Monday , January 22, 2018

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While Mobile Wallets Have Gone ‘Mass-Market,” Adoption Has Leveled off

Ever since Apple Inc. raised the profile of mobile wallets with its launch of Apple Pay in 2014, observers have questioned how widely consumers would take up the newfangled payment gadgets. The latest study shows that while adoption is widespread, it has stalled in recent months. The good news for …

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A Canadian Car-Services Operator Chooses Contactless-Only Payments

Unattended tire-inflation and vacuum services for cars long have accepted credit and debit cards as well as cash. Now, one provider, Irving, Texas-based AIR-serv, is taking that a step further by making contactless payments the sole option at more than 6,500 locations throughout Canada. Payments provider MONEXGroup says it is …

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A New Shopify Card Reader Supports EMV And Bluetooth for Small Sellers

Shopify Inc. is often thought of as a platform for smaller e-commerce merchants, but it offers processing services for some 65,000 physical-world sellers, as well, and on Thursday it unveiled a new EMV card reader that features a Bluetooth low-energy link to mobile devices and what the company says is …

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Globally, the ‘Pays’ Ring up Eye-Popping Growth. But In the U.S., It’s a Different Story

Mobile-wallet enthusiasts may have to look overseas for encouragement. A report released Tuesday indicates sizzling growth worldwide for the three major mobile-payments services—Android Pay, Apple Pay, and Samsung Pay—but researchers who follow the U.S. market say the trio are making little if any headway with consumers. The report from Juniper …

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Americans Have Yet To Connect With Contactless Cards

In the United States, contactless payments are virtually synonymous with mobile payments. In other countries, contactless payments usually mean tap-and-go transactions with a plastic debit or credit card. In the United Kingdom, for example, spending on contactless cards reached a record £3.4 billion ($4.2 billion at current exchange rates) in …

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What is the Future of Mobile Wallets? Anticipation and Waiting, Expert Panel Says

As mobile-wallet backers wrestle with the right mix of features and functions—loyalty, offers, and payments—to incentivize consumers and merchants to use their products, they should get accustomed to waiting. That was the word Thursday in Orlando, Fla., from speakers at the 2017 Payments Summit, sponsored by the Secure Technology Alliance. …

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Want Contactless Payments in the U.S.? Don’t Hold Your Breath, Say Industry Experts

Contactless payments may seem like the next evolution of the U.S. payments industry, but the challenges confronting that technology may be greater than those of the ongoing chip migration, industry observers suggested on Tuesday at an industry trade show. “At the moment, contactless is much more complex, more expensive,” Allen …

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Cloud-Based TouchPass Brings a Subscription Model to Transit Agencies for Fare Payments

The subscription model is coming to payments for transit fares. Delerrok Inc., a transit fare-system provider, launched TouchPass this week, a fare-collection service that transit operators pay for via a subscription. TouchPass, a product of transit veterans Bob Hamilton, Gary Yamamura, and Susumu Kusakabe, who is a patent holder for …

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On a Growth Trajectory, Amazon Pay Looks To Go ‘Beyond the Button’ in 2017

Amazon.com Inc. announced an integration this week with an e-commerce platform called BigCommerce for its Amazon Pay service, but the company also clearly entertains big ambitions for the payment product it organized as a business in 2015. For now, Amazon Pay is on an upward trend. Some 33 million consumers, …

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Building a Base of Mobile Payers May Require Players To Pay

For mobile-wallet providers, card issuers, and merchants trying to attract consumers to their mobile-payment services, the way to build a base of active customers can be summarized in two words: pay up. New findings from Auriemma Consulting Group based on research with 1,505 payment card holders eligible for mobile-payments programs …

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