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February 28, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 28, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8).

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 27, 2014

Visa Introduces Prepaid Clearinghouse Service to Help Reduce Fraud

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa has announced a new Prepaid Clearinghouse Service - "a centralized database that allows financial institutions, processors and prepaid program managers to share prepaid card data such as enrollments, load funding, suspected fraudulent information and previously reported fraud on existing card accounts." Visa says the new service will provide information sharing to better identify and stop fraudulent enrollments, funding, use and other fraud schemes involving prepaid cards.

Visa’s Prepaid Clearinghouse Service will deliver a comprehensive compilation of prepaid account-level data from across the industry, which will help reduce prepaid fraud losses for consumers, financial institutions and their clients,” said Brian Triplett, SVP, head of North America prepaid products.

“Criminals are increasingly targeting prepaid products which more and more consumers are using for every day purchases. While existing laws and industry safeguards help limit most consumer losses, PCS is a huge step forward for the industry towards proactively preventing fraud schemes targeting prepaid cards.”

Prepaid Clearinghouse Service participants will have access to a "holistic view of prepaid fraud across the industry, enabling them to detect and protect their customers and their portfolios from fraud efficiently and effectively."

Reporting information into PCS will be required for all U.S. Visa-issuing financial institutions and program managers, yet PCS is capable of supporting multiple network-branded prepaid cards. All U.S. Visa prepaid issuing financial institutions and their program managers will be required to report into PCS by June 2015.

Visa's Prepaid Clearinghouse Service is modeled after Visa’s Issuers’ Clearinghouse Service (ICS), which was created to help reduce bankcard credit and fraud losses. All Visa-issuing members submit information on both fraudulent applications and consumer credit card applications for use during the application and underwriting process.

The Chernobyl of Payments?

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn an article titled "Is the Target Breach the Chernobyl of Payments?" on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's Allen Weinberg says he's "been thinking that the Target breach has become the Chernobyl of the payments world."

I’m wondering if we, who unlike Europeans and others, can’t be bothered to use Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode because “we’re protected anyway”, may be taking a different view of who we give our payment credentials to after “Payments Chernobyl” and what steps we’ll be willing to take to protect our accounts.

Has the Target breach affected your use of cards for payments? Read Allen's article and add your comments - he'd enjoy hearing from you.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 27, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 26, 2014

Visa, First Data's STAR Partner on Common EMV Debit Solution

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa and First Data’s STAR Network have announced an agreement to share Visa’s common debit solution offering.

The two companies say that "collaboration ... on the license agreement will help to enable the development of regulation-compliant debit EMV solutions using a common Application Identifier (AID). First Data’s STAR Network will use PIN and no CVM functionality on the common AID to facilitate different types of debit transactions on its network, including PIN, PINless and signature cardholder verification methods. The AID will facilitate U.S. debit transactions from any debit network that licenses the Visa common AID solution and is enabled on a Visa card.

This agreement is a significant step to accelerate EMV adoption by addressing Regulation II compliance for debit EMV transactions,” said Barry McCarthy, president, First Data Financial Services.

“First Data’s STAR Network is pleased to lead the effort by being one of the first debit networks to take this step and assist issuers, acquirers, and merchants with equal access to a shared EMV chip card technology. Not only does it accelerate the migration to EMV adoption, but also moves the industry a step closer to additional debit payment security,” McCarthy added.

With the addition of First Data’s STAR Network, Visa debit issuers can now choose among several competing network options for their EMV chip debit cards, while also reducing the complexities of chip implementation.

New on PaymentsViews.com: Mt.Gox Collapses, Bitcoin Shrugs It Off

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn a post on our PaymentsViews.com web site, Glenbrook's George Peabody takes a look at recent Bitcoin events - and writes "This is not, however, an existential event for Bitcoin as some news outlets have claimed."

