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        Editor's Note: Following are excerpts from news stories recently posted under Breaking Industry   held its 20th annual conference in
        News on our home page. For links to these and other full news stories, please visit  February at Disney World’s Coro-                    nado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla.
                                                                                   Themed ATMs and Apps: The New
        Elavon, Womply launch SMB technology suite                                 World of Customer Experience, the
        Womply, a provider of business analytics via software-as-a-service, partnered   event attracted legacy players and
        with leading global payments acquirer Elvaon to help small and midsize     newcomers across expanding self-
        businesses attract, retain and engage their customers. The technology suite,   service channels. ATMIA conference
        launched Feb. 13, 2019, addresses growing demand by SMBs for value-added   organizers said security featured
        services, the partners stated. Guy Harris, president, North America and Global   prominently in the agenda.
        Revenue at Elavon, said, “Today, even sole brick-and-mortar businesses need   Consumers charge ahead
        an online presence to attract, retain and engage customers.”               with card spending
        NRF reports modest sales gains for 2018 holiday season                     A new report from the Electronic

        Retail sales during the year-end 2018 holiday season grew 2.9 percent over the   Transactions Association and The
        same period in 2017 to total $707.5 billion, according to the National Retail Fed-  Strawhecker  Group revealed that
        eration. That fell short of the 4.3 percent to 4.8 percent gains the NRF predicted   U.S. consumers increased usage of
        at the start of the season. "Today's numbers are truly a surprise and in contra-  electronic payment options last year,
        diction to the consumer spending trends we were seeing, especially after such   outpacing overall growth in gross
        strong October and November spending," NRF Chief Economist Jack Klein-     domestic product. According to the
        he z said.                                                                 U.S. Spending Snapshot, published by
                                                                                   the ETA and TSG, consumer spend-
        Security paramount for ATM industry                                        ing with credit and debit cards and
                                                                                   mobile wallets grew by 7.2 percent
        The ATM industry is celebrating historic milestones in 2019, as U.S. ATMs   year-over-year for the third quarter of
        approach their 50th birthday. As part of this, the ATM Industry Association   2018, more than doubling the 3.5 per-
                                                                                   cent year-over-year growth recorded
                                                                                   for the third quarter of 2017.
                                                                                   Experts see growth in
                                                                                   digital-first banking

                                                                                   New findings from Marqeta indicate
                                                                                   millennials are less likely than older
                                                                                   consumers to remain loyal to their
                                                                                   banks. Survey data found 48 percent
                                                                                   of millennials would consider mov-
                                                                                   ing to a digital-only bank; only 1 in 6
                                                                                   respondents couldn’t imagine chang-
                                                                                   ing banks. Researchers also observed
                                                                                   a growing movement away from pa-
                                                                                   per and electronic checks, with 48
                                                                                   percent of millennials claiming they
                                                                                   "couldn't remember the last time they
                                                                                   wrote a check for something other
                                                                                   than utilities and rent."

                                                                                   2018 a 'milestone year' for ACH
                                                                                   Last year marked a ‘milestone year’
                                                                                   for  automated  clearing  house  pay-
                                                                                   ments, as  the network’s volume of
                                                                                   cleared payments climbed to nearly
                                                                                   1.5 billion, driven in part by same-
                                                                                   day payments and person-to-person
                                                                                   transactions. 2018 also marked the
                                                                                   fourth  straight  year  of  ACH  growth
                                                                                   in excess  of 1 billion  payments, ac-
                                                                                   cording to NACHA.

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