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    Sarine to add NFC to share details on diamonds and gemstones

    September 29th, 2016

    Diamond and gemstone production technology provider Sarine is to integrate NFC into its sales and consumer support system to make it possible for shoppers to retrieve information about a diamond — such as its history,… More

    Samsung Pay gets new features and gives away $100,000 in prizes

    September 28th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has updated its mobile app to include an in-app coupon service so users can search, store and redeem coupons as well as a cloud storage feature to restore membership, gift and Samsung Reward… More

    Gemalto and BankAxept to simplify mobile payments for Norwegian banks

    September 28th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Digital security giant Gemalto has been awarded a contract by bank-owned BankAxept, the national payment scheme of Norway, to enable “all local banks to interconnect through a single credentials management hub for streamlined… More

    Danish shoppers to get BLE mobile payments in 2017

    September 27th, 2016

    Danes will soon be able to make in-store Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) based mobile payments using the Dankort debit card by tapping their phone against a device developed by Spire Payments. It will be deployed… More

    LG Pay delays launch, cites testing issues

    September 27th, 2016

    LG has delayed the introduction of LG Pay mobile payments due to issues testing the service in South Korea, according to Android Headlines. It had been expected to launch this month. In January 2016 the company announced it had developed an electronic LG Pay White Card allowing users to register multiple credit cards for in-store payments and ATM withdrawals. LG confirmed plans to introduce its own mobile payment service in November 2015.

    Kohl’s to allow checkouts from mobile app

    September 23rd, 2016

    US department store chain Kohl’s is rolling out a new capability that will allow holders of its store-branded charge card to checkout directly from its mobile app. “The feature is in addition to Kohl’s existing mobile wallet capabilities, which lets shoppers store their payment information to the app and aggregate promotions and rewards,” CNBC reports.

    Glacéau Smartwater sends tips to Londoners using BLE beacons

    September 23rd, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Coca-Cola owned Glacéau Smartwater has launched a campaign to send on-the-go recommendations to Londoners’ smartphones using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons provided by digital payment solutions provider Proxama. It will be live until the… More

    Contactless POS transactions nearing $500bn

    September 22nd, 2016

    The global annual value of contactless point of sale terminal transactions — conducted in-store using cards, mobile phones and wearables — will approach US$500bn in 2017, up from an estimated $321bn this year, Juniper Research predicts. “However, the low value nature of contactless payments means that it will only represent just 5% of the total value of all POS transactions in 2017,” the firm says.

    Domino’s Pizza enables Messenger ordering

    September 22nd, 2016

    US consumers can now make purchases from Domino’s Pizza through Facebook’s Messenger app using the fast food chain’s new ordering bot. “Make sure you have a Pizza Profile and an Easy Order,” Domino’s says. “Open a new chat with Domino’s Pizza on Facebook Messenger or click the message button on Domino’s Facebook page. Click the get started button or type “hello” to select between placing your Easy Order, placing a recent order or tracking your most recent order.” The chain allowed its customers to speak orders into Amazon’s Echo voice-driven home shopping device in February 2016.

    Sierra takes Apple Pay to Safari

    September 21st, 2016

    Apple’s latest macOS Sierra update is making Apple Pay available for web purchases through Safari on desktop devices. “Shoppers can now click the Apple Pay button at checkout on nearly 300,000 participating websites, including 1-800-Flowers, Gilt, Instacart, Lululemon, Warby Parker and more, and then complete their purchase with Touch ID on iPhone 6 or later, or with Apple Watch,” Apple says. The release of the iOS10 operating system allowed the launch of Apple Pay for mobile websites earlier this month.

    Walmart to stop accepting Visa in Manitoba

    September 19th, 2016

    Retail giant Walmart is to stop accepting Visa credit cards at its 16 stores in the Canadian province of Manitoba, beginning 24 October 2016. Walmart Canada ceased to welcome Visa credit cards in Thunder Bay, Ontario in July. The decision follows the supermarket chain’s filing of a lawsuit against Visa in May for “allegedly forcing the retailer to let customers use signatures when paying with chip cards”.

    Best Buy signs on to Chase Pay

    September 15th, 2016

    US retail giant Best Buy has signed a multiyear agreement to accept Chase Pay QR code-based mobile payments in-store, in-app and online. Best Buy is a member of US retailer-led consortium MCX, which ended its CurrentC mobile wallet pilot in June 2016. Chase Pay was unveiled in October 2015 and will be accepted by all MCX members. It is currently live with select online merchants and becomes available later this year for in-store and in-app purchases at participating locations.

    Smartphone cases get bPay to enable NFC mobile payments

    September 15th, 2016

    Smartphone case manufacturer Case Station has integrated Barclaycard’s bPay contactless payment technology into its new range to allow consumers to make NFC mobile purchases with a tap of their handset at any contactless terminal. “All… More

    Mastercard reports strong US EMV uptake

    September 13th, 2016

    Nearly nine in ten Mastercard US consumer credit cards (88%) contained chips as of July 2016, representing a 105% increase in chip card adoption since the October 2015 liability shift, the payment network has revealed. “The company also sees 2m chip-active merchant locations on its network, a 468% increase in chip terminal adoption since 1 October 2015,” Mastercard says. “Two million merchants represent 33% of all US merchants.”

    Facebook updates Messenger bots to enable payment

    September 13th, 2016

    Businesses across the US will now be able to sell products and services through Facebook’s Messenger app. An update to the social network’s recently launched Messenger chatbot platform will enable bots to accept payments without having… More

    Gemalto helps Spanish Carrefour customers get mobile payments

    September 12th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: Customers shopping at supermarket giant Carrefour in Spain will soon be able to load a digital version of their existing PASS Carrefour banking card and the retailer’s loyalty program to their Android phone… More

    CBA and Barclays team up for P2P payments

    September 9th, 2016

    Customers of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and UK bank Barclays will soon be able to send money to each other using a mobile phone number through CBA’s CommBank app and Barclays’ Pingit P2P payment service. The option will… More

    Worldwide card payments on the rise

    September 8th, 2016

    The total number of global card purchases increased by 15% in 2015 to 270bn, almost double the 8% rise in card numbers, RBR’s Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2021 reveals. “The number of card payments worldwide is projected to rise by 55% between 2015 and 2021 to reach 417bn. This compares to growth of 28% in card numbers over the same period,” the firm says. “The research indicates that consumers around the world are increasingly turning to cards to make purchases.”

    Coop Denmark to launch mobile loyalty and payments platform

    September 8th, 2016

    Supermarket chain Coop Denmark is launching a new mobile loyalty and rewards platform incorporating mobile payment functionality in all of its stores from October. The service will enable customers in Irma, Kvickly, Brugsen and KNB locations… More

    Android Pay heads to the web

    September 8th, 2016

    Android Pay will soon be available as a checkout option on mobile websites. “Users will soon be able to speed through mobile checkout on Chrome using Android Pay on sites like Groupon.com, 1-800-Flowers.com and many more to come,” Google writes. The service now also works for Chase members, following reports in August 2016 that the bank was planning to add Android Pay support. Google enhanced its APIs to take Android Pay to the web in May this year.

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