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    Apple Pay struggles in China in the face of tough competition

    March 27th, 2017

    Apple Pay is “struggling” in China due in part to a minority smartphone market share and consumers being “far more accustomed” to competing services such as Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay. “I don’t think Apple Pay can achieve the same market share as Alipay or WeChat Pay in the foreseeable future,” Morningstar Investment Service analyst Marie Sun told Bloomberg. “Personally, I don’t see any benefits to switching myself.” Apple Pay launched in China in February 2016.

    Ant Financial invests in Korea and Philippines

    February 21st, 2017

    Alipay parent company Ant Financial is to invest US$200m in South Korean mobile finance platform Kakao Pay to “expand its online and offline payment coverage”. Ant Financial has also made its first investment in the Philippines, announcing a strategic partnership to “scale up” mobile operator Globe Telecom’s mobile wallet and digital financial service Mynt.

    Ant Financial to buy MoneyGram for US$880m

    January 26th, 2017

    Alipay parent company Ant Financial has entered into a “definitive agreement” to acquire money transfer services provider MoneyGram for about US$880m. “The transaction will connect MoneyGram’s money transfer network of 2.4bn bank and mobile accounts and 350,000 physical locations with Ant Financial’s users,” Ant Financial says. “The combination will provide consumers in over 200 countries and territories with convenient and accessible financial services.”

    Ant Financial eyes up blockchain for Alipay

    January 24th, 2017

    Alibaba’s payment affiliate Ant Financial is “definitely” looking into using blockchain to underpin its mobile payments platform Alipay, CEO Eric Jing has told CNBC, adding that artificial intelligence and blockchain will be “deeply” integrated into Ant Financial’s operations. “My vision [is] that we want to serve 2bn people in the next 10 years by using technology, by working together with partners to serve those underserved,” Jing says. Alipay now has more than 450m users.

    Chinese third-party payment providers face client cash regulation

    January 24th, 2017

    The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is to ban third-party payment providers, such as Alibaba-owned Alipay, from using their clients’ money, China Daily reports. “Starting from April 17, a total of 267 third-party organisations with central bank licenses in China will have to submit around 20% of provisions to a single account opened in a commercial bank with the central bank’s approval,” the publication reports. The 20% limit will rise to 100% once the companies have adjusted to the changes.

    Alipay comes to more Australian stores

    December 8th, 2016

    Australian merchants using Quest Payment Systems payment terminals can integrate support for Alipay mobile payments following a software update. “Quest has enabled Alipay at select stores within The Chemist Warehouse and My Chemist groups, with full rollout planned for early 2017,” Quest says. Alipay struck a deal with Commonwealth Bank of Australia to enable Alipay payments for Chinese tourists in October 2016 and has partnered with European banks and payment processors to expand across Europe.

    Alipay expands across Europe after deals with major banks and payment providers

    December 6th, 2016

    Another 930,000 European merchants will soon accept Alipay mobile payments at the point of sale, following partnerships between the company and some of Europe’s largest financial institutions and payment service providers. The Ant Financial-owned firm… More

    Muji to accept Alipay in Chinese stores

    November 23rd, 2016

    Retail giant Muji is to accept Alipay mobile payments in nearly 200 stores in mainland China. “At the same time, the two parties will connect their membership systems,” China Tech News reports. “Once consumers complete payments with Alipay in Muji stores, they can gain Muji’s membership card and realise automatic points accumulation.”

    More than 1bn Alipay payments made on Singles’ Day

    November 15th, 2016

    More than one billion online and offline transactions were made through Alipay at this year’s Singles’ Day Shopping Gala, an increase of 48% from 2015, with the peak number of transactions standing at 120,000 in a single second. Gross merchandise volume (GMV) through the mobile payments platform was US$14.6bn, about 82% of total GMV, compared to 69% last year “Peak transactions enabled with banks around the world were 54,000 transactions per second, two times last year’s peak,” Alipay parent company Ant Financial says.

    French department store offers Alipay mobile payments

    November 9th, 2016

    French department store Printemps has partnered with financial services company Wirecard to accept mobile payments from customers using Alipay, the first in France to support the Chinese-based payments solution. Printemps aims to target Chinese tourists… More

    Ant Financial invests in Ascend Money

    November 4th, 2016

    Alipay parent company Ant Financial is investing an undisclosed sum into Thai online payment provider Ascend Money. “Together with Ant Financial, Ascend Money will grow its online and offline payment and financial services ecosystem and strengthen its trusted and convenient payment services for users and merchants,” Ant Financial says. Reports that Ant Financial was seeking to buy a 20% in Ascend Money emerged in June 2016. The company made a similar investment in Indian mobile payment platform Paytm in September 2015.

