Wednesday , January 27, 2021


January, 2021

  • 13 January

    COMMENTARY: PCI And EMVCo Have No Business Setting Standards

    Standards are the prerogative of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for most industries around the world. According to ISO, “ISO standards are internationally agreed by experts” and “should be thought of as a formula that describes the best way of doing something.”  Unfortunately, the roles of ISO and its …

  • 13 January

    Visa Ends Plaid Deal and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/13/21

    Visa Inc. has dropped its year-old, $5.3-billion bid for the data network Plaid Inc. in the wake of an antitrust lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice. The DoJ feared Visa could use Plaid’s links to financial institutions to stifle competition in the debit market, a contention Visa denied.The big drugstore chain Walgreen …

  • 12 January

    Walmart’s Fintech Startup Is Expected to Pack A Potent, Low-Cost Punch

    Unlike many fintech startups, Walmart’s Inc.’s new financial company is expected to be a formidable player right out of the gate. The retail giant unveiled plans late Monday to partner with Ribbit Capital to create a fintech that will provide what Walmart describes as “modern, innovative, and affordable financial solutions.” …

  • 12 January

    Eye on Restaurants: Torchy’s Tacos Taps CardFree, And GoTab Debuts a Contactless Ordering Kit

    Mobile point-of-sale specialist CardFree Inc. announced Torchy’s Tacos, with 83 locations across seven states, has adopted its contactless ordering and services technology. Also, restaurant commerce provider GoTab Inc. debuted a contactless ordering starter kit for hospitality operators. San Francisco-based CardFree says the Austin, Texas-based Torchy’s Tacos started with online ordering and …

  • 12 January

    Another Bank Joins TCH Real Time Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/12/21

    Wells River Bank has agreed to join the Real Time Payments network operated by The Clearing House Payments Co. LLC. The bank will connect to the network through the Shazam EFT network’s Shazam Pay faster-payments gateway.Payments provider Lightspeed POS Inc. launched its Lightspeed Supplier Network, a platform aimed at North American merchants to …

  • 11 January

    Mastercard And Partners Will Test Common Android Phones And Tablets As Contactless POS Devices

    Mastercard Inc. will test contactless payment acceptance using common Android smart phones and tablets in the United States. The technology, relying on software developed by Mastercard Labs, enables these off-the-shelf devices to accept contactless payments with no special hardware.  Announced Monday, the service, called Tap on Phone, intends to capitalize …

  • 11 January

    How Its Deal for Kount Lets Equifax Reinforce Its Capabilities Against Online Fraud

    With consumers and businesses flocking to online commerce, companies of all sizes are reinforcing their technology for accepting transactions and rating them for risk. The latest example is the giant credit-reporting company Equifax Inc., which on Friday said it is paying $640 million to buy Kount Inc., a 14-year-old Boise, …

  • 11 January

    NCR Makes Its Cardtronics Bid and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/11/21

    NCR Corp. confirmed it is the party that has made a $39-per-share cash offer to acquire international ATM network operator Cardtronics plc. The last-minute bid trumps a previous, $35-per-share offer from investment firms Hudson Executive Capital and Apollo Global Management.Citizens Financial Group Inc. said it has expanded the reach of its point-of-sale …

  • 7 January

    Covid—And a New Partnership—Help Push ParkMobile Into the Garage

    The pandemic has in a few months’ time brought changes to the payments business that otherwise might have taken years—even in mundane environments like parking. One big development emerged Thursday with the announcement that TIBA Parking Systems, which manages access to more than 1.9 million parking spaces in the United …

  • 7 January

    NCR Acquires Freshop and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/7/21

    NCR Corp. said it acquired Freshop, a grocery e-commerce services provider. Terms were not disclosed. NCR estimates that buy online, pick up in store shopping will increase 25% per year through 2025.Payment Alliance International said it acquired the ATM portfolio of B & B Music & Video, consisting of 580 company-owned and …

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