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HashChain Technology listed on the TSXV
December 18, 2017
Environics Analytics names CIBC 2017 Client of the Year
November 21, 2017
Token and Envestnet | Yodlee announce strategic open banking partnership
November 13, 2017
Third annual Canadian FinTech & AI Awards recognizes outstanding Canadian innovators and thought leaders
November 9, 2017
PureFacts Financial Solutions acquires digital transformation specialists K2 Digital
November 7, 2017
TruRating now available on CT-Payment POS terminals deployed in Canada
October 23, 2017
Dream Payments launches the Dream POS for merchants of all sizes
October 23, 2017
ICBA urges FDIC to deny Square application
October 11, 2017
First Global appoints new CFO
October 2, 2017
Cardtek to showcase transit payments technology expertise at APTA Expo in Atlanta
September 14, 2017
Credorax appoints Fiona Brown to e-commerce fraud and risk team
September 11, 2017
New source-to-pay solution targeted at mid-market organizations
September 7, 2017
Pivotal appoints industry vet to manage sales growth
August 28, 2017
Record number of entrepreneurs turn to BDC for support with growth
August 23, 2017
FLEETCOR completes acquisition of Cambridge Global Payments
August 9, 2017
NETCENTS announces contract with LottoGopher
July 31, 2017
Financeit expands executive team with two new VPs
July 27, 2017
Bonnie Brooks joins Smooth Commerce advisory group
July 25, 2017
Melissa powers know your customer initiatives for Meta Payment Systems
July 21, 2017
Karmic secures $17.2M Series B financing, adds two board members
July 19, 2017
Wealthsimple, Carrot Rewards team up on financial literacy initiative
June 14, 2017
CDPQ increases presence in FinTech industry with investment in AvidXchange
June 8, 2017
First Global signs agreement to offer micro credit, savings and mobile payments services to the underbanked
June 8
, 2017
NetCents enters onling gaming industry
May 30
, 2017
Wave closes strategic funding to embed financial solutions into its small business software
May 30
, 2017
Amaya appoints Brian Kyle as CFO
May 16
, 2017
NetCents creates UK subsidiary
May 11
, 2017
First Global adds global foreign exchange partnership, appoints IR firm
May 8, 2017
IOU partners with EVO to cross-promote funding and credit card processing
May 3, 2017
First Global subsidiary one of India's fastest growing companies
May 3, 2017
Currency Exchange International appoints new CFO
April 24, 2017
Posera launches integrated POS solution for world-class hotels
April 20, 2017
Peoples Trust, Koho launch Smart Spending Account
April 19, 2017
TD MySpend app approaches one million users
April 19, 2017
Flexiti Financial appoints marketing, retail experts to advisory board
April 18, 2017
Scotiabank points to progress on CSR strategy
April 10, 2017
Software showcases client’s brands by integrating services into one mobile experience
April 8, 2017
Cayan partners with Deluxe
April 7, 2017
Checkfront, Expedia team up to streamline booking process
April 4, 2017
New restaurants added to Lightspeed's independent businesses roster
April 4, 2017
Scotiabank, Cardtronics renew 7-Eleven Canada ABM agreement
March 23, 2017
Millennials get financial products, credit cards in one place: survey
March 23, 2017
Symposium will host senior-level discussions on prepaid industry
March 16, 2017
D+H launches cloud-based small business lending technology in U.S.
March 15, 2017
Mobio announces management change
January 31, 2017
First-ever Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit to be held in New York City February 8
January 18, 2017
Scotiabank's president and CEO to speak at RBC Capital Markets Canadian Bank CEO Conference
January 5, 2017
NetCents exceeds projected monthly processing
December 7, 2016
2nd annual Canadian FinTech Awards Dinner sells out
November 8, 2016
D+H to present on real-time payments at Sibos 2016
September 28, 2016
Tempo Money Transfer enters Canadian market
September 23, 2016
Aspire Financial Technologies forms four data partnerships for gateway platform
September 7, 2016
Co-branded credit cards take top billing in 2016 MoneySense annual rankings
August 25, 2016
Manulife to drive efficiencies in investment research in unstructured financial data
August 25, 2016
Nordstrom expands rewards program, adds 1.7 million new members
August 16, 2016
President's Choice Financial offers digital payment via Apple Pay
August 11, 2016
Videotron offers customers new mobile payment option
July 18, 2016
Creditron wins new payments contract
June 29, 2016
Mia Huntington to head Elavon’s Canadian organization
June 13, 2016
Where Pass London creates first 3-in-1 Visa debit card combining travel, attractions, spending money
June 13, 2016
Posera completes sale of Zomaron
May 2, 2016
Rack up the rewards: Canadians are loyal to loyalty rewards programs
April 28, 2016

TIO Networks closes acquisition of Softgate Systems
April 25, 2016

Peoples Trust expands Canadian prepaid issuing services to SVM
April 19, 2016
ACT Canada releases 2016 Cardware conference agenda
April 6, 2016
RDM releases new cheque scanning unit
March 21, 2016

Ackroo to raise $2 million to finance growth, tech
March 17, 2016

Connect First Credit Union AGM is setting for contactless payments with Everlink Debitwear
March 17, 2016
Vexilor POS integrates with Xero to bring actionable insights to small businesses
March 15, 2016
AribaPay coming to Canada
March 14, 2016
Helcim brings POS innovation to developers with hybrid EMV terminal
March 14, 2016
Lightspeed eCom now available in North America
March 9, 2016
Online shopping: luxury brands at a fraction of the cost on
March 9, 2016

Ascentium Capital launches merchant finance division
March 9, 2016

Canada Revenue Agency accepting Visa Debit for payments made online
March 7, 2016
Sappi North America reveals new paper gift cards
February 24, 2016
Hitting the gym just got easier: American Express Canada works out new partnership with GoodLife Fitness
February 22, 2016
Fujitsu launches new secure 2 in 1 device for ID
February 9, 2016
The Cass-patented BYOD payment solution expands globally
February 9, 2016
Saxo Payments set to launch industry white paper at Money2020 Europe
February 8, 2016

Sun City Group goes live on VersaPay's accounts receivable automation platform
February 2, 2016

Mogo announces management promotions in credit and operations
February 1, 2016

MBNA, CUETS Financial credit cards to join UGO Wallet
February 1, 2016

BillPro adds global payment products for merchants
January 27, 2016

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News In Depth

Canadians motivated by convenience and rewards when it comes to payment choices

December 21, 2017 -- Convenience and rewards are the dominant themes in this year's Canadian Payment Methods and Trends (CPMT) report by Payments Canada. Credit cards are clearly paving the way for friction-free payments and luring new customers with lucrative rewards programs, online and mobile banking are gaining the trust of Canadians as electronic finally overtakes paper, and social media payments are just around the corner, thanks to new partnerships in FinTech.

ATMIA publishes compilation e-book honouring the people behind the ATM

December 20, 2017 -- The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) has published “Meet the People Behind the ATM You Use Every Day,” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ATM as well as ATMIA’s 20th anniversary. The e-book is a compilation of the dynamic stories told by a variety of people and companies active in both ATMIA and the ATM industry which were published by the association throughout the year.

NetCents announces first phase of integration with Aliant Payments complete

December 18, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce that the first phase of integration into Aliant Payment Systems (Aliant) has now been completed.

UnionPay expanding QR code payment to encourage use of Mobile QuickPass app

December 18, 2017 -- Recently UnionPay and commercial banks in Mainland China jointly launched Mobile QuickPass, the unified app for China's banking industry. UnionPay International is accelerating the promotion of UnionPay QR code payment in markets outside Mainland China to create more using channels of the Mobile QuickPass app and is building a model area in Southeast Asia.

B2 Payment Solutions adds U.S. EMV and contactless debit test card set to portfolio

December 15, 2017 -- B2 Payments Solutions Inc. (B2) announced today that they have introduced a new U.S. debit test card set into their product portfolio. Developed specifically for the U.S. market, the UL USA EMV Debit Test Card set allows organizations to test and demonstrate payment acceptance devices to ensure that U.S. EMV and contactless debit cards work within their payment infrastructures.

NetCents Technology announces development, imminent launch of proprietary cryptocurrency platform

December 14, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce the development and imminent launch of a proprietary cryptocurrency platform to round out the NC Exchange. Yesterday, NetCents paused the ability of users to purchase Bitcoin and Ethereum via the NC Exchange due to processing delays with the Company's exchange partners.

Canada ranks first amoung G7 countries for ease of paying taxes, low total tax burden for SMB

December 14, 2017 -- According to the 12th edition of the Paying Taxes report released by PwC and the World Bank Group, Canada ranks first amongst the G7 nations and 16th out of all 190 economies measured. Despite consistently being in the top 20 over the past five years, Canada's ranking could potentially drop should the federal government implement the proposed legislative changes for private corporations.

American Express launches 'Cobalt Perks' offers for Cobalt Cardmembers

December 12, 2017 -- Today, American Express announces the launch of Cobalt Perks, an offers and experiences program for American Express Cobalt Cardmembers. These special offers are the first of many for a new style of credit card designed specifically to meet the needs of Millennial consumers in Canada and to simply reward Cardmembers for being themselves.

Payment Rails launches global payout API to revolutionize business payments to 220+ countries

December 7, 2017 -- Payment Rails today announced the official launch of the first truly global payout platform for sending payments to 220+ countries in 135+ currencies. Through a single simplified integration, businesses and platforms can now access global banking, payment and real-time networks around the world in a fully compliant and regulated environment. The Payment Rails platform has no setup fees, monthly minimums or long-term contracts.

Flexiti Financial announces online financing to grow e-commerce sales for Canadian retailers

December 7, 2018 -- Flexiti Financial announced today that its award-winning POS consumer lending platform is now available for online transactions. Retailers across Canada now have access to a powerful, online financing platform that easily integrates into any e-commerce engine, offering a low-cost solution. This is a critical new offering for Canadian retailers as it overcomes two key hurdles—speed of implementation and cost—as e-commerce continues to grow as a critical sales channel.

Hut 8, Bitfury Group partner to establish North America’s largest bitcoin data centres

December 4, 2017 -- Hut 8 Mining Corp. today announced it is partnering with the Bitfury Group to acquire, install, maintain and operate North America’s largest bitcoin mining data centres.

Interac e-Transfer goes international in collaboration with nanopay

November 29, 2017 -- Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation and nanopay Corporation are working together to build a new way of digitally transferring money securely and in real-time from Canadian bank accounts to international high-volume remittance corridors, starting with India.

NetCents Technology Inc. now accepts Interac e-Transfer

November 29, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce that the company now accepts Interac e-Transfer for Canadian users. NetCents currently accepts the transfer of funds through Flexepin, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Wire Transfer, Bill Pay, and now, Interac e-Transfer.

Vulnerabilities in the Canadian financial system remain elevated, but elements for improvement are emerging: Bank of Canada

November 28, 2017 -- The high level of household indebtedness and housing market imbalances remain the most important vulnerabilities identified by the Bank of Canada in its Financial System Review (FSR), published today. While these vulnerabilities are still elevated, improving economic conditions and recent changes to housing policy should support an easing of these vulnerabilities over time.

Payments Canada board chair named one of Canada’s most powerful women

November 22, 2017 -- The Women's Executive Network (WXN) today revealed the award winners for Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100. Eileen Mercier, Chair of the Payments Canada Board, is one of the 100 inspirational women who will be recognized at a gala on November 23, which will be the third time she is receiving this honour.

Bitstamp partners with Masterpayment for cryptocurrency purchases

November 22, 2017 -- Bitstamp today announces Masterpayment, an independent payment processor specializing in the requirements of the new cryptocurrency markets, as its new partner for credit card processing and acquiring of cryptocurrency purchases. This partnership will allow Bitstamp customers to enjoy faster and more convenient transactions, while maintaining the same high-caliber security.

European Union sales growth set to outperform U.S. this Black Friday: Ingenico

November 22, 2017 -- Spending growth across the European Union is on track to outstrip the U.S. this Black Friday, according to analysis by Ingenico, the global leader in seamless payment. Based on its payments data from 2016, spending uplift in the bloc is expected to be in excess of 450 per cent above an average Friday, nearly three times the 162 per cent spend increase in the U.S., and higher than the UK’s 318 per cent. Transaction spending values are also anticipated to be significantly greater across the EU over the November sales bonanza.

Flexepin to accept NetCents Coin in its network of over 7,000 locations

November 20, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce an agreement with Flexepin to enable the NetCents Coin to be available through the Flexepin distribution network.

Canadians have no plans to cut holiday spending:

November 20, 2017 -- Love or hate holiday shopping, Canadians are showing little sign of cutting back on spending this holiday season. The vast majority of Canadians (86 per cent) plan to be as generous, or more, this year versus last year, with an anticipated average holiday spend of $570, according to a recent poll by Those planning on taking advantage of holiday shopping events like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, anticipate getting roughly one-third of their holiday shopping finished on these days (36 per cent on Black Friday and 33 per cent on Cyber Monday).

Moneris announces PAYD Pro mPOS retail availability at Apple Stores across Canada today

November 15, 2017 -- Moneris Solutions Corporation today announced the retail availability of PAYD Pro at Apple Stores across Canada.

Announcing the world's leading FinTech innovators for 2017: The FinTech100

November 15, 2017 -- FinTech Innovators, a collaboration between FinTech investment firm H2 Ventures and KPMG FinTech, today announced the 2017 Fintech100.

Alternate Health acquires cannabis blockchain point-of-sale and payment software solution

November 15, 2017 -- Alternate Health Corp, an international, vertically-integrated medical cannabis company, today announced the acquisition a new mobile payment processing application, acting as turnkey payment solution and point-of-sale technology with comprehensive blockchain reporting.

