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January 22, 2021

On the web

Nine Out of 10 UK Card Payments in 2020 Were Contactless


“Contactless payments accounted 88.6% of total card payments in 2020 as restrictions on contact-based payments drove people to the payment method, according to data from Barclaycard. Despite many shops closing for long periods during various lockdowns to reduce the spread of Covid-19, the total value of contactless payments increased by 7% in 2020 compared to 2019. For example, there was a 29% increase in the use of contactless in UK grocery stores.”

January 4, 2021

On the web

Limit on contactless payments could be raised from £45 to £100 in one of Britain’s first steps away from EU rules

Daily Mail

“The upper limit on contactless payments could be increased from £45 to £100 in one of Britain’s first rule changes after leaving the EU.  Not only would it mean more convenience for shoppers the move would also signify a step away from the European Commission’s rules and could help to reduce the spread of covid-19 by limiting the need to touch surfaces.”

November 18, 2020

On the web

Standard Bank to support contactless payments in 15 African countries

NFC World

Standard Bank is supporting the mass rollout of contactless cards across Africa as the financial services group reports an accelerated increase in the use of tap and pay across the continent.  Based in South Africa, the group is currently enabling contactless payment capabilities for customers in 15 African markets, including Botswana, Eswatini (Swaziland), Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.”

On the wires

O-CITY enters Kenya to drive contactless payments across Matatu bus service

O-CITY , the automated fare collection provider by BPC, today announces its initiative to drive contactless payments across bus services in Nairobi, Kenya. The O-CITY pilot, designed to reduce the use of cash in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was launched in partnership with transport savings and credit specialists, NikoDigi, and Kenyan payments firm, Tracom, to accelerate the deployment of cashless fare collection. Used by 70% of the population in Kenya, Matatu buses are a dominant transport mode across the country whereby passengers traditionally pay in cash. O-CITY’s automated fare collection platform leverages the M-Pesa mobile wallet, which is used by 90% of the population in Kenya.”

November 17, 2020

On the wires

Mastercard enables Google Pay rollout across Europe

“Starting today, Mastercard will extend the Google Pay service to cardholders across Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Portugal, and Romania together with its issuing partners. With Google Pay, users with eligible Android devices will be able to make secure, fast and convenient purchases in stores and online. Furthermore, this will also give them the option to use their phones to make contactless payments.”

November 12, 2020

On the wires

Cash Is Out, Contactless Is In, and Changes in the Way People Pay Look Likely to Stay

“The latest Expectations & Experiences consumer trends survey from Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV), a leading global provider of financial services technology solutions, reveals how people are adjusting their financial behaviors and preferences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many consumers who have made changes to their payment habits anticipate the changes will be permanent, with initial indications bearing this out.”

November 10, 2020

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On the wires

i2c Inc. Partners with Purewrist to Provide Wearable Solutions for Contactless Payments at Events, Retail Stores, Transit and More

i2c Inc. , a leading provider of digital banking and payment processing technology and infrastructure, today announced its partnership with Purewrist , an innovative FinTech company specializing in end-to-end contactless payment solutions and wearables. i2c’s highly-configurable platform will be leveraged for transaction processing of tap-and-go payments made with the Purewrist GO™ wearable at NFC contactless readers.”

October 23, 2020

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500 million additional touch-free Visa payments as European contactless limits increase

“Visa announced that it has processed more than half a billion additional touch-free payments, where previously consumers would have needed to use a PIN pad, since contactless limits were increased in more than 29 countries across Europe. COVID-19 has transformed contactless payment from a nice-to-have to a must-have. The ability to pay digitally in-stores is no longer just a convenience but a necessity for consumers and merchants, helping them to avoid contact with payment terminals.”

October 21, 2020

On the web

Albertsons unveils contactless payment option at all stores

Supermarket News

“Albertsons Pay users can choose one of two new contactless pay options through the just for U app: Albertsons Direct, a safe and secure way for shoppers to pay through their bank, and Albertsons Cash, a stored-value account that can be pre-loaded and used across all Albertsons Cos. stores. After setup, customers simply show the QR code in their just for U app at checkout to apply their discounts, earn rewards and securely pay for their groceries.”

