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

    Starwood expands keyless entry to hotels worldwide

    June 29th, 2016

    The Bluetooth-based mobile keyless entry solution unveiled by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide in November 2014 has been extended to select Le Méridien, Westin, Sheraton and Four Points hotels, with “many additional properties” expected to go… More

    Walgreens enhances paperless coupon feature

    June 29th, 2016

    Customers of US drugstore giant Walgreens can now redeem paperless coupons for online and in-store purchases and  “clip” offers on product pages and in search results through the Walgreens mobile app. “Clipped offers are automatically saved to a customer’s Balance Rewards card and can be seamlessly applied in-store at checkout when a customer uses their Balance Rewards card,” Walgreens says. The retailer has also integrated its loyalty program with Apple Pay and Android Pay.

    Wells Fargo joins ClearXChange

    June 28th, 2016

    Customers of Wells Fargo in the US will soon be able to make real-time P2P transactions through Early Warning’s bank-led digital payments network ClearXChange. “Beginning August 1, Wells Fargo’s service will allow its customers to send funds in real-time at no cost to any customer of a bank that participates in the real-time service,” the bank says. ClearXChange was made available to all member financial institutions in June 2015. JPMorgan Chase also signed up to the service earlier this month.

    Kroger sues Visa over EMV authentication

    June 28th, 2016

    US supermarket chain Kroger has filed a lawsuit against Visa for allowing customers to verify EMV purchases with a signature instead of a PIN. “Kroger said the dispute began after it was informed by Visa that the configuration of its new terminals didn’t comply with Visa’s rules,” The Wall Street Journal reports. “Visa’s rules require merchants to allow customers to choose between a PIN and a signature verification.” Walmart also sued the payment network for its EMV signature authentication option in May 2016.

    Android Pay launches in Singapore

    June 28th, 2016

    Google has begun rolling out Android Pay across Singapore, marking the mobile payment service’s debut in Asia. It will work with MasterCard and Visa cards from DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, POSB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and UOB. More

    Coinbase adds PayPal and credit card support

    June 27th, 2016

    Bitcoin wallet Coinbase has added support for PayPal and credit cards. “Through this integration, Coinbase users are now able to sell Bitcoin and have their USD funds deposited to a PayPal wallet,” Coinbase says. “To start, we’re offering PayPal cash-out for US users only. In the future, we hope to add support for other countries, and to support buys through PayPal as well. Both services are currently in beta. We’ll invite more users to each service over the next few weeks.”

    Discover joins effort to speed up EMV checkout

    June 24th, 2016

    Discover has unveiled Discover Quick Chip, a new option for merchants to streamline the checkout process when customers pay with cards. “Discover Quick Chip will reduce the time a chip card needs to remain in the point of sale terminal, making the checkout process more convenient for merchants and cardholders,” the card network says. American Express also unveiled a similar offering earlier this month. Visa originally unveiled a feature designed to streamline EMV transactions in April 2016, closely followed by MasterCard.

    Walmart Pay arrives in 15 more states

    June 24th, 2016

    US supermarket chain Walmart has launched Walmart Pay in 15 additional US states including Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington DC. The QR code-based mobile payment service was also launched in Alabama and Georgia earlier this week, followed by Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

    Walmart Pay heads to three new states

    June 23rd, 2016

    US supermarket giant Walmart has launched its Walmart Pay QR code-based mobile payment service in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, making it available in more than 420 stores across the three states. Walmart unveiled the mobile payment service in December 2015 and it went live for iPhone users in April 2016. It was rolled out to Alabama and Georgia earlier this week.

    Apple Pay adds 44 US banks

    June 22nd, 2016

    Apple has added a further 44 banks and credit unions to the list of US financial institutions that support Apple Pay. “Today’s buildout includes a number of medium size financial institutions, many of which are regional credit unions and small banks,” AppleInsider reports.

    More US consumers open to mobile payments

    June 22nd, 2016

    Two out of five US consumers (40%) have or would use in-store mobile payments, up from 34% in 2015, research from Bank of America reveals. “The majority (57%) of consumers would consider or are already using a P2P money transfer service from their bank,” the bank adds. “Nearly two in three (62%) respondents use mobile or online as their preferred method of banking. More than half (54%) of consumers also say they are active users of a mobile banking app, up from 48% last year.”

    Microsoft launches NFC payments for Windows 10 phones

    June 22nd, 2016

    Microsoft has introduced an NFC payment feature for users of Windows 10 Mobile devices in the US through its Microsoft Wallet app. The company says the move comes “in response to feedback” from its customers and with… More

    Bank of America enables Apple Pay and Samsung Pay at ATMs

    June 20th, 2016

    Apple Pay and Samsung Pay can now be used to make withdrawals and transfers at Bank of America ATMs, according to a user on Reddit. “This does not work for deposits, which is weird since you would think withdrawals pose a greater risk for the bank than deposits,” the user writes. Bank of America added support for Android Pay at its ATMs in May when it also announced that the ATMs are capable of working with any NFC mobile wallet.

    Walmart Pay heads to Alabama and Georgia

    June 20th, 2016

    US supermarket giant Walmart is rolling out its Walmart Pay QR code-based mobile payment service to Alabama and Georgia following its launch in Arkansas and Texas last month. The roll out will take Walmart Pay to an additional 120 stores in Alabama and 180 stores in Georgia. Walmart unveiled the mobile payment service in December 2015 and it went live for iPhone users in April 2016.

    Apple Pay advertising increases contactless payments at self-service machines

    June 16th, 2016

    Cashless vending machine technology provider USA Technologies (USAT) has seen an 89% increase in revenue through contactless purchases at self-service machines running on its ePort Interactive platform as a result of digital advertising highlighting Apple Pay availability at the point of sale. More

    JPMorgan Chase joins ClearXChange

    June 16th, 2016

    JPMorgan Chase has joined its US rivals in letting its customers transfer money in real time between financial institutions signed up to bank-led digital payments network ClearXChange. “JPMorgan, whose Chase QuickPay product handled US$20bn in P2P transfers last year, began offering the service Sunday after customers requested it,” Bloomberg reports. ClearXChange was made available to all member financial institutions in June 2015.

    American Express speeds up EMV checkout

    June 15th, 2016

    American Express has unveiled Amex Quick Chip, a technology that enables merchants to provide cardmembers with a “more seamless” experience when paying with their EMV chip cards at the point of sale. “With Amex Quick Chip, cardmembers can dip their card during the checkout process and remove it before the transaction is completed,” American Express says. “Amex Quick Chip is available to merchant processors which may deploy the service to interested US merchants through a software update.” Visa unveiled a similar service in April 2016, closely followed by MasterCard.

    Samsung Pay launches in Australia

    June 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has launched in Australia with support from American Express and Citibank. The service is available for those with compatible Samsung smartphones, with specific availability varying by local operator. More

    Android Pay comes out on top in US survey

    June 14th, 2016

    Android Pay tops the list of the most popular mobile payment services used by US consumers with 19% saying they have made an in-store payment via the service, research from Walker Sands reveals.  More

    Apple Pay to launch in France, Switzerland and Hong Kong and head to the web

    June 13th, 2016

    Apple Pay is expanding to Switzerland, France and Hong Kong in the “next few months” and will be made available for online payments via an Apple Pay button that uses Touch ID for authentication, the company has announced during a keynote at its Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). More

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