Ingenico Group reveals next generation of its mobile PIN pad card reader

November 14, 2017 -- Ingenico Group today announced the launch of the Moby/8500, the latest addition to the company’s suite of mobile point of sale (mPOS) card readers. Featuring a consumer-friendly, innovative design, the Moby/8500 provides a reliable, consistent and secure experience for both the cardholder and merchant. As one of the first mPOS devices to receive the PCI PTS 5.x SRED certification, the Moby/8500 is designed as a secure payment solution for merchants of all sizes and is able to accept all forms of card-based payment, including EMV chip & PIN, EMV chip & sign, magstripe and NFC/contactless.

Visa to transform the mass transit experience worldwide

November 14, 2017 -- Visa has launched Visa Global Transit Solutions, a new program designed to accelerate the use of debit, credit and pre-paid accounts at the fare gate or on a bus reader, speeding up and creating a more convenient experience for mass transit commuters worldwide.

Payment Source teams up with Amazon to launch Amazon Cash at Canada Post locations across Canada

November 14, 2017 -- Payment Source has announced that customers across Canada can now visit any Canada Post retail location to add cash to their balance using Amazon Cash, powered by Payment Source's award winning Loadhub pay-in-person solution.

Visa introduces new payment wearables for fans attending the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

November 8, 2017 -- Visa, the exclusive payment technology partner at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, today introduced three commercially available wearable payment devices. In the spirit of the Olympic Winter Games, Visa created NFC-enabled payment gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic pins that allows fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.

Sunlight Payments brings funding transparency to global philanthropy

November 6, 2017 -- Sunlight Payments has successfully tested a new platform to enhance controls and accountability for philanthropic funding and grants. Pathfinder International, a women’s reproductive health non-governmental organization (NGO) working in 19 countries, was selected as the pilot customer for the test because of their existing strong accounting systems. Sunlight Payments is backed by an investment from Bill Gates, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch is its financial services provider.

EMVCo launches EMV Secure Remote Commerce Technical Framework

November 2, 2017 -- Technical body EMVCo has publicly released EMV Secure Remote Commerce (SRC) – Technical Framework version 1.0. The framework describes the roles, high level processes and data descriptions that enable card data to be protected and exchanged in a consistent and secure manner within the remote commerce environment. The technical framework will be followed by the publication of a detailed specification that defines the protocol and core functions.

Interac e-Transfer unveils new features for consumers and small businesses

October 31, 2017 -- Consumers and small businesses in Canada now have more ways to use the Interac e-Transfer service to digitally transfer money, quickly and securely, with the new features unveiled today by Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation ("Interac"). Canadians can now request money from anyone in Canadai and also have money deposited directly into their bank account, without having to answer a security question through the Interac e-Transfer service.

Glance to launch rewards-based cryptocurrency for Glance Pay

October 31, 2017 -- Glance Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it intends to create a new cryptocurrency whereby customers can earn cryptocurrency every time they pay with the Glance Pay app.

Diebold sets a standard for cross-device services

October 27, 2017 -- Diebold Nixdorf, in an ongoing strategy of driving connected commerce, is introducing Vynamic, a software suite built to power the ongoing transformation in the financial services and retail industries. Unlike traditional software suites available today, Vynamic breaks down channel silos to enable next generation business agility and seamless consumer experiences by integrating solutions spanning mobile devices, branches, automated teller machines, kiosks, point-of-sale terminals and stores. With a shared analytic and transaction engine, the Vynamic platform can generate new insights to enhance operations across any channel – putting consumer preferences, not the technology, at the heart of the experience.

Cardtek, TableSafe partner to assist with pay-at-the-table security compliance standards

October 25, 2017 -- Cardtek has announced its partnership with TableSafe Inc. to assist with payment industry security compliance and to help TableSafe streamline EMV certification of the RAIL payment platform.

Virtual banking assistant a world-first by ATB Financial

October 23, 2017 --Today ATB Financial went live with a virtual banking assistant to the company's nearly 700,000 personal banking customers, working with FinTech to make access to secure, day-to-day personal banking as easy as initiating a conversation in Facebook Messenger. "At ATB we're innovating at the forefront of robotics, AI, biometrics and blockchain, and we're so excited to bring conversational commerce to all our personal banking customers. It's one more way we're delivering on our commitment to really make banking work for people," says ATB Chief Transformation Officer Wellington Holbrook about the new Messenger-based virtual assistant.

Petro-Points, RBC Rewards, combine on new loyalty program system

October 17, 2017--Royal Bank of Canada and Petro-Canada, a Suncor business, have announced an innovative new program that allows Canadians to instantly save on fuel and earn more points across both loyalty programs when paying with any personal or business RBC credit or debit card

CGI addresses banks' instant payments challenges with new cloud-powered solutions

October 17, 2017--CGI says its BESS All Payments solutions and HotScan risk screening product suite are now available on Microsoft Azure. CGI's BESS All Payments global payment hub and engine solution is delivered as a modular and highly scalable technology. Its newest capability, Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) Instant Payments offering, is benchmarked on Azure at speeds of up to 8,000 SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) payments per second and is fully compliant with SEPA standards. BESS All Payments enables financial institutions around the world to transform their payments infrastructure as the payments landscape continues to evolve.

Toronto Financial Services Alliance welcomes Sibos to Toronto

October 12, 2017 -- Sibos, an international business forum for the global financial community that brings together financial leaders from around the world to network, collaborate and address issues and changes impacting the industry is returning to Toronto. Organized by SWIFT, this year’s conference, which runs from October 16-19, titled “Building for the Future,” will examine the industry’s biggest issues including Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the impact of geopolitical and regulatory shifts, data and identity, and Financial Technology (FinTech).

Elavon, Poynt bring first smart payment terminal to Canada

October 11, 2017 -- Elavon and California-based Poynt are bringing the Poynt Smart Terminal to businesses across Canada. Poynt is a wireless, dual touchscreen, smart terminal that allows businesses to accept payments anywhere.

TD Merchant Solutions installs Ingenico's new smart terminal for the Canadian market

October 11, 2017 -- Ingenico Group has announced that TD Merchant Solutions has become the first acquirer in Canada to provide its customers with its next generation Telium TETRA smart terminals. The first device available is the Desk/5000, a large touch-screen, counter-top smart terminal. TD will also be launching additional models from the TETRA suite, including the Move (wireless), the Lane (in-lane retail) and the Link (mobile) devices.

Digital payments volumes continue to rise globally as new payments ecosystem emerges

October 10, 2017 -- Global digital payments volumes are predicted to increase by an average 10.9 per cent through to 2020, reaching nearly 726 billion transactions, according to the World Payments Report 2017 (WPR 2017). Released today by Capgemini and BNP Paribas the WPR 2017 estimates that volumes generated by emerging economies will grow by 19.6 per cent, or three-times the rate of mature economies. Emerging Asia, led by China and India, is projected to grow 30.9 per cent in volumes. Worldwide non-cash wholesale transactions by corporates, mid-sized enterprises and public authorities are estimated to record a CAGR of 6.5 per cent from 2015 – 2020, or more than 122-billion wholesale transactions.

Scott Thompson, ex-president of PayPal, joins Canadian FinTech startup Payment Rails as investor and board advisor

October 10, 2017 -- Payment Rails, an API-first payouts platform for businesses that enables companies to send fast and low-cost payouts to on-demand workers, suppliers and employees globally, has closed a seed round bringing total investment funding to $1.1M.

Semafone launches upgrades to flagship Cardprotect solution

October 10, 2017 -- Semafone has announced a host of new features to its award-winning and patented telephone payment solution, in response to increasing market demand for payment security and a rapidly changing regulatory landscape.

STACK introduces instant cryptocurrency payments at point of sale with the STK token

October 5, 2017 -- STACK has partnered with STK Global Payments to add cryptocurrency payments to its digital wallet app through the implementation of the STK token. STACK, the first financial technology company to announce contactless cryptocurrency transactions, has a working prototype and a roadmap to deliver its cryptocurrency solution globally by the end of 2018.

Mastercard and PayPal expand digital partnership globally

October 5, 2017 -- Mastercard and PayPal today announced a significant expansion of their longstanding partnership into Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and Africa to enhance customer choice, optimize the consumer experience and make Mastercard a clear payment option within PayPal across the globe. With the addition of these markets – and following the recent expansion of their partnership into the U.S. and Asia Pacific – Mastercard and PayPal have now reached a global agreement.

Diebold Nixdorf ranks number one in global ATM market

October 5, 2017 -- Diebold Nixdorf has been named the largest manufacturer in the global automated teller machine (ATM) market, according to RBR's Global ATM Market and Forecasts to 2022. With a 32 per cent share of the global market, Diebold Nixdorf is the only manufacturer to have more than one million of its ATMs installed worldwide, according to the research.

Moneris introduces enhancements to its PAYD family of mobile point-of-sale solutions

October 4, 2017 -- Moneris Solutions Corporation today announced a series of new enhancements to its PAYD family of mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) solutions. Enhancements include the introduction of the Verifone e355 mobile PIN Pad to help increase payment processing efficiency for businesses on the go, and a brand new interface for the PAYD Pro Plus mobile application, making it easier for businesses to manage their sales and operations.

Square launches new contactless and chip reader in Canada

October 3, 2017 -- ​Square’s​ ​contactless​ ​and​ ​chip​ ​reader​ ​is​ ​available​ ​today​ ​to​ ​local​ ​businesses across​ ​Canada.​ ​The​ ​new​ ​reader,​ ​designed​ ​in​ ​part​ ​by​ ​Square’s​ ​hardware​ ​engineers​ ​in​ ​Toronto,​ ​makes​ ​it faster​ ​and​ ​easier​ ​for​ ​customers​ ​to​ ​pay​ ​with​ ​debit​ ​and​ ​credit​ ​cards​ ​at​ ​their​ ​favourite​ ​local​ ​businesses. Canadian​ ​sellers​ ​from​ ​a​ ​diverse​ ​set​ ​of​ ​industries,​ ​from​ ​retail​ ​stores​ ​to​ ​beauty​ ​salons​ ​to​ ​cafes,​ ​can​ ​now accept​ ​their​ ​customers’​ ​preferred​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​pay,​ ​including​ ​contactless​ ​cards​ ​and​ ​Interac​ ​Flash,​ ​and future-proof​ ​for​ ​the​ ​next​ ​wave​ ​of​ ​payment​ ​technology​ ​like​ ​Apple​ ​Pay​ ​and​ ​Android​ ​Pay.

China, U.S., India among the top 36 countries for marketplace expansion in 2018

October 2, 2017 -- The gig economy is on the rise—and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. An estimated 9.2 million Americans will work in the gig economy by 2021, up from 3.8 million in 2016, according to combined research from Intuit and Emergent Research. The more than 200 per cent increase presents a significant opportunity for marketplaces, both in the U.S. and beyond. Gig economy startups, ecommerce marketplaces, and social selling companies are looking for new ways to extend their reach globally and better accommodate this growing segment of consumers.

Over 20 million merchants outside the Chinese Mainland take UnionPay service as a must-have

October 1, 2017 -- According to China's National Tourism Administration, China's outbound tourism reaches its peak during this National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, with the U.S., Canada, Australia, France and Egypt being the preferred long-distance destinations. It's reported that more than 21 million merchants and 1.5 million ATMs outside the Chinese Mainland accept UnionPay cards.

New Walmart Supercentre in Longueuil debuts Scan & Go technology

September 29, 2017 -- This morning, Walmart Canada unveiled its brand new Montérégie Supercentre, located at 1999, boulevard Roland-Therrien, in Longueuil. The event also served as the official launch for the first prototype store in Quebec featuring many innovations including Scan & Go, as well as, the new grocery pickup service.

First Data introduces disburse-to-debit solution for real time payments

September 28, 2017 -- The U.S. labor force has changed dramatically in recent years, with larger numbers of independent contractors and temporary workers than ever before. Today, more than one in three Americans are part of the so-called “gig” economy, and this growing workforce expects to be paid when the job is done, rather than weeks, or even days, down the road. In response to this growing demand First Data, today announced the availability of its “Disburse-to-Debit” solution, a new, low-cost payout option for businesses that delivers funds directly to a debit card.

American Express introduces Cobalt

September 26, 2017 -- Today, American Express Canada announced the launch of the Cobalt Card, a new style of credit card designed specifically to meet the needs of Millennial consumers in Canada. The new card is uniquely designed with the social lifestyle of young professionals in mind -- a generation whose spending habits reveal a passion for food, travel and entertainment.

Enhanced TNS solution creates growth opportunities for Canadian ATM operators

September 26, 2017 -- An exciting array of new features are set to help Canadian ATM operators and deployers target growth after Transaction Network Services (TNS) confirmed it was launching its recently enhanced TNSLink for ATMs solution in Canada.

Nuveo, in partnership with Grupo Rendimento, creates Levpay, a new e-commerce payment method

September 26, 2017 -- Brazil has the fourth-highest number of Internet users worldwide. There are 140 million users, of whom more than 66 million are gamers. Virtual games that interact with other players around the world are an increasingly common activity for Brazilians, who spent approximately R$1.3 billion in the last year. With this public in mind, Levpay has come to Brazil to facilitate access to numerous stores.

HPS’ PowerCARD powers up with nexo standards

September 25, 2017 -- nexo standards today announces that HPS has deployed nexo’s protocols across its PowerCARD suite of solutions. By implementing nexo’s standards, HPS is flying the flag for a fundamental shift towards interoperability in the international payments ecosystem, lighting the way for other FinTech forerunners to follow.

Fraud management now eats more than one fifth of e-commerce merchants’ operational costs

September 21, 2017 -- E-commerce merchants are investing record sums to combat fraud, according to “Exploring the Financial Impact of Fraud in a Digital World,” a new report published today by Vesta Corporation and Javelin Strategy & Research. For the third consecutive year, the organizations surveyed hundreds of e-commerce merchants to assess their fraud fighting costs and challenges.

