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Five At Five: Facebook Grants More Data Access

Welcome to Five at Five, your daily look at the freshest payments and commerce news. Coverage includes the latest on Facebook’s data-sharing policies, along with a deal that could shake up the procurement world. Meanwhile, the U.K. moves toward more payment consolidation, major retailers eye more automation and Walmart faces pressure in India.

Facebook Grants AOL, Nike, UPS Access to User Data

The site has admitted that it gave dozens of companies access to the data, even after it claimed to have restricted access to such data back in 2015.

Suppliers Reel After Tesco, Carrefour Agree to Combine Procurement Powers

The two companies see annual combined sales of $170 billion. Working together could help them secure better contractual terms with suppliers like Procter & Gamble, Nestle and Unilever.

UK Continues Payments Industry Consolidation

The New Payment System Operator has acquired the U.K. Payments Administration and has taken control of the nation’s check and credit clearing operations.

Walmart, Target Eye Automation to Improve Customer Service

The shift is illustrative of retailers’ battles to combat rising wages by decreasing some manual functions via automation.

Indian Traders, Merchants Protest Walmart/Flipkart Deal

Protesters contend the deal will create a monopoly in the retail industry and will drive small mom-and-pop shops under.

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NEW PYMNTS DATA: HOW WE SHOP – SEPTEMBER 2020 

The How We Shop Report, a PYMNTS collaboration with PayPal, aims to understand how consumers of all ages and incomes are shifting to shopping and paying online in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our research builds on a series of studies conducted since March, surveying more than 16,000 consumers on how their shopping habits and payments preferences are changing as the crisis continues. This report focuses on our latest survey of 2,163 respondents and examines how their increased appetite for online commerce and digital touchless methods, such as QR codes, contactless cards and digital wallets, is poised to shape the post-pandemic economy.

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