    Alipay heads to Australia with Commonwealth Bank

    October 31st, 2016

    Alipay has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Commonwealth Bank of Australia to enable in-store and online payments for Chinese tourists in Australia. “The two companies will work together to make it easier for Australian consumers to pay for purchases made through Alibaba Group’s ecommerce websites,” the bank says. “Commonwealth Bank and Alipay will also work together on a simple payment solution that allows Chinese tourists and Chinese students to use Alipay in-store,” enabling Alipay as a payment option through the bank’s Albert smart payment terminals.

    Alipay targets 2bn global users

    October 25th, 2016

    Chinese mobile payments giant Alipay is targeting 2bn users globally in the next decade, the company’s Douglas Feagin has revealed at Money20/20 in Las Vegas. “Our goal is to expand our business from 450m users in China to over 2bn worldwide over the next decade,” Feagin says. “We want to achieve over one million merchants outside of China over the next several years.” Alipay is expanding its presence in US and European retail stores via a deal with POS maker Verifone. A similar deal with First Data has also been unveiled, allowing Chinese consumers to shop at select locations in California and New York from next month.

    Alipay gains acceptance in US and Europe

    October 24th, 2016

    Chinese mobile payments giant Alipay is expanding its presence in US and European retail stores via a deal with POS maker Verifone. The move will see the Alipay App available on Verifone e355 mobile point-of-sale terminals so that retailers equipped with the mPOS device can accept mobile payments from Chinese Alipay users. “The goal is to enable our customers to walk into a store while traveling abroad and pay for purchases with the Alipay App — just like they do here in China,” says Douglas Feagin, SVP of Ant Financial Services Group and Head of Alipay International.

    Ant Financial readying VR payments

    October 13th, 2016

    Alibaba affiliate and Alipay parent company Ant Financial is readying a virtual reality (VR) payment experience that will allow shoppers to pay with a nod of the head. “People using virtual reality goggles to browse virtual reality shopping malls will be able to pay for purchases without taking off the goggles,” Reuters reports. “User identity can be verified on VR Pay via account logins on connected devices or via voice print technology.” VR Pay is expected to be ready for commercial launch by the end of the year. Reports that Alibaba was exploring VR mobile payments emerged in August 2016.

    Zapper enables Alipay in the UK

    October 13th, 2016

    Chinese visitors to the UK can now use Alipay at any retailer accepting mobile payments platform Zapper. “This partnership will allow over 250,000 Chinese tourists in the UK to pay using the Alipay app in over 1,000 locations nationwide,” Zapper says. “With Zapper’s smart QR technology enabled to take payments from the Alipay app, 11.7m Chinese tourists visiting Europe each year will be able to conveniently pay using Alipay at any venue also accepting Zapper.”

    Ant Financial acquires EyeVerify

    September 14th, 2016

    Alipay parent company Ant Financial has acquired biometric provider EyeVerify. “Earlier this year, Ant Financial and EyeVerify entered into a licensing agreement in which Eyeprint ID was integrated into Ant Financial’s payment authentication platform,” Ant Financial says. The acquisition will allow the company’s Eyeprint ID technology to be integrated into more Ant Financial products and “secure hundreds of millions of consumers’ online data and transactions”. Eyeprint ID works by capturing an image of an eye and matching the unique vein pattern to verify identity. The acquisition cost $100m, Fortune reports.

    Wirecard eases Alipay acceptance in Europe

    September 2nd, 2016

    German technology provider Wirecard has launched an app allowing European retailers to accept Alipay QR code mobile payments from Chinese tourists. “Retailers will soon be able to download the Scan Alipay iOS app from the app store,” Wirecard says. “An Android version will follow in the course of this year. The app will be taken up predominantly by catering establishments and clothing retailers.” Wirecard began rolling out support for Alipay mobile payments across Europe in December 2015. In June 2016 it was reported that Alipay is in talks to negotiate a 25% stake in Wirecard.

    Ingenico to support Alipay in Europe

    August 11th, 2016

    Alipay customers will soon be able to make mobile payments at Ingenico point of sale terminals across Europe, according to the Wall Street Journal. “While no investment will occur, a person familiar with the offline collaboration said Ingenico will receive service charges from Alipay and expects to see transaction volume grow,” the publication reports. Alipay announced its plans to enter Europe back in April.

    ACI reports on mobile payments usage by Indian millennials

    June 27th, 2016

    More than two thirds of Indian millennials (67%) have purchased goods online and in-store using their mobile phone, research from ACI Worldwide reveals. “For those who shop using their mobile device, they do so more frequently — and with lower transaction values — than non-millennials,” the research firm says. “More than a third of respondents prefer alternative payments (e.g. PayPal, Alipay) for mobile-initiated purchases.”

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