Zimbabwe mobile payments get a shot in the arm from cash crisis

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The country is suffering from a shortage of cash as Bitcoin simultaneously makes its presence larger. A suddenly downward shift in the availability of cash has driven Zimbabwe mobile payments into a position in which it is experiencing rapid growth. This represents quite a change for the country which has always had a glut of banknotes available. In fact, the $100 trillion note actually exists. However, the country has suddenly found itself in a position of cash shortage, forcing other transactions into popularity. As Zimbabweans search for ways to pay…

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PayPal rolls out Venmo mobile payments across the United States

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Millions of American retailers can now accept transactions through the system using the mobile web. This week, PayPal announced that over 2 million American retailers will soon be accepting Venmo mobile payments as a checkout option. This system is launching across the United States and reflects PayPal’s growing partnership with Venmo. The Venmo mobile payments checkout option will soon become available at any U.S. location that PayPal is accepted. Businesses with Venmo will be able to accept the transactions by way of the Braintree platform. This allows Venmo customers to…

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Starbucks mobile payments now account for 30 percent of the coffee chain’s transactions

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The Seattle based quick service café recently reported posting $5.7 billion in third quarter revenue. Starbucks mobile payments are continuing their steady trend toward increasing usage, according to the coffee chain’s most recent quarterly earnings report. The third quarter earnings at Starbucks were reported to be $5.66 billion, representing an 8 percent increase. That said, despite the healthy rise over the same quarter last year, Starbucks missed its predicted target of $5.76 billion. The company’s non-GAAP earnings were $0.55 per share, which managed to meet expectations. That said, there was…

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Mobile payments use is mainly for transportation and restaurant bills

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A new survey shows that there are some very specific reasons for which smartphone wallets are used. A new Market Intelligence and Consulting Institute under the Institute for Information Industry study provided insight on mobile payments use. It showed that consumers are using mobile wallets most frequently for paying for their meals at restaurants and for buying fare on transportation services. The mobile payments survey showed 76.4 percent of consumers who used the tech did so to pay at a restaurant. Another 33.2 percent of mobile payment use was for…

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Starbucks mobile payments make up 1 in 4 transactions

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One quarter of all purchases made at the coffee chain are completed through the use of smartphones. Starbucks mobile payments currently compose 25 percent of transactions made with the café giant. This figure takes into account the purchases made across the United States. It does not represent the statistics from other Starbucks locations around the globe. The Mobile Order and Pay transactions had made up a considerable 6 percent of the total. In September, that figure for Mobile Order and Pay transactions rose to 7 percent. This helps to further…

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Mobile payments awareness is rising in North America despite low adoption

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Consumers here still feel most transactions will be based on cash at least until 2020. An Accenture study showed mobile payments awareness has reached 56 percent of consumers in North America. This represents a 4 percent increase over the figures recorded a year ago. That said, those same consumers don’t appear to be adopting mobile wallets. Regular mobile payments usage has stayed at 19 percent among North American consumers. This, despite the fact that a much higher number actually know the transaction method exists. Among the respondents in the mobile…

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Top mobile payments app users are Millennials

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In China, this generation is leading the way in the use of smartphones as credit and debit cards. A recent study has revealed that mobile payments app use is greatly driven by Millennials. The research indicated that Chinese device users between the ages of 21 and 39 are top users of these applications. Mobile wallets are seeing the highest use by device owners from 21 to 29 and 30 to 39 years old. eMarketer conducted this research and found that mobile payments app use is high in China. That said…

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Mobile payments trends are seeing growth held back by biometrics

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The technology to scan various body parts such as eyes and fingerprints may be too challenging to keep up. While it had looked as though mobile payments trends might have the potential to take off with rapid growth as more consumers look to their smartphones to replace their use of credit and debit cards, adoption has essentially flat-lined. This, despite the fact that industry giants such as Samsung and Apple have leapt into the market. Even with the best efforts of some of the largest tech giants in the world,…

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NFC mobile payments will be used by 1 in 4 Brits in 2017

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New research from MasterCard has predicted that over the upcoming 12 months there will be a significant shift. MasterCard has now released the results of a new research study in which it determined that NFC mobile payments will be used by one quarter of all Brits throughout the next twelve months. This will represent a considerable increase in the trend toward the use of mobile wallets in the U.K. At the moment, MasterCard’s figures show that the current rate of use of NFC mobile payments within this market is at…

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Apple’s mobile payments service set to support the mobile web

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Apple Pay will be moving beyond app purchases later this year Apple Pay is beginning to move beyond the world of applications. For some time, Apple has been informing potential partners that its new mobile payments service will be expanding to websites later this year. The service is expected to evolve, harnessing the power of the mobile web, which consumers have become increasingly reliant on when shopping online with a smartphone or tablet. Moving to the mobile web may help Apple Pay find more success in a space where it…

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Mobile payments interest about 50 percent of consumers

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New Gartner research shows that about half of all consumers will be interested in the transactions by 2018. Gartner Inc. has now released data that indicates that by the year 2018, approximately 50 percent of consumers within mature markets will be interested in using their smartphones or wearable technology devices in order to complete mobile payments when purchasing products and services. Consumers living in countries such as Japan, the United States, Canada and those in Western Europe are showing interest. According to Gartner, mobile payments technology is starting to gain…

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