This Week in Payment News – November 5 to 9

November 9, 2018

It’s the week after Halloween, which means that retail businesses across the country are ramping up their efforts to prepare for holiday shopping season! Payment news this week reflected this change in shopping season in Canada, as well as payment news from across the Atlantic Ocean in France and Italy!

1. More Canadians Choosing Black Friday Over Boxing Day for Holiday Deals

When do you start shopping for the holidays, November? December first? News coming from a survey put on by the Retail Counsel of Canada (RCC) this week has shown that Black Friday, a traditionally American shopping day, is becoming the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season for many Canadians. The RCC also reported that nearly 20 per cent of Canadians are getting started on their holiday shopping early, and 1 in 3 have already started!

2. Dijon is first French city to offer contactless payment on both buses and trams

Dijon Métropole, the governing body behind Dijon's public transit system, have decided to extend the use of contactless payments onto their tram system. Contactless payments were already piloted in March on their bus system in March with great success, and will continue to expand onto every bus in the system by mid-December.

3. Walmart becomes online shoppers' most popular grocer, beating Amazon

Walmart is continuing their streak of making the headlines in the payments industry, this week for the popularity in their online grocery shopping solution. With the recent addition of its curbside grocery pickup service, Walmart has surpassed Amazon as the go-to website for online grocery shopping, according to a new survey from Retail Feedback Group. With an additional one thousand stores set to implement curbside pickup, Walmart’s grocery shopping option could continue to grow in popularity.

4. Italy’s First Biometric Payment Card Trial Features FPC, Zwipe & Gemalto Tech

Fingerprints, a biometric technology company, is bringing fingerprint cards to Italy on a trail program. These cards will allow users to pay for purchases with the cards using their fingerprints, the same technology that Smartphone-based payments utilize. Make sure to check out this article to find out more.

5. 7-Eleven Debuts Scan & Pay Using Shoppers’ Smartphones In 14 Stores

Grocery stores may be the leaders in self-checkout solutions, but not for much longer! 7-Eleven has debuted Scan & Pay in 14 Dallas-area stores, with more expansion in the future. The Scan & Pay app lets customers scan the barcodes on items they plan to  purchase, and pay for them with Apple Pay, Google Pay,  debit  or credit.

Interested in finding out what else made headlines in the payments industry this month? Make sure you don’t miss our recaps from October 29 to November 2 and October 22 to 26.


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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