25 restaurants add LevelUp support

LevelUp has added 25 restaurant brands as partners, including national chains Smoothie King and Zaxby's, and up-and-coming brands honeygrow, Wings Over and Evergreens, among others, according to a press release. Eight of the restaurants have already launched their guest engagement...

Phillips 66 to integrate Masterpass within mobile app

MasterCard has announced that Phillips 66 will integrate Masterpass into its My Phillips 66 app later this year, according to a press release. MasterCard’s digital payment service will enable Phillips 66 customers to pay both at the pump and in...

Apptizer brings mobile and kiosk order-ahead platform to First Data's Clover

Apptizer Inc., a provider of order-ahead storefront technology, has announced its Apptizer app-building platform is available for download from First Data's Clover App Market for self-service mobile and kiosk implementations. The platform is compatible with all Clover devices to help...

WhatsApp adds QR code payments in India

WhatsApp is in the process of rolling out a new feature on the Android version of its messaging app in India that will enable users to make payments via a QR code, according to multiple media reports. TechRadar reported that...

Walmart drops Alipay for WeChat Pay in western China

Walmart has dropped Alipay in favor of WeChat in western China as the two largest mobile payments systems in that country continue to jockey for dominance. Reuters reported that Walmart switched to WeChat in China's western region based on what...

Study: Restaurant visits paid via mobile app growing, but cash still in play

Restaurant visits paid via mobile app grew by 50 percent over the last year, a new NPD study finds. However, cash payment still captures two of every five restaurant visits, a news release said. Both of those revelations were provided...

Shell adds Chase Pay at the gas pump

Shell customers now can use Chase Pay to pay at the pump and in the store at some 10,000 participating Shell branded retail stations in the U.S., according to a press release. Shell customers also have the option to use...

Alipay continues North America merchant acceptance expansion with FreedomPay pact

Alipay has partnered with FreedomPay to give Chinese tourists visiting North America the ability to use Alipay at thousands of merchants that use FreedomPay's services in North America, including vendors at airports, entertainment venues, resorts, sports arenas and universities, according...

Macy's revamps mobile app with in-store checkout, augmented reality features

Macy's is prepping a nationwide rollout of new features in its mobile app starting with an augmented reality furniture shopping experience that will be available to consumers in April, according to a press release. Mobile Checkout, powered by the Macy’s...

Shopify integrates Google Pay checkout

Shopify has launched its integration with Google Pay on Shopify stores to enable hundreds of millions of shoppers to experience mobile checkout at participating merchants, according to a press release. "Shopify is always looking for ways to arm our merchants...

Chase, PayPal partner for mobile wallet promo

As of today, Chase Freedom has added a new quarterly category — PayPal — and has brought back a customer favorite — Chase Pay and grocery stores — from April through June. According to a press release, the new category...

UK supermarket chain testing cashierless shopping with MasterCard

A U.K. supermarket chain is testing a mobile app with MasterCard that enables shoppers to scan and pay for items without the need to visit a checkout counter, according to multiple media reports. Co-op is testing the mobile app at...

Study: US consumers might be willing to pay for better mobile payments experience

Younger consumers are more willing to pay for a better mobile payments experience, according to a new report from Worldpay. Some 37 percent of U.S. consumers would be happy to pay more for a product or service if the mobile shopping experience is better, according to the Worldpay study.

Boston's transit agency adds Apple Pay in-app purchases to mTicket

Boston's transit agency, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, has added an Apple Pay purchase option within the mTicket mobile app commuters can use to commuter rail and ferry tickets, according to a press release. "Boston's MBTA was the world’s first...

Pizza Hut to roll out MasterCard's Qkr! to all UK restaurants

Pizza Hut Restaurants will roll out MasterCard's Qkr! with Masterpass into its U.K. restaurants as of March 19, according to a press release. Qkr! is a mobile ordering and payments platform, developed by MasterCard Labs, that enables consumers to order,...

WeChat Pay preps virtual red envelopes for Chinese Lunar New Year

WeChat Pay, the mobile payment unit of China's most popular social app, WeChat, has launched a series of promotions in cooperation with internationally renowned merchants in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, according...

Cumberland Farms updates popular SmartPay mobile app

Cumberland Farms is launching a completely redesigned SmartPay Check-Link mobile app with several new enhancements and features, according to a press release. Starting today, mobile app users who upgrade to the new version can earn their way to free select...

8 Hong Kong banks to deploy QR code-based mobile payment app

A company called Joint Electronic Teller Services Ltd., or Jetco, in Hong Kong has brought together eight banks to deploy a QR code-based mobile payments app consumers can use to make purchases in-store and online, according to a press release....

Wirecard to add chatbot to boon mobile payment app

Wirecard has selected Astute Solutions to implement chatbot software into the company's mobile payments app called boon, according to a press release. Astute Bot will enable boon users to receive personalized service interactions through a messaging interface. In recent years,...

Grab, Samsung to push mobile payments as part of financial inclusion plan in Southeast Asia

Grab, the on-demand transportation and mobile payments platform in Southeast Asia, and Samsung Electronics announced that they have signed a multi-year memorandum of understanding to drive digital inclusion in the region, according to a press release. Grab and Samsung will...

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