This Week in Payment News – April 15 to 26

April 24, 2019

This week in payments recap is actually two! After missing last week due to the long week taking over Friday, we’re back with the latest edition of This Week in Payments to discuss news from the Eurostar to multiple Moneris announcements, and more!

1. Eurostar adds support for Google Pay tickets for all journeys

If you’re planning your next vacation abroad, then this news about the Eurostar may be exactly what you want to hear! The Eurostar, a high-speed rail service that links the UK to mainland Europe, announced that passengers will now be able to save their mobile ticket directly to their Google Pay account. This allows passengers to head directly to a departure station without ever needing to print a physical ticket, saving time and eliminating unnecessary paper.

2. More than half of all Q1 card present transactions were contactless

Last week we were excited to release our Moneris Metrics Quarterly Report for Q1 2019, summarizing spending habits in Canada. For the first time, contactless transactions accounted for the majority of card present transactions in Canada, growing nearly 25 per cent year over year. To find out more about spending habits in Canada during January, February and March, make sure to check out this release in the link above!

3. Moneris introduces universal payment application on next-generation devices

In addition to releasing our Moneris Metrics Report last week, this week we announced the launch of our Moneris Core (“Core”) proprietary software. Core will power all of our next-generation devices, delivering a consistent merchant and consumer experience during a payment transaction. This software makes us the only acquire in Canada to offer a unified bilingual experience across point-of-sale (POS) terminals!

4. Google Pay can import airline miles, reward points, and more from Gmail now

Google is rolling out a new Google Pay feature that will make life a little bit easier for anyone who uses their mobile wallet system! Google Pay will now be able to link to a Gmail account, pulling in things like airline miles, reward points and hotel benefits that get sent to your inbox. By turning this feature on in the Google Pay system, users can take advantage of points and discounts easily, without worrying about having to upload or connect them themselves!

If you want to learn more about what’s going on in the world of payments, take a look at our recaps from April 8 to 12 and April 1 to 5.

The information in this article is provided solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be legal, business or other professional advice or an endorsement of any of the websites or services listed. 

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