Monday , January 22, 2018

Competitive Strategies

Bill.com Lands $100 Million in Funding and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/11/17

Bill.com said it secured $100 million in a funding round led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Singapore-based investment firm Temasek Holdings, bringing total investment in the business-payment network to more than $200 million; the company plans to use the funds for network expansion and to accelerate its distribution among …

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Eye on POS Terminals: Ingenico Device Available in Canada While Elavon Debuts Poynt

Point-of-sale terminal maker Ingenico Group said its Telium Tetra POS terminal is now available in Canada through TD Merchant Solutions, the first Canadian acquirer to offer the device. Separately, processor Elavon, a unit of U.S. Bancorp, made the Poynt Co. POS terminal available in Canada. Ingenico said its touchscreen, countertop …

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P2P Payments Generate ‘Lots of Hype And No Results’ for Small Banks, Report Indicates

Financial institutions wearied of seeing nonbanks scoop up more and more of the digital person-to-person payments business, so they’ve begun offering the service themselves. But a report released Wednesday indicates those efforts aren’t panning out all that well, at least for mid-sized and smaller institutions. “Lots of hype and no …

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Community Bankers Ask the FDIC To Deny Deposit Insurance for Square’s Bank

Citing the heavier regulatory burden borne by conventional banks, the Independent Community Bankers of America trade group on Tuesday asked the Federal Deposit Insurance Cop. to deny merchant processor Square Inc.’s insurance application. San Francisco-based Square last month announced it would apply for an industrial bank charter from the state …

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Wells Fargo Launches NFC Cardless Cash ATM Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/10/17

Wells Fargo & Co. launched cardless cash access at its ATMs using near-field communication technology. Consumers using the bank’s mobile app hold an NFC-equipped smart phone near an NFC-enabled ATM after opening and authenticating the bank app. The ATM then prompts for a PIN entry to complete the transaction. Wells said …

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Smart Checkout Is Advancing, But Getting Rid of the Checkout Will Take a While

Ever since ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft came along, processors and merchants have been captivated by the idea of running transactions entirely in the background, without any checkout. That concept will emerge over time, but in different forms and not necessarily with checkout-less experiences, according to research released Tuesday. …

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Radial Purchased by bpost and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/9/17

Elan Financial Services, a processing unit of U.S. Bank, announced it has worked with Ondot Systems to allow two-way communications on the My Mobile Money app. The app now allows issuers to communicate directly with cardholders to confirm debit card transactions. Belgian postal operator bpost has acquired Radial, a U.S. e-commerce …

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A Canadian Startup Mates Contactless With Cryptocurrency in a Fledgling Wallet

With Bitcoin trading at $4,300 and Ethereum at $300, most of the attention in the payments world has been on the cryptocurrencies’ value as an investment rather than as a payment method. Now, a year-old Toronto-based startup hopes to change that by enabling contactless point-of-sale transactions using Ether, the Ethereum …

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Digital Wallets Are Not Yet Ready for Prime Time, But Are Getting Closer, a Report Says

Though digital-wallet adoption among consumers may have paused this year, merchants continue to prep for the electronic payment, according to “The Next Phase of Digital Wallet Adoption,” a report commissioned by JPMorgan Chase & Co. Conducted by Forrester Consulting, a unit of Forrester Research Inc., the report found the fraction …

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Sheetz Moves Ahead on EMV Upgrades and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/6/17

Convenience-store chain Sheetz Inc. announced it is upgrading the forecourts of its more than 500 locations with EMV acceptance at the pump. The new equipment from Gilbarco Veeder-Root was jointly developed with VeriFone Systems Inc. In addition to EMV acceptance, the technology supports mobile wallets, encryption, barcode scanning, and contactless …

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