JCB and Viva Wallet expand collaboration across Europe

JCB and Viva Wallet have collaborated for an expanded European roll-out, enabling payment between Viva Wallet's European merchants and JCB's 140 million card members through both face-to-face and e-commerce transactions.

The roll-out will be extended with an additional six European nations, over and above the 17 countries which have already been enabled, from next month. This means that Viva Wallet will bring JCB acceptance to merchants spanning a total of 23 countries across Europe from late 2020.

This collaboration will support around 80,000 merchants in Greece, more than 3,000 merchants in Belgium, and more than 6,000 merchants in the United Kingdom, across multiple industries including retail, food and transportation.

European merchants will now be able to increase their brand footprint and welcome sales from 24 countries and territories where JCB cards are issued, including Japan, China, Korea and Thailand.

The partnership will also enable online JCB acceptance with J/Secure 1.0 - based on Visa's 3-D Secure Core Protocol Specifications - which offers an additional security layer for online credit and debit card transactions.

Makis Antypas, co-founder of Viva Wallet, said: "We always strive to combine our cloud-based processing infrastructure, our multiple principal memberships for acquiring and issuing services, and our participation in various payment systems across Europe, to benefit our merchant base making their payments' journey as seamless as possible."

Thomas Heigl, senior vice president for sales and marketing at JCB International, added: "This is a key achievement for us as we increase JCB card member acceptance in both brick and mortar establishments and through e-commerce transactions."

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