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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.