Starbucks’ Mobile Order and Pay Usage Doubles YOY

Starbuck’s reports membership in the company’s Starbucks Rewards loyalty program increased 16% year-over-year (YOY) and 8% sequentially (QTQ) for the first quarter (1Q/16). In February, the company announced an update to its loyalty program, which levels the playing field for customers who now earn 2 stars for every $1 spent, no matter how often they…

BRIEFS: TNS; MONERIS; I3; and NFG

In Other News: TNS (Bluefin); MONERIS (talech); I3 (acquisitions); and NFG (EMV). TNS – Transaction Network Services is partnering with Bluefin Payment Systems to provide Bluefin’s Decryptx PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution within its Managed POS Encryption suite. MONERIS – Moneris Solutions and talech have formed a strategic partnership and referral agreement. As part of…

Samsung Corrals POS Manufacturers to Take mPay to Next Level

Samsung Corrals POS Manufacturers to Take mPay to Next Level

Samsung has inked partnerships with the top point-of-sale (POS) manufacturers, including Verifone, Ingenico, First Data Clover, PAX Technology, Equinox, ID TECH, MagTek, USA ePay and OTI Global. Samsung wants to accelerate mobile payment adoption by ensuring the best possible user experience at merchants’ POS systems during checkout. Samsung Pay is the only contactless payment solution…

RIEFS – CUBIC; CHARGENT; RAPIDVALUE; and BKASH

In Other News: CUBIC (Sydney); CHARGENT (linked2pay); RAPIDVALUE (Zervant); and BKASH (Bangladesh). CUBIC – Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) reports a customer open payments trial will begin in Sydney, Australia in 2017, enabling Sydney to have London-style open payments ticketing technology. The trial would be a first for the southern hemisphere, providing a valuable test case…

Accion Invests in Aire to Accelerate Thin File Lending

Accion Invests in Aire to Accelerate Thin File Lending

UK-based financial inclusion specialist Accion has inked an investment deal with Aire, a UK-based credit scoring startup. Aire uses a proprietary artificial intelligence process to ultimately help banks lend to new, qualified borrowers. During an online interview, the company’s collects and validates applicant-provided data to evaluate profession, education, and financial knowledge. Accion made the investment…

MC Intros First m-Wallet Service in Japan with JACCS Card

MC Intros First m-Wallet Service in Japan with JACCS Card

MasterCard now has its first mobile wallet service in Japan. The new JACCS Card is powered by MasterCard contactless technology. MasterCard is enabling secure, convenient mobile payments for Japanese cardholders with NFC-equipped smartphones issued by NTT DOCOMO, KDDI and SoftBank. Starting this month, cardholders can sign up with JACCS MasterCard Contactless Mobile at the JACCS…

CPI; PROPAY; NAB; and SIONIC

In Other News: CPI (ICMA); PROPAY (Samsung Pay); NAB (exec); and SIONIC (ION). CPI – CPI Card Group, a global specialist in financial and EMV chip card production and related services, announced 24 employees have recently passed the International Card Manufacturers Association’s (ICMA) Advanced Card Education Manufacturing (ACE-M) accreditation and/or the Advanced Card Education Personalization…