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Starbucks, Amex On a Collision Course in Multi-Retailer Loyalty
Starbucks and American Express are both using cross-merchant rewards to boost their own volume, but with a very different philosophy driving each company's program.  more »
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Despite the doomsday predictions for banks and acquirers five years ago, the Durbin amendment hasn’t dramatically shaken up the business models of the payments industry. more »
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Apriva and Globalcom Engineering will partner to provide EMV hardware to various U.S. markets with unattended payments acceptance devices. more »
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Meta Financial Group in Sioux Falls, S.D., has agreed to buy Fort Knox Financial Services, a software firm that helps independent tax firms process refund transfers. more »
This bill-payment kiosk draws its design inspiration from smartphones.
C-Spire is looking to increase the use of its self-service kiosks, so it's installing ones that borrow several design cues from Apple's handsets. more »
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Meta Financial Group in Sioux Falls, S.D., agreed to sell $3.1 million of common stock to a group of existing investors and reached a separate agreement to issue prepaid cards for a business partner. more »
Prepaid card issuer Green Dot Corp. has launched a unit called Green Dot Shanghai Software Technology Co. in Shanghai, China. more »
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First Data has acquired a San Diego-based digital card distribution firm called Transaction Wireless Inc. (TWI), a company which, paired with First Data's 2014 purchase of Gyft, rounds out the company's gift card strategy. more »
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Wuhan, China.
Gemalto has entered an agreement to provide payment-capable wristbands that will allow tap-and-ride capabilities and fitness readings for transit riders in Wuhan, China. more »
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Payment Alliance International, a Kentucky-based independent sales organization and ATM provider, has partnered with charitable fundraising firm Digital Processing Solutions to create a new "Digital Donations" program accessible through ATMs. more »
ATM operator Cardtronics has completed the divestiture of its U.K. cash-in-transit operation for retailers. more »
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Green Dot's MoneyPak reload cards might be defunct in the real world, but they live on at Litchfield Penitentiary, the fictional setting of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black." more »
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The use of prepaid cards has skyrocketed, thanks in part to rising popularity among consumers who already have a checking or savings account, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. more »