Sunday , August 18, 2019

Person-to-Person Payments

The Money-Transfer Newbies Nip at the Incumbents’ Heels

Relative newcomers to the world of money transfers such as Remitly Inc., TransferWise Ltd., and WorldRemit Ltd., which specialize in end-to-end digital transactions, are nibbling away at the market share of agent-based leaders The Western Union Co. and MoneyGram International Inc., says a new report from research firm Aite Group …

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Accenture Releases Cybercrime Report and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/14/19

Accenture released its 2019 Cyber Threatscape Report that examines cybercrime operating models and the effects of ransomware.Point-of-sale equipment maker Star Micronics said Square Inc. now supports its mG-Scale products.In a survey of 100 small businesses, installment-payments provider Klarna found that 40% of online retailers said operational size was the biggest barrier to adopting new payment options.Agreement Express …

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Venmo’s Latest Instant-Transfer Gambit Leverages Faster Payments As It Digs for Revenue

With real-time payments in the headlines these days, it’s not surprising payments companies are jumping on the faster-payments bandwagon. But some, like PayPal Holdings Inc., are finding ways to use speedier funds to bolster revenue. PayPal on Monday announced its latest instant-transfer service, this one allowing Venmo users to move …

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Repay Debuts Instant Funding in Canada and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/13/19

Repay Holdings Corp. launched its Instant Funding product in Canada. The service uses Visa Inc.’s Visa Direct service to send funds directly to eligible Visa debit and prepaid cards. Repay said Canadian lenders and finance companies can disburse funds electronically and eliminate traditional checks and electronic funds transfer transactions. Repay also …

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3dcart Adds ClearSale Option and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 8/8/19

ClearSale, an online fraud-prevention provider, said online shopping cart 3dcart will offer ClearSale services to its merchants.Payrailz, a payments provider to banks and credit unions, announced it has launched a credit-union service organization (CUSO) called CU Payz.Payments-technology firm Verrency said it has collaborated with Coinify, a digital-currency payments provider, to allow banks …

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InComm in L.A. Transit Retail Expansion and other Digital Transactions New briefs from 8/7/19

Prepaid card program manager InComm said it is working with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority to expand from 450 to 2,000 the number of retail locations where riders can buy and reload the transit system’s TAP cards. The expansion is expected to be complete next year.Associated Bank launched a digital checking …

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Risks in Credit-Push Transactions Lurk as Faster-Payment Systems Grow

With faster-payment services growing in the U.S. and the Federal Reserve expected to announce Monday whether it will assume a direct operating role in a real-time gross settlement system, banks and payment processors have not yet considered all the risks associated with the new services, according to a new report. …

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Western Union Plans Layoffs As the Money-Transfer Giants Struggle With a Fast-Changing Market

Under pressure from changing market conditions and challenges from digital-based competitors, money-transfer giants The Western Union Co. and MoneyGram International Inc. both reported disappointing second-quarter results. In addition, Denver-based Western Union said it will chop its workforce by 10% over the coming months as part of a cost-reduction campaign it …

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Fueled by Cash App, Square’s Consumer Business Takes a Star Turn

As Square Inc. enters its 11th year in business, observers have noted how it is depending increasingly on sales to larger sellers. But its financial results for the second quarter, released Thursday, indicate how the San Francisco-based company is also depending more and more on its rapidly growing consumer business, …

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Cardless Transactions Are Driving Debit Growth, A Trend Fraudsters Have Noted

Consumers are making more debit card transactions without the physical card, and fraudsters are taking notice, according to a major study released Thursday. Transactions such as e-commerce payments, push payments, and peer-to-peer transfers using the accounts backing debit cards, but not the plastic itself, are rising dramatically, according to the …

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