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    News about the NFC market in USA — trials, pilots, tests and live services.

    US Bank to donate $50,000 to charity through Apple Pay

    November 27th, 2015

    US Bank is to raise up to US$50,000 for the US Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots charity programme by donating $1 whenever one of its customers in Minnesota completes an Apple Pay transaction. “This holiday season, we’re encouraging customers to try using Apple Pay and at the same time support the Toys for Tots campaign,” says SVP Cliff Cook. “Joining us in promoting this additional donation opportunity with Apple Pay are more than 140 small businesses in the Twin Cities.”

    Beacons to drive $7.5bn in holiday season spending

    November 27th, 2015

    Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacons and proximity marketing solutions will drive US$7.5bn in spending by millennials in the US this holiday season, research from beacon network inMarket predicts. “In 2015, the top five product categories to benefit from in-store proximity engagements were deli items, over the counter medication, wine and spirits, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks,” the company adds.

    Seqr to add P2P transfers to mobile wallet

    November 27th, 2015

    US consumers will be able to make P2P transfers through Swedish firm Seamless’ Seqr mobile payment platform from early 2016, utilising payment provider Dwolla’s infrastructure. “Under the agreement with Dwolla, we can quickly offer Seqr’s US customers a P2P service which is something our customers in Europe already make great use of,” says Seamless’ Peter Fredell. Seqr launched in the US in June 2015.

    14% of US shoppers will use mobile payments over holiday season

    November 27th, 2015

    More than one in ten US shoppers with a smartphone (14%) plan to make mobile payments using services including Apple Pay or Android Pay this holiday season, research from Bankrate reveals. “Among those who don’t plan to make mobile payments, the top reasons were not secure enough (36%) and other payment methods are more convenient (31%),” the company says.

    Google boosts Android Pay adoption with $1m charity fund

    November 25th, 2015

    Google is to give up to US$1m to the charity by the end of December by donating US$1 for every purchase made in the US using Android Pay. On Black Friday (November 27), donations… More

    Samsung Pay adds eight more US issuers

    November 23rd, 2015

    Samsung Pay has added support from eight additional US card issuers including Chase and SunTrust. Others include Citizens Equity First Credit Union, Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, Virginia Credit Union and Navy Federal Credit Union. “Cardholders of all these issuers will be able to use Samsung Pay to pay almost anywhere they can swipe or tap their card,” Samsung says.

    Square rolls out first contactless readers

    November 23rd, 2015

    Mobile POS provider Square is rolling out the first of its $49 contactless readers to 100 US businesses, allowing them to accept chip cards, contactless and NFC payments including Apple Pay. “The first group of businesses to use Square’s new reader include Honey Butter Fried Chicken in Chicago, Philz Coffee in San Francisco, Sump Coffee in St Louis, Cafe Grumpy in New York City and all 20+ merchants in the Urbanspace Vanderbilt food hall in New York,” the company says.

    Coin launches cashback incentive

    November 23rd, 2015

    US connected device maker Coin is piloting a rewards program that gives users of its EMV-ready electronic magnetic stripe card cashback benefits at retail locations across the Bay Area. “Coin Rewards places cash back directly into the pockets of consumers through gift cards,” Coin says. The company launched its NFC-ready Coin 2.0 in August 2015 and has recorded over 2.5m transactions across 200,000 shipped devices.

    Coinbase ships Bitcoin debit card

    November 23rd, 2015

    Bitcoin wallet Coinbase and Shift Payments have introduced a US-issued Bitcoin-backed debit card that will allow Coinbase users in 24 states to make payments using the virtual currency both online and in-store. “With the Shift Card, you can now spend Bitcoin anywhere in the world where Visa is accepted,” Coinbase says. “When you use your Shift debit card to make a purchase, the equivalent value of bitcoin, based on the current spot price of bitcoin on Coinbase, will be debited from your Coinbase bitcoin wallet.”

