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Square sweetens the pot for Apple Pay: Square often deploys financial incentives to encourage adoption of its contactless reader, and it's upping the ante this week with an Apple Pay tie in. Square is offering merchants more than $12,000 in Apple Pay transactions for free to entice them to use contactless payment technology, and to boost sales of its own NFC/EMV reader. The three-year old Apple Pay wallet showed slow adoption for the first years, but that has picked up recently as the app saw a spike of more than 130% this past fall. Apple Pay has also demonstrated its value to marketing, as USA Technologies reported increased use of contactless payments at vending machines following an Apple Pay promotion. Many of Square's merchants are micro-merchants, or small proprietors, where adoption can lag larger merchants.

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BNY marries blockchain to IoT: They're the "big two" of fintech innovation. Payment companies are interested in how connected devices, or the "Internet of Things," can extend transactions to everything from cars to refrigerators; while blockchain is expected to ease processing for international payments, among other transactions -- though both technology trends are early stage and experimental. Before adoption matures, Finextra reports BNY Mellon has joined an effort to build a blockchain-based Internet of Things protocol. The bank will work with technology companies such as Cisco, Bosch and Gemalto to improve the interoperability and security for IoT, including the security of the actual device that's linked to the Internet. The companies will also consider protocols for integration across chip types, communications, proprietary platforms, cloud providers and blockchain systems.

Internet groceries set for takeoff: The online grocery market is expected to expand 500% over the next eight years, reaching $100 million in the U.S. reports CNBC, citing research from the Food Marketing Institute. About a quarter of U.S. consumers buy at least some of their groceries online, and that's expected to reach 70% by 2015, CNBC reports, noting Kroger and Amazon are among the major brands that are expanding their online ordering, delivery and payment capabilities. The trend should be good news for Mastercard,which is investing in online grocery payments via internet-connected appliances, partnering with Samsung and online grocer FreshDirect.

Ingenico braces for India's digital wave: Online and other non-cash payments spiked quickly in India after the government's decision to dramatically change the country's currency, leading to the possibility of even broader long-term growth. To expand its footprint in the country, Ingenico plans to acquire TechProcess, a Mumbai-based online and mobile payments service provider. TechProcess has about 600 employees in 40 locations around India. Ingenico already has a 50% market share in India, and the company said this deal, which is expected to close in the next couple of months, should enhance that. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

From the Web (powered by Wiser)

Mobile wallet spend to increase by more than 30pc this year: report
Mobile Commerce Daily • Rakin Azfar
In keeping with the boom in mobile wallet adoption by both consumers and brands alike, a new report from Juniper Research claims that global spend through mobile wallets will increase to $1.35 trillion this year.

What restaurants can learn from Starbucks' mobile-ordering challenges
FastCasual.com • Will Hernandez
Starbucks said it faced operational challenges at some of its stores where mobile ordering is popular. How Starbucks responds to this challenge is something the industry will closely monitor as mobile ordering becomes a standard feature for many fast casual chains.

When Buying with Smartphones, US Consumers Like Apps and Mobile Web Just About Equally
eMarketer
Half of US consumers polled in a recent survey said they purchase online via their smartphones more often than on computers or tablets. But when asked whether they make most purchases through mobile apps or mobile websites, their preferences were almost equally.

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John Adams

John Adams

John Adams is Executive Editor of PaymentsSource.