Wednesday , February 20, 2019

Marketing

Sonarax Targets Payments With a Sound-Based Protocol

Sonarax, an ultrasonic-communications company, unveiled a new protocol for enabling devices, including ATMs and those capable of mobile payments, to communicate with one another. Israel-based Sonarax says its technology enables pairing of devices and data transfer on both encrypted and open channels using frequencies that are beyond human hearing capabilities. …

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NAB Integrates With Vend and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/20/19

Payments provider North American Bancard Holdings LLC said it is integrating its capabilities with retail-management and point-of-sale software provider Vend. The joint service will be available to retailers through NAB’s resellers. Digital Debit Group, a unit of Qondado LLC, released a Quick Response code-based app for iOS and Android devices …

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Apple Pay Adoption Reaches 43% of iPhone Users, Up From 36% Just Five Months Ago

Apple Pay adoption show no signs of abating, with an estimated 43% of iPhone users across the globe enabling the mobile-payments service, says Loup Ventures LLC in a research note released Tuesday. That’s up from 36% in September and 20% in December 2017. Other estimates from the Minneapolis-based venture-capital firm …

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ATM Deployer Paramount Makes Acquisition and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/19/19

ATM and payment-services provider Paramount Management Group LLC acquired CAI—The ATM Company, an independent deployer with thousands of ATMs in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and other states. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. A partnership between Transaction Network Services and P97 Networks has processed in-dash fuel payments for …

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A Coming Boom in Voice Commerce? and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/18/19

Voice commerce accounted for only 1% of U.S. online purchases last year, but is projected to grow to 5% by 2023, research firm Euromonitor International said. Research and consulting firm Mercator Advisory Group released the “Securing E-Commerce: Competing Technology Crowds the Market” report that examines e-commerce fraud and measures and …

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Supermarket Kingpin Kroger Debuts Kroger Pay And a Rewards Debit Card

Cincinnati-based grocery giant The Kroger Co. has launched a proprietary mobile-payments service, Kroger Pay, and an accompanying Kroger Rewards debit card. Kroger Pay, available for iOS and Android mobile devices, is a quick-response code-based mobile-payment service, which also includes digital coupons and personalized offers. Kroger Pay, like some other retailer-backed mobile-payments services, …

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North America Proved Difficult for Ingenico Last Year

Ingenico Group’s business generated through North American banks and merchant acquirers had a difficult 2018, the company reported Tuesday. Full-year revenues from North America within the Paris-based point-of-sale terminal maker and payment processor’s Banks & Acquirers segment declined 9% year-over-year on a constant-currency comparable basis and 13% as reported to …

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Kroger Pay Launches and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/13/19

Grocer The Kroger Co. launched Kroger Pay and the Kroger Rewards debit card. Kroger Pay, available for iOS and Android mobile devices, is a Quick Response code-based mobile-payment service, which also includes digital coupons and personalized offers. Currently, Kroger Pay is available in Columbus, Ohio, with plans for nationwide expansion …

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Shopify Payment Volume Up 65% and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/12/19

E-commerce and payment-services provider Shopify Inc. said fourth-quarter gross payment volume hit $5.8 billion, up approximately 65% from $2.3 billion a year earlier. The net loss narrowed to $1.5 million versus $3 million in 2017’s fourth quarter. Merchant acquirer Elavon in partnership with American Express Co. unveiled a service intended …

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Many Consumers Report P2P Funds Availability Takes a Day or More

Speed is a key selling point for person-to-person payments, but many P2P users aren’t taking advantage of real-time payment capabilities offered by their providers, according to research firm Aite Group LLC. Answers from 693 consumers who had used a digital P2P account to receive money in the 12 months ending …

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