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October 24, 2011

Payments Views: Do You Want a Commerce Identity? I Do!

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxOver on our sister blog, Payments Views, Glenbrook's Russ Jones wraps up his commentary on the recent X.Commerce Innovators Conference with a post entitled, "Do You Want a Commerce Identity? I Do!"

Logging in to a website with my social identity tells the seller that I have an account. That’s all. But using my commerce identity via PayPal Access tells the seller that I’m a buyer. It tells them, minimally, that I’ve set up a PayPal account, attached a payment method to that account, and the account is in good standing.

The post explores the implications of PayPal Access and the little known X.Commerce Segmentation Service and Prospect Score.

Office Depot to Launch Office Depot Merchant Services

Office depot logo 140x60pxOffice Depot has announced the launch of Office Depot Merchant Services, an electronic payment processing service for small and medium-sized businesses.

In partnership with Century Payments, Office Depot is the first office supply retailer to provide a private branded solution to enable small and medium-sized businesses with direct access to accept electronic payments via all major debit and credit cards at the point-of-sale. Businesses can now conveniently accept payments using a variety of cutting-edge equipment options that will allow companies to process payments from a retail location, through the Internet or with a mobile device.

Office Depot Merchant Services website has all the details.

Pageonce Introduces Mobile Bill Pay

Pageonce logo 140x60pxPageonce has announced a mobile bill pay service that gives consumers remote control over when and how they pay their bills.

The award-winning Pageonce Money & Bills already lets users automatically track all types of bills -- from rent and mortgage, utilities, and cell phone to credit cards -- and alerts them when a bill is due. Now Pageonce gives users the option to pay immediately from their choice of accounts with a few taps on their smartphone. Pageonce makes paper bills, checks and stamps, and logging into several different websites for online bill pay, obsolete -- helping users save time and avoid annoying late and overdraft fees.

Facebook To Extend 'Credits' Payment Method to Third-Party Websites

Facebook logo 140pxInside Facebook, GigaOM, and other media outlets are reporting that Facebook has launched a closed, limited test of "Facebook Credits for Websites" which would allow third-party websites to accept Facebook Credits as a payment method. From Facebook's developer blog…

We have begun working with a few developers to test the ability to offer Facebook Credits on websites, with the goal of helping them offer a more unified app experience to users beyond apps on Facebook.

GAME Launches ‘Digital Wallet’ for Online Gamers

Gamewallet logo 140x60pxThe GAME Group in Europe has partnered with InComm and announced GAMEwallet, "a completely new way for customers to explore, find and pay for digital downloads, streaming, online gaming subscriptions and essential in-game items." GAMEwallet is intended to give online gamers an alternative to using debit and credit cards online.

Blackhawk Network Acquires Cardpool

BlackhawkNetwork logo 140pxBlackhawk Network announced the acquisition of Cardpool, a gift card exchange for buying, selling and trading gift cards.

"Blackhawk Network has always provided consumers with the utmost convenience for making their gift card purchases," said Bill Tauscher, Chairman and CEO, Blackhawk Network. "We now look forward to extending that convenience to gift card recipients by allowing them to easily get the gift card they want through this exchange."

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