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

    Samsung Pay adds support from 39 US banks

    May 5th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has added 39 more banks to its list of supporting financial institutions in the US. “For a few of the bigger names included, there is Chrome Credit Union, Corning Credit Union, Los Angeles Federal, Vantage Credit Union and many more,” Droid Life reports.

    Kohl’s integrates Apple Pay with reward points

    May 5th, 2016

    Customers at approximately 250 branches of US department store chain Kohl’s can now earn Yes2You Rewards loyalty points when they use Apple Pay to pay for their purchases at the checkout with a Kohl’s Charge card. More

    More than half of payment cards shipped in 2015 were contactless

    April 27th, 2016

    Contactless technology was built into 56% of all smart cards shipped globally excluding the Americas in 2015, up from 42% in 2014, the Smart Payment Association reports. “53% of all cards shipped in Europe were contactless, while in the Asia Pacific region, an impressive 74% of cards featured contactless technologies,” says the association. Approximately 2.6bn chip payment cards were shipped around the world last year, with 570m shipped to the US — a two-fold increase on 2014 — and a 27% growth in shipments in China.

    Apple Pay gets 1m new users every week

    April 27th, 2016

    Apple Pay is now signing up 1m new users per week, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed during the company’s second quarter earnings call. “Apple Pay is growing at a tremendous rate with more than five times the transaction volume of a year ago and 1m new users per week,” Cook told investors. “More expansion of Apple Pay is coming soon.” The mobile payment service is currently live in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, China and Singapore.

    NFC SIM shipment remains static in 2015 due to Softcard closure

    April 26th, 2016

    The global number of NFC SIM card shipments remained static during 2015 following the closure of the Softcard mobile wallet in the US last year, the SIMalliance has revealed, despite reporting significant NFC SIM growth across Asia and Europe. More

    Nearly one in four payments at US Starbucks made via mobile

    April 25th, 2016

    Mobile payments now account for 24% of all transactions across Starbucks’ US locations, the company’s president and COO Kevin Johnson has revealed, with an average of 8m transactions per month taking place through the coffee chain’s Mobile Order & Pay service. More

    Walmart Pay goes live for iPhone users

    April 22nd, 2016

    US retail giant Walmart has begun rolling out its Walmart Pay QR code-based mobile payment service for iOS devices. The service has been added to the latest update of the Walmart iPhone app, enabling customers to register credit, debit and gift cards for making payments at the checkout. The company announced the launch of Walmart Pay in December 2015 and says that it will be “available in all stores soon”.

    Joey Restaurants launches mobile payments

    April 21st, 2016

    Customers at Joey Restaurants across the US and Canada can now pay with their iPhones using a new Joey Pay mobile app. “The guest inputs the six digit code located at the bottom of their bill in the app,” the chain says. “From the app, guests have the ability to pay with multiple credit cards or Joey gift cards within their profile. Guests receive a message letting them know payment was successful.”

    Apple Pay adds more than 50 banks in the US

    April 20th, 2016

    Apple has added more than 50 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The update follows the mobile payment service’s launch in Singapore earlier this week.

    US pilot for real-time payments system

    April 20th, 2016

    Financial services provider FIS and banking association The Clearing House (TCH) are to pilot a real-time payments system with financial institutions in the US in the first quarter of 2017, with an initial focus on bill payments. “TCH, which owns and operates the system, has partnered with FIS, who will use the system to develop innovative new services and eventually connect its financial institution clients,” the companies say.

    Samsung Pay to launch in Singapore in Q2 this year

    April 20th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will launch in Singapore in the second quarter of this year, the company has announced, adding it to South Korea, the US and China on the list of Samsung’s “priority markets”. The service will launch… More

    Samsung Pay adds major banks in US

    April 19th, 2016

    Samsung Pay will soon support eligible credit and debit cards from TD Bank and Regions Bank, taking the total number of supporting banks and credit unions in the US to 130 — more than 75% of the country’s credit and debit card market. “Samsung Pay supports all major payment networks and many of the country’s major banks, and it continues to expand its partnership ecosystem,” Samsung says.

    Apple Pay launches in Singapore

    April 19th, 2016

    Apple Pay has begun rolling out across Singapore, letting consumers pay in store with compatible Apple devices and make purchases within participating mobile apps using their American Express cards, with support from Visa expected “soon”…. More

    Bank of America reports on mobile banking

    April 18th, 2016

    Bank of America added 910,000 new mobile banking users during the first quarter of 2016, resulting in a total of almost 20m active users, CEO Brian Moynihan revealed during the bank’s Q1 earning results. 16% of all deposit transactions with the bank are from mobile devices but mobile wallet payments represent less than 0.2% of the total payments made with Bank of America cards.

    Verizon gives 2GB of free data to Android Pay users

    April 15th, 2016

    Android Pay users across the US with a Verizon handset can get 2GB of free data when they make in-store purchases using the mobile payments service between now and mid-June. More

    MTA seeks systems integrator to move NFC fare payments forward

    April 13th, 2016

    New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has released a public bid for a contactless ticketing system that would let commuters pay bus and train fares with a tap of a contactless card or NFC device.  More

    ShopKeep reports on mobile payment adoption

    April 12th, 2016

    Nearly nine in ten US merchants using ShopKeep technology (87%) have seen little-to-no adoption of mobile payments at their business in the past six months, research released by the POS system provider reveals. “Despite these findings, 59% of small businesses still predict that, in the next two years, 50% of consumers will be using mobile payments such as Apple Pay as their primary payment method,” ShopKeep adds.

    US brewery installs BLE beacons on beer taps

    April 12th, 2016

    Drinkers of Schlafly Beer in St Louis, Missouri can now receive information about drink specials, tasting notes, new beer releases and customised campaigns on their smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons attached to the craft brewery’s beer taps. More

    Apple Pay adds 32 banks in the US

    April 12th, 2016

    Apple has added a further 32 banks and credit unions to its list of Apple Pay supporting financial institutions in the US, 9to5mac reports. The update follows an announcement from Barclays that it now supports Apple Pay in the UK.

    61% of US Apple Watch owners use Apple Pay

    April 12th, 2016

    Nearly two thirds of Americans with an Apple Watch (61%) use the device to make payments with Apple Pay, research from Fluent reveals. “With 61% saying they have made a purchase using their watches, there is room for improvement but that’s a healthy number of users right out of the gate and should only grow with future releases,” the firm’s Jordan Cohen writes in a blog post.

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