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    Mastercard rolls out Messenger payment bots with US retailers

    April 19th, 2017

    Subway, FreshDirect and The Cheesecake Factory have begun rolling out payment bots for Facebook Messenger across the US, allowing their customers to secure and complete payments using Mastercard’s Masterpass digital payment platform without having to leave the instant messaging service. More

    Starbucks to add gift cards to iMessage as Mobile Order & Pay grows

    March 24th, 2017

    Starbucks customers across the US will soon be able to purchase gift cards using Apple Pay and send them to friends and family within Apple’s iMessage platform. The move comes as the coffee giant reveals it now has approximately nine million mobile paying customers with one in three using Mobile Order & Pay, which accounted for 8% of all transactions made across US stores last month. More

    Esso customers get mobile payments and rewards at 1,000 Canadian gas stations

    March 23rd, 2017

    Motorists across Canada can now pay for fuel and car washes as well as accumulate loyalty rewards using a mobile payment service that is being rolled out by fuel retailer Imperial Oil to 1,000 Esso-branded gas stations nationwide. More

    Samsung Pay goes live across India with support for Paytm and UPI money transfers

    March 22nd, 2017

    Samsung Pay has launched in India with support from Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards and Standard Chartered Bank, with Citibank India support expected “shortly”. The service has also integrated India’s leading mobile wallet Paytm and comes with support for peer-to-peer money transfers through the Indian government’s Unified Payments Interface platform. More

    Rambus unveils Unified Payment Platform for mobile payments and loyalty

    February 27th, 2017

    PARTNER NEWS: Rambus has unveiled a mobile payments platform that will allow retailers to launch mobile payment and loyalty services that securely store and manage a variety of payment cards, as well as gift cards… More

    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.

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