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October 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 30, 2015

What I'm Reading

  • This weekend your editor will be reading If You Really Want to Change the World: A Guide to Creating, Building, and Sustaining Breakthrough Ventures by Henry Kressel and Norman Winarsky. From the book's description: "Drawing on the authors’ experiences as well as those of their partners from around the world, Kressel and Winarsky share the stories of their triumphs and misses, demonstrate their method in action, and inspire their readers in the process. There are more opportunities now than ever before to build breakthrough companies that touch millions of lives. If this is your goal, let this book be your guide to creating world-changing ventures."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • Visa Nears $22 Billion Deal to Buy European Counterpart - "The Foster City, Calif.-based payments network is in advanced negotiations to buy its European counterpart—Visa Europe—for about $22 billion in a deal that would unite Visa’s global operations under one roof, according to people familiar with the matter."
  • Heartland CEO: Blockchain Could Power Trillions in Bank Transactions - "It seems to me that the play is for banks [to use blockchain] to settle between themselves. There’s trillions in very high-end transactions going back and forth across borders between businesses," he said, adding without any real vigor: "That might be the breakthrough."
  • Fidelity Launches Fidelity App for Apple TV - "Starting today, the Fidelity App for Apple TV® is available on the all-new Apple TV, giving investors a new, convenient way to keep tabs on the markets and generate investing ideas. Fidelity is one of the first brokerage firms to offer an app for Apple TV, which owners of the new Apple TV can download on the App Store for Apple TV. Users can navigate the Apple TV app with its Siri Remote to display a variety of market data."

On the Wires

  • MCX CEO Brian Mooney Discusses New Partnership with Chase to Enhance CurrentC™ for Consumers - "Discussing MCX’s progress in bringing CurrentC™ to market, including its ongoing public beta, Mooney noted that the company continues to gather valuable insights from Columbus consumers, who can use the platform at more than 200 participating retail locations, including local CVS/pharmacy, Exxon, Giant Eagle and Giant Eagle Market District, Kmart, Mobil, Sam’s Club, Sears, Target, Walmart and Wendy’s locations. The beta will soon expand to include select local Shell fuel stations."
  • Heartland Acquires Digital Dining - "Headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, Digital Dining offers restaurants the convenience of a handheld POS on an iPad, iPhone, iPod and iPad Mini in a hybrid environment with conventional fixed terminals. Digital Dining is also used by restaurateurs for table management, delivery, reservations, labor scheduling, inventory and loyalty programs."
  • UnionPay International Launches mPOS Service in Pakistan - "This is an important progress of UnionPay International aiming at promoting innovative payment solutions in markets where the payment industry is still at an early stage of development. The Mobile POS solution, characterized with lost cost and high security features, will enable more small and medium businesses in Pakistan to accept UnionPay cards, and will expand use scenarios of UnionPay cards by local residents and business travelers to Pakistan."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 29, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 29, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports Third-Quarter 2015 Financial Results - “We are pleased with the results we delivered this quarter, in spite of the ongoing uncertainty in the global economy. We continue to see double-digit growth in both volume and transactions in most of our regions around the world,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “As the world becomes more digitally driven, our innovations and investments in things such as MasterPass, EMV and biometrics are helping to redefine the way people shop and pay with convenience and security.”
  • OmnyPay Unveils Omni-Channel Mobile Payments Solution Aimed at Retailers - "“This is a game-changer for retailers that goes way beyond anything currently on the market,” said Ashok Narasimhan, co-founder and CEO of OmnyPay. “Not only does OmnyPay’s solution allow seamless integration of all things related to loyalty, rewards, and promotions, it also works across all iOS and Android devices, and across all shopping channels."
  • JCB International Opens Silicon Valley Office - Jun-ichi Minowa, Executive Vice President, Business Design & Development of JCB commented, "Our new Silicon Valley office will enable us to incorporate the latest technology and develop new services in cooperation with enterprises in America and strengthen our existing business".

