Mobile wallets blend together, going so far as to share the same branding pattern — Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, Walmart Pay, etc. — but a few companies are going against conventional wisdom with their own products.
Debt transfers, dining rewards and easier security are all ways to enhance relationships with consumers are card options proliferate in a competitive environment, writes Thomas Donaldson, senior credit specialist at CompareCards.
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It's been a little more than three years since Apple Pay made its debut. Today it is joined by Samsung Pay and Android Pay/Google Pay—along with several proprietary concepts from major banks and merchants. But despite millions spent on promotions and marketing for the various concepts, mobile payments volume is still weak.
While the intermediaries that record and verify transactions such as payments are removed, the remaining parties may not be ready for shifting responsibilities to guarantee transactions, writes Sebastian Venderzeil, a director at Cornerstone.
Petal has received a $13 million funding round from Valar Ventures, a New York-based venture capital fund that specializes in financial technology, to use artificial intelligence to fill holes in legacy risk vetting.