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 26, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 25, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 24, 2014

PayPal to Support Fingerprint Authentication on Samsung's New Galaxy S5

PayPal logo 140x60pxPayPal and Samsung have announced there are enabling Samsung Galaxy S5 users to login and shop at any merchant that accepts PayPal on mobile and in-stores with only their fingerprint. The companies say that this "new secure, biometric feature means Galaxy S5 users will no longer need to remember passwords or login details across millions of PayPal merchants. PayPal will be the first global payments company to support Samsung’s mobile fingerprint authentication technology."

We spearheaded the Fast IDentity Online Alliance last year and predicted that the industry would soon move beyond passwords, and this announcement brings us one step closer to that reality,” said Hill Ferguson, Chief Product Officer for PayPal.

“By working with Samsung to leverage fingerprint authentication technology on their new Galaxy S5, we are able to demonstrate that consumers don’t need to face a tradeoff between security and convenience. With a simple swipe of a finger, consumers can still securely log into their PayPal account to shop and pay with the convenience that mobile devices afford.”

PayPal says it is providing a secure wallet in the cloud and doesn’t store personal information on the device. "Customers can use their finger to pay with PayPal from their new Galaxy S5 because the FIDO Ready™ software on the device securely communicates between the fingerprint sensor on their device and PayPal’s service in the cloud. The only information the device shares with PayPal is a unique encrypted key that allows PayPal to verify the identity of the customer without having to store any biometric information on PayPal’s servers."

Starting in April, PayPal fingerprint authentication on the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in 26 markets globally, including Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Russia, United Kingdom and United States. To watch a video of the experience, click here.

Dispatch from the Smart Card Alliance Payments Conference

PaymentsViews logo 140pxIn a post over on our PaymentsViews.com blog, Glenbrook's George Peabody provides an update from his visit to the Smart Card Alliance Payments Conference held earlier this month in Salt Lake City.
This year, for EMV in the USA, that groundhog must not have seen his shadow because the card standard’s long winter in the US looks to be ending and, while hardly early, this may be springtime for EMV in the USA.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 24, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 23, 2014

MasterCard Launches MasterPass In-App Payments

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced MasterPass™ in-app payments enabling consumers to make secure purchases within a mobile app. MasterCard says that MasterPass in-app payments "eliminate the need to store payment card credentials across numerous mobile apps, providing consumers with a fast and simple payment experience."

MasterPass in-app payments is the latest offering from MasterCard to address the specific needs of the digital ecosystem. We’re creating great experiences for consumers across all channels and all devices, and enabling merchants to reach new consumers in ways not possible in the pre-digital world,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard.

“We’re also developing a framework to make all payments using MasterPass as or more secure than anything we can do on cards today, ensuring that consumers can benefit from the highest possible levels of security.”

MasterPass in-app payments extend the capabilities of the current browser-based MasterPass digital service into the mobile app environment, and provide consumers with one secure direct relationship with their bank. Apps with MasterPass embedded in them enable consumers to complete a purchase with as few as one click or touch on their favorite connected device without leaving the app environment. MasterPass in-app payments will be made available to developers and merchants beginning in Q2 of this year.

MasterCard to Acquire C-SAM

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire C-SAM - a provider of mobile wallet and on-device software and services. MasterCard said this acquisition "will speed the development and deployment of mobile wallets and payment solutions globally, including the rollout of its MasterPass™ digital service."

Consumers today are living digital lifestyles, shopping in new ways using a range of new products and devices. Bringing C-SAM’s mobile expertise into MasterCard will help us launch a wider range of mobile and virtual solutions better and faster – bringing convenience and choice to consumers, while adding value to our expanding partnerships with telcos, governments and merchants,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer, MasterCard.

“The acquisition of C-SAM is a significant milestone in our company’s history. While we have enjoyed a strong, longstanding relationship with MasterCard, the team is excited to be formally joining such an innovative and industry-leading organization to deliver end-to-end device-based solutions for service providers around the globe,” said Felix Marx, Chief Executive Officer, C-SAM.

MasterCard says that adding C-SAM’s proven expertise in developing mobile platforms will support MasterCard’s work with financial institutions to bring new, innovative and secure solutions to market. C-SAM’s on-device application and back-end infrastructure will aid development efforts to enable consumers to use MasterPass both in-store and online across multiple communications technologies, including NFC, QR/barcodes and remote checkout.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The closing of the acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected in the first quarter of this year.

