Thursday , August 5, 2021

Mobile Wallets

Cashless Payments Via Clover Will Greet Returning Chelsea Fans

Fiserv Inc. will field more than 200 Clover point-of-sale devices and handheld Clover Flex devices in Stamford Bridge, the home stadium of England’s Chelsea Football Club, as the processor continues to champion contactless payments. Announced Wednesday, the debut of the Clover devices in the stadium means attendees will be able …

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How Google Figures a Tie-In With Marqeta Can Increase the Utility of Google Pay

Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit is betting its partnership with Marqeta Inc.to issue a tokenized virtual Google Pay card will entice consumers to use Google Pay more often for day-to-day purchases online and in-store.  The new card, announced this week, allows users to make purchases with their Google Pay balance using a …

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Amazon Second-Quarter Sales Total $53.2 Billion and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/30/21

Amazon.com Inc. reported its sales for its online stores totaled $53.2 billion in the second quarter, up 16% year-over-year. Physical-store sales rose 11% to $4.2 billion.Cryptocurrency-payments processor BitPay Inc. said it now supports Litecoin in the BitPay Wallet app. Newegg.com is the first merchant to accept Litecoin through BitPay. Litecoin is the 13th-largest …

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Mastercard Outlines a Strong Quarter As It Pursues Strategies in Crypto, 5G, And Open Banking

As they have for rival Visa Inc., transaction volumes are continuing to improve for Mastercard Inc. as world commerce stages its recovery from the impact of the pandemic. “The strong momentum we started the year with accelerated this quarter,” chief executive Michael Miebach said Thursday morning during a session with …

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PayPal’s CEO Promises an ‘Aggressive’ Play for Merchant Business in the Wake of New Pricing

PayPal’s boss made a declaration Wednesday afternoon that may have been as much a warning to incumbent merchant acquirers as it was a promise to storefront merchants. Referring to PayPal’s new transaction pricing schedule, expected to go into effect Aug. 2, chief executive Dan Schulman made it clear PayPal will …

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Eye on Acquiring: Shift4 Adds the United Center, And OLB Dives Deeper Into CBD

Shift4 Payments Inc. continued its expansion into sports and entertainment venues Tuesday, announcing that it will provide payment processing for Chicago’s United Center, home to the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. The payments offering relies on Shift4’s VenueNext technology.  Shift4 said …

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Consumer Adoption of Contactless Payments Continues to Surge, Says Latest CardFlight Report

Nearly 18 months into the Covid-19 pandemic, consumer usage of contactless payments continues to grow, according to the most recent CardFlight Small Business Report. During the week ending July 18, contactless transactions increased 597.7% from the March 2020 baseline period. Contactless usage has been steadily increasing on a weekly basis …

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Australia Peeks Into Apple Pay and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 726/21

An Australian Parliament committee held a hearing investigating Apple Inc.’s policies regarding access to the secure element for payment services on its smart phones, according to a ZDNet.com report. Apple argued its hardware-based interface is more secure than a software-focused one. Google, which uses host card emulation software for Google Pay, said …

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Paystand Secures $50 Million in Funding and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 7/23/21

Blockchain-based business-to-business payments network Paystand Inc. announced a $50-million Series C funding round led by NewView Capital.Payments provider Paystone Inc. received a $30-million investment from Credit Mutuel Equity. Paystone said it will use the funds to fuel growth.ForumPay, whose technology converts cryptocurrency spent by consumers into fiat currency for processing, said it will work with …

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COMMENTARY: Could PayPal’s Latest Fee Boost Make It the Merchant Lobby’s Next Target?

The yin and yang of political, and ferociously commercial, PayPal was vividly on display with its announcement last month of a massive price hike. The e-commerce phenom attaches itself to an array of woke causes but remains a wonderfully hard-nosed commercial enterprise, keen to be fully compensated for the enormous value …

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