Tim Hortons franchisees seek to delay mobile ordering

Tim Hortons franchisees are attempting to delay the release of the chain's new mobile ordering app because they believe not enough testing has been done. The Globe and Mail has received documents that show that the Great White North Franchisee...

WeChat seeks overseas opportunities

WeChat, the popular Chinese social media and messaging service, is seeking to expand into Europe and bolster its U.S presence as it pushes its payments system and wants to build partnerships with new advertisers. Tencent Holdings Ltd., which owns WeChat,...

Cowboy Chicken puts mobile pay into action

Cowboy Chicken announced its new app, available in the Apple App store and the Google Play Store, according to a press release. The app was designed by Boston-based LevelUp Agency. "The app is completely customized for Cowboy Chicken, taking into...

Starbucks touts recent mobile success

Starbucks executives recently addressed the company's worldwide digital strategy, which includes its popular mobile app. CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger and China digital VP Molly Liu said during the company's 25th annual shareholders meeting that Starbucks offers the largest and most robust...

ExxonMobil adds Samsung Pay to Speedpass-plus app

ExxonMobil has enabled Samsung Pay as a payment method in its Speedpass-plus app, according to a press release. To make a Speedpass-plus purchase with Samsung Pay, consumers link their Samsung Pay account to their Speedpass-plus app and select Samsung Pay...

Synchrony Financial plans to broaden mobile scope with GPShopper acquisition

Synchrony Financial has announced that it has acquired GPShopper, a developer of mobile apps that offer retailers and brands a full suite of commerce, engagement and analytic tools. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed and it is not...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 to include facial recognition for mobile payments

Samsung will incorporate facial-recognition technology for mobile payments as a new feature in the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone, according to a report from Bloomberg. Bloomberg said that the updated Galaxy will combine fingerprint authentication with iris and facial recognition to...

Avanti Commerce brings mobile ordering system to the cloud

Avanti Commerce, the company that helped Subway Restaurants implement mobile ordering, has announced the launch of its software as a cloud-based platform, making mobile ordering and payment possible for any restaurant chain, according to a press release. "We've been working...

Chase agrees to purchase MCX technology

JPMorgan Chase intends to acquire MCX payments technology to help expand Chase Pay, the FI's mobile and digital wallet, according to a press release. MCX, a network of America's largest merchants, was the premier launch partner for Chase Pay in...

Visa, StubHub enhance partnership with Visa Checkout focus

Visa and StubHub have enhanced their partnership and are planning promotions around the use of Visa Checkout, according to a press release. The companies plan to advertise benefits such as seat upgrades for consumers who use Visa Checkout to pay...

Study: Consumers show affinity for mobile rewards

New data from the Auriemma Consulting Group Mobile Pay Tracker survey suggests that transaction-based incentives may provide the nudge needed to get higher frequency and spend through mobile payments, according to a press release. The online survey of 1,505 U.S....

Apple Pay debuts in Ireland

Apple Pay is now live in Ireland, almost three years after the service first debuted in the United States. Ulster Bank and KBC are the only two banks in Ireland that support Apple Pay, but the Boon digital prepaid MasterCard...

PayPal, Starbucks top consumers' mobile payments preferences, study says

New mobile research from Parks Associates shows that nearly 20 percent of U.S. smartphone users have used a mobile payment app at a retail location, according to a press release about the report. The report, 360 View: Mobility and the...

Samsung Pay preps for India

Samsung has begun accepting registrations for early access to Samsung Pay in India, according to several media reports. Potential users must have a Samsung Pay-eligible device and an account with Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, SBI Cards or Standard...

Study: Digital wallets increasingly interest consumers worldwide

Digital wallets continue to gain prominence in smartphones and laptops and dominate the global discussion of new ways to pay, with a mention rate of 75 percent in the 2017 edition of the MasterCard Digital Payments Study. At the same...

McDonald's gets in the game with mobile order and pay

McDonald's is joining the club as the latest fast restaurant with plans to add an order-and-pay feature to its smartphone app. McDonald's announced the feature as part of a new vision to put the customer at the center of the dining experience.

Square buys OrderAhead to add takeout feature to Caviar

Square Wednesday announced that it has acquired the OrderAhead pickup business, a mobile service that enables consumers to order takeout food from restaurants. Square subsequently added the takeout option to its Caviar on-demand food delivery solution. Caviar users in San...

MasterCard mimics direct carrier billing model with new Veon pact

MasterCard has announced a new business relationship with Veon, a communications provider, that will bring Masterpass to the new Veon platform. Veon provides voice, fixed broadband, data and digital service to approximately 235 million customers in 12 markets. As part...

New Rambus platform intended to increase mobile wallet adoption

Rambus Inc. has announced what it calls a comprehensive mobile payments platform intended to enhance payment security, reduce operational costs and increase revenue for retailers, according to a press release. The company said that its Rambus Unified Payment Platform securely...

Visa expands QR code mobile payments to more countries

Visa has announced that mVisa, its QR-based payment service, is now live in India, Kenya and Rwanda, and will soon be available to merchants and consumers in Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Vietnam, according to a press release....

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