programming interfaces for payments, announced a $77 million institutional funding round led by venture-capital firm Accel.Flowhub Holdings Inc., provider of a management platform for cannabis retailers, announced a Series A funding round whose participants included Iqram Magdon-Ismail, the co-founder and former CEO …

  • 16 October

    Rental Payments Dominate Zelle Volume; Are Transaction Limits a Hindrance?

    Rental payments are the top use case by far on the Zelle person-to-person payments network, according to the chief executive of Zelle provider Early Warning Services LLC. “From an end-user use-case perspective, far and away the No. 1 use case for Zelle right now is actually a rent payment,” Albert …

  • 16 October

    Is Apple Card the ‘Most Successful Credit Card Launch Ever?’ Some Experts Demur

    There’s little doubt that Apple Inc.’s Apple Card has stirred plenty of publicity before and since its Aug. 20 launch. And it enjoys the backing not just of Apple but of investment-banking giant Goldman Sachs, the card’s issuer. But is it “the most successful credit card launch ever?” That claim …

  • 16 October

    Gains for Mobile Bill Pay and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/16/19

    Twenty-one percent of consumers used a mobile app to pay a bill in 2019’s first quarter, up from 19% in the year-earlier period, according to a survey of more than 3,000 consumers by ACI Worldwide Inc. Meanwhile, 28% used a paper check, down from 32% a year earlier, according to the ACI …

  • 15 October

    The Fed Wants To Get FedNow Into Market Quickly, But Hasn’t Changed Its Rollout Schedule

    Two senior Federal Reserve officials said Tuesday they are committed to rolling out the proposed FedNow real-time payments service as quickly as possible, but they didn’t say the original schedule calling for a launch in 2023 or even 2024 will be shortened. “We will be making every effort, I think, to …

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