ATMIA publishes best practices for securing deposit and cash recycling machines

September 18, 2017 -- ATMIA today published international best practices for securing deposit and cash recycling machines.

More than half of American consumers to abandon cash by 2020, according to global research report

September 15, 2017 -- More than half (54 per cent) of U.S. consumers expect to abandon using cash for shopping by 2020, according to Lost in Transaction, a new research report conducted by Paysafe, a leading global payments provider. The report uncovered the rapid move towards a cash-free economy with half (54 per cent) of American consumers only visiting an ATM once a month and one in seven saying they rarely carry cash at all. With the research showing two thirds (63 per cent) of people rely less on cash than a year ago, the move away from physical currency looks set to continue.

Mobey Forum calls on financial services industry to address evolving business models

September 15, 2017 -- Mobey Forum will again lead the industry in debating the future delivery of financial services at Mobey Day, the organisation’s flagship annual event taking place in Barcelona from November 6-8, 2017. Confirmed speakers include CaixaBank, Consult Hyperion, Erste Bank, Token Inc., UBS and UL.

B2 Payment Solutions introduces new EMV and contactless test card sets to help organizations test and demo the interoperability of EMV contact and contactless cards

September 13, 2017 -- B2 Payment Solutions Inc. (B2) announced today that they have introduced new test card sets into their product portfolio – including JCB Card Set, China UnionPay Card Set, a UAT EUR Card Set; and a UAT UK Card Set.

TNS report uncovers significant global variances in ATM usage

September 12, 2017 – A new report being published today by Transaction Network Services (TNS) has revealed that consumers in the U.S., UK and Australia exhibit different behaviors when using ATMs.

STACK partners with Mastercard to launch the first digital money account with mobile tap-to-pay functionality

September 11, 2017 -- STACK announced a partnership with Mastercard today, two weeks ahead of its official Beta launch. More than 20,000 Canadians have registered for the Beta app, which will begin onboarding users this month through Google Play. A public launch for both Android and Apple devices is planned for later this year.

EMVCo publishes Version 2 of the EMV Payment Tokenisation Technical Framework

September 8, 2017 -- Technical body, EMVCo, has publicly released EMV Payment Tokenisation Specification - Technical Framework v2.0.  The latest document addresses the adoption of payment token use cases in e-commerce beyond existing card-on-file, and offers enhancements to how payment tokens can be controlled within a single payments channel. It also builds on the ecosystem established in version 1.0 by refining the EMV payment tokenisation roles of token service provider (TSP) and token requestor, introducing the roles of the token programme and token user, and detailing their interrelationships within the global payments environment.

New source-to-pay solution targeted at mid-market organizations

September 7, 2017 -- Nitor Partners, in partnership with leading procurement technology developers, has created a source-to-pay deployment model reducing project timelines and costs. Historically, source-to-pay technology solutions have been out of reach for many mid-market organizations due to high cost and scope. This solution opens the door to these organizations, allowing them to realize efficiencies in their source-to-pay processes.

First Data offers fast relief for business owners impacted by Hurricane Harvey

September 7, 2017 -- First Data has announced that it is sending thousands of its Clover Go mobile credit and debit card readers to the Houston area to distribute free to business owners who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The initiative, designed to help the local economy get back on its feet, includes free device installation and discounted pricing, in addition to the free Clover Go mobile readers.

Alibaba Group’s Gateway ’17 Canada sells out with Canadian small businesses keen on China opportunity

September 6, 2017 -- Alibaba Group has announced that the inaugural Gateway ‘17 Canada has sold out one-month ahead of schedule with five times the anticipated audience. The response demonstrates high demand from small and medium-sized businesses representing the full spectrum of Canada’s economy.

Canadian Payroll Association's 2017 Survey finds spending and debt levels remain high, with about half of workers still living pay cheque to pay cheque

September 6, 2017 -- Even though there have been some signs of economic improvement over the past year, most employed Canadians are no better off when it comes to their retirement prospects.

Onosys and LevelUp supercharge new customer acquisition for restaurants

September 6, 2017 -- LevelUp and Onosys, both leaders in mobile technology for the restaurant industry, today announced a partnership to help restaurants grow their order-ahead sales via new channel distribution partners such as Chase Pay. Onosys provides custom digital ordering solutions for leading restaurant brands including Outback Steakhouse, Boston Pizza and Round Table Pizza that are now available to millions of potential new consumers through LevelUp and its many partner properties. As a result, participating restaurants gain instant access to new customers and benefit from incremental new revenues at no additional cost.

New Weathscapes release reveals Canadians' monetary fortunes continue to rise, foreshadowing growth for FinTech, financial services

September 5, 2017 -- Canadians are the wealthiest they’ve ever been, according to a new analysis by Environics Analytics (EA) based on the latest release of its financial database, WealthScapes 2017. This fiscal snapshot emerged from data in WealthScapes 2017, now in its tenth year documenting the financial well-being of Canadian households. Based on 178 key financial and investment statistics updated to December 2016, the release includes data on employer pension plans and tax-free savings accounts.

Canada supports the first legal Initial Coin Offering (ICO) in the Americas

September 5, 2017 -- impak Finance, the FinTech company focused on driving the social impact economy that has launched the presale of impak Coin, the first legal cryptocurrency crowdsale in the Americas, announces today that it has sold $1,000,000 worth of impak Coins following its opening. Worldwide investors supporting social impact businesses can participate on until September 20th 2017.

Mastercard enables Garmin users to run, shop at perfect pace

August 31, 2017 -- Today Mastercard announced that it is adding payment capabilities to the newly launched Garmin vívoactive 3 to provide active customers a watch that frees them from having to carry their phone or wallet around. Mastercard will be enabling fitness enthusiasts to make contactless payments and pay by simply tapping their device at a contactless terminal at nearly 6.6 million merchant locations globally.

Mastercard brings contactless payments to Fitbit's first smartwatch

August 30, 2017 -- Mastercard has announced that it is bringing Mastercard contactless payments to Fitbit’s first smartwatch, Fitbit Ionic. With Fitbit Ionic, health and fitness enthusiasts who use the device will be able to add their eligible cards to their fitness smartwatch and pay by simply tapping their device near a contactless terminal at more than 6.6 million merchant locations globally.

Ipsos awards top honours for financial services excellence in Canada

August 29, 2017 -- Ipsos is pleased to announce the winners of its 2017 Best Banking Awards, an annual program that recognizes Canadian financial institutions for excellence in customer experience.

Glance and Active Pay enter into $1M licensing agreement

August 28, 2017 -- Glance Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce that it has agreed to license its mobile payment technology to Active Pay Distribution Inc. for $1,000,000, marking Glance's entry into the fitness and wellness market.

Dream Payments launches national dealer program

August 28, 2017--Dream Payments, a leading financial technology (fintech) company that operates a payments cloud that powers commerce and payments across mobile devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), proudly announces the launch of the Dream Payments Dealer Program. This program enables retailers including wireless and electronics distributors to sell Dream's award-winning mobile payment solutions to business customers across Canada. It builds upon existing partnerships with 100+ retailers who are actively and successfully selling Dream Payments' mobile point-of-sale (POS) terminal in-store, online and through direct sales channels nationwide.

Canadian securities regulators outline securities law requirements that may apply to cryptocurrency offerings

August 24, 2017 -- The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published CSA Staff Notice 46-307 Cryptocurrency Offerings, which outlines how securities law requirements may apply to initial coin offerings (ICOs), initial token offerings (ITOs), cryptocurrency investment funds and the cryptocurrency exchanges trading these products.

Square turns receipts into communication channel in Canada

August 24, 2017--Square Feedback is available to Canadian businesses today, turning digital receipts into a powerful communication channel between buyers and sellers. All Square sellers are now able to receive feedback directly from their customers through their digital receipt. A seller’s ability to know what customers think in real time can help keep customers happy and returning. Through Square Feedback, customer issues can be privately surfaced and immediately resolved, protecting a local business’s reputation from negative comments online or through word of mouth.

RBC partners with TransUnion for free credit scores, first digital simulator in Canada to help Canadians understand their credit

August 22, 2017--RBC, in collaboration with TransUnion, today introduced CreditView Dashboard to all online banking clients. With CreditView, clients see what credit products they have on file, their credit score, and a first for Canada - a digital simulator to help clients understand how credit works. Clients can simulate financial scenarios, like applying for a new credit card or mortgage, and by entering a few numbers and details, the credit score is recalculated based on these actions.

Glance Technologies signs Ricky's Restaurant chain with ninety locations

August 22, 2017--Glance Technologies Inc. has entered into an agreement to offer its mobile payment app for restaurants and merchants, Glance Pay, at the Ricky's Group of Family-Style Restaurants. The Ricky's Group currently has 90 locations across Canada and is growing. The 90 locations are comprised of Ricky's All Day Grill, Ricky's Country Restaurant and Ricky's Cafe. The same group that owns Ricky's also owns Fatburger Canada.

Montréal launches new mobile pay parking app powered by Passport

August 21, 2017---Stationnement de Montréal is capitalizing on the early success of its mobile parking application by launching a new version of the app in an effort to optimize the user experience. The "P$ Mobile Service" app, updated by global transportation software leader, Passport, is set to improve parkers' overall user experience. Passport is currently the largest mobile pay provider in Canada and powers unique mobile parking solutions for the Toronto Parking Authority, also called Green P and the Vancouver Parking Authority, known as EasyPark.

Moneris names Malcolm Fowler chief product and partnership officer

August 21, 2017 --Moneris Solutions Corporation, one of North America's largest processors of debit and credit payments, announces the appointment of Malcolm Fowler to Chief Product and Partnership Officer. Fowler is leading a team responsible for the identification and commercialization of new product opportunities, the development and growth of partnerships with third parties, and the enhancement of existing products. With a focus on evolving payments across key business segments and platforms, Malcolm drives the organization's product and partner relations strategies.

Geoswift, UnionPay, Western Union Business Solutions offer tuition payment promotion for international Chinese students

August 11, 2017 -- Geoswift, Western Union Business Solutions (a subsidiary of The Western Union Company) and UnionPay International have announced the latest joint tuition payment promotion available to Chinese students studying in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, France, Australia, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Czech Republic and Ireland.

NETCENTS new merchants add $1.9 million to processing volumes

August 8, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to provide an additional update regarding associated increases in processing volumes, attributed from its new fully integrated portfolio of merchant-partners.

Global FinTech investment rebounds in Q2'17: KPMG

August 4, 2017 -- Total global FinTech investment more than doubled quarter over quarter in Q2'17 to US$8.4 billion, up from US$3.6 billion in Q1'17, according to the KPMG Pulse of Fintech report.

New B2 Magstripe Card Simulator streamlines management, testing and certification of magnetic stripe cards for fleet, loyalty, gift cards and more

August 2, 2017 -- B2 Payment Solutions Inc. today announced a new B2 Magstripe Card Simulator, which is a software application designed to simulate magnetic stripe cards without the need for an actual physical card. This tool can be used to replace hundreds of magnetic stripe cards required for testing and certification of payment card acceptance devices.

GlobalOnePay partners with InvoiceASAP to optimize payment processing experience, automate merchant onboarding

August 2, 2017 -- GlobalOnePay, a division of Pivotal Payments offering global omnichannel payment processing technologies and merchant services, announced today it has partnered with InvoiceASAP, the first fully integrated mobile and web invoicing platform. GlobalOnePay becomes the exclusive payments provider for InvoiceASAP and enables rapid, seamless payment acceptance for their user base.

Tap2App by xPressTap turns smartphones into payment terminals to eliminate payment hardware and card readers

August 1, 2017 -- xPressTap Inc. today announced the launch of its Tap2App merchant payment solution and pilot program. With Tap2App, micro-retailers and small business owners can use their smartphones to accept card payments from consumers without the hassle of attaching a dongle or a portable card reader. xPressTap’s patented technology turns any NFC-enabled smartphone or pad into a virtual card reader and can reduce merchant fees by as much as 25 percent.

Aria Systems named a leader in recurring customer and billing management by Forrester

August 1, 2017 -- Aria Systems today announced it has been named a leader in The Forrester Wave: Recurring Customer and Billing Management, Q3 2017 report. According to the report, “the leaders improve business agility; automate consequences to customer life-cycle changes; and provide actionable, recurring customer and revenue-focused insights.” The report evaluates vendors according to strategy, current offering and market presence, using 35 different evaluation criteria. In the evaluation, Aria Systems received the highest scores possible in seven criteria, including product vision and corporate focus, partner ecosystem, and delivery model.

RBC first bank in Canada to enable bill payments using Siri

August 1, 2017 -- Who doesn’t wish they had an assistant to pay their bills? Thanks to an update to the RBC Mobile app, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) personal banking clients are now the first in Canada who can ask Siri to pay their bills on iPhone and iPad.

FINSYNC and Worldpay US team up to help businesses improve their operations

August 1, 2017 -- FINSYNC and Worldpay US are teaming up to speed up the approved cash flow of businesses.

Immediate payments are a key renevue driver for 66 per cent of banks in markets with IP schemes

August 1, 2017 -- Immediate payments is a key revenue driver for 66 per cent of banks in markets with IP schemes, according to new benchmark data, 2017 Global Payments Insight Survey: Retail Banking, from ACI Worldwide and Ovum.

Namogoo raises $8M to help retailers win back stolen revenues hijacked from their online stores

August 1, 2017 -- Namogoo today announced that it has raised $8 million in a Series A round led by GreatPoint Ventures with Blumberg Capital and Inimiti Capital also participating in the round. The funds will primarily be used to open the company’s U.S. headquarters in Boston and to accelerate growth in the U.S. market through product development and marketing.

