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Google and Walmart’s New Partnership Will Help Both Battle eCommerce Behemoth Amazon

Google and Walmart announced a partnership that will bring hundreds of thousands of items sold by Walmart onto the Google Express online shopping service so they can also be purchased by voice request using Google Home, much how Amazon Prime members can order with voice commands to Alexa on Amazon’s Echo or Dot. Walmart will

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Apple to Offer Text P2P Transfer and Stored Balance Account with Apple Pay Cash Card

The new Apple iPhone and operating system are set to launch in September and include new features likely to grow adoption of Apple Pay and contactless mobile payments at the physical point-of-sale. Apple Pay is set to rollout in several more countries by year’s end while the newest operating system (iOS 11) will support Apple

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Fitbit Pay Joins an Already Crowded Mobile Payments Arena

Fitbit recently unveiled their first smartwatch, called Fitbit Ionic, which will support NFC contactless payments with their mobile wallet called Fitbit Pay. Fitbit Pay will be compatible with Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards issued by partner banks and is expected to launch with the Fitbit Ionic smartwatch in October.   Fitbit Pay will work

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First Data, North American Bancard Each Complete Major Payment Acquisitions

At the end of May, First Data announced they had reached agreement to acquire another large, publicly traded payment processor, CardConnect, for $750 million. This occurred just two weeks after the privately held North American Bancard Holdings LLC agreed to acquire Total Merchant Services Inc., for an undisclosed amount, to become the 7th largest processor

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Amazon Debuts Cash-based Alternative Payment Method

Amazon Cash is the latest payment method and feature supported by Amazon and was designed for the under- and unbanked. Consumers can request a barcode that is linked to their Amazon account, and when checking-out at a partner retail store location the customer can add between $15 and $500, using cash, which will become stored

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Alibaba Spin Off to Acquire MoneyGram for $880 Million

Ant Financial Services Group, the Alibaba Group affiliate formerly known as Alipay, announced the acquisition of major money remittance company Money Gram for $880 million. While already the online payments leader in China, this acquisition would greatly increase Ant’s international and U.S. presence, with the acquisition expected to close in the second half of the

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Consumers Were Much More Likely to Shop with Mobile Devices Online Rather than In-Store This Black Friday

Although mobile eCommerce sales accounted for $1.2 billion on each Black Friday and Cyber Monday, consumers shopping in-store were much less likely to pull out their smartphones. According to one payment processor, just 0.6 percent of brick-and-mortar retail transactions in the U.S. on Black Friday were made with a mobile wallet. According to data from

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Visa and American Express Temporarily Ease EMV Chargeback Liability for Merchants

Announcements from three of the major card associations in June describe different approaches for reducing merchant liability and losses with counterfeit card fraud through April 2018 as the U.S. transitions to EMV. Visa estimates their changes will lead to 40 percent fewer chargebacks and 15 percent fewer dollars being charged back to merchants related to

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Mobile Wallets are Moving to the Web Browser with Implications for eCommerce and mCommerce

Both Apple Pay and Android Pay are bringing their mobile wallets to the web browser, adding both security and convenience to mCommerce and even computer-based eCommerce transactions. Consumers will be able to use Apple Pay within the Safari web browser this year, while Google recently released their PaymentRequest API for initiating payments completed via Android

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