Tuesday , January 26, 2021

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Debit Card Growth Outpaces Credit Cards and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/25/21

Growing numbers of consumers continue to grab their debit cards when shopping, with the overall U.S. spend made with debit cards up 25% for the week ending Jan. 17, compared to the week of Jan. 19, 2020, according to the PSCU Tracking Transaction Trends report issued Monday. Credit card spend was up …

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Mindbody Adds Flex, a Subscription-Payment Fitness Program

Mindbody Inc., a provider of payments services and wellness software to the health and fitness industry, is adding a direct-to-consumer virtual membership program. Dubbed Mindbody Flex, the subscription service offers virtual access to more than 450 independent studios offering virtual fitness and wellness classes. Pricing starts at $39 per month …

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Rellevate To Power Richard Petty Gift Cards and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/22/21

Fintech Rellevate Inc. announced a multiyear licensing and distribution agreement with Richard Petty Motorsports for gift and reward cards depicting NASCAR icon Richard Petty. The cards will be issued by Sutton Bank.CommentSold, a 3-year-old social e-commerce site, said it added 2,000 merchants in 2020 and saw record growth in gross merchandise value …

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Discover Posts Volume Gains for Its Payments Properties But Logs an Overall Revenue Drop

Discover Financial Services reported mixed results Thursday for the fourth quarter of 2020. Despite a 4% decline year-over-year in revenue, which totaled $2.82 billion, Discover’s net income rose 13% to $799 million.  Payment Services volume totaled $70.1 billion, up 6% year-over-year, with all four legs that comprise the division—the Discover …

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As Consumers And Businesses Turn to Electronic Channels, ACH Growth Accelerates

For the nation’s automated clearing house network, payments trends already under way before the coronavirus pandemic are still unfolding—only faster.  ACH payments initiated on the Web to pay bills and make other transfers totaled 2.1 billion in 2020’s fourth quarter, a 15.2% increase year-over-year, Nacha reported Thursday. Herndon, Va.-based Nacha …

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Nuvei Lands Tennessee Sports-Betting OK and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/21/21

Nuvei Corp. said a wholly owned subsidiary has been approved to process sports-betting transactions in Tennessee, where sports wagers have been legal since 2019. Previously, Nuvei received approval to process sports betting in Colorado, Indiana, and West Virginia.Point-of-sale system provider Revel Systems said majority owner Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe made another investment …

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A Look at the Dark Web Shows How Thieves Market Payment Data—And the Prices They Get

Much has been written over the years about the seemingly unending succession of data breaches involving credit card and other personal payment data. But little is known about the so-called dark Web, the sites where these data thieves set up shop to sell what they’ve pilfered. It turns out these …

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Restaurant Volume Dips and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/20/21

Transaction volume for hotels and restaurants fell between 40% and 50% in December compared to December 2019, according to numbers released by payments provider Shift4 Payments Inc. Retail and e-commerce businesses, on the other hand, saw a year-over-year increase in volume last month for the first time since the pandemic set in.Xformative …

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PPRO Secures $180 Million in Funding and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/19/21

Payments provide PPRO Financial Ltd. announced a $180-million funding round valuing the company at more than $1 billion.AeroPay, a payments provider specializing in the cannabis industry, said it is working with Blackbird, a cannabis software and delivery company, to process online ordering for cannabis businesses.U.S. payments provider WEX Inc. announced it will process …

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Despite Covid, Holiday Retail Sales Beat Expectations Handily, the NRF Says

The numbers are in, and it turns out the holiday shopping season was not only better than expected, but also better than the one in 2019, weeks before the coronavirus pandemic struck in the United States. Retail sales in November and December totaled $789.4 billion, up a healthy 8.3% over …

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