Flexiti Financial announces closing of $6.25M convertible unsecured debentures offering

August 1, 2017 -- Flexiti Financial is pleased to announce the closing of an oversubscribed $5M convertible debentures offering. Oversubscription amounts totaled an additional $1.25M of aggregate principal, for a total investment of $6.25M. These funds will allow Flexiti Financial to accelerate its rapid growth and further develop the company’s award-winning POS lending platform technology, which is currently adopted in over 1,500 merchant locations and used by over 10,000 customers across Canada.

National Gift Card implements first gift card sequencer machine of its kind in the world

July 31, 2017 -- National Gift Card Corp. (NGC) has purchased two new gift card fulfillment machines from Kern International Inc., the American subsidiary of the Swiss-based manufacturer of the fastest card attaching and mail insertion equipment in the world.

WisdomTree enters into strategic agreements with Questrade

July 31, 2017 -- WisdomTree Investments, Inc., an exchange-traded fund (ETF) and exchange-traded product (ETP) sponsor and asset manager, today announced that two of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, WisdomTree Asset Management Canada, Inc. (WisdomTree Canada), and WisdomTree Asset Management, Inc. (WTAM), have entered into a series of agreements with both Questrade Wealth Management Inc. (QWM) and its sister company, Questrade, Inc. (Questrade), Canada's fastest growing online brokerage.

Collabria partners with Central 1 to offer greater payment flexibility to cardholders and integration with MemberDirect

July 28, 2017 -- Collabria Financial Services Inc. (Collabria) announced today a new partnership with Central 1 Credit Union (Central 1) that will offer cardholders increased payment flexibility and integration with Central 1's Origination Solutions platform and online banking solution, MemberDirect.

Worldpay US adds new features to omnichannel platform Worldpay Total

July 28, 2017 — Worldpay US is introducing today a suite of new features to its omnichannel platform, Worldpay Total. The new capabilities are designed to better support the needs of existing customers as well as access to additional markets, including card-not-present and Windows-based merchants.

First Data launches B2B e-commerce gift card storefront for Walmart’s UK retail chain ASDA

July 27, 2017 -- More businesses than ever are using gift cards to reward, recognize, and build loyalty among employees, partners, and customers. First Data today announced an agreement with ASDA, Walmart’s UK retail chain, to help ASDA capitalize on this trend. The agreement provides ASDA with a full-service, B2B e-commerce gift card storefront that makes it easy for ASDA to sell its gift cards to other businesses.

Accenture recognized as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide 2017 Vendor Assessement

July 27, 2017 -- Accenture has been positioned as a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Finance and Accounting BPO Services 2017 Vendor Assessment. The IDC MarketScape credited Accenture’s market leadership to positive client feedback and its ability to continuously grow and improve its F&A offering. The report notes that Accenture drives business outcomes for clients through a full suite of F&A BPO services by focusing on four key areas: artificial intelligence, data and analytics, robotics/automation, and deep domain and industry expertise.

Source For Sports launches new e-commerce website

July 27, 2017 -- Source For Sports, Canada’s largest sporting goods retail buying group, has launched a new e-commerce platform. The new fully responsive website provides a great experience on mobile, tablet and desktop. Source For Sports has adopted a mobile-first strategy as online traffic is now dominated by mobile users. The site is clean and easy to navigate, and is designed to replicate the in-store experience offering extensive tips, advice and “how to” information to elevate your game, along with the ability to purchase products online. Source For Sports has launched with online hockey sales for 2017 and will offer summer team sports, footwear, apparel and winter sports in 2018.

McAfee expands machine learning, automation capabilities to strengthen human-machine security teams

July 26, 2017 -- McAfee today announced several new innovations that expand machine learning and automation capabilities to strengthen human-machine teams. Plus, McAfee announces support of, a new, independent collaboration portal that offers forums, free apps and more, giving OpenDXL users easy access to ideas and resources available for application integrations. These new advances build upon the company’s commitment to innovation, collaboration and trust, bringing McAfee’s mantra ‘Together is Power’ to life.

Masterpass speeds checkout for Costco shoppers in Canada

July 26, 2017 -- Mastercard today announced that Masterpass will be live in the coming weeks at for Canadian shoppers. Costco joins a rapidly expanding roster of online merchants including Air Canada, Joe Fresh, Pizza Pizza, Indigo, Landmark Cinemas and London Drugs offering fast, easy and secure digital payment with Masterpass.

NetCents launches e-commerce plugin for Prestashop

July 26, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce that it has released its plugin for Prestashop, one of the world's most popular e-commerce platforms.

PayNearMe partners with Blackhawk Network to provide financial services to retailers

July 25, 2017– The U.S.’s largest electronic cash transaction network, PayNearMe, today announced a partnership with Blackhawk Network, a global financial technology company and a leader in connecting brands and people through branded value solutions. PayNearMe is now offering consumers the ability to pay with cash for rent, bills, online purchases and other goods and services at retail locations within Blackhawk’s extensive network of retailers. The first retailer currently utilizing PayNearMe’s service is Casey’s General Stores, which operates in 15 states throughout the Midwest. Adding PayNearMe to Casey’s General Stores allows more rural Americans to make electronic payments with cash—whether they are part of the 27 per cent of U.S. households that are unbanked and underbanked or they simply prefer to use cash.

Canada's FinTech adoption rate more than doubled in the last 18 months

July 25, 2017 -- FinTech adoption in Canada has increased from eight per cent to 18 per cent since 2015, according to EY's 2017 Fintech Adoption Index. The trend means both traditional banks and FinTechs are feeling the pressure to develop simpler, more transparent, customer-centric financial services products.

Federal Reserve commends efforts as Faster Payments Task Force concludes

July 25, 2017 -- The Federal Reserve on Monday announced the conclusion of the Faster Payments Task Force it established in May 2015 to find ways to implement faster payments in the United States. The task force was part of a strategy to achieve ubiquitous, safe, faster payments for U.S. consumers and businesses, as outlined in the January 2015 paper “Strategies for Improving the U.S. Payment System.” The 300-plus member group is comprised of financial institutions, consumer groups, payment service providers, financial technology firms, merchants, government agencies, and other interested parties. The task force completed its work on July 21 with the issuance of a final report entitled, “The U.S. Path to Faster Payments: A Call to Action.”

NCR and Grubhub streamline the management of delivery and online ordering

July 24, 2017 -- NCR Corporation today announced an agreement with Grubhub for the integration of Grubhub with the NCR Aloha Platform-of-Sale (POS). Restaurants that use Grubhub as an ordering channel will be able to manage orders from the core POS platform. Additionally, this solution will help restaurants make more efficient use of staff, save time on menu updates, consolidate financials, free up space on the crowded counter, and perhaps more importantly, generate more orders in their locations.

PaymentsCompliance launches online rulebook platform for effective management of PSD2 regulatory technical standards

July 24, 2017 -- PaymentsCompliance, the leading provider of independent legal, regulatory and business intelligence to the global payments industry, has introduced an exclusive online version of the RTS rulebooks, which allow legal and compliance individuals to precisely see every rule currently enforced, as well as forthcoming rules, and effectively understand, anticipate and comply with the regulatory changes and updates.

Trade balances up, but so are bankruptcies: Equifax Canada commercial credit trends analysis

July 21, 2017 -- Equifax Canada today announced an investment in its Commercial Solutions business, helping Canadian business owners gain insights into their industry's financial health and identify opportunities to grow their market share.

RiverPay offers Alipay and WeChat Pay to connect North American merchants with Chinese travelers

July 20, 2017 -- RiverPay Inc. has introduced payment solutions that connect China's leading mobile payment providers Alipay and WeChat Pay to North American merchants. This development is a significant win for merchants, who will now easily be able to accept payment from a large and quickly growing tourism market that embraces Alipay and WeChat Pay in their buying transactions.

Rise People making strides with innovative payment currency, bitcoin

July 18, 2017 -- Rise People, a new digital HR and group health insurance platform, announced today that its clients can now pay their employees in Bitcoin and other digital currencies, an inevitable trend among savvy workforces.

PayPal completes acquisition of TIO Networks

July 18, 2017 -- PayPal Holdings, Inc. and TIO Networks Corp. today announced that PayPal has completed its previously announced acquisition of TIO Networks. In accordance with the terms of the Arrangement announced on February 14, 2017, PayPal acquired all of the outstanding shares of TIO for $3.35 CDN ($2.64 USD) per share in cash or an approximate $302 million CDN ($238 million USD) equity value.

Mobey Forum announces speakers and themes for Mobey Day Toronto

July 18, 2017 -- Mobey Forum, the global industry association empowering banks and other financial institutions to lead the future of digital financial services, today announces the themes and confirmed speakers for the second annual Mobey Day Toronto event, taking place on August 30 to 31, 2017.

IBM Z mainframe ushers in new era of data protection

July 17, 2017 -- IBM today unveiled IBM Z, the next generation of the world's most powerful transaction system, capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day. The new system also introduces a breakthrough encryption engine that, for the first time, makes it possible to pervasively encrypt data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time.

UnionPay promotes EMVCo to issue the EMVCo QR code specifications

July 15, 2017 -- Promoted by UnionPay, EMVCo officially released the EMVCo QR Code Specification for Payment Systems: Consumer-Presented Mode Version 1.0 on its website on July 15, 2017, providing one of the first globally interoperable technical solution for QR code payment. The issuing of this specification also marks a new breakthrough in UnionPay's promotion of the international application of China's payment standard.

Bitstamp, Swissquote pioneer bitcoin integration within the traditional financial system

July 14, 2017 -- Swissquote, the Swiss leader in online banking that specializes in providing online financial and trading services and Bitstamp, the EU’s first and only licensed digital currency exchange, today announced that they will be partnering up. Swissquote will commence with BTC trading with EUR and USD on its platform, with Bitstamp providing a full-stack solution for all of Swissquote’s requirements.

The Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO) expands to support growing prepaid market

July 13, 2017 -- The Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO), the voice of the rapidly-growing prepaid payments industry in Canada, has announced the addition of three new members and an annual CPPO Prepaid Symposium to support its mission to promote a positive environment in which prepaid payments can responsibly grow and flourish in Canada. American Express, Mastercard and Visa prepaid card loads totalled $3.1B in 2015, and prepaid cards are the fastest-growing payment card category in Canada today.

Société de transport de Laval employees testing mobile payment in partnership with ACTOLL Français

July 13, 2017 -- A new mobile application which allows the purchase and use of public transit fares by smartphone will be tested all summer long by Société de transport de Laval (STL) employees. A secure one-stop solution with everything inside the phone, this novel payment mode experiment, which will run across the entire bus network territory, comes on the heels of the onboard credit card payment system in seven Laval bus routes.

Retail banks will increasingly use artificial intelligence to help determine credit ratings: GlobalData

July 13, 2017 -- Artificial intelligence (AI) is anticipated to make a significant impact on the retail banking sector, such as using non-traditional data types to assign credit ratings to potential borrowers, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

Axis Bank, Cardtek to launch new RuPay-certified Smart Bank card solution in India to offer easier, faster and safer payments for public transportation

July 13, 2017 -- Cardtek today announced that it has supported Axis Bank to launch a national open-loop payment system for public transportation in India. The new payment solution will fully integrate the banking systems and it is certified by RuPay, the national smart card based payment standard in India, providing a secure payment platform that offers residents the ability to easily pay for goods and services – including public transportation – using either account-based or card-based open loop transit transactions. Cardtek becomes among the first vendors in India providing RuPay Level 2 Kernel certification.

Canadian disrupter Rise People offers free payroll to small businesses in Canada

July 12, 2017 -- Rise People, a new digital HR and group health insurance platform, announced a new free payroll offering to help small businesses thrive, making it the first free, full-service payroll solution for small businesses in Canada.

Innfinity Software Systems plans to re-develop backend of Innfinite Online Booking Tool built on blockchain technology

July 11, 2017 -- Innfinity Software Systems, a San Diego-based technology company providing managed travel and property management solutions, has unveiled plans to begin re-development of the back-end of the Innfinite® online booking tool, built on the blockchain.

Elevate Toronto launches ambitious new technology festival

July 11, 2017 -- Leaders from Toronto's startup and corporate innovation community gathered at the top of the CN Tower to announce a new technology festival called Elevate Toronto that will take place September 12-14, 2017. This new festival will showcase Toronto's thriving tech ecosystem while promoting Toronto internationally as a world class destination for innovation, startups, talent and investment.

Xpress Money and TerraPay partner to enable real-time international money transfers to mobile wallets in Africa

July 11, 2017 -- Xpress Money has partnered with TerraPay to enable real-time international money transfers to mobile wallets in Africa. Powered by TerraPay's global clearing and settlement service for mobile wallets, the partnership will make it faster and convenient for Xpress Money consumers to send money to mobile accounts, in real time.

UnionPay accelerates the rollout of QR code payment, launches innovative products overseas

July 6, 2017 -- UnionPay International is now accelerating the promotion of its innovative products and services globally. Southeast and Northeast Asia are the key target markets.

EPCOR announces 2017 Payments Benchmarking Study results

July 6, 2017 -- EPCOR has announced that the results of EPCOR’s first-ever Payments Benchmarking Study are now available. The purpose of the Study is to provide insights into the practices, approaches, and plans of similarly situated financial institutions in the central United States. Consumer and business payment products and services examined by the Study included: go-to-market and technology models; strategic issues, opportunities and challenges; and payments management and strategy.

Air Canada integrates Masterpass as online payment option

July 6, 2017 -- Mastercard today announced that Masterpass is available on Air and, helping travelers get from booking to vacation-mode even faster. Air Canada joins a rapidly expanding roster of travel sites offering fast, easy and secure digital payment with Masterpass.

RBC to offer VersaPay's ARC to business customers

July 6, 2017 -- VersaPay Corporation, a leading provider of cloud-based invoice-to-cash solutions including electronic invoice presentment and payment, automated accounts receivable, cash application and collections management, today announced a strategic relationship with Royal Bank of Canada RBC. As part of the agreement RBC will offer its business customers VersaPay ARC, an integrated accounts receivable solution, under the RBC brand.

