Monday , October 22, 2018

Competitive Strategies

American Express Posts a 10% Gain in Card-Billed Business in the Second Quarter

Fresh from its victory in the U.S. Supreme Court, American Express Co. on Wednesday said card-billed business in the more mature U.S. market and its international markets both grew by 10% in the second quarter. New York City-based AmEx reported a total of $296.5 billion in card-billed business versus $269.6 …

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To Fight Skimming, a Major Credit Union Servicer Adds a Cardless ATM Program

The days of dipping a card into an ATM to withdraw cash may not be as frequent for even more consumers with the announcement Wednesday that Co-Op Financial Services launched its Cardless Cash Access service. Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based Co-Op, a credit-union service organization, says the service can be used on …

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Merchant Acquiring Contributes to U.S. Bancorp’s Payment Services Gain

U.S. Bancorp’s Payment Services unit posted a 28% gain in net income in the second quarter, in part due to higher merchant-processing volumes. The unit, one of five major divisions at the Minneapolis-based super-regional bank, produced a $361 million profit versus $282 million a year earlier, or 21% of the …

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Crypto Gets a Boost As Bitcoin Surges And Mastercard Scores a Networking Patent

After weeks of listless trading, Bitcoin has rallied over the past 24 hours, shooting up from the high-$6,000s to the mid-$7,000s in a move that has brought new energy to other leading cryptocurrencies. Coincidentally, Mastercard Inc. on Tuesday was awarded a patent for a system that could allow users of …

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Apple Pay Wins Out Over Walmart Pay and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/18/18

Walmart shoppers who have access to Apple Pay and have a payment preference are twice as likely to use Apple Pay rather than Walmart Pay, but discounts and other deals could tip the scales back in Walmart’s favor, according to a study by Auriemma Consulting Group. Payments provider Century Business …

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A Visa-Sponsored Report Lays Out the Costs of a Cash-Based Economy

Payments gurus for years have touted benefits like faster transactions, improved security, and associated rewards when it comes to mobile payments. Now a study released Tuesday indicates converting off-the-books cash payments to digital methods could also boost a nation’s gross domestic product and augment the flow of tax revenues to …

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Co-Op Financial Services Debuts Cardless Cash Access and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/17/18

Co-Op Financial Services said it is adding cardless ATM transactions to its roster of services for credit unions. Dubbed Cardless Cash Access, the service is available on Diebold Nixdorf and NCR ATMs within the Co-Op ATM Network that are managed using the Co-Op Terminal Driving program. Hyperwallet, whose technology enables …

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PPRO Raises $50 Million in an Expansion Bid

Cross-border payment specialist PPRO Group raised $50 million in a funding round led by PayPal Holdings Inc., Citi Ventures, and HPE Growth Capital, the London-based company announced Monday. The funds will be used to expand internationally, including the United States, where it opened an Atlanta office earlier this year. PPRO …

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Worldpay To Roll Out Mastercard’s Pay by Bank App for E-Commerce in the U.K.

Payment processor Worldpay Inc. said it will bring Mastercard Inc.’s Pay by Bank mobile and online payment application to its United Kingdom merchants in early 2019, and also will use other Mastercard digital services. Launched in 2016 by London-based payment-technology developer Vocalink, which Mastercard acquired in May 2017, Pay by …

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Eye on Cryptocurrencies: CheapAir Lands a New Provider; Payroc Joins the Ranks of Crypto ISOs

Online travel agency CheapAir.com says it has found a workaround that will let it continue to accept cryptocurrency, and Payroc LLC has become the latest payments provider to offer crypto to merchant clients. Calabasas, Calif.-based CheapAir notified customers on Friday that it has found a new provider for Bitcoin acceptance …

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