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December 15, 2020

On the wires

Scanit Announces Launch of Digital Wallet to Improve Contactless Transactions

Scanit , a new technology that can be used to read QR and Direct Response Video (DRV) codes from up to 60 feet away, announced today the launch of its newly created digital wallet. A successful “proof of concept” technology, the digital wallet allows users to complete contactless transactions from distances up to 20 feet away. Utilizing its patented technology in the United States, Japan and pending patent in Europe, Scanit is embedding the company’s exclusive DRV codes in the digital wallets, which can be scanned phone to phone, phone to ATM and phone to point-of-sales terminals. The digital wallets can support transactions with cash, credit or debit cards, and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.”

December 9, 2020

On the wires

PayPal launches touch-free payments in-store with iZettle’s point of sale app to support UK businesses post-lockdown

“PayPal today launched QR code payments in iZettle’s point of sale app, allowing small businesses across the UK – from retailers to florists and cafes – to accept safe and secure touch-free payments from customers. The roll-out marks the first time UK merchants can accept PayPal QR Code payments in-store via a point of sale solution. To support the small business community further during the pandemic PayPal QR Code transactions will be available for iZettle merchants at a reduced transaction rate of 1% from now until May 31st 2021[1].”

December 2, 2020

On the web

Payconiq rolls out cross-border QR mobile payments service in Europe

NFC World

“Users of Payconiq -supported mobile payment apps in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg can now make QR-enabled mobile payments and P2P transfers across all three Benelux countries. The expansion of the cross-border payments service follows the integration of the Luxembourg-based Digicash by Payconiq app into “the first interoperable mobile payment platform in Europe” alongside other Payconiq-enabled payment and banking apps.”

November 16, 2020

On the wires

CVS Pharmacy is first national retailer to offer touch-free payments through PayPal and Venmo

“CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today announced that customers can now check out touch-free using PayPal and Venmo QR codes at 8,200 standalone retail locations. These codes allow customers to securely pay for their items without needing to touch a keypad or sign a receipt, while also being able to access multiple payment methods available in PayPal and Venmo wallets.”

November 2, 2020

On the web

Clover Combines Ordering And Payment With Its QR Code Technology

Digital Transactions

“Fiserv Inc.’s Clover point-of-sale technology business on Wednesday unveiled Scan to Order, which allows consumers to access a menu and pay for their meal by scanning a QR code at the table or the order window. The application reflects an emerging trend among restaurants to shift interactions between customers and wait staff, particularly ordering and payment, to customers’ mobile devices. Many restaurants have begun placing bar codes at the table that, when scanned, allow access to an online menu. Others enable contactless payment by scanning a bar code on the bill. Now, combining the two functions is a logical next step.”

October 26, 2020

On the web

ExxonMobil to combine NFC and QR mobile payments at the pump


“Drivers refuelling their vehicles at Exxon and Mobil fuel stations across the USA will soon be able to use their mobile phone to make both NFC and QR contactless payments at the pump. ExxonMobil is rolling out its ‘point and pay’ technology to more than 11,500 of its  stations, allowing customers to pay by either tapping their smartphone on a QR code sticker or using the camera to scan the QR code. The contactless payments system supports Apple Pay and Google Pay, as well as the company’s own ExxonMobile Rewards+ app.”

October 21, 2020

On the web

QR Codes Reach the Next Stage of Development for Payments: Fraud Detection

Digital Transactions

“With merchant adoption of contactless payment solutions accelerating due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Incognia, a provider of fraud-detection applications, announced an app Tuesday to detect Quick Response code fraud.  The application uses location behavioral biometrics to create a digital fingerprint for the consumer’s identity. It uses the buyer’s real-time and historical location behavior to protect against the scanning of fake QR codes for payment. The app follows a consumer’s movement on a daily basis, such as between home and the gas station and the local school to validate the user’s location.”

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.”

October 12, 2020

On the wires

Shift4 Payments Launches QR Code Ordering Solution

“Shift4 Payments (NYSE: FOUR), a leading provider of integrated payment processing, today announced a contactless QR code ordering solution for restaurants. This solution provides restaurants with a custom QR code that can be displayed on table tents, placemats, etc. for customers to scan with their phone in order to view the menu and place their order. The order is sent directly to the restaurant’s point-of-sale (POS) system so that it can be prepared and served like any other order.”