Yellow Pages announces exclusive licensing agreement with cloud-based scheduling and payment solution MyTime in the Canadian market

July 5, 2017 -- Yellow Pages announced today an exclusive licensing agreement to resell in Canada the MyTime all-in-one commerce platform that includes online booking, automated marketing, point of sale, and analytics for local businesses.

NetCents launches e-commerce Magento plugin, $101 billion sold by its merchants

July 5, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce that it has released its "Phase 1" plugin for open source e-commerce leader, Magento.

First Global Data Limited, AnalytixInsight enter letter of intent for a strategic business relationship

July 5, 2017 -- First Global Data Ltd. and AnalytixInsight Inc. together announce they have signed a letter of intent to establish a strategic business relationship between the companies.

Vantage Point selects VersaPay to provide invoice-to-cash solution

July 5, 2017 -- VersaPay Corporation today announced Vantage Point Corporation has become the newest client on VersaPay ARC.

The ATM turns 50: New global survey demonstrates consumers demand user-friendly services with secure authentication

June 29, 2017 -- As the ATM celebrates its 50th anniversary, a fashion makeover is high on the wish list of consumers worldwide. According to a global online poll of 8,000 consumers conducted by YouGov on behalf of leading global provider of real-time payments ACI Worldwide, easier, intuitive and more secure ways of accessing their bank accounts are a priority for ATM users worldwide: 43 per cent of consumers in Italy, 38 per cent in Spain and 28 per cent in the U.S. want ATMs to offer better and more secure ways of authentication.

Flexiti Financial wins bid with outdoor equipment manufacturers to offer POS financing at over 800 Canadian dealers

June 28, 2017 – Flexiti Financial today announced that it has won a competitive bid to be the preferred POS financing partner in Canada for the dealers of outdoor maintenance and equipment manufacturers including Husqvarna, Briggs & Stratton, Ariens, Big Dog Mowers, Hustler, ECHO Power Equipment and ECHO Bear Cat. Flexiti Financial now has access to over 800 dealers that sell lawn and garden tools and outdoor power equipment.

Android Pay now available in Canada for American Express cardmembers

June 28, 2017 -- American Express announced the availability of Android Pay, Google's mobile wallet, for Cardmembers in Canada. Android Pay is available for eligible Canadian Consumer, Small Business and Corporate Cards issued by Amex Bank of Canada1 and is supported on Android devices running on Kitkat 4.4 or higher. "At American Express, we're committed to offering fast and easy ways for our Cardmembers to make purchases," says Megan McKee, Vice President of Consumer Cards, American Express Canada. "Whether they're shopping in-stores or in-apps, our Cardmembers now have the option to use Android Pay while continuing to receive all the benefits and rewards from Amex."

Guestlogix reveals new brand, new airline solutions

June 28, 2017 -- Guestlogix, the Canadian technology company long recognized as a global leader in onboard merchandising, payments and retailing solutions for the airline industry, will be unveiling its new brand vision for helping the airline industry at the Future Travel Experience conference in Dublin today.

Selectcore, First Global create FintechUnion

June 27, 2017 -- First Global Data and Selectcore, both companies are pleased to announce the formation of FintechUnion. FINTECHUnion is the convergence of various forms of FINTECH such as a prepaid card and mobile wallet that enables a full spectrum of payments as well as domestic and cross border remittances.

First Data introduces local payments solution to power cross-border global commerce

June 26, 2017 -- The rise of global commerce is creating an increasingly borderless economy, and businesses need to provide the payment method their customers prefer, regardless of regional and cultural preferences. To meet this growing need, today First Data announced the availability of the First Data Local Payments solution, which will provide digital businesses and their customers with access to 195 local payment options when fully implemented.

Posera, Shift4 announce process of certification for integrated payment offering is underway

June 26, 2017 -- Posera Ltd. and Shift4 Corporation announced today that the certification process between Posera's Maitre'D and Shift4's DOLLARS ON THE NET is in progress.

Ontario Centres of Excellence, Fintech Sandbox announce new partnership

June 23, 2017 -- Today Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Boston-based FinTech Sandbox, signed an historic memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate and expand the FinTech Sandbox model into Canada, starting in Ontario.

CIBC completes acquisition of PrivateBancorp

June 23, 2017 -- CIBC today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp, Inc. and its subsidiary, The PrivateBank.

Cal Fryer elected chair of TMAC's board of directors

June 22, 2017 -- TMAC Toronto is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has elected Cal Fryer as its new Chair. Cal succeeds Linda Hartley, who had been active with the TMAC Board since 2008. TMAC would like to thank Ms. Hartley for her outstanding leadership and valuable contributions over the past years.

Cardtek to help establish transit ticketing standards as newest member of OSPT Alliance

June 21, 2017 -- OSPT Alliance, a vendor neutral, global association chartered to help the transit, mobile and loyalty markets move towards an open infrastructure that enables secure, cost-effective and flexible fare collection solutions, today announced that it has added Cardtek to its membership base.

Payfirma's new white label platform targets financial institutions

June 21, 2017 -- Payfirma Corp. has rolled out its white label payment processing platform, PayHQ. The cloud-based technology enables financial institutions to fully rebrand Payfirma's platform and launch their own merchant services platform with their branding and marketing. As payment technology rapidly evolves and consumers seek multiple ways to pay for goods and services, financial institutions have struggled to offer solutions to their business customers. Instead of referring customers to legacy payment processors, they are now partnering or collaborating with nimble financial technology startups like Payfirma.

Canadian firms may be overconfident in their cybersecurity--FICO

June 20, 2017 -- A new survey commissioned and release by FICO suggests that Canadian companies and security executives may be overestimating their ability to idendify, repel and fix their cyber threats. The survey reveals the thoughts and plans of security executives at 350 companies in Canada and other countries.

First Global's new social messaging remittance service may be a world first

June 20, 2017 -- First Global Data is claiming the world's first and only bona fide social messaging remittance solution has been launched. The first phase of the service enables North American WeChat users to send money directly to a recipient in China. Funds are disbursed directly to the recipient's bank card/bank account at any bank in China.

Billaway teams up to launch BBM Rewards in Canada

June 19, 2017 -- Billaway, a U.S. based marketing technology company that enables mobile phone consumers the ability to earn rewards, today launches BBM Rewards with Creative Media Works, which operates as BBM Messenger, for consumers across Android and iOS platforms in Canada.

SmartCard Marketing partners with Axepay

June 19, 2017 -- SmartCard Marketing Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce their partnership with Axepay Inc. a FinTech service provider for China Cross-Border RMB payments with integrated FX clearing & settlement. In addition, the partnership includes the ability to provide KYC & AML services for merchants dealing with China businesses and individuals. The partnership between SmartCard and Axepay creates a powerful suite of payment processing solutions that provide a conduit to perform payment transactions between merchants and individuals, and on a B2B basis, to pay-in and pay-out of China.

Key takeaways from the inaugural CPPO Prepaid Symposium

June 16, 2017 -- The Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO), the leading voice of the prepaid industry in Canada, hosted a one-day symposium in May to discuss the changing nature of the Canadian prepaid market.

Element AI raises historic US$102M Series A funding round

June 15, 2017 -- Element AI, an artificial intelligence company that delivers groundbreaking AI solutions, announced today it has raised U.S.$102M, representing the largest Series A funding round for an artificial intelligence company in history. With this funding, Element AI will accelerate its capabilities and invest in large-scale AI projects internationally, solidifying its position as the largest global AI company in Canada and creating 250 jobs in the Canadian high tech sector by January 2018.

Rising fraud costs inhibit corporate finance plans for innovation, growth: Vesta report

June 14, 2017 -- Today's senior finance executives are battling record levels of fraud, in turn narrowing corporate focus and limiting resources that could otherwise be devoted to innovation, planning, budgeting and compliance. That's according to "Managing the Risk of Fraud: The View from Corporate Finance," a new report published today by Vesta Corporation, a global leader in integrated risk and payment solutions, and CFO Research. The organizations surveyed 155 U.S. senior finance executives to assess their experience with and expectations for fighting fraud, which have only intensified in recent years.

Misys, D+H join forces to create Finastra, the world's third largest FinTech company

June 14, 2017 -- Today Misys and D+H have joined forces to create a diversified global financial software provider, unmatched in terms of depth and breadth of solutions. Operating under the new company name Finastra, the combination will create the third largest financial services technology company in the world. The company has approximately 10,000 employees and over 9,000 customers across 130 countries, including 48 of the top 50 banks globally. This follows the acquisition of D+H by Vista Equity Partners, which already owns Misys, creating a merger of two highly complementary financial technology providers.

CFIB commends Visa's and Mastercard's decision to allow merchants limited surcharging powers

June 14, 2017 -- The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is praising announcements from Visa and Mastercard that they will soon allow merchants the power to levy limited surcharges when accepting credit card payments from consumers.

American online shoppers turn to international retailers: UPS study

June 13, 2017 -- Nearly half of avid U.S. online shoppers have bought items from international retailers, according to the sixth annual UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper study.

InvenTrust Properties signs agreement with VersaPay to provide tenant portal, collections and payment platform

June 13, 2017 -- VersaPay Corporation today announced InvenTrust Properties Corp. has signed an agreement to provide its tenants across the U.S. with a tenant portal and payment platform.

G2A PAY weighs in on payment gateways and their role in e-commerce

June 13, 2017 -- The growing importance of e-commerce in global trade calls for payment methods which can handle customers using different currencies or preferred payment methods. This is why selecting the right payment gateway is one of the most important things businesses should consider when setting up a store.

Household vulnerabilities have moved higher but the financial system remains resilient: Bank of Canada

June 8, 2017 -- Household indebtedness and housing market imbalances—the most important vulnerabilities for the Canadian financial system––have moved higher over the past six months, the Bank of Canada said today in its Financial System Review (FSR). However, "the financial system remains resilient, and macroeconomic conditions continue to improve," said Governor Stephen S. Poloz.

CIBC receives all required regulatory approvals to acquire PrivateBancorp

June 8, 2017 -- CIBC and PrivateBancorp, Inc. today announced that they have received all regulatory approvals required to complete CIBC's acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp, Inc. pursuant to their amended merger agreement announced on May 4, 2017. CIBC and PrivateBancorp anticipate that the acquisition will close on June 23, 2017.

Financeit announces new funding capacity of up to $85 million

June 8, 2017 -- Financeit has closed a $75 million renewable securitization facility and a $10 million warehouse facility with a major Canadian life insurance company.

NetCents, Visa to allow direct purchase of BTC

June 7, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce that it has added Visa for processing the purchase of Bitcoins.

e-Wallets are the future of online payments: G2A PAY

June 7, 2017 -- International trade evolves at a rapid pace, and the customers seek the most convenient payment methods. One of them, the digital wallet, has been gaining popularity. What are the reasons behind this, and why may eWallets be the payment method of the near future?

NetCents adds Flexepin

June 6, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce that it has integrated Flexepin prepaid voucher for the Canadian market.

PayU, Zooz partner to facilitate merchant access to high growth markets

June 6, 2017 -- PayU today announced a partnership with payment technology provider Zooz. Through the agreement, PayU will provide Zooz’s unique technology to its customers, helping to solve the cross-border commerce challenges currently faced by merchants looking to grow and scale in high growth markets. The companies will make a second announcement when they appear together in the Atrium Lounge at Money20/20 Europe, taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark from June 26-28.

CGI Insight set to transform how data is used in credit management operations

June 6, 2017 -- CGI has announced the release of CGI Insight, a technology solution designed to transform how companies utilize data in their credit management operations and further support their digital transformation efforts. Available as part of the CGI Collections360 credit management solutions portfolio, CGI Insight solves the problems associated with inflexible data reporting solutions, allowing credit managers to significantly improve debt collection processes and performance by having access to new levels of actionable information.

Rambus teams with Google, Interac on Android Pay in Canada

June 5, 2017 -- Today Rambus Inc. announced that it is working with Google and Interac Association / Acxsys Corporation, the organizations behind Canada's leading payment brand, to enable Interac Debit on Android Pay in Canada. Through the Interac Token Service Provider (TSP), which was developed in collaboration with Rambus, Interac debit cardholders can make secure mobile debit payments, now using Android Pay, through tokenized transactions.

Android Pay launches in Canada

May 31, 2017 -- Google's Android Pay, a mobile wallet that allows people to pay with their smartphone, is now available for Canadians to download. Users can pay with the app in stores that accept contactless payment and on apps such as Uber and Lululemon that have an Android Pay button.

Prompt Payment Ontario congratulates Government on introduction of prompt payment legislation

May 31, 2017 -- Today, members of Prompt Payment Ontario (PPO) congratulate the Ontario Government on the introduction of prompt payment legislation in Ontario. The introduction of prompt payment legislation is a ground breaking step in the right direction and will help to protect over 400,000 workers across the province. Ontario is the first province in Canada to introduce prompt payment legislation--leading the way for other provinces across the country and the federal government to do the same.

More than one-third of Canadian firms do not have cybersecurity insurance: FICO report

May 31, 2017 -- Canadian firms are ahead of the curve when it comes to cybersecurity risk insurance, but over one-third (36 per cent) have not taken out cybersecurity insurance at all. Those are key findings in a new survey conducted by research and consultancy firm Ovum for Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO, which reveals that even among those that have insurance, only 18 percent say they have cybersecurity insurance that covers all likely risks.

Canadian retailers view mobile commerce as the way of the future: AMEX report

May 30, 2017 -- Canadian retailers are recognizing how important the adoption of digital and mobile technologies are in the face of rising consumer demand and new competitors entering the Canadian retail industry, according to the fifth annual Canadian Retail Insights Report released today by American Express.

Strategic alliance and minority investment extend Accenture's analytics-based pricing capabilities

May 30, 2017 -- Accenture has taken a minority position in and formed a strategic alliance with Nomis Solutions, a leading provider of analytics-driven pricing and profitability-management solutions to retail banks.

