On again, off again, but now UnionPay has buddied up to bring Apple Pay into China. In a few months China UnionPay cardholders will be able to add their bank cards to Apple Pay on iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad.
London-based Powa Technologies has inked a 10-year strategic alliance with China UnionPay to create a ubiquitous new standard in mobile commerce for CUP’s 1.3 billion credit and debit card users.
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The number of Chinese consumers shopping U.S. brands online over the holiday season has increased 7 times over last year. Total sales from China-based consumers purchasing U.S. products through Alipay ePass increased 15 times versus last year.
China’s Alibaba Group has ankled two managing directors for its European expansion. Sébastien Badault is now the managing director of Alibaba Group France, and Terry von Bibra is now managing director of Alibaba Group Germany.
BlueSnap has launched a next-generation global payment gateway that makes mobile checkout frictionless for consumers and integration to the platform simple for online merchants.
The Laos national bankcard payment system is up and running, one month ahead of schedule. The one-year project was handled by China UnionPay, China Development Bank and Bank of Lao P.D.R.
China continues to lead the march to online and cross-border shopping habits. This year’s findings support the growth trend: 35% of online shoppers claim to have shopped cross-border in 2015, vs. 26% in 2014. China’s overall online shopping population saw modest growth (81% of online adults report having shopped online in the last 12 months in 2015, vs. 80 % in 2014)
China’s UnionPay has become the only international bankcard association offering Chinese Visa application VIP express service. UnionPay cardholders can apply at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centers in five cities in Australia, namely Sidney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth. This service will substantially shorten the processing time, and will soon be rolled out in some of the other countries where UnionPay cards have been issued.
China’s UnionPay has teamed with Société Générale and merchants in 8 African countries, namely Madagascar, Benin, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Guinea, Senegal and Chad, to accept UnionPay cards.
Monet, the largest mPOS (Mobile POS) service provider in Pakistan, and China’s UnionPay jointly announced the launch of a mPOS acquiring service in Pakistan. The UnionPay mPOS solution is to be launched at fast food restaurants, express companies and in hospitals and on taxies.
China’s UnionPay International and Bank of China Singapore Branch are teaming to issue the first UnionPay platinum debit card in Singapore. Previously, Bank of China Singapore Branch had issued quite a few UnionPay credit card products.