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Amazon is reportedly planning to open a larger Amazon Go location in Seattle. The more than 10,000 square foot store that would be its largest to date.

The store would be large enough for a supermarket and a fulfillment center, reports Grocery Dive. That would be larger than most of the early cashierless stores, which are usually the size of a convenience store, and would be a key step for Amazon to build out its planned network of Amazon Go stores.

It also comes as Giant Eagle, a chain that includes full-sized supermarkets, plans to deploy computer sensor technology to power self-checkout.

Cross-border delivery

Western Union has teamed with the U.K.'s Post Office Ltd, a retail services network spun off the Royal Mail, to support cross-border payments through Post Office's digital channel.

This will help Western Union expand its addressable market in the U.K., as Post Office is the U.K.'s largest retail network, surpassing banks and building societies, or mortgage companies.

Western Union has been adding more digital services to counter fintechs that use blockchain and other innovations to streamline cross-border transfers.

South Korean move

Western Union's chief rival MoneyGram has signed a contract with Sentbe, one of South Korea's largest money transfer firms — making Sentbe MoneyGram's first virtual agent in South Korea.

MoneyGram hopes to build its South Korean P2P business through the local partnership with Sentbe, which is licensed as a financial institution.

Immigration from local Asian nations is also on the rise, and the collaboration can also serve as a financial inclusion tool, MoneyGram said in a release.

Bots give PSD2 a try

PSD2 compliance has lagged, causing some firms to lobby for an extension, and has generated an attractive market for fintech developers.

Advice Robo, a bot and AI company, has developed an API that provides cross-border access to software that categorizes data and predicts default through a mix of machine learning and behavioral analysis.

Data and international access are at the center of PSD2, which requires financial institutions to share data with fintechs and provide consumers with more access to and control over their data.

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