    Dunkin’ Donuts pilots mobile ordering

    November 20th, 2015

    Members of Dunkin’ Donuts’ DD Perks Rewards program in Portland, Maine can now place and pay for orders on their mobile device using a new On-the-Go ordering app. “Guests can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, then simply confirm via the app when they are at the selected restaurant and ready to pick up their order,” the company says.

    Four in ten US consumers plan to make an in-store mobile payment this holiday season

    November 20th, 2015

    A total of 39% of US consumers surveyed by Research Now for Inside Secure say they plan to use their smartphone to make an in-store purchase during this holiday season, up from 33% last year. 17% of those who did not make a mobile payment last year say they plan to use a service like Apple Pay, Android Pay or Samsung Pay this year. More

    Taubman malls to send out offers via WiFi

    November 19th, 2015

    Shoppers in four Taubman shopping centres in the US will soon receive offers on their mobile device via the guest WiFi network and mobile retail solution StepsAway. “Shoppers visiting any StepsAway participating malls simply sign onto the mall’s free WiFi network and then peruse deals via StepsAway’s SAMobile app by product category or store name,” the company says. Taubman began testing Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons in January 2015.

    Samsung Pay set for China, Spain and UK?

    November 19th, 2015

    Samsung Pay will launch in China, Spain and the UK in the first quarter of 2016, “as per the information that we’ve received,” SamMobile reports. The service has been live in Korea since August 2015 and in the US since September.

    American Express unveils NFC, HCE and tokenization platform

    November 18th, 2015

    American Express has launched Amex Enabled Digital Solution, a platform incorporating support for multiple digital wallets, contactless payments based on NFC and host card emulation (HCE), tokenization and express checkout services. The platform is designed to help both banks and merchants, Amex’s Mike Matan told NFC World. More

    Apple Pay adds close to 100 banks in the US

    November 18th, 2015

    Apple has added just under 100 more banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The service has also gone live in Canada this week and has added support from TSB and Tesco Bank in the UK.

    Apple Pay could launch in Australia this week

    November 18th, 2015

    Apple Pay may go live in Australia on November 19, following its launch in Canada earlier this week. “Though Apple Pay only links with American Express cards for now, it’s understood Apple has signed up with over 1,000 banks globally and is keen to gain similar traction in Australia,” The Australian reports. Apple Pay launched in the US in October 2014 and has been live in the UK since July 2015.

    BBVA Wallet adds cash rewards

    November 17th, 2015

    Customers of US bank BBVA Compass can now redeem cash rewards through the BBVA Wallet app after making purchases using their credit card. “BBVA Wallet purchase notifications now include cash rewards balances that can be redeemed for an account credit by simply responding to the alert,” the bank says. “BBVA Compass cardholders can redeem cash rewards to offset a portion (as little as $1) or all of a purchase.”

    BBVA reports more than 1m downloads of HCE mobile wallet app

    November 13th, 2015

    More than one million consumers have downloaded BBVA’s host card emulation (HCE) mobile wallet since it launched in June 2014. The Spanish banking group is now expanding the service to Turkey and expects more than… More

    Apple to add P2P payments to Apple Pay?

    November 12th, 2015

    Apple is reportedly holding discussions with US banks about developing a payment service that would let users send money to one another from their phones through Apple Pay. “The talks with banks are continuing and it is unclear if any of the firms have struck an agreement with Apple,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Key details remain in flux, including technical aspects that would determine how the service would tie into the banking industry’s existing infrastructure.”

    Shopkick installs BLE beacons to reward Vanity customers

    November 10th, 2015

    Users of mobile marketing app Shopkick can now earn rewards via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons every time they walk into one of fashion retailer Vanity’s 150 US stores. “Shopkick will install two shopBeacon devices in every Vanity store,” Shopkick says. “One at the front door to reward customers for the simple act of coming into the store and another at the dressing rooms to share unique messages with shoppers.”

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