BMO, DMZ partner to find country's top FinTech startups

May 26, 2017 -- BMO Financial Group and the DMZ at Ryerson University announced today that they would be extending their partnership with the launch of the DMZ-BMO Fintech Accelerator program, benefitting Canada's top financial technology startups.

Jaxx announces massive expansion, partnering, integration with top blockchain projects to make digital currencies more accessible

May 25, 2017 -- Decentral today announced that its flagship product, Jaxx, a user-controlled, multi-asset, multi-platform digital currency wallet and exchange, has secured over 70 new partners and integrations on the way to bolster its mission to become the ultimate command centre for all things blockchain. Just as the browser unleashed the power of the Internet, Jaxx will be the tool that brings digital currencies and digital assets to the masses, the company boasts.

Payment Source enables 'in-person' tax payments in Canada

May 25, 2017 -- Payment Source, a leader in the Canadian payments industry, announced today a new payment option for Canadian taxpayers. Taxpayers can now visit any post office, anywhere in the country, to pay their taxes using Payment Source's proprietary Loadhub service.

Cayan partners with hospitality POS pioneer Squirrel Systems

May 25, 2017 -- Cayan, a payment technology company, today announced a new strategic partnership with Squirrel Systems, a leading POS provider for the hospitality industry. Squirrel customers can now leverage Cayan's Genius payment platform to securely -- and quickly -- process all payment types including EMV®/chip cards, traditional magstripe credit and debit cards, gift and loyalty cards, as well as mobile payments like Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay.

Collabria partners with Millennium1 Solutions to move call centre to Canada

May 25, 2017 -- Collabria has partnered with Millennium1 Solutions in Toronto to move Collabria's call centre operations from the US into Canada. M1S will handle all cardholder calls relating to Collabria credit cards from its Canadian facilities. Collabria will transition to M1S effective September 5, 2017.

Vision Travel, CSI globalVCard partner to solve pain points in travel procurement with virtual card payment system

May 24, 2017 -- Vision Travel and CSI globalVCard announce the integration of Concur Compleat to their single-use virtual card payments partnership.

Canadian companies lag in cybersecurity investments

May 23, 2017 -- Although recognizing an expected increase in the number of attempted data breaches in the next year, just over a third of Canadian executives believe their organizations' cybersecurity will improve over the next 12 months, according to a new survey conducted by research and consultancy firm Ovum for Silicon Valley analytics firm FICO.

NetCents launches e-commerce plugin for WooCommerce

May 23, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. is pleased to announce that it has released an e-ommerce plugin for WooCommerce. Netcents' revolutionary plugin allows e-commerce sites built with the WordPress platform to accept fiat currencies, credit cards, and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Diebold Nixdorf, Kony partner to accelerate mobile transformation in financial services and retail

May 22, 2017 -- Diebold Nixdorf today announced a strategic partnership with Kony, Inc. to offer white label mobile application solutions for financial institutions and retailers. The next generation mobile application suite—DN Mobile—will enable a unified and highly personalized experience by leveraging cross-platform data and integrating multiple channels to drive connected commerce.

Posera partners with Ingenico Group for the integration of its SecureTablePay pay-at-the-table solution

May 19, 2017 -- Posera Ltd. announced its partnership with Ingenico Group, the global leader in seamless payment, for the launch of Posera's SecureTablePay Pay-at-the-Table solution in the U.S. market.

Deloitte launches enhanced digital banking offering

May 18, 2017 -- Deloitte today announced the launch of its enhanced Digital Bank offering to further accelerate a bank's digital transformation. Based on the Salesforce Intelligent Customer Success Platform and utilizing the Salesforce Financial Services Cloud, Digital Bank helps banks create exceptional experiences by providing tailored banking capabilities with accelerated implementation and realization of value.

Posera announces partnership with Vantiv, certification and launch of SecureTablePay in the U.S. market

May 18, 2017 -- Posera Ltd., a leading provider of software solutions for the hospitality industry, announced today the completion of certification with Vantiv, the largest payment processor in the U.S., for Posera's pay-at-the-table (PATT) solution, SecureTablePay.

Spending topped $20T on AMEX, Diners Club/Discover, JCB, Mastercard, UnionPay, Visa cards worldwide in 2016: Nilson Global Cards Report

May 17, 2017 -- Global card purchase volume for goods and services, which excludes cash advances on credit cards and cash withdrawals on debit cards, grew by 5.8 per cent to $20.606 trillion in 2016, according to The Nilson Report, the leading card and mobile payment trade publication. UnionPay debit cards were the most popular payment product based on purchase volume, followed by Visa credit cards, Visa debit cards, UnionPay credit cards, Mastercard credit cards, Mastercard debit cards, American Express cards, JCB cards, and Diners Club/Discover cards.

U.S. merchants paid $88.39B in card fees in 2016: Nilson Merchant Fees Report

May 17, 2017 -- Credit, debit, and prepaid general purpose and private label cards issued in the United States generated $5.936 trillion in payments for goods and services in 2016. Processing fees, which include interchange, paid by U.S. merchants to handle all card payments, were $88.39 billion, according to The Nilson Report, the leading card and mobile payment trade publication.

Mastercard is becoming the ticket to ride in more than 80 global cities

May 16, 2017 -- As residents and visitors of the world’s major cities look for the best way to get around, Mastercard is making commuting easier, faster and more consistent. In over 80 cities around the globe, Mastercard and its partners are enabling users to pay for their train or bus simply by tapping their card or swiping their phone.

Conformance Technologies receives ETA’s PayPal Tech Innovation Award

May 16, 2017 -- Conformance Technologies today announced its InConRadar offering has received the Electronic Transactions Association’s (ETA) PayPal Tech Innovation Award for best risk solution. Award judging and ceremonies took place last week during TRANSACT 17 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Strengthening FinTech ecosystem key to maintaining Canada's global position: TFSA report

May 16, 2017 -- Strengthening the FinTech ecosystem in the Toronto region must be an imperative for the country's financial services sector and governments in order to maintain and grow the region's international market position, according to a new report from the Toronto Financial Services Alliance (TFSA), researched and written by Accenture and McMillan LLP.

Nordstrom expands loyalty program in Canada with launch of Nordstrom Rewards Visa through MBNA

May 15, 2017 -- Nordstrom, Inc. has announced it is expanding its loyalty program in Canada, providing customers with a new opportunity to earn points for their purchases and access to exclusive perks. Beginning today, Canadian customers can apply for the Nordstrom Rewards Visa credit card and earn points on their purchases wherever they shop. The Nordstrom Rewards Visa will be offered through MBNA, a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank and the leading provider of co-branded and affinity credit card programs in Canada.

KPMG acquires Matchi, global FinTech innovation and matchmaking platform

May 11, 2017 -- KPMG International has announced the acquisition of Matchi, a leading global fintech innovation and matchmaking platform that connects financial institutions, including banks and insurance companies, with leading-edge financial services technology solutions and companies worldwide.

Bambora lands in North America, aims to be the most customer-centric payments company in the world

May 11, 2017 -- Beanstream, a provider of multi-channel payment solutions, today completes its evolution into Bambora. The Sweden-based global payments company, Bambora, offers flexible and secure payment services to businesses of all sizes. Bambora acquired Beanstream in 2015 and will now operate as the North American hub to serve customers in the region. Since the acquisition, there has been a 41 per cent growth in the number of staff, but Beanstream maintains Bambora’s start-up culture as it evolves from a traditional Canadian FinTech company to a global-minded business.

Northern Credit Union wins CCUA Innovation Award

May 10, 2017 -- Northern Credit Union (Northern) took home the Canadian Credit Union Association’s (CCUA) prestigious Innovation Award for its online small business account opening software and unique Small Business Rocks program. The software, which comes courtesy of ASAPP Online Solutions (ASAPP), Northern’s FinTech partner, allows members to acquire Northern business products, including the Small Business Rocks Line of Credit from their office, handheld device or virtually anywhere. The Small Business Rocks program, meanwhile, celebrated Northern Ontario small businesses with three live networking events featuring live music, food, drink and business savvy presenters and was the launching platform for the ASAPP-engineered online account and loan origination software.

66% of Canadians are ready to drop cheques, 50% wouldn't miss cash

May 9, 2017 -- Dropping the $1,000 note and penny from our currency pales in comparison to the paperless, digital payment revolution that is underway. According to the Payments Pulse survey conducted by Payments Canada and Leger Marketing, the country seems willing to change with a majority ready to drop cheques altogether and half willing to do the same with cash.

EyeVerify survey reveals high consumer trust in biometrics for mobile banking and payments

May 5, 2017 -- EyeVerify Inc. today released The Retail Banking Biometrics Confidence Report to give financial institutions valuable insight into consumer preferences and behavior regarding various biometrics offerings.

ASAPP online account origination system integrates with Fiserv

May 4, 2017 -- ASAPP Online Solutions, the provider of Canada’s most complete personal and small business online account origination technology, has signed an agreement with Fiserv to interface ASAPP’s account origination technology with the DNA core account processing platform from Fiserv. ASAPP will leverage the open architecture of DNA APIs to create a responsive account origination experience that fully integrates with DNA, the leading core banking platform for Canadian credit unions.

Interac teams up with three Canadian startups to bring innovative money transfer experiences to market

May 3, 2017 -- Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation are gearing up to work with three Canadian startups to help them enable easier and faster payment experiences for their customers. The startups—OpenSports, Dibbzz and Navi—were selected following a Collision Day challenge at Communitech last week in which they made pitches for integrating with the new Interac e-Transfer 3rd party API (application programming interface) to streamline requesting and receiving money.

CPPO Prepaid Symposium announces final agenda and speakers

May 1, 2017 -- The Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO), the voice of the rapidly growing prepaid payments industry in Canada, today announced the final speakers for the inaugural CPPO Prepaid Symposium on May 23, 2017 at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. Prepaid cards are a vital component of Canada's digital economy, with $3.1 billion dollars loaded onto American Express, Mastercard and Visa prepaid cards in 2015.

ATMIA releases Access to Cash study

May 1, 2017 -- ATMIA today published a new study on the role cash plays in financial inclusion. Entitled, “Access to Cash: the First Step toward Financial Inclusion” the study presents an international picture of the importance of cash and ATMs in reaching 2 billion financially excluded persons who have no bank account, including case studies in Kenya, the UK, Brazil and the Philippines.

BMO launches new suite of commercial Mastercard offerings

April 27, 2017 -- BMO Financial Group today announced the launch of a new suite of Commercial Mastercard products that offer a range of reward benefits, including CashBack. These integrated card products combine convenience, flexibility and functionality into a comprehensive payment solution.

Global FinTech market sees quiet first quarter of 2017 as M&A slows, VC funding holds steady: KPMG report

April 27, 2017 -- Global fintech investment got off to a soft start in Q1'17, with the total invested globally at US$3.2 billion, down from US$4.15 billion in Q4'16 according to the Q1'17 edition of The Pulse of Fintech, KPMG International's quarterly report on FinTech investment. Fintech M&A dropped in Q1'17, with US$920 million in deal volume—down from US$1.8 billion in the previous quarter, and less than half of the US$4 billion in funding in Q1'16. Venture capital funding to FinTechs held relatively steady at US$2.3 billion in Q1'17—a solid result although well below peak highs.

Mastercard unveils next generation biometric card

April 26, 2017 -- Mastercard has unveiled the next generation biometric card, combining chip technology with fingerprints to conveniently and safely verify the cardholder’s identity for in-store purchases.

TNS Smart Network Inc. launches Interac FLASH payment solution for Canadian vending pperators

April 25, 2017 -- TNS Smart Network Inc. has announced a new comprehensive vending payment solution for the Canadian vending, kiosk and unattended markets. The new solution integrates Crane Payment Innovation’s (CPI) MEI Cashflow EasiChoice card reader and Apriva’s newly certified payment gateway interface for Interac Flash to TNS Smart Network Inc. This new solution set provides one easy-to-use, seamless payment acceptance platform for Canadian operators to enable an enhanced customer experience with increased convenience and security.

Winning Brands, Securter partner to reduce credit card fraud

April 24, 2017 -- Winning Brands Corporation and Securter, Inc. have entered into an Exploratory Discussion Agreement ("EDA") regarding the launch of Securter's new patent-pending technology to reduce credit card fraud—a major and growing problem in digital commerce. The agreement arises from Winning Brands' Innovators Community initiative, through which innovators can partner with Winning Brands for mutual advantage.

NetCents & MasterCard to allow direct purchase of BTC

April 24, 2017 -- NetCents Technology Inc. has announced that it has expanded its global services by bolstering its processing capabilities with MasterCard for the direct purchase of BTC.

Dovetail and IBM announce strategic partnership

April 21, 2017 -- Dovetail today announced a global strategic partnership with IBM to offer Dovetail payment solutions in combination with IBM's Watson Financial Services products.

Canadian spending up 3.46 per cent in the first quarter of 2017

April 20, 2017 -- Spending in Canada grew by 3.46 per cent in the first quarter of 2017 on a year-over-year basis, according to the MonerisMetrics Quarterly Report released by Moneris Solutions Corporation. While overall spending is up, the quarter's results continue a trend of gradually slowing growth, suggesting that 2017 may be a year of moderate spending when compared to 2015 and 2016.

Masterpass-enabled bots provide secure checkout experience on Facebook Messenger

April 19, 2017 -- Today at the Facebook Developer Conference, Mastercard announced Masterpass-enabled bots to drive more seamless shopping on Facebook Messenger with FreshDirect, Subway and The Cheesecake Factory.

Social network payments reach nearly US$3 trillion in China: UN report

April 19, 2017 -- A new UN study reveals that Alipay and WeChat Pay enabled US$2.9 trillion in Chinese digital payments in 2016, representing a 20-fold increase in the past four years. The data shows that digital payments, using existing platforms and networks, provide access to a wider range of digital financial services, expanding financial inclusion and economic opportunity throughout China and neighboring countries.

