Saturday , January 19, 2019

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Contactless Cards Round 2 Gets Another Boost with PenFed Announcement

PenFed Credit Union announced Tuesday it will begin issuing contactless Visa-branded credit and debit cards this month. The move comes after a decision by Chase, a unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co., to issue dual-interface cards that will be in force this year. The cards are called dual interface because …

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Contactless Payments And Transaction Data Will Be on More Restaurateurs’ Menus in 2019

Restaurants are a coveted merchant segment for many acquirers and independent sales organizations. So, knowing how payments are changing and the impact that might have on this merchant segment is critical. First off, in 2019, the prospect for more consumers carrying, and wanting to use, contactless credit and debit cards …

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Visa’s Counterfeit Fraud Declines, But Some Other EMV Measures Signal a Conversion Lull

Counterfeit fraud losses continue to decline, according to Visa Inc.’s latest report about the U.S. conversion to the EMV chip card standard. But Visa’s EMV dollar volume was lower in September than in June, and the number of merchants that accept chip cards remained unchanged at 3.1 million. Visa says …

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Fuel Dispenser Vendor Offers Chevron, Texaco Dealers EMV Update Program

Chevron and Texaco fuel retailers have another option when considering EMV upgrades at the pump with the debut of a Gilbarco Veeder-Root program. Launched this week, the program enables these convenience-store operators to trade in their current non-EMV-compliant equipment from their pumps for the Passport POS service from Greensboro, N.C.-based …

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Many Retailers Already Have or Plan to Erase Signature Requirements Soon, the NRF Reports

More than 40% of retail executives surveyed for the National Retail Federation’s latest payments study say they have already dropped signature requirements for payment card transactions or plan to do so before this year is out. Another 13% plan to end signature requirements in 2019. The actions come in the …

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SignaPay’s Cash Discount App for Agents and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/16/18

Payments provider SignaPay released a mobile app for Apple and Android devices called PayLo Mobile Sales to help sales agents selling the PayLo Cash Discount product. Installment-payments provider Sezzle said it raised $100 million in funding from Bastion Capital. Since launching the service more than a year ago, Sezzle says …

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Chase Gets Back Into Contactless Cards, Signaling Stronger Momentum for Tap-And-Go EMV

Giant card issuer Chase once again will issue contactless credit and debit cards, the bank announced Wednesday. Chase, a unit of JPMorgan Chase & Co., says it will begin later this year issuing contactless EMV cards bearing the Visa Inc. brand, first to its Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Slate …

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Cardlytics Adds Nearly 4 Million Consumers to It Rewards Platform, But Forecasted Revenues Fall Short

Rewards platform provider Cardlytics Inc. on Tuesday reported its user base and revenue per active user grew in the third quarter, but the company nonetheless trimmed its full-year revenue forecast. The company’s primary product, Cardlytics Direct, provides merchant-funded rewards programs distributed through financial institutions’ online and mobile-banking sites. Cardlytics Direct …

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Sionic Mobile Announces Single Account Service and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 11/14/18

Sionic Mobile, a provider of payment and rewards technology, announced a single account through which users can pay a range of providers through mobile devices or in-car commerce. Gas Pos, which sells EMV-acceptance services to fuel retailers, announced a $1 million investment from Merus Capital, a venture-capital firm. Bluefin Payment …

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Predicted Contactless-Card Boom Remains Just That for Card Manufacturer CPI Card Group

Despite predictions of an upsurge in contactless payment cards, so-called tap-and-go cards have yet to generate much revenue for a major U.S.-based card manufacturer, CPI Card Group Inc. Such cards are often called dual-interface cards because they support both contact EMV chip card transactions at point-of-sale terminals as well as …

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