On the wires

Visa Tap to Phone Transforms Payment Acceptance for Sellers Worldwide

“As the world increasingly turns to digital payments amidst COVID-19, a simple mobile app can help millions of sellers worldwide quickly and securely accept contactless payments, while improving the checkout experience for customers. After piloting Visa Tap to Phone over the past year, Visa (NYSE:V) today announced product availability in more than 15 markets with plans to expand to the United States and accelerate global product growth in the rest of the world via more than 35 new partners, including Visa Ready for Tap to Phone partners.”

October 19, 2020

On the wires

MagicCube Unveils i-Accept the World’s First Software-Based Replacement for Traditional Payment Terminals Supporting Tap&PIN for all four major card networks

MagicCube , the leader in the new category of Software Defined Trust (SDT), today announced the availability of i-Accept ™, a complete software-based replacement for traditional payment acceptance terminals. Through i-Accept™, acquiring banks and disruptive financial services institutions can now enable their merchants and retailers to accept contactless cards, including those from American Express®, Discover®, Mastercard® and Visa®, as well as capture financial PINs and other verification methods, without the need for additional hardware or terminals.”

October 13, 2020

Top Post

EMVCo Launches Evaluation Programme to Support Contactless Payment Acceptance on Consumer Mobile Devices

“Technical body EMVCo has launched a pilot testing programme to evaluate consumer mobile devices for contactless payment acceptance. The Early Adopter Programme is open to vendors for functional evaluation of smartphones and tablets that can be used by merchants to take payments, without the need for added hardware, such as a dongle. EMVCo has introduced the Early Adopter Programme to address industry requests to support merchants and acquirers that want to use commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) consumer mobile devices to accept contactless payments.”

September 29, 2020

On the web

UK Fintech Judopay Partners with Mastercard to Accelerate Adoption of Touch-Free Payments


“UK-based payments platform Judopay has today announced a partnership with Mastercard to move towards a touch-free payments future.  Judopay was born out of frustration at clunky mobile checkouts, with the name coming from the Japanese sport Judo, translating to ‘the gentle way,’ in the hope of streamlining customer checkouts, which in turn increases sales and repeat purchases.”

September 14, 2020

On the web

You Can Pay from Your Phone at Restaurants with This New Uber Eats Feature

USA Today

“Uber Eats is flipping the switch on a contactless ordering feature that’s meant to come in handy when you’re dining in and ordering takeout amid the pandemic.  The tool is aptly called “Uber Eats Contactless Order Feature” and the idea is to enable you to cover your bill via the app when you’re at a restaurant to prevent unnecessary exchanges of heavily touched items such as credit cards, pens and bill holders.”

September 11, 2020

On the wires

Jaguars Introduce Jags Pay to take TIAA Bank Field cashless

“The Jacksonville Jaguars today introduced Jags Pay, an all-new contactless mobile payment technology at TIAA Bank Field designed with a contactless fan experience in mind. Jags Pay is now available via the Jaguars’ official mobile app and can be utilized for all stadium concession and merchandise payments in 2020.”

August 21, 2020

On the wires

US Payments Forum Market Snapshot: Industry Shifts Focus to Touchless Experiences, Securing E-Commerce and Upgrades for EMV at the Pump

“The U.S. Payments Forum today released its latest Market Snapshot providing a look at the state of the industry, including the adoption of contactless, the transition to EMV at the pump, trending topics, and current Forum priorities and projects. State of the Market: Industry prioritizes touchless customer experiences and changes at the POS due to COVID-19, delays EMV liability shift date for automatic fuel dispensers.”

August 13, 2020

On the web

Waze rolls out contactless fuel payments with ExxonMobil, Shell


Waze on Thursday rolled out a new feature that allows US drivers to link the navigation platform to fuel partner apps for contactless payments at participating Exxon, Mobil and Shell gas stations.  When drivers arrive at those stations, a notification in the Waze app will prompt them to securely pay using the fuel partner’s contactless payment app (the Exxon Mobil Rewards app or the Shell app ). They’ll then be able to earn rewards through those loyalty programs. If a driver doesn’t have those apps installed, Waze will direct them to download it.”

July 29, 2020

On the wires

Bank of America Expands Commercial Contact-Free Payments

“Bank of America has expanded its mobile wallet capabilities for corporate clients in EMEA and APAC. The bank first launched mobile wallet in the United States and Canada in 2018, and this expansion makes it the first commercial bank issuer to offer the technology to corporate clients worldwide. The bank’s clients who use its Corporate Travel and Purchasing cards in EMEA and APAC are now able to use Apple Pay® and Google Pay® to make and manage card purchases.”

