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    US consumers to use loyalty points as currency for in-store payments

    January 13th, 2017

    US consumers will soon be able to purchase goods using loyalty points from multiple programs through Verifone Points Redemption, a new service designed for merchants which connects to third party loyalty programs and alerts shoppers… More

    Carnival unveils NFC and BLE wearable for cruise ship passengers

    January 5th, 2017

    Holidaymakers aboard Carnival Corporation cruise ships will soon be given an NFC and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) enabled wearable device, designed by the man behind Disney’s MagicBand, that will let them access a range of next generation services including boarding without checking in, unlocking rooms, accessing personalised entertainment, ordering food and making payments. More

    Android Pay offers Christmas rewards

    December 6th, 2016

    Android Pay users in the UK are receiving virtual Christmas rewards whenever they use the mobile payment service to pay in-store or on the Transport for London network. More than 100,000 gift cards can be won while, with each payment, users can collect virtual coins — five of which earn a £3 (US$3.82) Costa Coffee gift card, Google’s Pali Bhat writes. The Shop.Tap.Reward campaign runs until the end of 2016.

    Loyalty and gifts added to Apple Pay

    December 6th, 2016

    Prepaid card provider Blackhawk Network is to integrate gift cards, egifts, loyalty and rewards programs into Apple Pay. “The technology will enable Blackhawk to serve as a digital pass provider for merchants,” the company says. “Consumers have the option to store, manage and make payments with gift and loyalty cards using their Apple Wallet, and retailers have the resources needed to make improved digital connections with shoppers.”

    Liquid Pay targets 25,000 retailers in Singapore with QR code mobile payments

    November 24th, 2016

    Some 25,000 retail locations in Singapore are expected to accept a new mobile payment service within the next 12 months. Liquid Pay enables consumers to make payments by scanning a QR code at the point… More

    Samsung Pay to launch Samsung Rewards programme in the US

    November 15th, 2016

    Samsung Pay is to launch a rewards programme in the US this week that will let users earn points for each purchase, which can be redeemed for items such as gift cards at participating stores,… More

    Android Pay launches in Hong Kong

    October 20th, 2016

    Google is rolling out its Android Pay mobile payment service in Hong Kong with support for Mastercard and Visa cards from The Bank of East Asia, DBS, Dah Sing Bank, Hang Seng Bank, HSBC and Standard… More

    Kona unveils Kona Money for digital gift cards and mobile payments

    August 17th, 2016

    PARTNER NEWS: South Korean smart card provider Kona has unveiled Kona Money, a mobile payment service that integrates gift cards and allows for purchases to be made at the point of sale using NFC, QR… 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 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.”

    Canadian NFC mobile wallet SureTap to close down

    July 15th, 2016

    The SIM-based NFC Canadian mobile wallet SureTap is to be discontinued in August 2016 due to “ongoing changes in the market”, the mobile wallet provider has announced. 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

    Walmart Pay completes nationwide rollout

    July 7th, 2016

    US supermarket giant Walmart has completed its nationwide rollout of Walmart Pay, making the service available in more than 4,600 stores across the country. The retailer has also recorded a 45% increase in Walmart Pay transactions in the last week. More

    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

    Samsung Pay reports on bank uptake

    June 21st, 2016

    Samsung Pay is now supported by 300 major and regional banks and credit unions, Samsung has announced. “Value-added services such as gift cards and membership and loyalty features have been added as well with more than 110 merchants joining Samsung Pay’s gift card program and more than 140 retailers participating in its membership and loyalty cards program,” the company says.

    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

    MCX to end CurrentC pilot and disable all accounts

    June 8th, 2016

    US retailer-led consortium MCX is concluding the pilot of its CurrentC mobile wallet at the end of June and will be disabling all user accounts. The company has “not yet determined the future timing of CurrentC”. More

    Samsung Pay adds membership and loyalty cards in the US

    May 19th, 2016

    Samsung Pay users across the US can now add their merchant membership and loyalty cards to the mobile payment service and receive savings, rewards and other offers by having a card’s barcode scanned by the cashier at the point of sale. More

    Walmart rolls out Walmart Pay across Arkansas and Texas

    May 17th, 2016

    US supermarket chain Walmart has begun rolling out its QR code-based mobile payment service in Arkansas and Texas. Walmart Pay is now available in all 480 Walmart stores across Texas and at more than 110 locations in Arkansas. More

    Samsung Pay goes live at Woori Bank ATMs

    April 28th, 2016

    Samsung Pay has enabled ATM withdrawals for customers of Woori Bank in South Korea, the company confirmed at the Samsung Developer Conference 2016. “Samsung said it hasn’t yet announced the feature for other markets,” CNET reports. “Samsung also added support in South Korea for gift cards and for membership cards.” Plans to enable Samsung Pay at Woori Bank ATMs were first unveiled in September 2015.

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