First Data sending mobile POS devices to help retailers hit by Hurricane Harvey

First Data is sending free mobile payment devices to Houston in a move to help retailers and businesses get back up and running as soon as possible following Hurricane Harvey. The commerce-enabling technology company is sending thousands of Clover Go...

U.S. Bank harnesses power of Alexa for everyday banking transactions

U.S. Bank customers can now check an account balance, make a payment on their U.S.

Study: Mobile payments reach tipping point in some countries

Mobile wallet adoption is on the rise globally, and the U.S. and Europe are catching up with fast-growing economies in Asia and Latin America where mobile wallets have already become the dominant payment platform, according to new benchmark data from ACI Worldwide and Aite. The research shows that 17 percent of U.S.

MasterCard helps to turn smartphones into POS terminals in Poland

MasterCard has unveiled a pilot project in Poland that enables merchants to use only an NFC-enabled smartphone to accept contactless payments, according to a press release. MasterCard is working with Elavon, Polskie ePłatności and Mobeewave on the project. Mobeewave earlier...

Another smartwatch, another 'Pay' as Garmin Pay debuts

A day after FitBit introduced a new smartwatch capable of making contactless payments, Garmin has introduced its own device with the same capability. The vivoactive 3 is a smartwatch featuring Garmin Pay, which supports Visa and MasterCard payment cards, according...

Nintendo gamers can use PayPal to make game purchases

Consumers with a Nintendo Switch now can use PayPal to make purchases with their Nintendo eShop accounts directly from the game console. Game also can use PayPal on the official Nintendo website to fund balances and to purchase software downloads...

Payroc launches iOS and Android mPOS product

Payroc LLC, a merchant services and payment processing organization, has launched iTransact Mobile Merchant. The iTransact Mobile Merchant app, a mobile point-of-sale product for iOS and Android devices, is available to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play....

Little Caesars introduces self-service, mobile order pizza pick-up station

Little Caesars has streamlined the process of getting a pizza with a heated, self-service, mobile order pick-up station called the Pizza Portal. Customers get hot, ready pizza after they walk in the store using automated, self-service hot-holding technology. The "Reserve-N-Ready"...

Cash use in Canada expected to fall 70 percent by 2030

By 2030, cash will account for only 10 percent of purchases in Canada, according to a prediction by Moneris Solutions Corp., a Canadian card processor. This compares with 35 percent of transactions in 2014, a company press release said. This...

Online grocery service debuts Alexa skill for hands-free voice order capability

Consumers who like to order from Stop and Shop's online Peapod grocery service can now enlist the help of Amazon's Alexa devices. The grocer is offering an "Ask Peapod" feature which enables voice ordering, according to a Progressive Grocer report....

MagTek goes big on features with new Dynasty mPOS device

MagTek, a supplier of secure digital transaction technology and hardware, has launched Dynasty, the company's newest addition to its roster of mPOS offerings. Dynasty supports magnetic Stripe, chip card and contactless payments via a certified PIN entry device with a...

Spanish winemaker mixes NFC with marketing campaign

Thin Film Electronics ASA, which specializes in NFC mobile marketing and smart products, has announced that Spanish winemaker Barbadillo has launched a consumer-focused marketing campaign using SpeedTap tags and brand analytics platform, according to a press release. The national campaign...

USAA testing Amazon Alexa skill

USAA is testing an Amazon Alexa skill that will enable its customers to get answers to some of the most frequent and basic questions fielded by service representatives answering member phone calls, according to a press release. The San Antonio-based...

EMVCo releases QR code payment specs

EMVCo, the global technical body that manages EMV specifications, has released QR code payment specifications that support use cases for both merchant- and consumer-presented QR codes. The technical documents define QR code payments in a manner that simplifies the development...

Domino's makes using Alexa to order pizzas even easier

Domino's Pizza is expanding the Amazon Alexa ordering platform added last year to include customized ordering without customers needing to have a saved account or previous order history, a news release said. "Now it's as simple as asking Alexa to...

Crane Co. acquires payment solutions maker Microtronic AG for $18 million

Crane Co., parent company of Crane Payment Innovations and Crane Connectivity Solutions, has acquired Microtronic AG, a manufacturer of closed-site and mobile payment solutions, for approximately $18 million, according to a press release. With operations in Oensingen, Switzerland, Microtronic develops...

Report: Online payment fraud detection spend to hit $9.3B by 2022

Spending on online fraud detection and prevention products will hit $9.3 billion by 2022, an increase of 22 percent over this year's anticipated spend, according to a new Juniper Research study. The research reveals perceptions of high software costs, alongside...

MasterCard puts more stock into QR code mobile payments

MasterCard has outlined plans for greater choice in retail payments through the planned expansion of its QR-based programs, according to a press release. Beginning this month, the company will broaden its products to offer QR codes that can be scanned...

Study: UK consumers begin to prefer smartphones for mobile shopping

The smartphone will soon blow past the tablet in the U.K. when it comes to mobile shopping, with smartphones grabbing 51.5 percent of spend next year. The big reason is consumers are loving smartphones more than tablets and using them more, according to the new GlobalData research.

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