February 21, 2014

Upcoming Glenbrook Insight Workshops: Bitcoin, Data in Payments

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxGlenbrook is pleased to announce a new series of workshops to complement our Payments Boot Camps. Our one-day Payments Insight Workshops are designed to provide critical in-depth information on specialized topics important to payments professionals.

Our first Insight Workshop, "Bitcoin: Basics and Beyond," will delve into the mechanics, possibilities, and controversies of Bitcoin and the larger world of crypto currencies. Registration for our first session, on March 26th in Mountain View, CA is now open.

Later in the spring, you can look forward to "Data in Payments" on April 22nd and "Innovation in Payments" on May 8th. The schedule of upcoming Insight Workshops, as well as our popular two-day Payments Boot Camps, is on our website.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 21, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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  • BitPay Sponsors the LAUNCH Hackathon - "To encourage more development of open-source tools that benefit everybody in the bitcoin space, BitPay is offering developers of LAUNCH an additional financial incentive for projects that utilize BitPay’s Bitcoin Payment Gateway API or the open source library Bitcore."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 20, 2014

BBVA Acquires Simple for $117 MM

Simple logo 140pxBBVA has announced that it is acquiring Simple - saying that the acquisition is part of "BBVA's strategy to lead the technology-driven change that is transforming the financial services industry."

Simple's customer experience is unmatched in the digital banking world," said BBVA Chairman & CEO Francisco Gonzalez. "Simple will reinforce our global digital transformation while BBVA will provide the means to help Simple maximize its outstanding growth potential."

Simple, based in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2009 and its commercial launch took place in July 2012. It now has more than 100,000 customers across the United States.

Simple will continue to operate separately under the same brand, with the same philosophy and approach to customer experience. Joshua Reich, co-founder and CEO, and Shamir Karkal, co-founder and CFO, will continue to lead the 92 employees who work at Simple.

BBVA will complete the purchase through US-based BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc., which will in time help Simple develop new products and services. With the support of the BBVA Group, Simple will be able to expand beyond the US and enter new markets.

BBVA, through its corporate venture arm BBVA Ventures, is actively investing in disruptive initiatives in financial services. Some of its current investments include SumUp, the Berlin-headquartered startup enabling mobile point of sale payments; Radius, a US-based company providing business insight into millions of small- and mid-size businesses; Freemonee, which analyzes its customers' transactional data to create relevant offers from retailers; Ribbit Capital, a financial technology-focused venture capital fund; and the seed-capital fund and accelerator program 500 Startups. BBVA Ventures operates through BBVA's representative office in San Francisco.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 20, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 19, 2014

New Opportunities on PaymentsJobs.com: Google, Bitnet and Dynamics

PaymentsJobs logo 140pxOver on our PaymentsJobs.com site, the following job opportunities have recently been listed:

If you're looking for new opportunities in payments-related positions, be sure to visit PaymentsJobs.com. Likewise, if you're actively hiring for payments positions, list your openings on PaymentsJobs.com.

Capital One Joins clearXchange as Owner

ClearXchange logo 140pxCapital One and clearXchange have announced that Capital One, N. A. has joined the clearXchange network as an owner, becoming the fourth owner alongside Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo and fifth bank customer of the clearXchange network.

clearXchange describes itself as "the first network in the U.S. created by and for financial institutions that lets customers send person-to-person payments easily and securely with only an email address or phone number."

Capital One is focused on bringing its customers innovative products and services that allow them to spend wisely and transact easily – when, where and how they want,” said Jack Forestell, Executive Vice President of Digital at Capital One. “Partnering with clearXchange is another way we are bringing safe and secure payments through convenient, digital channels to our customers.”

“We are excited to add Capital One to our network,” said Mike Kennedy, CEO of clearXchange. “This partnership expands the value of the clearXchange network by enabling more customers to easily make secure payments to their friends and family, and it will drive additional innovation in person-to-person payments.”

