Wednesday , February 20, 2019

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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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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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Card Expenditures To Top $45 Trillion by 2023, With Contactless Boosting the Total, RBR Says

While global card expenditures will increase 80% to $45 trillion by 2023 from $25 trillion in 2017, growth in the United States will be slow compared to other regions because the U.S. is already a well-developed market, says RBR Research in its “Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2023” …

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USA Technologies Suffers a Setback in Its Effort To Escape the Shadow of Accounting Problems

Shares of USA Technologies Inc. lost half their value Thursday morning on news that the vending-machine payments provider’s auditor had resigned and that some of the company’s previous financial statements are unreliable. In a Feb. 1 letter to the audit committee of USAT’s board of directors, Chicago-based auditor RSM US …

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USAT’s ePort Connect Coming to Air Vending Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/4/19

USA Technologies Inc. agreed to provide its ePort Connect contactless-payments technology for air-vending machines deployed by CSC ServiceWorks Inc., a supplier of commercial washers and dryers, with 1.4 million laundry machines in service. Upserv, a payments provider specializing in hospitality, adopted the TM-m30 receipt printer and TM-U220 kitchen printer from …

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Mastercard Issuers Jumping on the Contactless Card Bandwagon

So far, Visa Inc. has dominated the headlines regarding the U.S. conversion to contactless payment cards. Mastercard Inc., however, will soon be getting into the act. “In the U.S., contactless momentum continues to grow on both issuing and acceptance sides,” Mastercard president and chief executive Ajay Banga said Thursday. “We …

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Lightspeed Debuts Lightspeed Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/31/19

Point-of-sale system maker Lightspeed debuted Lightspeed Payments, a service for in-store and e-commerce payments. The service unifies a merchant’s card-present and card-not-present transaction data into one reporting location within the Lightspeed POS software. Regardless of the card type, merchants pay 2.6% plus 10 cents per card-present payment and 2.6% plus …

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Visa Eyes More Contactless Cards And More Volume From Visa Direct

Visa Inc. saw payment volume growth of nearly 11% in the quarter ended Dec. 31, and sees ever-more contactless cards and volume on its Visa Direct real-time payments service in its future. Visa on Wednesday reported a respectable first quarter of fiscal 2019, according to its chief executive, despite the …

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Only 14% Use Mobile Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/29/19

Just 14% of U.S. smart-phone users are using mobile-payments services from smart-phone makers, such as Apple Pay from Apple Inc., according to a survey from Juniper Research, which says “the window of opportunity in the U.S. for mobile-payment providers like Apple Pay and Google Pay is closing fast.” The survey …

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