Wednesday , October 17, 2018

Mobile Commerce

Eye on Crypto: Jeweler Adds Crypto Acceptance; Many Consumers Want Investment Option

Marks Jewelers is the latest merchant to begin accepting digital currencies, including Bitcoin and Litecoin. Announced Tuesday by e-commerce platform Shopping Cart Elite, which is supplying the enabling acceptance technology, the move means the Montgomeryville, Pa.-based jeweler also accepts Bitcoin Diamond, Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin Gold, Dash, Ethereum, and Zcoin for …

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Tru Shop-by-Payment Launches and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/16/18

Payments-networking provider Transaction Network Services has agreed to acquire Advam, an Australian provider of unattended and e-commerce payments processing. Terms were not disclosed. E-commerce technology provider tru Payments LLC launched tru Shop-by-Payment, a cloud-based service that lets consumers shop for a new car and auto financing at the same time. Bill-payment specialist …

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Dear Diary: Why Did Payment Transactions Decline in October 2017?

Unless you’re talking about check-writing or cash usage, just about every measure of transactions and volumes in payments is up, up, up these days. But a new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta says consumers actually made fewer payments in October 2017 than they did a year earlier. …

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A Real-Time Bill-Payment Service From Mastercard Could Lure Biller-Direct Fans

After years of planning and deliberation, the payments industry is starting to announce services based on real-time processing. One of the first is Mastercard Inc., which on Wednesday unveiled a system that will allow consumers to view bills and then transfer funds to the billers within seconds. Experts see an …

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ATM Surcharges Increase and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/10/18

Fiserv Inc. said it connected more than 100 banks and credit unions so far to the Zelle peer-to-peer payments network. The institutions are now live or will be going live soon, the company said. The average surcharge assessed by the ATM owner for an out-of-network transaction rose for the 14th …

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Forecast Has a Sunny Outlook for Merchant Acquirers’ Holiday E-Commerce Volumes

Online-commerce analytics firm eMarketer Inc. is out with its 2018 holiday spending forecast, and it has some encouraging news for merchant acquirers, especially those in the e-commerce and mobile-commerce space. New York City-based eMarketer’s “Holiday Shopping 2018: A Strong Economy Sets the Stage for a Spending Surge” report predicts total …

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CardFlight Debuts a Customer Database Feature for Its Mobile POS Service

Merchants using CardFlight Inc.’s mobile point-of-sale app can now use a service called SwipeSimple Customers to help manage their customer data, card-on-file data, and payments, CardFlight announced Tuesday. Among the new features are the ability to create and maintain a customer database with an option to store payment card details …

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USA Technologies Could Be Delisted and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/9/18

Merchant processor Elavon rolled out its self-test platform for providers of payment hardware and software developers to streamline needed certification processes from the card networks and for EMV chip card acceptance; Elavon says the platform can reduce previous four-week certification times to 24 to 48 hours and eliminate the need …

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Small Merchants Are Generating Bigger Payment Volumes, Analysis Finds

Small merchants are generating more payment volume, and health-care providers handily outlive restaurants and bars in their relationships with merchant acquirers, according to a new analysis from The Strawhecker Group. Data from the Omaha, Neb.-based consulting and research firm’s Acquiring Industry Metrics service shows that the average small and mid-size …

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M-Payments Coming to C-Store Chain and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/8/18

Terminal maker Verifone Systems Inc. launched EX-Receipt, a cloud-based system that generates an electronic receipt at gas pumps via text or email for enrolled customers, replacing the customary paper receipt. NCR Corp. introduced mobile-payment and -loyalty capability for Enmarket Convenience Stores, a chain of 123 c-stores and 14 quick-service restaurants …

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