Tuesday , October 22, 2019

Person-to-Person Payments

How a New Credit Card From Synchrony Could Help Boost Revenue for PayPal’s Venmo

PayPal Holdings Inc. has made no secret of its push to generate revenue from its highly popular—but free—Venmo peer-to-peer payment service. Its latest gambit came to light early Thursday with the news that long-time finance partner Synchrony Financial will issue a Venmo credit card for the U.S. market starting the …

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Rental Payments Dominate Zelle Volume; Are Transaction Limits a Hindrance?

Rental payments are the top use case by far on the Zelle person-to-person payments network, according to the chief executive of Zelle provider Early Warning Services LLC. “From an end-user use-case perspective, far and away the No. 1 use case for Zelle right now is actually a rent payment,” Albert …

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A Crucial Meeting of 21 Remaining Libra Backers Elects a Board And Appoints Executives

In the face of multiple defections so far, Facebook Inc.’s controversial cryptocurrency project scored a victory of sorts Monday when 21 remaining backers officially signed on at a crucial meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. In a busy day, the companies making up the Libra Association signed on to the project’s charter, …

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Eye on Mobile Payments: More About Samsung Pay Cash; Zelle Eyes Community Banks

More details emerged Tuesday about Samsung Pay Cash, the virtual prepaid card Samsung Electronics America Inc. first announced late last week as the latest feature for its mobile wallet.  Global Payments Inc., the big Atlanta-based processor that recently acquired Total System Services Inc. (TSYS), said Monday it has now integrated …

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Samsung Pay Looks to Cross-Border Transfers As a New Growth Market

Adoption of mobile-payment apps in the United States has been tepid, so the so-called “Pays”—Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay—have sought new features to spike consumer interest. The latest gambit comes from Samsung Pay, which on Thursday announced an integration that will allow U.S. users to send payments to …

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Without a Digital Business Model, Banks May Lose $280 Billion in Payments Revenue

Digital payments, combined with competition from nonbanks in payments, may cost banks as much as 15% of their global payments revenue, or $280 billion, says Accenture in its “2019 Global Payments Survey.” Released Monday, the survey of 240 retail and corporate payments executives across multiple countries suggests that global-payments revenue …

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Adyen Lands Another Retailer and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/13/19

Payments provider Adyen N.V. said fashion retailer BrandBank will use its payments network throughout markets in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. BrandBank operates more than 500 stores.Digital River agreed to provide payments and tax and compliance services on the Salesforce AppExchange.PepsiCo has launched a cash-back rewards program called PepCoin, which lets consumers deposit cash rewards directly …

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An ISO’s Dry Cleaning Stake and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/12/19

United Merchant Services Inc. said it acquired the rights to Royal Western Computer’s assets, including its point-of-sale software for dry cleaning merchants, branding, trademarks, licensee database, and sales channels. Royal Western Computer holds more than 25% of the dry cleaning POS market, UMS said. The company intends to expand by combining …

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Five Years On, Is Apple Pay Ready To Bloom At Last?

Five years ago, Apple Inc. laid claim to offering one of the first smart phone-based mobile-payment services, and now some observers say Apple Pay, with an estimated 43% of iPhone owners using the service, may be poised to score a breakthrough. Apple Pay was announced with great fanfare Sept. 9, …

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U.S. House Committee To Hold Faster Payments Hearing and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/30/19

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Task Force on Financial Technology will hold a hearing Sept. 26 on “The Future of Real-Time Payments.” The task force was created in May by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee.Housecall Pro, a software platform for home-service technicians, launched My …

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