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

    Starbucks’ Mobile Order & Pay on the rise across the US

    July 29th, 2016

    Nearly 5% of total US transactions in coffee giant Starbucks locations are now made through the company’s Mobile Order & Pay service, representing close to 20% of all mobile payments in store. More

    US and UK consumers warm to mobile payments, loyalty and coupons

    July 28th, 2016

    The majority of US and UK consumers (54%) have now used a mobile wallet, research from Urban Airship reveals, with 30% of respondents using them in the past week. More

    Apple Pay accounts for 75% of all contactless payments in the US

    July 27th, 2016

    Apple Pay now accounts for three out of four contactless payments in the US and the estimated number of monthly users is up by more than 450% year-on-year, Apple CEO Tim Cook has revealed.  More

    Americans expect cashless society in their lifetime

    July 26th, 2016

    Almost two thirds of US consumers (62%) expect the country to become a cashless society in their lifetime, research released by Gallup reveals. “Solid majorities in all age groups say they can foresee a US society without cash, including 58% of those 65 and older and 63% of 18-to-29 year olds,” the firm says. “54% still say they like to have cash on them at all times. 42% say they are comfortable not having cash on them.”

    PayPal to roll out NFC mobile payments across the US through Visa deal

    July 25th, 2016

    US consumers will soon be able to make NFC mobile payments using their PayPal mobile wallet at all physical locations across the country that currently accept Visa contactless transactions. More

    Visa reports EMV uptake in the US

    July 21st, 2016

    There were 326.8m chip cards in the US as of the end of June 2016, exceeding the number of people who live in the country, Visa has reported. “The US added more than 100,000 chip-enabled merchant locations in June, bringing the total to 1.3m, or about 28% of the total merchant population,” the payment network says. “More than three-quarters of those chip-ready locations are small and medium-sized businesses. In June, one in four dollars spent in-store on a Visa card was spent with a chip card in a chip terminal.” The number of Visa chip payment transactions hit 483m in June.

    Motorists rewarded for mobile payments at the pump

    July 21st, 2016

    Motorists using the GC Express gas station in Caro, Michigan, are being offered a free coffee or drink whenever they pay for fuel purchases of US$10 or more with Team One Credit Union’s mobile banking app. More

    Apple Pay adds 13 US banks

    July 20th, 2016

    Apple has added a further 13 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US. “The system now supports over 1,200 individual banks and credit unions in the US alone,” iMore reports. “This is in addition to the more than 30 financial institutions supported across Australia, Canada, China, Singapore and the UK.” The mobile payment service launched in France earlier this week as well as in Hong Kong.

    Apple promotes Apple Pay with iTunes gift cards

    July 20th, 2016

    UK and US consumers are being encouraged to sign up and use Apple Pay with a £5 or $5 iTunes gift card at Apple retail stores across both countries. “When making a purchase in store, Apple employees will ask customers if they would like to pay via Apple Pay,” MacRumors reports. “If a customer declines and does not have Apple Pay set up, employees will guide customers through the setup process to make the purchase and will offer a bonus $5 or £5 iTunes gift card for using Apple Pay as their payment method.”

    Samsung Pay prepping rewards programme

    July 20th, 2016

    Samsung is preparing to launch its own rewards program that will let consumers earn and redeem points each time they use Samsung Pay. “The application process at the local patent office is already done and the membership program should help Samsung lure new users and sell more Samsung smartphones,” Android Headlines reports. Samsung Pay added loyalty cards to the service in the US in May 2016.

    Android Pay adds 19 banks

    July 19th, 2016

    Google has added a further 19 banks and credit unions to its list of US financial institutions that support Android Pay. “These banks and credit unions are spread out across the entire country,” Android Police reports.

    Cardless Cash heads to 70,000 additional ATMs

    July 18th, 2016

    US consumers will soon be able to withdraw cash from 70,000 ATMs belonging to Payment Alliance International (PAI) using their mobile phones through banking and payment technologies provider FIS’ Cardless Cash ATM functionality. “The partnership connects FIS Cardless Cash with PAI and brings mobile access to ATMs located at many of the nation’s largest retailers, gas stations, convenience stores and more,” FIS says. Cardless Cash was launched in January 2015 and had recorded hundreds of thousands of transactions by February 2016.

    Masterpass to enable in-store NFC mobile payments

    July 18th, 2016

    Mastercard has unveiled an enhanced version of its Masterpass digital payment platform, adding in-store NFC mobile payment capability to the service that has so far only been available for online and in-app payments. More

    Samsung Pay to launch in Brazil this month

    July 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will begin rolling out across Brazil on July 19, Samsung has confirmed, making it the first market in South America to introduce the mobile payment service. It will be supported by both MasterCard and Visa as well as Banco do Brasil, Brasil Pré-Pagos, Caixa, Porto Seguro, and Santander. More

    Pizza Hut enables orders on social media

    July 14th, 2016

    Customers of Pizza Hut will soon be able to place orders using Facebook Messenger and Twitter through a new chatbot launched by the pizza chain and technology provider Conversable. “With this service, customers will be able to reorder their favourites or saved orders from any US Pizza Hut location by chatting directly with the Pizza Hut accounts on Facebook Messenger and Twitter as well as get answers to frequently asked questions and receive the latest deals and promotions,” Pizza Hut says.

    Android Pay launches in Australia

    July 14th, 2016

    Google has begun rolling out its Android Pay mobile payment service in Australia with support from American Express and Visa. The service will be available from 27 banks and credit unions at launch and from an additional seven financial institutions “soon”. MasterCard support is expected “in a few days”.  More

    TfL to license contactless ticketing system across the globe

    July 13th, 2016

    Transport for London (TfL) is to begin licensing its contactless ticketing system to other major cities across the globe as part of a deal worth up to £15m with Cubic Corporation’s business unit Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS). More

    Starbucks launches mobile payments in China

    July 13th, 2016

    Customers at Starbucks stores in China will now be able to pay for their order using their mobile phone and the coffee giant’s QR code-based mobile payment service which has now been launched in 2,200 locations across the country. More

    CVS tests Apple Pay

    July 13th, 2016

    US pharmacy chain CVS is testing support for Apple Pay and is “evaluating” mobile payment options, according to AppleInsider. “Accounts of miscellaneous CVS locations accepting Apple Pay transactions have occurred for about a month on Twitter, and a tip received by AppleInsider suggests transactions are working at a location in Key West, Florida,” the publication reports. CVS is a member of US retailer-led consortium MCX, which ended its CurrentC mobile wallet pilots in June 2016. The pharmacy chain also turned off support for NFC in the wake of Apple Pay’s launch in October 2014.

    Samsung Pay launches in Puerto Rico

    July 13th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has gone live in Puerto Rico with support from Banco Popular, the country’s largest bank. The service is supported by MasterCard and Visa and is available from mobile network operators AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Claro. More

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