Credit card payment tested onboard Laval buses, a first in Canada

April 19, 2017 -- The Société de transport de Laval (STL) and Desjardins Group has announced the implementation of a new pilot project to accept credit card payments by Visa or MasterCard onboard Laval buses. These two leading Quebec companies have joined forces to bring this innovative project to life as of Friday, April 21 on six of the STL's bus routes: 20, 39, 48, 60, 63 and 73. The STL is the first public transit company in Canada to test onboard fare payment by credit card (single fares).

Vantiv partners with Womply to deliver Big Data insights to merchants

April 18, 2017 -- Vantiv, Inc., a leading provider of payment processing services and related technology solutions for merchants and financial institutions of all sizes, announced today that it has partnered with Womply, a merchant-focused technology company, to offer Vantiv BizShield and Insights to small and medium-sized businesses. The products will allow merchants to manage, protect and simplify their businesses with real-time data, advanced analytics, online reputation management and proactive threat management.

Mastercard gains regulatory approval, will acquire VocaLink

April 12, 2017 – A recent decision by the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority clears the way for the completion of the MasterCard’s planned acquisition of VocaLink Holdings Limited. The CMA gave final approval for the proposed set of remedies that address the competition concerns the CMA identified earlier this year. The deal is now expected to close in the coming weeks.

Interac e-Transfer volumes reached record levels in 2016

April 11, 2017 -- Canadian consumers and businesses are using the Interac e-Transfer service at record levels with more than 158 million transfers made over the platform in 2016. This volume is up almost 50 per cent from the previous year's 105 million transfers, according to data released today by Interac Association/Acxsys Corporation (Interac). The total value of Interac e-Transfer transactions also reached a new high, with more than $63 billion transferred in 2016, representing an average transaction of $408.

Glance Pay makes a move on growing $215-billion food delivery market

April 7, 2017 -- Glance Technologies is leveraging its technology, consumer base, and restaurant relationships to move into the online food delivery market by partnering with Daily Delivery for delivery logistics. Online food delivery is a rapidly growing market within the restaurant industry. Currently disrupting traditional forms of delivery due to the rise of popular mobile ordering, the US food delivery market alone accounted for over $210 billion of restaurant revenue in the last year, of which $11 billion was exclusively through online ordering. This combined with the Canadian online food delivery market estimated at $7 billion dollar (CAD), provides Glance with the potential to establish new verticals of revenue and increase customer retention with a singular payment platform.

Canadian steel construction industry calls on Ottawa for prompt payment legislation

April 6, 2017 -- A national delegation of members and associates from the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), the voice of the Canadian steel construction sector, met with parliamentarians from all political parties during CISC's "Steel Construction Day on the Hill" in Ottawa on April 4, to urge for immediate adoption of prompt payment legislation to address the severe problems impacting the construction trades and the entire construction supply chain.

April 6, 2017 -- TMX Group has a new Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) prototype as part of its strategy to maximize efficiencies and solve day-to-day client challenges across its various business areas. The company developed the electronic shareholder voting system prototype based on DLT, more commonly known as blockchain technology, in collaboration with Accenture, a leading global professional services company.

Deluxe completes acquisition of RDM Corporation

April 4, 2017 -- Deluxe Corporation completed its acquisition of all the issued and outstanding common shares of RDM for $131 million (CDN) in cash. RDM Corporation is a provider of remote deposit capture (RDC) software, hardware and digital imaging solutions for financial institutions and corporate clients. Founded in 1987 in Waterloo, Ontario, RDM was publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and conducts business primarily in the United States. RDM customers include four of the top 10 banks in the US market and 31 percent of the top 100 Fortune 500 companies.

CIBC introduces in-app voice commands to simplify mobile navigation

April 3, 2017 -- CIBC announced the availability of in-app voice commands that allow clients to access a variety of banking tasks and explore products or services with a simple voice prompt. The feature joins CIBC's recently introduced Digital Cart, a mobile service where users can open a new deposit account, apply for overdraft protection, and secure a credit card all in one digital experience within CIBC's mobile app — a first to Canadian banking.

Air Miles adds to its fraud management policies to boost security

April 3, 2017 -- The Air Miles Reward Program announced that in-store Air Miles Cash redemptions will resume on Wednesday, April 5th at 5:00 a.m. EST. Collector Account security is a top priority for Air Miles, which is why the company is also announcing a series of additional fraud management policies that will help to enhance account security for all collectors.

Nearly half of Canadian small businesses are using old technology to process sales

March 30, 2017 -- Canadian small businesses are adopting modern, tablet-based point-of-sale (POS) solutions in surprisingly low numbers, according to research commissioned by Moneris Solutions Corporation. Research revealed that less than one per cent of small businesses are using an advanced, tablet-based POS solution to process sales, while 42 per cent are sticking to the basics of a standard cash register. In retail environments where smart phones, mobility and self-serve technologies are shaping the customer experience, the cash register, with its limited functionality, will struggle to maintain its usefulness over time.

D+H provides cloud-based instant payments test environment for European banks

March 27, 2017 -- DH Corporation today announced that it is offering a cloud-based instant payments testing environment for the European market. The testing environment will provide simulated connectivity to EBA CLEARING's pan-European instant payment infrastructure solution, which is aimed at supporting European payment service providers in fully complying with the European Payments Council's SEPA Instant Credit Transfer (SCT Inst) Scheme. This environment will enable banks adhering to the SCT Inst Scheme to utilize D+H's web and mobile instant payments initiation channels and payment hub solution to experiment with and test instant payments quickly, easily and with low risk.

Canadian brokerage offers first-ever online buying option for condos

March 27, 2017 -- Canadian brokerage and real estate marketplace, Casalova, has teamed up with Dream Maker Developments to be the first in Canada to offer a digital purchase option for pre-construction condos. Unit sales for the pre-built development open online April 3, 2017.


Budget commentary from Marc-Andre Pigeon, AVP, Government Relations, Canadian Credit Union Association

March 23, 2017--The 2017 federal budget is perhaps most remarkable for what it does not say. For example, the budget does not advance any proposals in relation to postal banking, an idea floated early in the Liberal government mandate and which CCUA put considerable effort into challenging. Similarly, as discussed below, the budget does not propose any major new changes to tax policy despite considerable speculation to that effect in the lead up to the budget.

First fuel payment app to include loyalty program for added customer rewards at Esso-branded sites across Canada

March 23, 2017--Esso has rolled out Speedpass+, a new app which lets customers pay for fuel from their smartphones from Imperial Oil, the first major fuels retailer in Canada to offer a mobile payment option at the pump that combines customer convenience and loyalty rewards.

Accenture to support industry-wide modernization, Payments Canada decides

March 21, 2017--Payments Canada has selected global consulting firm Accenture to help it lead Modernization, the multi-year initiative to transform the systems and rules essential to Canada's payments ecosystem. Due to the scope of the program and the number of participants involved, Payments Canada sought to team with a company that could provide in-depth payments expertise, along with change-management and program-management services to help manage the initiative.

IBM and SecureKey Technologies to deliver blockchain-based digital identity network for consumers

March 20, 2017 -- IBM InterConnect: IBM and SecureKey Technologies today announced they are working together to enable a new digital identity and attribute sharing network based on IBM Blockchain. The network will be designed to make it easier for consumers to verify they are who they say they are, in a privacy-enhanced, security-rich and efficient way. When launched later this year, consumers can use the network to instantly verify their identity for services such as new bank accounts, driver's licenses or utilities.

India's largest mobile payments company starts services in Canada

March 17, 2017 -- Paytm, India's largest mobile payments and commerce company, has launched bill payments service for Canadians. This move marks the entry of the first Indian consumer service startup in the Canadian market. Paytm Founder & CEO, Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Toronto Mayor John Tory made the announcement at Paytm headquarters in Noida, India.

Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization announces first annual CPPO Prepaid Symposium

March 16, 2017 -- The Canadian Prepaid Providers Organization (CPPO), the voice of the rapidly growing prepaid payments industry in Canada, announced today it will host the inaugural CPPO Prepaid Symposium on May 23, 2017. Prepaid cards are a vital component of Canada's digital economy with $3.1 billion dollars loaded onto American Express, Mastercard and Visa prepaid cards in 2015.

LocoMobi announces rollout of ParkingPaid and RideRefund apps

March 15, 2017 -- LocoMobi, Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of ParkingPaid and RideRefund mobile apps that connect customers "ready to buy" with local merchants.

VersaPay ARC achieves Oracle Validated Integration with Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

March 14, 2017 -- VersaPay Corporation, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of VersaPay ARCTM with Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2. Enterprise clients can make their customers happy and enable faster payments by deploying VersaPay ARC to automate their invoice to cash process.

41 million merchants worldwide accept UnionPay

March 14, 2017 -- New data shows that more than 41 million merchants and over two million ATMs across 160 countries and regions accept UnionPay cards. Over 10 million online merchants based outside mainland China support UnionPay Online Payment.

Connect&GO, Mobeewave offer first-ever all-in-one cashless solution

March 14, 2017 -- Montreal tech companies Connect&GO and Mobeewave made a big announcement at South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual arts and interactive media conference conglomerate held in Austin, Texas. Enabled by the innovative payment solutions of Global Payments Inc., a leading worldwide provider of payment technology services, the companies are going to revolutionize the way people accept cashless payments at events.

Suzan Denoncourt of Ingenico recognized among the most influential women in payments

March 13, 2017 -- Ingenico Group today announced that Suzan Denoncourt, managing director of Canada, has been named to PaymentSource’s list of the Most Influential Women in Payments in 2017. The prestigious annual list honors the top 25 women who are driving significant change in payments and contributing to the advancement of women across the industry.

Cambridge Global Payments recognized as one of Canada's best managed companies

March 9, 2017 -- For the second year in a row, Cambridge Global Payments is recognized as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2017. The 2017 Best Managed program honours the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

Canadian banks building strength in 2017 through innovation, modernization, reinvention: PwC report

March 9, 2017 -- According to Canadian Banks 2017: #Bankovation… Innovation. Modernization. ReInvention report released today, innovation is a top priority for banks who are addressing two key pain points in Canadian banking: customer friction and back-office efficiency. Despite underlying economic challenges, Canada's Big Six banks achieved solid revenues and posted strong returns. Consolidated revenues were CA$133.6 billion in FY16, up 8.6 per cent from CA$123.1 billion in FY15. In the first quarter of 2017, banks continued to show strong results.

Dream Payments closes $10 million Series A round to expand payments cloud in the U.S.

March 8, 2017 -- Dream Payments has announced the closing of a $10 million Series A financing round. The round was led by FairVentures Inc, the innovation investing arm of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Connecticut Innovations (CI), Real Ventures and a prominent group of angel investors were also key participants in the financing. The capital infusion will fund the expansion of Dream's payments cloud into the U.S., the acceleration of Dream's third-party app ecosystem and the company's continued growth in Canada.

Telepin acquired by Volaris Group

March 8, 2017 -- Telepin Software, a global leader in digital financial services platforms, has been acquired by Volaris Group. The company continues to be led by Vincent Kadar, Telepin's CEO, with oversight from Volaris.

Settlement times hampering cross-border transactions for nearly half of payments businesses: Saxo whitepaper

March 6, 2017 -- Saxo Payments has today published a new white paper – Missing the Opportunity – which examines the challenges facing FX and payments businesses when it comes to adding value to their client proposition. Whilst cost comes top of the list of concerns for half of payments-related businesses when it comes to cross border transfers, the speed of setting up a currency account, FX and payment facilities is the greater risk when it comes to servicing clients.

LendingArch introduces real-time POS financing to disrupt the $32 billion out-of-pocket medical expenses for Canadians

March 6, 2017 -- LendingArch has announced the official launch of their new, real-time point of sale loan service for Canadian medical clinics and their patients.This loan product is designed to offer consumers an alternative to using credit cards to cover out-of-pocket medical expenses. LendingArch has over 1100 customer clinics who are on a waiting list to offer this type of flexible financing to their patients after it goes live on April 1st, 2017.

Central 1, Fiserv make it easy for credit unions running DNA to launch Open Anywhere

March 3, 2017 -- Central 1 Credit Union (Central 1) and Fiserv, Inc. have signed an agreement that makes it easy for credit unions running the DNA account processing platform from Fiserv to launch new online banking products.

Systems migration enables firms to modernize CRM safely, without disruption, NexJ claims

March 1, 2017 --A provider of enterprise customer management solutions to the financial services and insurance industries, says they are successfully enabling firms to modernize their legacy Siebel CRM systems. NexJ's Siebel Replacement Program provides its customers with an alternative to traditional "Big Bang" or "rip and replace" system upgrades, which many firms hesitate to undertake due to the risk of service disruptions, budget overruns, and lack of user adoption, the firm claims.

Paysafe launches GOLO mobile ordering platform in Montreal

February 28, 2017 -- Paysafe has today launched its GOLO app and web ordering platform, accessed through an instant and convenient consumer app that enables businesses to sell more effectively to their existing and new customers. With more than 100 local businesses already using GOLO, the 'Go Local' ordering app has now formally launched in Montreal ahead of a wider rollout across Canada, the U.S., UK and Europe over the coming months.

Interac Debit card fraud losses at their lowest level ever

February 27, 2017 -- For the seventh year in a row, Interac Debit losses due to skimming have declined, reaching a record low of just $11.4 million. Latest fraud figures released today by Interac Association show that only $1.5 million of that fraud occurred in Canada, thanks in large part to the completion of the transition to chip technology that began in 2008.

D+H signs Denali Federal Credit Union for full suite of solutions: ATM, debit, credit

February 28, 2017 -- DH Corporation has announced that Denali Federal Credit Union (Denali FCU), one of Alaska's largest credit unions with more than $650 million in assets, has selected D+H to provide its signature debit and consumer credit card processing.

