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Five at Five: Payments News

Welcome to Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Today’s coverage includes the latest developments in fraud, along with Volkswagen’s eCommerce plans. Starbucks has big hopes in China, CVS isn’t sweating Amazon competition and Ingenico inks a new European payments deal.

Fraudsters Prize Payment Via iTunes, Walmart Gift Cards

Losses due to this type of fraud reached $40 million in 2017, an increase from $20 million in 2015 and $27 million in 2016.

Volkswagen Eyes eCommerce Sales

The new VW sales model is expected to be implemented in Europe by April 2020, just in time for the debut of the automaker’s new electric ID family.

Starbucks Sees Its Future in China

The company is building a new store in the country every 15 hours, and views boosting growth there as one of its “three strategic priorities.”

CVS CEO Says Amazon Isn’t Keeping Him up at Night

Amazon entered into the prescription drug delivery business through its $1 billion acquisition of online pharmacy company PillPack, which took about $12.8 billion in market value from CVS and its rivals.

Ingenico Teams With Trustly for Merchant Payments; honestbee to Open Cashless Store

Ingenico is teaming up with European payments firm Trustly in an effort that lets customers make merchant payments using their bank accounts, the companies said in an announcement.



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