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Alipay offers boosts as Wuhan emerges from COVID-19 lockdown

Chinese mobile payment platform operated by Ant Financial – Alipay came up with initiatives to support small businesses in Wuhan as the city remerges from the lockdown period due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ICICI Bank launches WhatsApp banking services

ICICI Bank just announced the launch of banking services on WhatsApp. This will enable its customers to manage plenty of their banking requirements from their home.

As stores in the UK close, cash usage drops to half

ATM network Link said their customer's usage of the cash machines and cash has fallen by 50% during last week.

In 2020, European digital payments will hit $802 billion transaction value

According to data gathered by Finanso.se the European digital payments market is expected to hit a record $802 billion transaction value in 2020, which means a 9.9% yearly growth rate.

Costa Coffee to go cashless as coronavirus spreads

Costa Coffee decided to refuse cash payments amongst its 2500 branches in the UK. Also, customers will no longer be able to sit in its shops due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Mastercard and Samsung partner for Pay on Demand

Mastercard announced on Thursday it has formed a global partnership with Samsung in order to enable digital access to consumers and small...

Alibaba’s Alipay launches strategy to take on Meituan

Ant Financial, an affiliate of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, will open its Alipay mobile app platform to 40 million service providers in China over the next three years and help them digitize their offerings, it said on Tuesday.

TerraPay raises $9.6M and gets acquired

TerraPay, a Dutch FinTech, has been acquired by a number of investors, including Prime Ventures, Partech Africa and management for an undisclosed amount.

Alipay owner Ant Financial takes minority stake in Klarna

 Klarna, Europe’s most valuable fintech company, said on Wednesday that China’s Ant Financial Services Group had taken a small stake in...

Digital wallets account for 22% of global POS spend

The evolution of the consumer payment method is reshaping payments diversely in its wake around the world. Payment preferences are as diverse as the people that use them. With a close look, we find global trends across the universe of commerce.

Santander’s PagoFX to launch in spring to compete Trasnferwise

Europe's largest traditional bank Santander is within weeks of launching its fintech transfer rival, PagoFX, according to several people briefed on the plans.

Mastercard announces Michael Miebach will be the new chief

Mastercard announced that Ajay Banga, President and Chief Executive Officer, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mastercard Incorporated on January 1, 2021. Mastercard’s Board unanimously elected Michael Miebach, Chief Product Officer, to become Chief Executive Officer.
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