Thursday , August 5, 2021

Pricing

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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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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Jumping on the Contactless Trend, Intuit Tries Again to Penetrate the POS Market

Sensing that consumers’ growing preference for contactless-payments options will be permanent, Intuit Inc. on Thursday introduced its QuickBooks Card Reader for small businesses. The terminal, which integrates with QuickBooks Payments, supports what Intuit calls smart-tipping functionality. Businesses can customize three tipping options that are displayed on the card reader as …

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Failed Payments Cost Banks, Fintechs, And Companies Nearly $120 Billion Last Year

As banks, merchants, and fintechs scramble to win share in the payments business, they can easily lose sight of the fact that not all payments process properly. In fact, many don’t. Some two-thirds of organizations sustain more than 20,000 failed payments each day, while the toll taken globally by all …

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And Then There Were Two: Colorado’s Passage of Surcharge Law Leaves Massachusetts and Connecticut As Only States With Surcharge Bans

With Colorado Governor Jared Polis signing Senate Bill 21-091, repealing the state’s ban on credit card surcharging, Colorado has a surcharging law that not only ensures proper disclosure about surcharges to consumers, but mirrors the surcharging rules implemented by Visa Inc. and Mastercard Inc. The new law, signed by Polis …

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COMMENTARY: Congress Could Scrap Debit Pricing Caps—if It Feels Enough Heat

With his eponymous Durbin Amendment, passed into law just over a decade ago, Illinois’s senior senator intended to hurt large banks, along with Visa and Mastercard. The text, however, couldn’t be as expressly punitive as Durbin might have liked. He would likely have preferred capping debit interchange and network acquirer …

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An App Emerges for Fast Payments to a Fast-Growing Base of Freelance Workers

As the gig economy grows, startups are emerging to meet an expanding market for payment. An especially ambitious example is Willa Inc., which on Wednesday announced an $18-million Series A funding round led by FinTech Collective and including sums from existing investors EQT Ventures and Entrée Capital. The Ventura, Calif.-based …

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BlocPal And OneFeather Team to Deliver Services Via Mobile Wallets to Canada’s Indigenous People

As part of its goal to provide unbanked and underbanked consumers affordable digital access to financial services through a single application, BlocPal International Inc. has partnered with OneFeather, a Victoria, British Columbia-based provider of digital services to indigenous people in Canada, to introduce the OneFeather app in that country. The …

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PayPal’s U.S. POS Thrust With Zettle May Have Been ‘Inevitable,’ But It Faces Tough Rivalry

PayPal Holdings Inc.’s decision to bring its Zettle point-of-sale technology to the U.S. market may not surprise observers, but the move presents some formidable challenges, chiefly in the form of the existing competition, some observers say. At the same time, they add, Zettle brings a potent brand that fills a …

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