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 28, 2015

On the Web

  • MasterCard, CIBC and New York Life Join DCG Funding Round - CoinDesk - "Payments giant MasterCard has been named as one of 11 investors in Digital Currency Group's (DCG) new funding round."
  • Razorpay on a mission to simplify online payments in India - Entrepreneur India - “We are building the next generation payments infrastructure which will accelerate the future e-commerce growth in India. Our patented technology will greatly help in achieving higher transaction success rates and faster checkout time especially on mobile devices while making payment gateway integration as easy as embedding a few lines of code."
  • JPMorgan Chase Is Crushing It in Payments - Motley Fool - "The payments industry is changing rapidly, and, at least for now, it appears JPMorgan has a huge leg up on the competition."

On the Wires

  • PayPal Reports Strong Third Quarter Results - “PayPal is entirely focused on digital payments and transforming money for people around the world. This clear focus and our strong value proposition allowed us to deliver strong financial results in the third quarter,” said Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal. “We are operating in a time when change is sweeping through the financial services industry driven by the rise of mobile technology and the acceleration of money becoming digital. These two massive trends play directly to our strengths and we are leveraging this transformation to extend and accelerate our lead.”
  • American Express Will Bring Apple Pay to Card Members in Key Global Markets - "Apple Pay is expected to be available for Card Members in Canada and Australia this year and in Spain, Singapore and Hong Kong in 2016. With Apple Pay, Card Members in these countries will have the ability to seamlessly add their eligible consumer, small business and corporate American Express® Cards(i) and pay with iPhone or Apple Watch in stores where contactless payments and American Express are accepted."
  • Chase and P97 Enable Mobile Payments for Retail Fuel and Convenient Stores"“With the combination of P97’s PetroZone® mobile commerce platform and Chase Pay we are thrilled to deliver more payment options to consumers at the pump,” said Donald Frieden, President and CEO of P97. “We are confident this combined solution will deliver an innovative mobile payment experience for the retail fuels market customer.”
  • UberRUSH Joins First Data’s Clover® App Market to Simplify On-Demand Delivery Service for Small Businesses"With just a click business owners can set pick-ups and track deliveries directly from their Clover device. In minutes, an UberRUSH delivery partner will pick up the purchased goods from the business and deliver them directly to the customer."
  • Wells Fargo Eliminates Foreign Transaction Fees for Small Business Credit Cards, Lines of Credit - "In a move that will help reduce expenses for U.S. small businesses that are doing business internationally, Wells Fargo today announced it has removed its foreign transaction fees on all business credit card and business line of credit access card transactions made outside the U.S. effective October 1. With this change, Wells Fargo is the only major U.S. bank that today does not charge a foreign transaction fee on all of its small business credit cards."
  • Synchronoss Forms New Venture to Develop Advanced Secure Mobility Solutions Leveraging Technology Contributed by Goldman Sachs - “While some companies have addressed the security of mobile devices at a basic data-loss-prevention level, the biggest challenge facing enterprises is enabling individuals to have a more productive mobile experience at a lower level of risk,” said Dave Schuette, Executive Vice President and President of Synchronoss’ newly created Enterprise Business Unit. “Synchronoss, building off of the technology developed by Goldman Sachs, is extending deeper into the enterprise to bridge this gap and solve the inherent complexity of mobile security by providing a comprehensive mobile framework.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 27, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • MasterCard and Cardlytics Partner to Deliver an Integrated Card-Linked Loyalty Program for Banks of All Sizes - "MasterCard and Cardlytics today announced an agreement to deliver targeted card-linked services to US banks of all sizes. The new partnership will match Cardlytics card-linked marketing solutions and advertising expertise with MasterCard’s bank partners and its offers and rewards platform to deliver a solution that is unsurpassed in the loyalty business."
