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Bitcoin ATMs paying off initial investments in months

An industry that was non existent a mere 12 months ago is flourishing and profitable, according to Bitcoin ATM pioneers, Lamassu. Internal Lamassu surveys show that standard cash-to-Bitcoin ATM locations are averaging $20,000 worth of transactions per month, whereas prime locations are averaging $40,000 – $60,000 per month. With an average commission of 5.5%, operators are looking at $1,000-$3,000 in… Continue reading >>

Making the most of merchant loyalty

Creating merchant loyalty – location–based offers, discounts and targeted messaging are helping to place merchants at the centre of consumer engagement. According to research by IDC, 1.5 billion smartphones will be in use globally by 2017, while research firm Gartner predicts that worldwide mobile payment transaction values would reach $235.4 billion in 2013, a 44% increase from 2012’s $163.1 billion…. Continue reading >>

One Single Market needs one set of rules for card fees

This week, Europe’s politicians begin trialogue talks to decide final rules on how much payment cards will cost merchants and consumers in card fees. The end goal is more competition and innovation in our payments market. The commerce sector fears that unless MEPs make crucial changes to the Council’s text, we will fail to achieve these aims. EuroCommerce Director-General, Christian… Continue reading >>

Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) regulations impacting German banks

TSYS has released its white paper titled “How Issuers in Germany Can Replace Threatened Interchange Fees.” The paper explores the financial threat to German issuers of proposed changes to the Multilateral Interchange Fee (MIF) regulations in the European Union, and outlines initiatives to support additional revenue growth. The report looks at the current payment card market in Germany and compares… Continue reading >>

EMV chip transaction figures published by EMVCo

Official figures released by the global technical body EMVCo show that nearly 30% of all card-present transactions conducted globally between July 2013 and June 2014 used EMV chip technology. The data represents all EMV chip card-present transactions – both contact and contactless – as processed by EMVCo’s members, American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa. To qualify as an… Continue reading >>

MCX and Softcard state Apple Pay overthrow plan

At Money 2020, and in the wake of Apple Pay and its dominance of the headlines, US mobile money ventures, Softcard (formally ISIS) and merchant-run MCX, have been setting out their strategies for wining over customers. MCX has endured a difficult couple of weeks thanks to the controversy surrounding its policy on barring member merchants from accepting Apple Pay and… Continue reading >>

Half of US POS terminals to accept EMV in 2015

The Payments Security Task Force (PST) has announced a forecast of participating acquirers estimating that at least 47% of US POS terminals will be enabled for EMV chip technology by the end of 2015. The estimates are based on forecasts provided by acquirers representing approximately 80% of USpurchase volume. Organizations participating in the forecast include First Data, Bank of America Merchant Services,… Continue reading >>

MasterCard and Zwipe announce world’s first biometric contactless payment card

MasterCard and Zwipe announced their partnership for the launch of the world’s first biometric contactless payment card featuring an integrated fingerprint sensor. The launch of the card comes after a successful live pilot with Norway’s Sparebanken DIN, aligned to the Eika Group, as an answer to the complex challenge of providing a fast, convenient payment solution that does not compromise on… Continue reading >>

Smartwatches face challenges as payment system

A recent GfK survey in China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the US indicates that people in these countries see potential in using smartwatches to ‘carry’ tickets for passenger transport or as security keys to their computers and online accounts. The ability to transmit healthcare data via a smartwatch is also of particular interest to the majority of people…. Continue reading >>

200 billion card payments worldwide in 2013

A total of 205 billion card payments were made worldwide in 2013, a rise of 13% on 2012, according “Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts 2013-2019”, a new report from RBR. This growth was slightly higher than the 11% increase in card numbers to 10.8 billion, which reflects an expanding global physical and virtual merchant acceptance network, as well as… Continue reading >>