As a member of the network, Capital One will expand its capabilities to provide customers the ability to pay anyone with a U.S. bank account without requiring sensitive account information.

MasterCard Adds Support for NFC-based Mobile Payments Using HCE

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced it will publish a specification for Host Card Emulation (HCE) for secure near field communication (NFC) payment transactions. HCE enables payments and other NFC services – including loyalty programs, building access and transit passes – to be delivered without the use of a secure element (SE).

MasterCard says that "the specification, developed over the past year with Capital One and Banco Sabadell, marks a significant industry milestone that, in addition to MasterCard’s longstanding support for embedded and SIM-based SE implementations, will drive greatly expanded availability of mobile contactless payments for consumers."

Consumers are now shopping and paying in whatever way best fits their needs and lifestyles – and from every device they own. To meet their expectations for convenience, we need to accelerate the availability of services in the market. The use of HCE provides a very attractive way forward to launch an increased number of NFC-based offerings,” said James Anderson, Group Head, Emerging Payments at MasterCard.

“We continue to set standards and deliver solutions to our partners and customers that deliver great experiences for safe and secure digital payments.”

HCE is supported in Android OS KitKat 4.4, which began shipping in November 2013. MasterCard said its approach to HCE combines custom software on the mobile device with highly secure cloud-based processing. This greatly simplifies and speeds the deployment process of NFC-based mobile offerings to consumers by card-issuing financial institutions.

MasterCard plans to publish its secure remote payment specifications during the first half of 2014.

Visa Announces Support for Cloud-Based Mobile Payments and HCE on Andorid

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa has announced support for new options to securely deploy mobile payment programs, including for the first time an option to host Visa payWave-enabled accounts in a secure, virtual cloud. Visa says that "the move expands Visa’s support for mobile payments globally and will give financial institutions greater choice in offering consumers secure ways to pay with smartphones."

Our clients and partners around the globe are continuously looking for flexible, cost efficient and secure ways to enable mobile payments,” said Elizabeth Buse, Executive Vice President, Global Solutions, Visa Inc.

“The Android HCE feature provides us with a platform to evolve the Visa payWave standard, support the development of secure, cloud-based mobile applications, while at the same time offer greater choice to our clients.”

Visa said its support for cloud-based payments follows the introduction of a new feature in the Android mobile operating system called Host Card Emulation (HCE); HCE allows any NFC application on an Android device to emulate a smart card, letting users wave-to-pay with their smartphones, while permitting financial institutions to host payment accounts in a secure, virtual cloud.

Visa also plans to deploy several layers of security to protect payment accounts in the cloud, including at the Visa network, application and hardware levels. One-time use data, real-time transaction analysis, payment tokens and device fingerprinting technology make up a multi-layered defense against unauthorized account access.

Loop Launches LoopWallet for Mobile Payments

Loop has announced the release of its LoopWallet™ app to U.S. consumers - now available at the Apple App Store, with an Android version planned for release in April 2014. Loop is also offering the Loop Fob for $39, saying it is the first of many "AppCessories" that give users the ability to swipe and store their credit or debit, gift and reward cards into their smartphones.

“Loop users are making history as they embark on an exciting new era of secure smartphone-enabled payments. Loop gives users an intuitive way to simplify and organize their wallets. Just download the free LoopWallet app, order a Loop AppCessory, swipe your cards into your smartphone, and pay at almost everywhere in the world,” said Will Graylin, CEO of Loop. “It’s a true breakthrough that brings more convenience to consumers and with a new level of security beyond chip cards.”

"With its patented technology, payment card data is encrypted and stored in dedicated hardware secure memory, within the Loop Fob or any Loop enabled device. Partnering with payment card issuers, Loop’s technology can also generate dynamic card data every time a payment is made, making such data unusable for those trying to clone a card. Its contactless chip does not wear out and fits into virtually any form factor that consumers want to carry – from smartphones to fobs, to charge cases, to smart watches, the possibilities are limitless."

