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Visa’s Kelly Stresses Stability As He Prepares to Hand Off The Reins of Leadership

Following years of pandemic restrictions that all card companies had to contend with, Visa Inc.’s top executives late Thursday highlighted stable transaction and processing volumes and growing cross-border travel as the United States and other global regions continued to recover. The event also featured an appearance by Visa president Ryan …

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POSaBIT Makes $4 Million Deal And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/27/23

POSaBIT Systems Corp., a point-of-sale system maker for the cannabis industry, said it will acquire MJ Platform, Leaf Data Systems, and Ample Organics from Akerna Corp. for $4 million in an all-cash transaction. The deal will almost double the number of locations serviced by POSaBIT and expands its operations in Canada. …

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Mobile Wallet Usage Is Up, But Many Consumers Still Prefer to Pay With Plastic

Consumer adoption of mobile wallets may be growing, but a lot of consumers still prefer to pay using a physical card, a report from J.D. Power finds. The report, which surveyed 3,588 retail-bank customers nationwide between the first quarter of 2021 and third quarter of 2022, found that 49% of …

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Mastercard Celebrates Pay by Bank And Its ‘Multi-Rail Strategy’ As It Records Its ’22 Results

Mastercard Inc. has made some big news in recent months, but you wouldn’t know all of it from the company’s conference call early Thursday to discuss its fourth-quarter 2022 and full-year results. Mastercard celebrated recently concluded major deals that make the global payments company the exclusive provider of debit branding …

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Eye on Money Transfer: MoneyGram Harnesses a Messaging App; Grupo Coppel’s U.S. App

Money-transfer firms are looking for new ways to leverage their extensive international networks, with the latest development emerging early Wednesday as MoneyGram international Inc. announced it is opening its system to BOTIM, a voice-over-Internet protocol (VOIP) provider with 90 million users in the Middle East and Africa. The deal, which …

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To Be Competitive, Banks May Need a Mobile Wallet That Leverages Their Retail Banking Prowess

If banks are to compete against the likes of Apple Pay and Google Wallet in the mobile-wallet arena, they are going to have to provide value-added features that leverage their retail-banking products, such as money management and loyalty accrual and redemption. “The killer question is how to disrupt something that …

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Debit Cards Are Most Popular for Subscription Payments, a Recurly Report Says

The most popular payment method for funding subscription payments is a debit card, with the checking account-connected option being used for 52.9% of global subscription payments. Subscription platform Recurly Inc. released this and other data in its “2023 State of Subscriptions” report Tuesday. The second most popular option was credit …

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iVertical Picks Sionic And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/24/23

Payments provider Sionic said it has agreed to provide its Pay-by-Bank faster-payments service to payments platform iVertical Payments Network to allow consumers to load gift cards directly from their bank accounts. A buy now, pay later startup called Tranch said it has raised $100 million in seed equity and debt funding. The round was …

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Working With Early Warning, Big Banks Eye a New Digital Wallet

A major venture by some of the country’s biggest banks to launch a digital wallet using a platform from Early Warning Services LLC, news of which emerged early Monday, is likely to benefit from the banks’ technology resources. But it could be hindered by consumers’ entrenched preferences for major-brand wallets …

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Bluefin Partners With Visa to Offer Network Tokenization

Bluefin Payment Systems LLC is leveraging Visa Inc.’s technology to provide network tokenization through its ShieldConex vaultless-tokenization service. Bluefin will integrate directly with Visa to provide network tokens across card brands. In addition, Bluefin’s payment gateway, PayConex, will have the ability to process network tokens. ShieldConex protects payment and ACH …

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Inflation Woes Cause Bill Payment Worry Among 86% of Consumers, doxo Finds

As costs continue to increase across the country, many Americans worry about their bill-payment obligations, with 86% concerned about the inflationary impact, found a new survey from doxo, a bill-payment services company. In the report, “The Impact of Inflation on Paying Household Bills in the New Year,” doxo found that …

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Priority Lines up Gift Card Providers Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/20/23

Priority Technology Holdings Inc. said it will offer merchants gift card products from Factor4 and GiftYa. Doma Holdings Inc., a technology platform for the real-estate industry, said it linked to payments provider paymints.io to allow home buyers to deposit earnest money digitally. The Electronic Transactions Association announced its 2023 board of directors. Eric Hoffman, …

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Marqeta Launches Web Push Provisioning to Streamline Mobile Payments

Card-issuing platform Marqeta Inc. has extended its tokenization technology to allow card issuers to push tokenized cards to consumers’ mobile devices, where consumers can use the cards to make purchases. The new technology, which Marqeta calls “web push provisioning,” is expected to reduce friction in mobile payments by eliminating the …

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Discover Network Reports Its Fourth Quarter Volume Grew 9.2%

Discover Financial Services posted single-digit growth rates for both its Pulse and Discover network units in the fourth quarter of 2022. Discover on Thursday said volume on its Discover Network was $58.1 million in the quarter, a 9.2% increase from $453.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Pulse, Discover’s debit network, …

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Circle K’s New EV Charging Service Plugs into Billing

Convenience store chain Circle K is migrating its electric vehicle charging network to Driivz, a service that includes scalable EV charging billing. Tel Aviv-based Driivz says the network includes more than 600 public EV charging stations in Europe and North America.  Laval, Quebec-based Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., parent company of Circle …

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Eye On Stadium Pay: Cheq’s First of Five Planned Deals; Shift4 Scores in Soccer

Cheq Inc. continues its expansion into the highly competitive market for in-stadium payments through a deal with the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. The agreement includes mobile ordering, social payments, and express kiosks at Golden 1 Center, the Kings’ home arena. The deal is the first of five …

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MagicCube Strikes Deals With Mobile Device Makers And Joins the PCI Council

For several years, MagicCube Inc. has worked to prove that merchants can safely and speedily accept card payments with no hardware other than an off-the-shelf mobile device. Now the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has added a new wrinkle to its strategy: agreements with device vendors that make MagicCube’s iAccept the …

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Xoom’s New Debit Card Deposit Feature And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/13/23

PayPal Holdings Inc. launched a cross-border money-transfer product called Debit Card Deposit for its Xoom international money-transfer service. Sixty-seven percent of consumers intend to spend the same or more in 2023 as they did in 2022, found a survey of 2,032 U.S. adults. Conducted by The Harris Poll and commissioned by DailyPay and …

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How Netevia Seeks to Be ‘a Square for ISOs’

Payments platforms have worked for years to find the key to winning and keeping merchants while also holding on to independent sales organizations, the agents that are key to signing up merchants. Now Netevia Group LLC thinks it’s found that key in banking. “It’s a pretty simple strategy,” says Vlad …

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Oracle Tweaks Contactless Acceptance And Other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/12/23

Oracle Corp. launched its Retail Payment Cloud Service to support contactless payments for U.S. retailers at fixed-fee rate pricing. Mercatus Technologies Inc. debuted an updated version of its mobile grocery shopping app that includes seamless cart building and checkout, personalization, rewards and loyalty, and third-party delivery service integrations. MobileCoin Inc. launched Moby, a …

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