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Kohl's Links Loyalty Rewards To Apple Pay

1kohls store smallKohl's has integrated its private label credit card and loyalty program with a contactless, one-click payment option via Apple Pay. Currently live in 250 stores, the retailer expects to offer this functionality nationwide by the end of May 2016.

When paying in stores, customers hold their iPhone 6 or iPhone SE near the contactless reader with a finger on Touch ID to pay and receive their Yes2You Rewards. On Apple Watch, shoppers double-click the side button and hold the face of the Apple Watch up to the reader. Kohl's first introduced the Apple Pay option in June 2015.

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Android Pay Launches In More Than One Million U.S. Locations

Google has launched Android Pay in more than one million locations across the U.S. The search giant’s contribution to the mobile payment race, Android Pay allows users to store gift cards, loyalty cards and special offers on their mobile devices. When they’re ready to make a purchase, consumers can tap their phones on the payment terminal.

While announcing the launch, Android Pay executives announced that retailers such as Aeropostale, American Eagle, Babies “R” Us, GameStop, Jamba Juice, Panera Bread and Walgreens will accept the payment option. Android Pay also will partner with a select number of retailers to integrate the payment option into their mobile apps.

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Synchrony Financial Integrates Samsung Pay Into Credit Cards

1samsungpayPrivate label credit card provider Synchrony Financial now allows Synchrony Bank-issued credit cards to be accessed through Samsung Pay. The new mobile payment service is expected to launch in September 2015.

Samsung Pay leverages Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) and NFC technologies to integrate with most existing payment terminals. All of Synchrony Bank’s payment solutions and CareCredit cards, including approximately 12 million active accounts, will be compatible with Samsung Pay.

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Merchant Customer Exchange Appoints Bank Of America Exec As Interim CEO

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(MCX), developer of the CurrentC mobile payment platform, has appointed Brian V. Mooney as its interim CEO. He succeeds Dekkers Davidson, who is leaving MCX to pursue other opportunities.

Noted as a financial services and payment industry veteran, Mooney most recently served as CEO and a board member of Bank of America Merchant Services. In this position, Mooney oversaw client engagement, as well as product strategies, including mobile, sales, operations, risk and compliance. Before joining Bank of America Merchant Services he was CFO and later President of First Data Merchant Services, which provides payment technology and services to global companies.

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Kount And Ethoca Collaborate To Tackle E-Commerce Fraud

KountFraud technology provider Kount has partnered with Ethoca, a network for card issuers and merchants to connect and work cooperatively outside the payment network, to help e-Commerce merchants increase transaction acceptance levels and mitigate fraud.

Through the partnership, Kount now offers global merchants Ethoca Alerts as an additional complimentary service. These alerts are designed to catch fraud that has already been confirmed between the card issuing bank and the cardholder. Ethoca sends this data to merchants in the form of alerts that arrive in a matter of hours. Merchants would normally have to wait three to six weeks to receive this information through the chargeback and dispute process.

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GameStop Now Accepts Apple Pay

GameStop is rolling out Apple Pay in all of its 4,200+ U.S. stores during March 2015, allowing shoppers to purchase products using their phones and eventually, their smart watches.

“We are excited to make it easier and more convenient for our customers to shop at GameStop,” said Jason Cochran, SVP of U.S. Stores at GameStop. “Providing a positive, memorable customer experience is our top priority. Incorporating the latest in mobile technology, such as Apple Pay, into our stores is another way we are offering customers options to help simplify their purchases.”

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Starbucks Expands Mobile Order & Pay To 650 Locations

Following a successful pilot program for Mobile Order & Pay, Starbucks is expanding the service to 650 locations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska. 

Starbucks initially piloted Mobile Order & Pay on Dec. 3, 2014, in Portland, Ore. Using Mobile Order & Pay, consumers can place orders via the Starbucks app and pick up their food and beverages at a selected location. Because the feature is available through the app, it also is integrated with the My Starbucks Rewards loyalty program. 

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