Loop was founded by two payment industry pioneers, Will Graylin and George Wallner.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 19, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

February 18, 2014

New Kindle Edition of "Payments Systems in the U.S." - Now Available

PSUS KindleWe've often been asked about a Kindle edition of our popular book "Payments Systems in the U.S." - and are proud to announce that our new Kindle edition has just launched in the Amazon.com Kindle Store.

We're also updating the iBooks version of the book for reading on your iPad or the iBooks app on the Mac. Earlier purchasers can download the latest update of the book using the iBooks app on either platform.

Both ebook editions are available in the U.S. at a new low price: $9.99. The softcover print edition will remain available for those who prefer a physical book.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 18, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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February 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 17, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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February 14, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 14, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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February 13, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 13, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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  • Nok Nok Labs Delivers on Vision for Modern Authentication - "Nok Nok Labs, founded by Ramesh Kesanupalli, the visionary behind the FIDO Alliance, has launched the S3 Suite to enable organizations to support a broad variety of authentication technologies from a single, unified infrastructure."
  • Mastercard and Uber Offer Priceless Surprises This Valentine’s Day - "With planes ready to go, MasterCard will sponsor the launch of UberSky, a one day promotion brought to you by Uber giving a limited number of users a chance to deliver a personal on demand sky-writing service, valued at $10,000, to their loved ones for the small price of $500.00."
  • Citi Introduces New Way to Use ThankYou® Points - "With ThankYou Select and Credit, available ThankYou Points can be used to cover purchases in certain categories made with an eligible consumer Citi credit card that participates in ThankYou Rewards."
  • Synaptics and Nok Nok Labs Work Together to Enable the Future of Mobile Authentication - "The new joint solution will allow Synaptic's Natural ID Fingerprint Sensors to interact with the NNL(TM) Multifactor Authentication Client (MFAC), providing a fully integrated FIDO Ready(TM) solution for smartphone manufacturers looking to add strong, seamless authentication to Online Services from their mobile devices."

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February 12, 2014

What’s the Difference Between Card Acceptance and a Deposit?

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxGlenbrook's Carol Coye Benson has just posted an article on our PaymentsViews.com blog asking the question: "What’s the difference between card acceptance and a deposit?"

In both cases, money is being delivered into a merchant’s bank account – in fact, a purist would point out that a deposit actually is the last stage of card acceptance for a merchant.

But consider instead a different kind of deposit – something that is more like the deposit of your salary into your bank account. In the U.S., this is done through our ACH system. Your employer sends a file to their bank, and a day or two later money is deposited into your account.

Your bank doesn’t charge you for accepting this deposit – in fact, they are glad to have your money come in. They pay a tiny processing fee to the ACH operator who sends the file to them. But no one pays anything like the “merchant discount fee” that a card-accepting merchant pays.

Be sure to read the full article - and share your comments with her!

MCX Adds Paydiant to Power Mobile Payments

Mcx logo 140x60pxMerchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has announced that it will add Paydiant's cloud-based, white label platform to its custom developed mobile commerce infrastructure.

"We are really enthusiastic about the momentum MCX is making as a company. Paydiant adds unique mobile wallet capabilities and proven retail experience that seamlessly complements MCX's existing technology platform. Additionally, the recent addition of Wendy's and Acme Fresh Market underscores the appeal of MCX to merchants of all sizes and across all categories. It also marks MCX's expanding presence in the quick-service restaurant industry," said MCX CEO, Dekkers Davidson.

"Both the partnership and recent additions to our MCX merchant members are key milestones as we work to ultimately bring to market the best mobile commerce solution for consumers and merchants alike."

Paydiant's technology will allow MCX member merchants to leverage existing smartphones, point-of-sale (POS) and payment terminals. It will include an easy-to-implement application programming interface (API) to enable MCX members to integrate complete mobile wallet capabilities and value- added services into their own branded iPhone and Android applications. In addition, the solution will allow retailers to avoid sharing sensitive customer information with third parties.

MCX also announced that Wendy's® and Acme Fresh Market are among the latest merchants to become MCX merchant members. With restaurants nationwide, Wendy's is the world's third-largest quick-service hamburger company. Acme Fresh Market is a regional grocery store chain with locations throughout Northeast Ohio.

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