Pivotal Payments, a merchant services and global payment processing solutions provider, has signed a merchant acquiring agreement with Discover Financial Services.

The addition of Discover Global Network that operates across 185 countries and territories is a part of Pivotal’s strategy to expand its merchant-facing services for Canadian businesses.

The agreement will enable Pivotal’s Canadian merchants to accept all cards on the Discover Global Network, including Discover, Diners Club International and PULSE.

Ross Haider, senior vice president of Canadian sales at Pivotal Payments, said, "Providing Discover Card acceptance is aimed directly at improving the overall payment experience for our valued merchants and their customers, especially considering the significant number of cross-border shoppers in Canada.

"We are actively seeking new opportunities that will provide better solutions to match our clients’ diverse business needs."

In the coming months, Discover Card acceptance is one of several merchant-facing enhancements Pivotal Payments is planning to launch for Canadian businesses.

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Pivotal Payments added that it aims to offer additional innovative payment services, improved hardware and software solutions, along with greater integration opportunities for its clients and partners as part of its expanded processing platform.