Tuesday , March 31, 2020

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With Stimulus Cash Pending, a Fintech Works With Banks to Get Money to the Underbanked

With the U.S. House of Representatives expected to sign off Friday on a $2 trillion stimulus bill in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the United States, some payments executives are focusing on how to get a share of that cash into the hands of the country’s underbanked and …

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Card Networks To Postpone Interchange Adjustments

The payment card networks plan to postpone until July changes in their interchange schedules that they had planned to take effect in April, Digital Transactions News has learned. The delays come as many merchants, especially restaurants, hotels, and local retailers have closed or greatly reduced their operations as part of governmental attempts …

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Diebold Nixdorf Withdraws Full-Year Financial Guidance and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/27/20

ATM and retail-checkout equipment manufacturer Diebold Nixdorf Inc. withdrew its full-year financial guidance, saying that in some locations it “is seeing instances of product installation disruptions from coronavirus-related logistics challenges, which impacts the company’s ability to forecast product revenue.” The company also postponed its planned May 21 Investor Day event.PAR Technology Corp., …

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Shift4 Data Quantifies a Heavy Coronavirus Impact on Restaurants And Hotels

Sobering data from Shift4 Payments LLC shows that U.S. hospitality-industry transaction volume plummeted in mid-March as consumers sheltered in place and travel, both business and personal, waned. Restaurant volume fell from 42 million transactions to 11 million, a 74% decrease for the period from the week of February 2 to …

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Prepaid Payments Veteran Dan Henry Takes Over at Green Dot As the Firm Looks to Rebound

After what it calls a “comprehensive search process,” prepaid-payments and banking-services provider Green Dot Corp. has found a new chief executive to replace founder and long-time CEO Steven Streit. The Pasadena, Calif.-based company said Wednesday payments veteran Daniel Henry is taking over from interim CEO William Jacobs, who has served …

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SMBs Expect Further Demand Drop and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/25/20

A national survey of 850 small businesses found 69% have seen a “large drop” in demand because of the coronavirus pandemic, while 60% say they believe demand will drop further. The survey was conducted by America’s Small Business Development Centers and Thryv Inc., a software vendor specializing in small businesses.The U.S. Faster Payments …

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In Response to Infection Concerns, the U.K. Raises Its Contactless Payment Cap by 50%

With much of the world locked down in combatting the novel coronavirus pandemic, a financial trade group in the United Kingdom said Tuesday the country would increase the spending limit on contactless transactions by 50% effective April 1. The move will allow consumers to pay without touching a keypad or …

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BlueSnap Adds Marketplaces Features and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/24/20

E-commerce payments provider BlueSnap Inc. said it is enhancing its Payments for Marketplaces product, which allows online merchants to launch and operate global e-commerce marketplaces. New services include auto-onboarding, split payments, and cross-border payment capabilities.Square Inc. will have an investor conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday to discuss how it is …

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Bridge, Tollway Authorities Toss Cash Acceptance Overboard, But Canadian Central Bank Urges Otherwise

Cash is fighting an uphill battle to remain a payment option during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Over the past week, a number of toll-highway and bridge authorities have ceased accepting cash to limit the spread of the highly infectious disease. According to local press reports, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the Illinois …

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PayPal, Square Boost Hiring and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 3/23/20

PayPal Holdings Inc. and Square Inc. are moving to increase hiring as consumers reportedly shift to mobile payments as a result of calls for social distancing.Arguing that “the [coronavirus] pandemic will pass, but the economic impact will last,” a collation of payroll processors and trade associations issued an open letter to President Donald …

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