Qkr! with Masterpass comes to Canada

February 27, 2017 -- At Mobile World Congress, Mastercard today announced that it will expand Qkr! with Masterpass, a mobile order-ahead and payment platform developed by Mastercard Labs, to six new markets including Canada and add new functionality to eliminate the traditional “open tab” at a bar, club or restaurant. Qkr! with Masterpass enables consumers to seamlessly order and pay for goods and services via their smartphone without having to wait in line or for a restaurant server. The app uses Masterpass, a global digital payment service that speeds up the checkout process without requiring consumers to enter their financial and shipping information at every new merchant site.

Simility achieves PCI DSS Service Provider Level 1 compliance

February 27, 2017 -- Simility has announced it has achieved PCI DSS Service Provider Level 1 Compliance. The company’s versatile platform encompassing human analytics and machine learning helps companies fight abuse and fraud, while fostering trust and safety.

FIME expands cloud-based payment testing portfolio with AMEX qualification

February 27, 2017 -- FIME is pleased to announce that its Global test tool has achieved AMEX Enabled accreditation for cloud-based payment mobile application testing. This news expands FIME’s extensive portfolio of laboratory services and test tools for AMEX issuers and payment solution providers.

ACCEO, BDO IT Solutions offer retailers using LS Retail POS a secure choice for encrypted EMV payment processing

February 22, 2017 -- ACCEO Solutions Inc. and BDO IT Solutions have partnered to offer North American retailers a payment solution fully compatible with Microsoft Dynamics NAV and the LS NAV point-of-sale (POS) system.

Mogo Finance Technology enters payments market

February 21, 2017 -- Mogo Finance Technology Inc. today announced the launch of the digital Mogo Spending Account with Platinum Prepaid Visa Card. This is the fourth product in Mogo's innovative line-up of financial solutions designed to help Canadians manage their financial health and represents the next step toward Mogo's vision to build the best digital banking experience in Canada.

Less than 50% of global consumers trust businesses to protect their payments data

February 21, 2017 -- Consumers across the globe are more concerned with protecting their financial and payments information stored on a computer than they are with protecting this data when stored on a mobile wallet, according to new benchmark data, “Global Consumer Survey: Consumer Trust and Security Perceptions,” from ACI Worldwide and Aite Group. The global fraud study of more than 6,000 consumers across 20 countries revealed that only 43 per cent of global consumers trust businesses, including restaurants and merchants, to protect their financial data—while surprisingly, more than 80 per cent (of global consumers) generally believe their mobile wallet data is secure.

ATMIA's Retail Cash Management study identifies growth prospects

February 21, 2017 -- ATMIA has published a new study on growth prospects in the Retail Cash Management sector of the United States.

IBM, Visa to turn as many as 20B connected devices into potential points of sale with Watson Internet of Things

February 16, 2017 -- IBM and Visa Inc. today announced the industry's first collaboration that brings the point of sale everywhere Visa is accepted, by allowing businesses to quickly introduce secure payment experiences for any device connected to the Internet of Things (IoT).

TerraPay, MoneyTrans, Paga partner to ease cross-border remittance between Europe and Nigeria

February 16, 2017 -- TerraPay today announced that it has partnered with MoneyTrans as well as Paga to launch cross-border remittances from Spain to mobile wallets in Nigeria.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business negotiates special payment processing rate for members with MasterCard

February 16, 2017 -- The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and Mastercard today announced an agreement that recognizes the contribution and importance of small businesses to the Canadian economy and local communities. The partnership demonstrates the benefits of electronic payments in Canada while helping to reduce the cost of acceptance for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who are members of the CFIB - Canada's largest organization representing SMEs.

Major global transaction banks are now live with SWIFT gpi

February 16, 2017 -- SWIFT announces today that global transaction banks are actively using SWIFT’s new global payments innovation (gpi) service, which opened for live payments in January 2017. ABN AMRO, Bank of China, BBVA, Citi, Danske Bank, DBS Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, ING Bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, Nordea Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and UniCredit are live with SWIFT gpi, exchanging gpi payments across 60 country corridors. Numerous additional banks will follow in the coming months.

U.S. credit card debt reached $1 trillion in 2016

February 16, 2017 -- Credit card receivables, also referred to as outstanding debt, generated by cards issued in the U.S. topped one trillion dollars at year-end 2016 according to The Nilson Report. Those outstandings were tied to Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards as well as to private-label cards issued for use only at select retail, gasoline, medical, airline and car-rental locations.

Intuit goes live on VersaPay ARC, automating invoice to cash process

February 15, 2017 -- VersaPay Corporation today announced that Intuit Inc. has implemented VersaPay ARCTM for select small business and accountant customers. The service allows the company's customers that primarily pay Intuit on a net term basis to use a self serve portal and pay online 24/7. This improves Intuit's collection tools and gives them the flexibility to better manage their invoice to cash cycle.

POS terminal market to reach $73.12B by 2020: WiseGuy report

February 14, 2017 -- The Point of Sale terminal market has grown considerably over the past few years because they offer high returns on investments and are much easier to use. The demand for POS terminals especially from small and medium sized businesses has increased since they are more durable than traditional cash registers and help in lowering total cost of ownership. Security issues like data breaching which were supposed to restrain the growth of POS terminals have been settled by PINs (Personal Identification Numbers) and Chip-embedded payment cards.

IT departments find it hard to keep the cloud safe: Intel report

February 14, 2017 -- Intel Security's second annual cloud security report, “Building Trust in a Cloudy Sky” outlines the current state of cloud adoption, the primary concerns with private and public cloud services, security implications, and the evolving impact of Shadow IT of the more than 2,000 IT professionals surveyed.

SecureKey, DIACC awarded grant to create privacy-enhancing cloud ecosystem

February 14, 2017 -- SecureKey Technologies Inc. and the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) have announced their receipt of a new Applied Research Grant to enable the development of a Cloud Identity Ecosystem.

MTS launches MTS Money Wallet in Russia and the CIS

February 13, 2017 -- Mobile TeleSystems PJSC has launched MTS Money Wallet, enabling users easy "one-click" access to MTS's financial services and to be rewarded with bonuses and loyalty points. The new service combines all payments tools on one platform, including electronic wallet, bank cards, and customers' mobile account balances. Not just a payment system, MTS Money Wallet is a hub for all of MTS's financial services.

Diebold Nixdorf, Air Bank launch new contactless ATM solution in Czech Republic

February 13, 2017 -- Air Bank is partnering with Diebold Nixdorf based on the latter's ability to innovate and deliver enhanced consumer experiences with the CS 2020 cash dispenser, software and services. The cash dispensers feature a range of advanced software-enabled digital functions, including the ability to authenticate and transact without the use of a traditional card reader or PIN pad.

Younger consumers using alternative payment tools more, would rather use bank account less: CPPO survey

February 6, 2017 -- A recent study has found that while 99 per cent of Canadians have a bank account there is a growing interest, especially amongst younger Canadians, to adopt alternative payment tools that they view as more convenient. Prepaid cards continue to grow in both usage and popularity. At the same time, 13 per cent of consumers are using bank accounts less.

Scotiabank provides digital banking update

February 2, 2017 -- Scotiabank is providing a Digital Banking update today in Toronto to review the Bank's Digital Transformation and discuss how Digital will help the Bank continue to deliver a superior customer experience and realize benefits from increased efficiency.

Indian government removes all taxes on PoS machines in push toward e-payments

February 1, 2017 -- In a move to push digital payments, the Indian government on Wednesday removed all duties on devices used in the process of cashless transactions like point of sales machines, finger print readers etc.

RBC remains Canada’s most valuable brand

February 1, 2017 -- As a nation, Canada prides itself on stability and predictability, and those traits were reinforced in the latest ranking of the country’s most valuable brands. Every year, leading valuation and strategy consultancy Brand Finance values the brands of thousands of the world’s biggest companies. Canada’s 100 most valuable brands are listed in the Brand Finance Canada 100 league table.

Flexiti Financial secures access to over 1,000 new retail locations

January 31, 2017 -- Flexiti Financial, a leading provider of Point-Of-Sale (POS) financing and payment technology for retailers, today announced that it has secured access to over 1,000 new retail locations through a series of customer and partner wins, including Spence Diamonds, the Canadian Jewellers Association, Starkey Hearing Technologies, Andre's Electronics and Wicker Emporium. Together, these wins demonstrate continued momentum for Flexiti Financial's customer acquisition strategy and adoption of its award-winning POS lending platform by retailers across Canada.

NextAI announces founding partners and initial commitment of $5M+ to build Canada's AI ecosystem

Janaury 25, 2017 -- Today NextAI announced major partnerships with several leading Canadian companies to help fund and support the program and its participants. NextAI is a global innovation program for artificial intelligence-related ventures, and talented teams from around the world are invited to Canada to leverage the nation's leadership in AI and are provided with capital, mentorship, education and networking opportunities. The concept for NextAI was born out of an innovation brainstorming session sponsored by RBC and Magna during the summer of 2016, and joining RBC and Magna as founding corporate partners are BDC Capital and Scotiabank. To date, the funding provided by all corporate partners totals $5.15 million.

First Global and Selectcore form JV to create a full suite FinTech business model

January 25, 2017 -- First Global Data Limited ("First Global" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent ("LOI") to create a Joint Venture ("JV") with Selectcore Limited ("Selectcore" TSX Venture Exchange: SCG).

Americans pay more than half of their bills online

January 24, 2017 -- While the shift to online payments continues to ascend, there are stark generational differences when it comes to paying bills, according to new benchmark data, “How Americans Pay Their Bills,” from ACI Worldwide and Aite Group. U.S. consumers spent a record-setting amount on bill payments in 2016 ($3.9 trillion). They are faced with a wide range of transactions involving myriad methods of payments and channels, leading households to reprioritize how and when they pay their bills.

First Global adds movie cinemas and food courts to mobile wallet

January 24, 2017 -- First Global Data Limited ("First Global" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that more than 400 movie cinemas and food courts across India will be accepting the VPayQwik mobile app as a payment method.

City of Calgary, Alberta launches one stop shop cashiering solution with System Innovators' iNovah Enterprise Revenue Management

January 23, 2017 -- System Innovators (SI), a division of N. Harris Computer Corporation, is pleased to announce that the Corporate Cashiering department at the City of Calgary, Alberta is now live with iNovah Enterprise Revenue Management (ERM), taking 27,500 payments in the first day. The citywide implementation of iNovah consolidates the City's legacy cashiering solutions and provides a state-of-the-art cashiering and enterprise revenue management solution that reduces manual efforts and delivers a consistent experience for staff and citizens.

D+H to support SEPA instant payments in Europe as a frontrunner service provider

January 23, 2017 -- DH Corporation, a leading provider of technology solutions to financial institutions globally, today announced that it is part of the frontrunner service providers ready to provide banks that join the EBA CLEARING instant payment service with support services. The "frontrunner service providers" label and public listing have been introduced by EBA CLEARING on its website to help European financial institutions identify service providers that can assist early adopters in particular in connecting to EBA CLEARING's pan-European real-time payment infrastructure.

OBSI launches five-year strategic plan to strengthen services to Canadians

January 20, 2017 -- Canada's Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) has published its strategic plan, which outlines the key strategic directions that the organization will pursue over the next three to five years.

Ceridian announces record year for awards and recognition with over 35 award wins

January 18, 2017-- Ceridian, a global human capital management technology company, announces the results of an outstanding year for awards and recognition. In 2016, Ceridian was recognized 36 times, winning awards for a variety of achievements, including innovation, leadership, culture, and being a top employer.

Basware recognized for best web-based supply chain financing solution by Global Finance

January 18, 2017 -- Basware, the global leader in networked purchase-to-pay (P2P) solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services, today announced that it has been recognized for providing the best web-based supply chain financing solution by Global Finance magazine in its tenth annual ranking of the World’s Best Supply Chain Finance Providers. The company was selected for its working capital services portfolio, which delivers multiple payment and financing options, enabling companies to realize greater financial agility, flexibility and liquidity. Basware’s financial services operate over the Basware Network, the largest open business network in the world, providing easy collaboration between buyers and suppliers of all sizes.

Credit cards continue dominance over debit cards and cash in U.S.

January 18, 2016 -- Credit cards continued to gain share against all other forms of payment in the U.S. in 2015. The Nilson Report, the leading card and mobile payment trade publication, measured 11 methods of consumer payments in the U.S.

Smooth Commerce accelerates speed of mobile app registration to enhance m-commerce experience

January 17, 2017 -- Today Smooth Commerce announced the launch of Register with Visa Checkout in the SmoothPay app, showcasing a first-of-its-kind innovation to enhance the mCommerce experience by speeding up the registration process within mobile applications. The collaboration between Smooth Commerce and Visa marks the first integration of Visa's Developer program in Canada.

ACCEO and Mastercard partner to bring digital omni-channel payment solutions to global merchants

January 12, 2017 -- ACCEO Solutions Inc. has announced a new partnership with Mastercard to offer state-of-the-art in-store and e-commerce payment solutions to retailers with a global presence, using Mastercard Payment Gateway Services and ACCEO Tender Retail. A leading payment processing and device management solution, ACCEO Tender Retail is deployed by world‑class retailers throughout North America and is part of the wide range of products and services provided by ACCEO.

ATMIA kicks off 20th anniversary with recognition from Wikipedia

January 10, 2017 -- Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopaedia, has approved an entry for the ATM Industry Association at the beginning of the association’s 20th year.

Ricoh Canada launches e-invoice presentment and payment service

January 3, 2017 -- Ricoh Canada Inc. today announced the release of their e-Invoice Presentment & Payment Service – a powerful new solution designed to help customers rapidly gain new efficiencies through the delivery of digital bills and invoices to their customers and suppliers.


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