Wednesday , July 18, 2018

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Lowe’s, Walgreen Among Retailers With Top In-Store M-Commerce Experiences

A ranking of retailers offering optimal mobile-shopping experiences in their stores places building materials retailer Lowe’s Companies Inc. atop the list, announced DMI, a mobile-retail specialist. Among the criteria Bethesda, Md.-based DMI, a unit of Digital Management LLC, evaluated in its “Mobile Maturity Model: 2018 Retail” report were pricing, inventory, …

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U.S. Marshals Plans Auction of 3,813 Bitcoins and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/11/18

The U.S. Marshals Service plans to auction 3,813 Bitcoins in 11 blocks Jan. 22. The agency acquired the digital currency through forfeitures in 18 federal criminal, civil, and administrative cases. Bidder registration opens today. At Thursday morning’s price of approximately $14,000 per Bitcoin, the assets are worth about $53.4 million. …

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2017 Holiday Sales Increased 6.2%, Outpacing the Prior Year’s Growth, First Data Says

Overall U.S holiday sales in 2017 grew 6.2% over 2016, a pace that bested 2016’s 4.7% sales-growth rate, First Data Corp. announced Wednesday in its latest SpendTrend report. Retail spending during the Oct. 28 to Jan. 1 period increased 5.4%, compared to a 3.6% growth rate in 2016. Measured at …

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Wirecard Inks Moonrise Deal and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/10/18

Payment-security provider Bluefin Payment Systems announced that Choice Entertainment Technologies will offer Bluefin’s point-to-point encryption service to users of its ChoiceCRM platform for performing-arts organizations. Payments company Wirecard AG is providing services to Moonrise, a unit of American Family Insurance. Moonrise enables employers to pay shift workers using a Wirecard-issued …

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Cannabis Vendors Shrug Off Hard-Line Federal Policy, but Full-Service Payments Remain Elusive

After a short-lived scare, investors in the budding cannabis sector don’t seem to be rattled by the hard line being taken by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions against their industry. But the legal marijuana industry is certainly no closer to getting payment card merchant accounts and other mainstream financial services, …

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National Merchants Association Eyes London Expansion and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/9/18

First American Payment Systems LP launched 1stPayPOS Pro, a tablet-based point-of-sale system that uses an Android-powered device to accept multiple payment methods, including EMV and Apple Pay and Google Pay. Payments provider National Merchants Association said it plans to open an office in London after it obtains a payment-facilitator certification …

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Eye on CES: Rear-View Mirror Payment Authentication and a Multi-Function Card

The huge CES (formerly the Consumer Electronics Show) expo is underway in Las Vegas, and out of it are coming the latest whiz-bang developments in payment technology. Among them: connected cars that enable the driver to pay for gas with a Visa card and authenticate the transaction with an iris …

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Alphabet Sweeps Android Pay And Other Services Under a Single Name: Google Pay

Say goodbye to Android Pay and Google Wallet, and say hello to Google Pay. Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit on Monday announced a rebranding of its disparate online payments services under the single moniker Google Pay. The new branding’s scope is so broad that even the function within Chrome Web browsers …

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A Bank Reaction to Tech Firms’ Push Among the Top 2018 Payments Trends, Says Aite

As technology firms, both within financial services and those entering it, take larger shares of banking revenue streams and become more like banks, financial institutions will beef up their tech investments as they attempt to counter this pressure, advises Aite Group LLC in a report on 2018 financial-services trends. In …

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Klarna Integrated Into ACI Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/8/18

Vantiv Inc. shareholders approved the processor’s planned acquisition of London-based merchant acquirer Worldpay Group plc with 99.9% of votes cast in favor, Vantiv reported. The companies expect the merger to close Jan. 16 following approval of a British court. The merged company will be known as Worldpay Inc., and its …

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