Monday , October 15, 2018

Person-to-Person Payments

Eye on P2P: Venmo Jacks up Its Fee for Instant Transfers; BofA Touts Zelle Results

In the hotly contested market for person-to-person transactions, PayPal Holdings Inc.’s Venmo unit has rarely made a misstep. But over the weekend the popular service said it will raise its fee from a 25 cents to 1% for so-called instant transfers users make to move money from their Venmo account …

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Dear Diary: Why Did Payment Transactions Decline in 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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Shopify Tries a Store Strategy and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 10/12/18

E-commerce processor Shopify Inc. opened its first brick-and-mortar “entrepreneur space” in downtown Los Angeles. The site will provide in-person support, training, and education to Shopify merchants, and the company’s suite of retail hardware products will be available. Shopify says it has 10,000 merchants in L.A. and 80,000 in California. Cybersecurity …

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PayPal, in a Tie-Up With Walmart, Adds In-Store Cash Access

Consumers with PayPal accounts will be able to withdraw cash from, and deposit cash into, these accounts at participating U.S. Walmart Inc. locations, Walmart announced Thursday. The deal means PayPal accountholders will pay $3 per cash-in and cash-out transaction. San Jose, Calif.-based PayPal says this is the first time its …

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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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Chase Adds Card Lock Feature and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/27/18

BNY Mellon has become the first bank client to sign a reseller agreement with Early Warning Services’ Zelle person-to-person payment network for tokenized disbursements to consumers. Zelle indicated earlier this year it would expand into disbursements as a potential field for fee-based payment services. Zelle also announced Dollar Bank now offers Zelle …

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BlueSnap Now Processing In Australia and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/18/18

Processor First Data Corp. said it shipped its 1 millionth Clover point-of-sale sale device aimed mainly at small and mid-sized merchants; the device went to Friesen-Apotheken, a pharmacy chain based in Bad Malente, Germany. Payments platform BlueSnap has begun local processing for business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies in Australia. Buildium, a …

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Rambus Token Gateway Receives Visa OK and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/12/18

Rambus Inc. announced its token gateway for e-commerce is one of the first such services to be certified by the Visa Ready program. The gateway streamlines links to the Visa Token Service to tokenize payment credentials for merchants, payment service providers, and merchants. Mobile-payments specialist Glance Technologies Inc. said its …

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GAO Calculates Equifax Breach Impact and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 9/11/18

Georgia State University announced that the new Georgia FinTech Academy, a talent-development initiative involving Georgia’s 26 public institutions of higher learning, will have physical locations at Georgia State and in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. The FinTech Academy is supported by the Atlanta-based American Transaction Processors Coalition. One year after credit-reporting agency Equifax Inc. disclosed its …

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Fingerprint Scanning Will Have to Move Over for Facial And Voice ID, Research Says

With mobile-payments volume increasing while confidence in passwords slumps, researchers are predicting big growth for mobile authentication via biometric technology such as facial or voice recognition. In one forecast, from the United Kingdom-based firm Juniper Research, the number of mobile users authenticating themselves by such technology will grow over the …

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