September 30, 2020

Top Post

Square Adopts QR Codes to Bring Self-Serve Ordering to Restaurants


“Square has introduced a new self-serve ordering feature for restaurants that allows dine-in customers to order and pay for their food through their phones, minimizing physical contact with staff. The restaurant industry has been among the hardest hit by the global pandemic, though this has led to a surge in demand for meal deliveries. As the world eases out of lockdown, brick-and-mortar eateries have embraced technology as a way to entice customers back through their doors — the humble QR code has proved particularly popular , with many outlets turning to the matrix barcode format to deliver menus directly to customers’ mobile devices.”

September 9, 2020

Top Post

Apple Researching how To Enhance Security of Future QR Code Apple Pay Transactions

Apple Insider

“Apple Pay transactions could take place without needing to use NFC, as more evidence surfaces that Apple is strongly considering allowing in-store purchases to take place by securely scanning QR codes.   For years, Apple Pay ‘s transactions with physical retailers relied on the use of NFC, with an iPhone coming close to a payment terminal to perform the purchase as if it is a contactless payment card. While such transactions are quite commonplace, the NFC method isn’t the only way Apple is considering how to communicate the payments.”

August 19, 2020

On the web

Instagram launches QR codes globally, letting people open a profile from any camera app

The Verge

“Instagram is bringing QR codes to the app. Users can now generate QR codes that’ll be scannable from any supporting, third-party camera apps. It first launched the product in Japan last year. The idea is that businesses can print their QR code and have customers scan it to open their Instagram account easily. From there, people can see store hours, buy items, or just follow the account.”

August 18, 2020

On the web

Beijing clamps down on QR code mobile payments at gas stations despite a negligible chance of an explosion

South China Morning Post

“An experiment carried out by experts revealed that when scanning QR codes, a smartphone emits stronger electromagnetic radiation than during phone calls, according to a social media post from China’s Fire and Rescue Department. The experts concluded that QR code scanning is potentially dangerous at gas stations. While static electricity can ignite petrol vapours, there is scant evidence that phone-induced explosions are likely to occur near gas pumps.”

July 31, 2020

On the wires

July 30, 2020

On the web

PayPal and Venmo QR Code checkout is coming to 8,200 CVS stores in Q4


PayPal has struck a deal with CVS Pharmacy to offer the ability to check out using PayPal’s payment services, including both PayPal and Venmo, at the register. The company announced this morning CVS will become the first nationwide retailer to allow customers to pay using either their PayPal or Venmo QR code at the register, without fees. The payment will pull from funds available in the customer’s existing account balance, bank account or from their debit or credit card, just as it would online. Venmo users will additionally have the option to pay with their Venmo Rewards.”

July 8, 2020

Top Post

Exclusive: Apple Is Working on QR Code Payments for Apple Pay, iOS 14 Code Reveals


“Apple today released the second developer beta of iOS 14 with some small changes across the system. And now 9to5Mac was able to find a hidden feature in the Wallet app to allow users to make payments with QR Codes using Apple Pay. References found in the iOS 14 code reveal that Apple is working on a new method for letting users make payments with Apple Pay by scanning a QR Code or traditional barcode with the iPhone camera.”

July 6, 2020

On the web

July 2, 2020

Top Post

Venmo Launches Limited Pilot of New Tools for Sole Proprietors With the Introduction of Business Profiles

“Piloting to a limited number of users today, Business Profiles allows sole proprietors, casual sellers, and users with a side hustle to create an additional Venmo profile to accept payments for goods and services. Whether you’re an artist, selling homemade planters at a craft fair, serving up one-of-a-kind haircuts, selling floral arrangements or mowing lawns, you can now leverage the power of Venmo’s community of more than 52 million users to generate interest, referrals and awareness for your business.”

June 29, 2020

On the wires

PayPal Rolls Out QR Code Touch-Free Payments in Canada

“As much of Canada enters and progresses through Stage 2 of reopening, PayPal today launched QR code payments in Canada for small businesses to accept touch-free mobile payments from their customers using the PayPal app. From local stores to hair salons and farmers markets, this new functionality in the PayPal app allows customers to buy or sell in-person, safely and securely without needing to purchase any new equipment. To continue helping small businesses, PayPal is waiving the standard seller transaction fees incurred on sales conducted using a QR Code1 through September 30, 2020.”

