Bank of America announced news on Tuesday (March 20) that customers can now add multiple credit and debit cards to their PayPal account without having to use a laptop or desktop computer.
In a press release, Bank of America said customers can add cards through the bank’s mobile banking app — a result of the initial integration of a partnership between Bank of America and PayPal, which was announced in July 2017. The ability to add cards within PayPal will come later this year, the company said. The integration with PayPal is part of the financial institution’s effort to deliver innovative payment services to its more than 24 million active mobile users.
“It’s all about providing our customers the most convenient and secure payments experience possible,” said Mark Monaco, head of Enterprise Payments at Bank of America, in a press release announcing the integration. “As the face of money continues to become more digital, Bank of America remains committed to giving our customers the ability to use any major wallet or payment method they choose, including PayPal.”
According to Bank of America, its customers have been adopting digital payments at record rates. Although the percent of mobile wallet transactions are small compared to traditional payment methods, transactions doubled over the past year.
At the same time that Bank of America is embracing digital payments, it's also expanding its retail footprint. Last month, the bank said it’s planning to open more than 500 new branches across the U.S. over the course of the next four years. In a press release, the bank said the 500 new branches include a move into the state of Ohio, offering retail banking services in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. The financial institution said it already provides commercial and business banking in the state via Merrill Lynch. The growth in Ohio, according to the financial institution, follows similar growth in Denver, Minneapolis and Indianapolis. The bank recently announced plans to expand in Pittsburgh as well.