Friday , April 3, 2020

Near-Field Communication (NFC)

Eye on Merchants: CardFlight Says SMB Sales Down; E-Commerce Sales Growth Continues

A decline in transactions at small and mid-size businesses accelerated through March as consumers react to shelter-at-home and social-distancing precautions, according to data from point-of-sale technology provider CardFlight Inc. But their spending shifted to e-commerce in many merchant categories, finds data from Signifyd, a vendor of e-commerce fraud solutions. Sales …

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Consumers Warm to Digital Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 4/2/20

Seventy-three percent of U.S. adults say they would be more or much more likely to use digital payments or digital banking services during a time of social distancing, according to a survey of 1,043 persons aged 18 and up by The Harris Poll on behalf of William Mills Agency. The canvass took …

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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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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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Contactless Payment Use Drops, But Not As Much As Chip And Magstripe, a Report Finds

With students not in school, the closure of restaurants and bars, and work-from-home edicts in place, consumer spending is shifting. Witness that in the week of March 9-15, the payment volume made with dipped EMV cards fell 5.17% from the week prior and mag-stripe volume fell 13.07%, according to the …

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Dual-Interface Chip Card Sales Lift CPI Card Group

As the payments industry reeled Monday morning during yet another wild session on Wall Street, card manufacturer CPI Card Group Inc. provided a glimmer of hopeful news when it reported improving financials thanks in part to growing sales of dual-interface cards. Littleton, Colo. based CPI said fourth-quarter sales in its …

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How the Coronavirus Scare Is Leading Some Experts to Look for a Boost in Contactless Payments

The global coronavirus scare has prompted a number of warnings that could end up benefiting electronic payments, particularly contactless transactions. Authorities ranging from the World Health Organization to doctors in local practices have warned this week about the risks of handling paper currency, and some have also cautioned against touching …

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USA Technologies’ Proxy Puts Three of Its Challenger’s Director Nominees on Its Own Slate

Annual stockholder meetings usually are staid affairs involving such exciting matters as appointing a company’s auditing firm, but the upcoming meeting for vending machine payments provider USA Technologies Inc. could be a real barn burner. The months-long battle between Malvern, Pa.-based USAT’s management and board on the one side and …

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Clover Station Pro Debuts and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 2/26/20

Fiserv Inc. announced its Clover unit has launched Clover Station Pro, a cloud-based point-of-sale device featuring a customer-facing countertop display and software specific to quick-service and full-service restaurants on the Clover platform.Elavon Inc., the merchant acquiring unit of U.S. Bancorp, announced the sale of its Mexico-based operations to banking giant Santander …

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