  • FIS and The Clearing House Team to Execute a Ubiquitous Real-Time Payment System for the U.S. - "As a global leader in the payments industry, we are proud to join this critical initiative to deliver a game changing real-time payments ecosystem to the U.S. marketplace,” said Nancy Langer, chief product officer, FIS. “We have long invested in delivering real-time money movement capabilities to our clients and view this partnership as an extension of our strategy to disrupt the status quo and empower our clients through new payment paradigms.”
  • Affirm Announces Omnichannel Installment Payment Products for Telesales and Physical Stores - “Our new telesales and in-store payment products help strengthen Affirm’s omnichannel presence,” said Levchin. “Installments are much more than just a way to defer payment temporarily. We now have sufficient data that shows they help merchants boost sales and help consumers, who may not have credit cards or choose not to use them, pay for their online and in-store purchases in a way that best matches their monthly budgets.”
  • Marqeta Adds Leading FinTech and Commerce Brands to Its Payment Innovation Platform; Closes $25 Million Series C Round - "Today, at Money20/20 2015, Marqeta, the Open API issuer processor platform, announced a host of new marquee customers, including Affirm, DoorDash, HyperWallet and Kabbage, alongside known customers such as Facebook, Bento for Business and Perk. Marqeta also confirmed closing a $25 million Series C round."
  • InAuth Launches Game-Changing Device Reputation Network, InExchange - “This is a definite game-changer in the industry”, said InAuth CEO, Lisa Stanton. “Our ability to utilize device identification technology to create a network that enables protection from even the first instance of fraud is unique to only InAuth. Participating in InExchange is a win-win for both consumers and businesses. Consumers want to be able to do more with their mobile without any unnecessary friction, and businesses want to protect their brand and bottom line from fraud losses.”
  • Samsung Pay Advantage Significantly Expands Mobile Payment Merchant Acceptance and Drives Consumer Adoption - "After one month, the numbers say it all: Consumers who have used Samsung Pay are using it repeatedly because it works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap a card," said Thomas Ko, global co-general manager of Samsung Pay. “We’re thrilled to introduce new partners that will build on our early success, and move us even closer to a world in which your mobile phone is a true mobile wallet."
  • Blackhawk Network Announces Partnership to Integrate Gift Cards Into Samsung Pay - "We are thrilled to complement Samsung Pay's groundbreaking mobile payment technology with the upcoming integration of gift cards into the application," said Talbott Roche, president of Blackhawk Network. "Consumers often have several gift cards at any given time, and the ability to integrate them into a single mobile payment solution, coupled with Samsung Pay's unique MST technology allowing for convenient redemption, is expected to provide a value add to Samsung Pay users."
  • BlockCypher Assets API Enables Any Asset on the Blockchain in Only One Step - "With one simple API call, an organization can now issue any asset as custom digital tokens (colored coins) and transfer them securely using the blockchain. “Colored coins” is a term that describes a class of methods for representing and managing real-world assets on the blockchain."
  • FIS Helps Accelerate Acceptance of Mobile Payments at the Pump - "FIS today announced a technology agreement with SAP (NYSE: SAP), in which FIS will integrate the FIS Mobile Payment Enablement Gateway solution with SAP® Vehicles Network running on SAP HANA® Cloud Platform."
  • New GSMA Report Sees North America Leading Global Adoption of New Mobile Technologies - “The North American mobile industry has been the strongest performing of any developed region globally for some time, characterised by substantial subscriber growth, the early adoption of new technologies, high levels of mobile usage and strong revenue trends,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 26, 2015