June 26, 2020

On the wires

Boku Partners With LINE Pay Japan to Enable eWallet Payments to Merchants

Boku Inc, a leading global provider of mobile payment and mobile identity solutions, is pleased to announce a partnership with LINE Pay, one of Japan’s largest eWallet and QR code payment service providers. This partnership will allow more than 37 million LINE Pay users in Japan to pay for merchant digital goods and services through the Boku platform. This agreement furthers the extensive depth of payment options for Japanese merchants and consumers alike that no other local payment services providers can match.”

June 24, 2020

On the wires

Shift4 Payments Launches QR Pay, A New Contactless Payment Solution

“Shift4 Payments, a leading provider of integrated payment processing solutions, today introduced a new, contactless payment technology called QR Pay. The technology allows consumers to pay their bill at restaurants, retail stores and hotels by simply scanning a QR code on the receipt or payment terminal and completing the transaction on their phone. There is no additional charge for Shift4 clients to implement QR Pay at their business.”

June 10, 2020

On the wires

Launch of the QR-bill in Switzerland

“The QR-bill will modernize Swiss payment transactions. From 30 June 2020, invoice recipients will be receiving their first QR-bills instead of the traditional payment slips. You can recognize the QR-bill by the Swiss QR Code, which contains all the information needed for easy, automatic and efficient payment.”

New QR-Code Mobile Payment Platform, WeQless Could Help Restaurants Reopen Safely

“A novel, new mobile payment system launching soon could help the hard-hit pubs and restaurants of the UK get back to business safely and conveniently. As restaurants around the country begin reopening their venues, they will struggle to find ways to take orders and payments in a socially distant, contact-free manner. QR-Code payment system, weQless removes the need for customers to stand in queues or loiter at the bar to place an order.”

June 8, 2020

On the wires

JCB Enables Cross-Border QR-Code Payments With FIS

“FIS, a global leader in financial services technology, today announced that an international payment scheme, JCB, has selected FIS’ Payments One switching and acquiring services to enable cross-border QR-code payments. As consumers seek greater speed and convenience in their payment transactions, merchants are increasingly adopting QR codes and other digital payment types. The Worldpay from FIS 2020 Global Payments Report found that digital wallets now account for 58 percent of regional eCommerce purchases and are expected to reach almost 70 percent by 2023. Digital wallets also now surpass cash at the point-of-sale, accounting for 36 percent of in-store sales in 2019.”

May 22, 2020

On the web

GCash to help taxis shift to cashless payments: transport dept


“The Department of Transportation said Friday it tapped GCash to help equip taxis with scan-to-pay systems, as part of a pandemic normal that requires cashless payments. The joint venture of Jack Ma’s Alipay and Globe Telecom’s Mynt allows users to scan merchants QR codes and deduct the amount due from their mobile wallet. Digital payments will limit direct physical contact between drivers and passengers thus reducing the chance of spreading COVID-19, the Department of Transportation said.”

On the wires

February 14, 2020

On the wires

‘Dine and Dash’ Redefined With New Clover Scan to Pay Feature

“Restaurants can offer guests a more efficient, flexible, and secure payment experience with Scan to Pay, a first of its kind feature available with the Clover® platform from Fiserv, Inc.  With Scan to Pay, guests use their iPhone camera to scan a Clover-generated QR code at the bottom of their receipt to pay their restaurant bill with Apple Pay. This saves time for both the guest and the server by eliminating the need for the guest to give their credit card to the server and for the server to take the card to the point of sale, process the transaction, and return for a signature. Not only is Apple Pay quick and convenient for both the guest and restaurant, it is also secure as a customer must authorize every transaction with Face ID or Touch ID on their iPhone.”

February 10, 2020

On the web

Thai Banks Spread QR Code in Asean


“Thailand is set to kick off cross-border payment via QR code technology in Asean by mid-year, aiming to enhance financial transactions through the digital platform across the region. Digital payments between Thailand and Singapore, Cambodia and Myanmar are expected to begin in the middle of the year, said Siritida Panomwon Na Ayudhya, assistant governor for payment systems policy and financial technology at the Bank of Thailand.”

January 29, 2020

On the web

Poste Italiane Adds QR Code Payments to Postepay App

NFC World

“Italy’s national postal service provider has added QR code-based payments to its mobile payments app, to support the country’s transition from cash to digital payments. Postepay’s QR function, Codice Postepay, also offers merchant features including geolocation, integration into Postepay’s loyalty and engagement programmes — including discounts and cashback — as well as money transfers to any bank account, says Poste Italiane .”

January 15, 2020

On the web

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