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September 29, 2011

World's First Everyday Cardless Bank

Movenbank logo 140x60psMovenbank has announced that it will soon begin to "alpha test" its branch-less, paper-less, and card-less banking service.
"This is the reboot of Banking as we know it. Movenbank will combine the best aspects of both a financial services provider and a customer-focused, tech start-up. It is integrating mobile, online engagement, social media and gamification into a new kind of customer experience for banking products and financial services.

Movenbank's Alpha site will launch on 1st October 2011, with commercial operations due to commence in the second half of 2012.

Payments Views: That’s More Like It - NACHA Proposes Same Day ACH

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxOver on our sister blog, Payments Views, Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson has posted some thoughts on NACHA's recent Request for Comment about its proposed rule change to support "Expedited Processing and Settlement" of ACH transactions.

Simplee Launches Free Online Payments for Medical Bills

Simplee logo 140x60pxSimplee has announced the launch of a fully integrated electronic bill payment service, "making it possible for the first time to pay all of your medical bills and manage all of your health insurance plans and expenses in a single place. Whether for an individual or an entire family, Simplee's Web-based personal health care expense management service is now the easiest way to access a complete snapshot of your health care picture and then pay, reconcile and confirm medical payments at the click of a mouse."

Insolvency Risk in the Network-Branded Prepaid-Card Value Chain

Philadelphia fed logoEarlier this year, "the Payment Cards Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia hosted a workshop to discuss insolvency risk in the network-branded prepaid-card value chain, and, in particular, whether the insolvency of a key participant in the value chain poses a threat to consumers and banks." Philip Keitel has recently published a paper (PDF) that summarizes the information presented at the workshop.

Current Opportunities on

PaymentsJobs logo 140pxSeveral new positions for payments professionals have recently been posted to Glenbrook's payments industry job board in September: Is your company hiring? Are you in the market for qualified payments professionals? You can reach the best candidates here! Post your job openings for payments professionals on!

September 28, 2011

NCR and Sparkfly To Deliver Digital Promotions for Radiant POS software

Ncr logo 140pxNCR has announced that it has entered into a strategic agreement to integrate Sparkfly’s mobile marketing platform with Radiant point-of-sale software, including Aloha.
“While many mobile commerce and digital promotions companies are entering the market, the true value for our customers is the integration of these platforms with point-of-sale transactional data,” says Andy Heyman, senior vice president, NCR Hospitality and Specialty Retail. “Sparkfly’s ability to enable personalized mobile promotions makes them an ideal partner to provide businesses with the best tools for building connections with consumers.”

Sparkfly’s digital offer redemption capability provides a unique way to engage individual consumers with targeted promotions based on SKU-level details of their actual purchases.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated.

September 27, 2011

Major Handset Manufacturers to Implement Isis NFC Technology Standards

Isis logoIsis has announced that HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile and Sony Ericsson will introduce NFC-enabled mobile devices that implement Isis’ NFC and technology standards.
“Isis’ technology standards provide the direction and certainty needed for the development and deployment of NFC devices and the mobile commerce ecosystem,” said Scott Mulloy, chief technology officer, Isis. “Working together with the device makers and our founding mobile carriers, Isis can provide the consumer choice and scale necessary for widespread adoption of mobile commerce.”

September 26, 2011

European Commission Opens Investigation of E-Payments Market

European commission logo 140x60psThe European Commission has announced that it has opened an antitrust investigation into the standardization process for payments over the internet ('e-payments') undertaken by the European Payments Council (EPC).
The Commission will undertake a careful examination of the standardization process to ensure that competition is not unduly restricted, for example through the exclusion of new entrants and payment providers who are not controlled by a bank.
The EPC is the coordination and decision-making body of the European banking industry for payments.

Affinity Solutions Launches a Merchant-Centric Group Discount Platform

Affinity solutions logo 140x60pxAffinity Solutions has announced the launch of Spot ON Deals, 'the first and only merchant-centric daily deals/group discount platform in the marketplace.'
Spot ON Deals improves on popular first generation daily deals programs by allowing participating merchants to target the right customer with the right offer at the right time. Using Affinity's proprietary 'Dashboard' analytics, merchants can use data-driven insights to hone in on key segment and consumer spending trends. Further, Spot ON Deals will enable merchants to track the effectiveness of their offers, while deploying 'follow-on' offers to drive repeat purchases, loyalty and customer lifetime value.

Potential Effects of an Increase in Debit Card Fees

Boston fed logo 140pxJoanna Stavins of the Boston Fed has published a Public Policy Brief entitled "Potential Effects of an Increase in Debit Card Fees".
Recently announced changes to debit card interchange fees could lead to an increase in the cost of debit cards to consumers. This brief analyzes the potential effects of an increase in debit card fees or in bank account fees by using the results of the 2008 and 2009 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice (SCPC).


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