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October 18, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 18, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 17, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 17, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 16, 2013

PayPal Grows Revenues 19%, Adds 5 Million Registered Users - 3Q2013 Financial Results

PayPal logo 140pxPayPal's parent eBay has announced financial results for 3Q2013 which included strong growth numbers for its PayPal business unit.

PayPal delivered a strong third quarter performance with revenue increasing 19% to $1.6 billion. PayPal gained 5.0 million active registered accounts and ended the quarter with 137 million, a 17% increase. PayPal's net total payment volume (TPV) grew 25% to $44 billion driven by consumer and merchant use of PayPal both on and off eBay. Merchant Services net TPV increased 30% with a sequential acceleration of payment volume.
eBay reports that PayPal's 'take rate" was 3.70%, down from 3.89% in the same quarter last year. As compared to the prior quarter, PayPal's ransaction expense increased slightly to 1.05% while the loss rate declined slightly to 0.30%.

Square Introduces Square Cash for P2P Payments from Debit Cards

Square logo 140pxSquare has introduced a new service, Square Cash, which "makes sending money as simple as sending an email."

Square has always believed in creating solutions for individuals and businesses that work with the tools they already have in their pocket,” said Square Cash lead Brian Grassadonia. “Square Cash makes it convenient to send money to anyone—without making them jump through hoops to retrieve it. Now it’s easier than ever to split a bill, send a birthday gift, or settle up with a friend, no matter where you are.”
Square Cash is free to send and receive, and there is no signup process. Funds are directly deposited into the recipient's bank account, rather than held in a stored balance account.

A number of reviewers last night cited the simplicity of send money using Square Cash - including Walt Mossberg who wrote in AllThingsD: "The people helping me test were generally wowed. One called it “slick.” Another replied: “Done. Two secs.”

Have you tried Square Cash? Share your comments below.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 16, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 15, 2013

TSYS Publishes New Research on Consumer Payment Preferences

Tsys logo 140pxTSYS has announced it has made available to the industry the results of its 2013 Consumer Payment Choice Study conducted to gauge current and potential future consumer payment preferences.

TSYS remains committed to providing our clients and other payments industry participants with insights into current and evolving payment trends,” said Sarah Hartman, senior director, TSYS.

“Our research once again confirms the enduring strength of traditional debit and credit products, while also revealing that consumers are increasingly aware of and interested in emerging payment options.”

Key findings from this year's survey include:

  • Although the economics of debit may once again shift, debit cards continue to be the preferred payment type for everyday purchases, with credit being a close second.
  • Payment preferences vary by type of merchant and location, with credit being the preferred payment type for online purchases.
  • Rewards and discounts are the most effective way to influence consumers to use a payment type more often.
  • Consumers are actively using their mobile devices for overall financial activity, in particular for alerts and balance information.
  • Mobile payment usage, while still in the early adoption phase, is rapidly evolving.
  • Consumers continue to be focused on the security, ease of use, control and speed at check-out associated with their method of payment, and incorporating these features into new or expanded offerings will likely result in greater consumer adoption.

Musings on Money2020

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn a post titled "Money2020: Impressions & Observations" over on our sister PaymentsViews.com site, Glenbrook's Erin McCune shares her thoughts and insights from last week's Money2020 conference in Las Vegas - and she places a bet on "real-time, good funds push payments" in the US within five years.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 15, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 14, 2013

Revel Systems Adds PayPal Acceptance to iPad POS Solutions

Revel systems logo 140x60pxSan Francisco-based Revel Systems has announced they will offer PayPal's mobile payment capabilities as an integrated service within the Revel iPad POS solution.

"The Revel Systems and PayPal relationship will be very impactful for the point-of-sale industry as a whole," said Lisa Falzone, CEO of Revel Systems.

"PayPal is leading the trend of digital secure payments on the consumer level, and Revel is leading the way for the next generation of mPOS, creating a collaboration that is set to deliver a new experience to customers. For years people have been using PayPal to shop online, and the integration with Revel now brings the same convenience and security to brick and mortar retail and food establishments allowing consumers to pay on the go."

Revel says that its integration with PayPal "is part of a new wave in the POS industry evolution with a mobile commerce offering directly integrated with a major POS platform for quick and easy mobile ordering and payments. PayPal's mobile app – available for iOS and Android – is now directly connected with Revel Systems, allowing users to order ahead at any establishment using Revel's iPad POS solution."


Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 13, 2013

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  • Venmo's Social, Increasingly Hilarious Payments Community - Fast Company - "The shared payment notes give insight into what your friends are up to; they're also often amusing to read."
  • Xerox Glitch Halts Food-Stamp Use - Wall St. Journal - "Shoppers in 17 states were unable to use food stamps and other government aid through debit-style electronic benefits cards for more than 10 hours on Saturday..."
  • Why did we create Wisely? - Wisely Blog - "At Wisely, we’re building the most credible search engine for the physical world, powered by payment data. Why is it the most credible? Because, Wisely brings transparency to how people spend money."
  • Mobile Payments - Two Major Systems Set To Go In The US - Forbes - "Merchants want a system that is secure, won’t steal their data, provides a good marketing platform and the lowest possible cost for transaction. Consumers want something that is secure and simple to use."
  • Not Ready to Adopt Mobile Payments? You're Not Alone - BusinessNewsDaily - "The technology to accept payments via mobile devices is ripe and ready, but a recent industry study shows that it will take at least two more years for mobile payments to truly become mainstream."
  • The Rise of PayPal as a Major Payments Player - Bank Marketing Strategy - "While some of the 'innovation' at PayPal may not seem new or disruptive (such as the use of QR codes), the ability to quickly build scale by using the existing payments infrastructure may be the key to PayPal's success."
  • Small Business Success with PayPal: ChinaTour.Net - PayPal Forward Blog - "...PayPal has helped the ChinaTour.Net online air ticket business avoid an 85% risk of malicious fraud..."
  • Stuck in a Dispute Between PayPal and Itself - New York Times (David Segal) - "If PayPal isn’t the most reviled online company in the country, which is?"
  • Mint Wireless to launch local version of US payments start-up Square - Financial Review (Australia) - "But where Square has built its own user base by selling direct to businesses, Mr Teoh told The Australian Financial Review that Australia’s heavy regulations and existing market structure required them to work through the banks and telcos."
  • Divide and Conquer: Commerce Battlefield - FinVentures (Tom Noyes) - "Banks are NOT the center of commerce, just as my ISP or MNO is not the reason I shop at Amazon."
  • Unbreakable encryption comes to the U.S. - CNNMoney - "As revelations about the depth and breadth of the NSA's digital eavesdropping program continue to come to light, Ohio-based Battelle Memorial Institute is rolling out a new kind of network encryption designed to be virtually un-hackable -- not only now, but in the future."
  • Leading Economist Predicts a Bitcoin Backlash - Mashable - "Simon Johnson, a professor of entrepreneurship at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, expects Bitcoin to face political pressure and aggressive lobbying from big banks because of its disruptive nature."
  • Privacy and fraud dominate discussion at LA bitcoin event - CoinDesk - "All in all, the event signified the fact that bitcoin is growing and that LA area technology enthusiasts are ready to do business with BTC."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

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