Monday , November 18, 2019

Competitive Strategies

UPDATED: Eye on Amazon: Alexa Will Pay Your Bills

Amazon.com Inc.’s payments ambitions continue to manifest themselves with Monday’s announcement that Paymentus Corp. will enable bill payment and management via Amazon’s voice-controlled Alexa devices. Charlotte, N.C.-based Paymentus said billers on the Paymentus Instant Payment Network will be able to offer consumers a way to link their utility accounts to …

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COMMENTARY: Three Huge Misconceptions Business Owners Have About Payment Solutions

Owners of small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs) generally have a negative outlook on the payments industry, and for good reason. The merchant-services world, in particular, has an ugly track record, including lackluster customer support, not to mention misleading sales practices that lead to costly processing rates, hidden fees, and burdensome …

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Four Merging ISOs Adopt Payroc Name and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/28/19

Days after Nxgen and Payscape announced they were merging with a third payments provider, BluePay Canada, the new entity said it has agreed to combine with a fourth company, Payroc LLC, and adopt the Payroc name. James Oberman, Payroc’s chief executive, will serve as CEO of the merged entity.Discover Financial Services said it now …

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Nxgen, Payscape, And BluePay Canada Combine to Form a Processor Serving 25,000-Plus Merchants

This year’s mega-mergers in the transaction-processing business are now starting to generate some smaller spin-off deals. On Friday, two payments providers, Nxgen International and Payscape, said they have acquired a third, BluePay Canada. Terms of the deal were not announced, and an overarching name for the tripartite company has not …

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Krystal Probing Possible Data Breach and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/25/19

Quick-service restaurant chain The Krystal Co., which has 342 locations in 10 Southeastern states, said it is in the early stages of “actively investigating a security incident” that may have compromised credit and debit card numbers used in payments at some of its stores from July through September.A. Wayne Johnson, …

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Visa CEO Predicts a ‘Relatively Easy’ Conversion to the New Secure Remote Commerce System

The four global U.S.-based payment card networks unveiled their joint e-commerce buy button this week, which means merchants, merchant acquirers, and processors can look forward to—or dread—implementing it. Visa Inc. chairman and chief executive Alfred F. Kelly Jr. predicted Thursday they shouldn’t have too many problems. The button is based …

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‘The Deadly Trifecta’ Is Among Threats Putting $88 Billion in Banks’ Payments Revenue at Risk

While fintechs and other nonbank payments providers continue to carve out more market share for themselves, banks could face losing up to $88 billion in payments revenue to them. That’s the assessment from Accenture, the consulting firm that on Wednesday released its latest report, “5 Big Bets in Retail Payments …

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Kabbage Payments Debuts and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/24/19

Kabbage Inc. launched Kabbage Payments, a payments service for small businesses. Kabbage provides merchant lending and uses a payment-facilitator model for the Kabbage Payments subsidiary.American Express Co. revamped its 50-year-old Green Card with a new suite of benefits and rewards. Now called Green from Amex, the card’s fee is $150, up from …

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How PayPal Plans to Leverage Its Newly Won Foothold in Online Payments in China

Top management at PayPal Holdings Inc. made it clear Wednesday the company will continue to hunt for acquisitions and intends to leverage its recently won clearance to acquire a 70% stake in China’s Guofubao Information Technology Co. Ltd., better known as GoPay. The Chinese venture, in which PayPal will become …

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Apple Pay Bucks Starbucks From the Top of the Mobile-Payments Heap

The number of Apple Pay users has surpassed that of the Starbucks mobile-payments service, says eMarketer Inc., marking the first time a general-purpose mobile app has become more popular than the coffee retailer’s. New York City-based eMarketer counted 30.3 million U.S. Apple Pay users, while Starbucks had 25.2 million users. …

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