Tuesday , December 11, 2018

Competitive Strategies

Security Concerns Still Hold Back Mobile Payments, PSCU Survey Finds

Consumers still have fears about the safety of mobile payments, according to new findings from credit-union service organization PSCU. PSCU’s Eye on Payments survey released Thursday comes at least a decade after payments companies and researchers first determined that security concerns were holding back adoption of online and at the …

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The Race for the Top Slot in Smart Terminals Is on With an Entry From North American Bancard

The era of the smart point-of-sale terminal has already dawned, and now the race is on for dominance. North American Bancard Holdings LLC on Thursday launched its PayAnywhere smart terminal, which runs on NAB’s PayAnywhere mobile-payment software. The move follows news earlier this week that terminal startup Poynt Co. is …

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SignaPay’s Cash Discount App for Agents and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/16/18

Payments provider SignaPay released a mobile app for Apple and Android devices called PayLo Mobile Sales to help sales agents selling the PayLo Cash Discount product. Installment-payments provider Sezzle said it raised $100 million in funding from Bastion Capital. Since launching the service more than a year ago, Sezzle says …

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If Mobile Wallets Functioned More Like Leather Wallets, Usage Might Get a Lift, Research Says

Ever since mobile payments first captured the public imagination four years ago with the launch of Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay, experts have debated why usage of the iOS and Android wallets has fallen short of the original, lofty expectations. Some speculate that usage would rise markedly if the mobile wallets …

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The NASDAQ Accepts USA Technologies’ Compliance Plan, but an Internal Probe Continues

Vending machine payments provider USA Technologies Inc. reported Wednesday that The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC has accepted its plan to regain compliance with its listing rule. The company, however, still hasn’t completed an internal investigation of customer contracts that has delayed the filing of its financial reports. The NASDAQ in …

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AmEx Launches Virtual Payment Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/15/18

Boosted by its 2017 acquisition of Singular Payments, merchant processor Payment Data Systems Inc. said its credit card transactions rose 109% year-over-year in the third quarter and dollar volume rose 112%. Revenues increased 80% to $6.47 million from $3.59 million in 2017’s third quarter. The company reported a net loss of …

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Chase Gets Back Into Contactless Cards, Signaling Stronger Momentum for Tap-And-Go EMV

Giant card issuer Chase once again will issue contactless credit and debit cards, the bank announced Wednesday. Chase, a unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co., says it will begin later this year issuing contactless EMV cards bearing the Visa Inc. brand, first to its Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Slate …

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Cardlytics Adds Nearly 4 Million Consumers to It Rewards Platform, But Forecasted Revenues Fall Short

Rewards platform provider Cardlytics Inc. on Tuesday reported its user base and revenue per active user grew in the third quarter, but the company nonetheless trimmed its full-year revenue forecast. The company’s primary product, Cardlytics Direct, provides merchant-funded rewards programs distributed through financial institutions’ online and mobile-banking sites. Cardlytics Direct …

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BigCommerce Gives a Lift to Venmo’s Commerce Strategy As It Adds the P2P Service And Masterpass

The e-commerce platform BigCommerce Pty Ltd. on Wednesday announced two new supported payment methods, including PayPal Holdings Inc.’s Venmo service. With the addition of Venmo, Austin-based BigCommerce gave a big lift to PayPal’s strategy  to find revenue for what has been a fast-growing but free peer-to-peer payment service, though merchant pricing …

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Sionic Mobile Announces Single Account Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/14/18

Sionic Mobile, a provider of payment and rewards technology, announced a single account through which users can pay a range of providers through mobile devices or in-car commerce. Gas Pos, which sells EMV-acceptance services to fuel retailers, announced a $1 million investment from Merus Capital, a venture-capital firm. Bluefin Payment …

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