Wednesday , September 19, 2018

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Blockchain Startup MakeCents Tests a Payments Platform It Says Bypasses Networks

With hopes of providing merchants with a lower-cost network to make and accept electronic payments, startup MakeCents announced Friday a test of its blockchain-based platform. New York City-based MakeCents says its decentralized platform is designed to “disrupt the $420 trillion global payments infrastructure by leveraging its blockchain technology to connect …

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Washlava Expands and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/20/18

Washlava, a mobile-payments provider for laundromats, opened its second app-enabled laundromat, in New York City’s Queens borough. Washlava’s first such location opened in 2017 in Tampa, Fla. Payments provider Century Business Solutions announced an integration with Limo Anywhere, a point-of-sale software developer for the livery and limousine industry. Users of …

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Walmart Shoppers More Likely To Use Apple Pay In Walmart Than Walmart Pay

Walmart Inc. shoppers apparently aren’t as loyal to the giant retailer’s own mobile-payment service as they are to Apple Inc.’s Apple Pay. That’s one takeaway from the latest Mobile Pay Tracker from Auriemma Consulting Group. New York City-based ACG found that Walmart shoppers who use Apple Pay and have a …

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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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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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Bank of America’s Customers Give a Big Lift to Zelle

Bank of America Corp.’s customers made 35.1 million Zelle person-to-person payments in the second quarter, 142% higher than the 14.5 million Zelle payments they made a year earlier, the Charlotte, N.C.-based banking giant reported Monday. The value of the P2P payments totaled $10 billion, double the $5 billion from 2017’s …

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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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Ease in Payments And Ordering Are Central to Restaurant Success, a Survey Finds

What do diners want most when they go out to eat? Apparently, easy ordering and payment. That’s the big takeaway in the “Restaurant Digital Crossroads: The Race to Meet Guest Expectations” report released Thursday. Hassle-free ordering and payment are especially important to younger consumers, defined as those between 18 and 37 …

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