Mobile Payments Today seeks editorial contributors, bloggers

Mobile Payments Today is seeking editorial content in 2017 from industry thought leaders in the form of contributed articles and blog posts. We're looking for high-level thought leadership pieces that are free of a marketing pitch. Submissions should be between...

Mobile Payments Today publishes new mobile app guide

One of the bigger trends to emerge in 2016 was how payments became a larger focus for retailers as they attempt to keep customers within their app for the entire shopping experience. To that end, Mobile Payments Today is proud...

Visa-branded chip card total tops 408M in 2016

The number of Visa chip cards issued as of the end of 2016 grew 92 percent over year-end 2015, to a total of 408.1 million, according to a company blog post this week. The San Francisco-based company also said that...

MasterCard delivers mobile platform to farmers in Africa

MasterCard has launched 2KUZE, a digital platform that connects smallholder farmers, agents, buyers and banks in East Africa. The card network said in a press release that the system enables farmers to buy, sell and receive payments for agricultural goods...

PayPal partners with Discover for expanded digital payments

Discover Financial Services and PayPal have signed an agreement making PayPal more widely available to Discover cardmembers, acquirers and merchants, according to a press release. The agreement gives PayPal access to Discover tokenization services, expanding PayPal's reach at the point...

Study: Mobile payments awareness grows, cash use declines

Sixty percent of consumers in North America use cash at least weekly to make purchases at a merchant location, down seven percentage points from 2015 – the most significant decline in use of traditional payment methods over the past year,...

Europeans embrace mobile payments

The number of European consumers regularly using a mobile device — whether a smartphone, tablet or wearable — to make payments has tripled in the past year, according to Visa's 2016 Digital Payments Study. Some 54 percent of consumers surveyed...

Court allows merchants to proceed with EMV case against card networks

District Court Judge William H. Alsup has denied the credit card networks' motions to dismiss B & R Supermarket, Inc., et al.

Mastercard launches new developers program focused on payments, data, security APIs

Mastercard has launched what it calls Mastercard Developers, which is intended to make it easier for developers to create next-generation commerce products across payments, data and security. Masterpass and Mastercard Digital Enablement Services APIs are included in the new program....

Discover tops Mastercard, Visa as planet's most-accepted payment card

The number of card-accepting merchant locations worldwide grew 15 percent in 2015 to 54 million, research and consulting firm RBR says in a new report. According to "Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2021," the rapid expansion was largely...

Study: Major rise in card payments by 2021

Last year, the number of card transactions grew nearly twice as fast as the number of new cards, at 15 and 9 percent, respectively, according to the new study, "Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2021," by RBR. The...

Study: Global digital payment transactions set to reach 10% growth for first time

Global digital payment volumes continue to increase, with annual growth projected to top 10 percent for the first time to reach 426.3 billion transactions in 2015, up from the record-setting 8.9 percent growth in 2014 (387.3 billion transactions), according to...

PayPal adds Visa Checkout, Masterpass option for Braintree merchants

PayPal has expanded its relationships with Visa and Mastercard to include the ability for Braintree merchants to add the card networks' digital wallets as a payment option during the online checkout process, according to separate press releases about the deals....

Mobile Payments Today releases new Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide

Choosing the right mobile wallet can be tricky and time consuming, but we've done the research for you! The 2016 Mobile Wallet Comparison Guide gathers in one spot a compendium of the industry's top mobile wallets, compiling their differing capabilities...

MasterCard, PayPal chat about potential partnership

A week after Visa struck an unprecendented deal with PayPal, MasterCard might be attempting to do the same. MasterCard CEO Ajaypal Singh Banga said Thursday during the company's quarterly earnings call that the card network is holding "constructive dialogue" with...

Visa preps new Silicon Valley office

Visa recently announced plans to open a new office in Silicon Valley as part of its continued efforts to accelerate digital commerce worldwide, according to a company press release. The new 62,000 square-foot facility, located in Palo Alto, will be...

Cats and dogs come together as Visa, PayPal partner

PayPal and Visa have announced an unprecedented U.S. strategic partnership that intended to result in an improved and easier payment experience for Visa cardholders and will offer greater choice in how consumers pay with the PayPal and Venmo wallets, according...

Cellum plans to add NFC-based payments to mobile wallet

European-based mobile wallet provider Cellum announced it will soon include NFC-based contactless payments using Host Card Emulation technology, according to a company press release. "Until recently, Cellum focused on remote payments, though the company is no stranger to NFC, as...

Amex plans to interact with cardholders through Messenger bots

American Express has unveiled its plans to work with Facebook to explore new experiences to interact with its cardholders in Messenger. The card network has demonstrated a concept that would have its cardholders sign up to receive real-time notifications about...

Discover completes the quartet in EMV speed fight

The card network quartet is now complete as Discover has become the final brand to announce its intentions to speed up EMV transactions at the point of sale. Discover said in a press release Quick Chip will reduce the time...

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