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Today In Payments: Uber Expects Revenue Plunge; Coronavirus Triggers First GDP Decline In China

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In today’s top news, Uber withdrew 2020 guidance as it anticipate revenue decline, and China’s economy will record its first-ever GDP loss. Plus, banks can take stimulus money to cover withdrawn accounts.

Uber Expects Revenue Plunge As It Retracts 2020 Guidance

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused Uber to withdraw its 2020 guidance as it anticipates a $1.9 billion to $2.2 billion impairment charge. It is also expecting $17 million to $22 million in first-quarter losses and $60-$80 million in the second quarter.

Coronavirus Triggers First-Ever GDP Decline In China

China’s economy is going through its worst three-month period in decades and will record its first-ever GDP loss — 6.8 percent in the first quarter of 2020 compared to 2019.

Banks Can Take Coronavirus Money To Cover Negative Accounts

Some cash-strapped people have reported losing some or all of their coronavirus stimulus money because their bank accounts are overdrawn. But the country’s four biggest banks — Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and Wells Fargo — pledged not to garnish customers’ stimulus funds.

Stripe Notches $600M In Extended Series G Funding Round

As COVID-19 moves the economy online, Stripe unveiled an additional $600 million in Series G funding from investors, including of Sequoia, Andreessen Horowitz, GV and General Catalyst. Stripe says it intends to invest more in expanding its platform.

Schlotzsky's: When You Can’t Dine-In Then Drive-Thru

Quick-service restaurants are scrambling to accommodate off-premise food orders as dine-in areas close to slow the spread of the coronavirus. But for the 20 percent of U.S. restaurants offering drive-thru service, dine-in bans are creating opportunities, boosting revenue and fostering loyalty. In the latest Order To Eat Tracker, Tory Bartlett, chief customer experience officer for fast casual restaurant Schlotzsky’s, discusses how the chain is speeding up drive-thru traffic flow with cloud-based performance metric solutions and digital menu boards.

NEW DATA: Five Ways Social Distancing Is Transforming Retail

Stay-at-home orders have boosted consumers’ reliance on digital shopping, with consumers being 30.6 percent more likely to buy online than last year. But what’s expected of connected devices now that they are consumers' primary way to shop and pay? For the 2020 Remote Payments Report, PYMNTS surveys 2,062 consumers to learn about five major ways in which social-distancing measures are transforming consumer-spending habits.

The Rocky Road To Recovery: Cashless And Contactless, The Credit Crunch And A Community Effort

Despite the still blowing headwinds, society has turned its eyes toward the horizon and started actively planning for what will be a phased walk back to normal. Across financial institutions, big businesses, small entrepreneurs and government, a rare and inspiring uniformity of purpose is emerging.

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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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