June 17, 2020

On the web

On the wires

UnionPay International Drives Increase In ‘Contactless Payment’ For Consumer Safety During COVID-19

“As the struggle against COVID-19 continues, UnionPay International have unveiled a plan for increased consumer safety through accelerating the issuance of contactless payment enabled cards worldwide. Collaborating with many local banks around the world, UnionPay International have also made a considerable effort to increase availability and awareness of online checkout services in order to step up global adoption.”

Fattmerchant Introduces Contactless by Omni to Help Businesses Meet the Growing Consumer Demand for Contactless Payments

Fattmerchant, an integrated payment technology provider that simplifies the payment processing experience for business owners, announces the release of Contactless by Omni. This new all-in-one contactless payment solution provides business owners with the ability to go touch-free and virtual overnight, allowing their business to begin accepting payments in the ways that their customers are most comfortable with.”

June 8, 2020

On the web

Mastercard, Axis Bank Partner to Bring POS Machines to Smartphones


“Digital payment major Mastercard has joined hands with private lender Axis Bank and French payment service provider Worldline, in a bid to offer the functionality of Point of Sale devices onto Android smartphones of small merchants in India while also be providing store owners value added digitisation services. The strategic alliance is created for expanding acceptance infrastructure for contactless card payments in the Indian market by bringing down the costs of physical deployments by replacing swipe machines with an application on their NFC enabled smartphones, reported ET.”

April 7, 2020

On the web

Interac Sees Digital and Contactless Payment Rush As Consumers Hunker Down During Coronavirus Pandemic

Financial Post

“Canadian debit-payments firm Interac Corp. is experiencing a surge in digital and contactless transactions as consumers make purchases from home and try to keep their hands clean during the coronavirus pandemic. There were 51.9 million e-transfers sent through Interac in March, the first time the 50-million mark has been crossed in a month. “We’re conducting ongoing analysis into the impact of COVID-19 on how Canadians are using the Interac e-Transfer platform compared to regular state,” spokesperson Rebecca DeLuca said in an email. “While some Interac e-Transfer use cases will decrease during social distancing (splitting a dinner tab), we anticipate that others will rise or emerge, such as paying someone back for a grocery run.””

March 26, 2020

On the web

March 24, 2020

On the web

Demand for Online and Contactless Payments Soars in South Africa Due to Coronavirus

Intelligent CIO Africa

“Demand for secure online and contactless payments is surging in South Africa on the back of fears around the spread of coronavirus, with many people reluctant to use cash or to touch point of sale machines.  As the number of confirmed cases increases daily, growing numbers of retailers are scrambling to get online payment systems in place to meet a spike in demand from customers looking for contactless payment options, said Thomas Pays, the Chief Executive of online payment platform Ozow.”

March 23, 2020

On the web

March 18, 2020

On the web

Merchants in Four European Countries to Pilot Dongle-free Contactless Payments on Android NFC Phones

NFC World

Mastercard has partnered with software-only mPOS startup Phos and Paynetics , an e-money institution with an EU-wide licence which will act as the acquiring bank for the pilot. The 200 merchants taking part will be able to download the Phos app from the Google Play store and have their identity verified “in a fully digital due-diligence process which follows both anti money laundering as well as other locally applicable regulations”.”

March 11, 2020

On the web

AIB Customers to Be Charged for ‘Contactless’ Payments From May

Irish Examiner

“AIB customers will soon be charged 1c cent for ‘tap’ payments. From May 30, the bank is also introducing a quarterly maintenance fee of €4.50 for current accounts. It is the third bank to charge for contactless payments, following Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank. The fees could cost customers an extra €80 a year.”

March 10, 2020

On the web

WHO Encourages Use Of Contactless Payments Due To COVID-19


“As part of the COVID-19 outbreak, central banks have resorted to quarantining physical bills and some are even going so far as to burn banknotes. South Korea’s central bank, the Bank of Korea, has implemented a quarantine policy for physical notes that come in from local banks. They’ll keep banknotes in a safe for up to two weeks, given “that the [SARS-CoV-2, which causes the COVID-19 disease] virus usually dies in nine days.””

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