Sunday , August 18, 2019

Competitive Strategies

COMMENTARY: Cash Vs. Cashless: Which Is Better for Business?

From cities to stadiums to quick-service restaurants, more and more places are grappling with the idea of going 100% cashless. According to the Pew Research Center, almost a third of Americans have stopped using cash for their typical weekly spending. Even Monopoly, many children’s first interaction with money and the …

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Wells Names New Wells Fargo Merchant Services Boss and other Digital Transactions New briefs from 8/12/19

Wells Fargo & Co. said former Mastercard Inc. executive Colleen Taylor is joining the bank as head of Wells Fargo Merchant Services, the bank’s merchant-acquiring joint venture with Fiserv Inc. Fiserv took over the operation as part of its acquisition of First Data Corp., which last year reached an agreement with Wells …

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Integrated Payment Volume Continues to Grow at i3 Verticals

Pursuing integrated payments and software developers that facilitate the payment type appears to be paying off for i3 Verticals Inc. The Nashville, Tenn.-based firm said integrated payments accounted for 51% and 49% of its payment volume in the third quarter and nine-month period, respectively. That’s up from 49% in the …

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Low Forecast for Contactless Mobile Payments Volume in 2019 and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/9/19

451 Research projects that contactless mobile payments will control less than 2% of U.S. retail sales in 2019, owing to lack of a “measurably better value proposition” for mobile payments vs. cards, as well as other factors.Chase Bank, a unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has canceled all credit card debt for …

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Uber Says It’s Having Some Success in Reducing Payment Card Costs

Ride-sharing leader Uber Technologies Inc. reported Thursday that it’s had some success in reducing payment card acceptance costs, though it didn’t say by how much. “We continue to make good progress,” Nelson Chai, San Francisco-based Uber’s chief financial officer, said on a late-afternoon conference call with analysts to review the …

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With Chase Rollout Completed, Cardlytics’ User Base More Than Doubles

With the addition of megabank JPMorgan Chase & Co. as a customer fully completed, marketing services provider Cardlytics Inc. on Thursday reported that it had an average of 120.1 million monthly active users on its platform as of June 30, up 104% from 58.8 million users a year earlier. Atlanta-based …

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Wall Street Punishes Green Dot As Growth Slows

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Green Dot Corp.’s shares plummeted Thursday morning after the company reported a slowdown in year-over-year revenue growth and a drop in active accounts that surprised some observers. The Pasadena, Calif.-based company, which specializes in prepaid products and banking services, reported adjusted second-quarter revenue of $265 million, up 5% year-over-year but …

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3dcart Adds ClearSale Option and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/8/19

ClearSale, an online fraud-prevention provider, said online shopping cart 3dcart will offer ClearSale services to its merchants.Payrailz, a payments provider to banks and credit unions, announced it has launched a credit-union service organization (CUSO) called CU Payz.Payments-technology firm Verrency said it has collaborated with Coinify, a digital-currency payments provider, to allow banks …

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Consumers Are Receptive to the Unconventional Apple Card, Separate Studies Show

Apple Inc.’s new Apple Card is an unconventional animal with what some observers call ho-hum rewards, but separate studies released Wednesday show the card nonetheless could make a big splash. Research firm J.D. Power said its late June survey found “awareness is already remarkably high” for a product that offers …

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Eye on Earnings: CPI’s U.S. EMV Card Boost; EVO Notes Higher Revenue

Dual-interface credit and debit card sales lifted CPI Card Group Inc.’s second-quarter sales figure, the company reported Wednesday. As the nation’s issuers increase their orders for the near-field communications-equipped chip cards—the cards can be dipped into a point-of-sale terminal or tapped against compatible devices to do a transaction—Littleton, Colo.-based CPI …

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