Chase Announces ChasePay - with MCX as Premier Merchant Partner

Chase logo 140pxChase has announced Chase Pay – calling it "a better payments experience for in-store, in-app and online purchases."

MCX – which includes retailers such as Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Shell – was announced as Chase Pay’s premier partner. Chase Pay will be progressively rolled out at these merchants who are accepting CurrentC starting in mid-2016. Chase customers will be able to use Chase Pay wherever CurrentC is accepted – either directly, or through the CurrentC app. Chase is also partnering with 17 technology vendors so that merchants who are not Chase Commerce Solutions clients can also participate in Chase Pay.

Chase Pay solves a number of pain points for consumers and merchants. It will improve the customer experience and drive down the cost of payments,” said Gordon Smith, CEO of Consumer & Community Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Chase said that Chase Pay addresses some of merchants’ biggest challenges – including the cost of payment, merchant fraud liability and speed of checkout. Chase Pay the same technology used to scan gift cards and will be able to connect a merchant’s loyalty program directly into the payment experience. Chase also says that it can work directly with merchants to drive down the cost of accepting payments through fixed pricing with no additional fees.

Chase Pay will be available in mid-2016 to Chase’s customers across its 94 million credit, debit and pre-paid card accounts.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 26, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Visa Brings Token Security to eCommerce - "Visa today announced that it has integrated token technology into Visa Checkout, the company’s online check out service used by merchants and consumers globally to make safe, easy payments in just a few clicks."
  • U.S. Banks Unite to Form Industry Leading Secure Real-Time Payments Network - In a joint prepared statement, the CEOs of Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo said, “Our customers want the ability to make payments to anyone, in real-time, making funds instantly available in the recipient’s bank account. To achieve this, we are combining our collective, bank-owned digital payments network (clearXchange) with our fraud, risk and authentication assets (Early Warning), to further ensure that our customers can send money, confidently, securely, and in real-time via their financial institutions.”
  • The Clearing House Drives Closer to Standing-Up New Innovative National Real-Time Payment System - "The Clearing House (TCH) announced it has entered into a letter of intent with VocaLink, the UK-based international payment systems provider, to help build and deliver core elements of TCH’s new real-time payment system for the United States."
  • MasterCard Launches New Program That Can Turn Any Consumer Gadget, Accessory or Wearable into a Payment Device - “As more and more ‘things’ become connected, consumers will have endless possibilities when it comes to how they pay, and will need all of their devices to work seamlessly together,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard. “This program eliminates the boundaries of how we pay by delivering a secure digital payment experience to virtually anything – rings, fitness and smart bands, car key fobs, apparel, and whatever comes along next.”
  • Western Union Introduces WU Connect Platform, Expanding Cross-Border Money Transfer via Mobile and Social Media - David Thompson, EVP, Global Operations and Technology and CTO, Western Union, expressed excitement about the potential impact of this new offering saying, "This puts Western Union in a position to extend its digital platform to networks whose users are looking for more convenient ways to send and receive money globally on a platform of their choice."
  • Sequent Launches Token Service Platform Supporting all Card Types and Networks - "Compatible with all major credit and debit card networks, Sequent Token Service Platform allows banks to deploy a single solution to support their entire credit and debit card portfolio plus profitable private label and prepaid cards."
  • E*TRADE Resets Mobile Bar with Apple Pay - "E*TRADE Financial Corporation today announced the release of Apple Pay functionality for E*TRADE debit card holders."
  • Scotiabank First Canadian Bank to Launch Bulk Interac e-Transfer® Service - "Scotiabank is pleased to be the first Canadian Bank to offer this innovative new service to meet the needs of our business banking customers," said Rania Llewellyn, Senior Vice President, Cash Management and Payment Services at Scotiabank. "We are always looking for new ways to make everyday business transactions fast, easy and secure for our customers, and with the Bulk Interac e-Transfer service, our business banking customers have more choices to send electronic payments efficiently."
  • TSYS and Ingenico Group to Offer New Semi-Integrated EMV Solution - "Using a semi-integrated approach, communications between the PIN pad and point-of-sale (POS) system are limited to non-sensitive exchanges, preventing card data from entering the POS. By taking the POS out of the payment flow process, not only are EMV certification and PCI compliance simplified, but overall costs and time required for EMV implementation are reduced as well."
  • Mozido Expands Digital Payments Offering: Launches U.S. - China Cross-Border Payment Gateway - "The Mozido PayEase Payment Gateway service enables Chinese consumers to securely pay with their local bank accounts and credit cards with reliable settlement of the funds to the U.S. merchant’s bank account. As the first and most trusted cross-border payment gateway in China, Mozido PayEase breaks down barriers by allowing Chinese citizens to pay in their local currency while allowing the merchant to be paid in their home currency through a seamless transaction."
  • Dream Payments Launches Canada's First Off-The-Shelf EMV Payment Terminal That Accepts Interac Debit Card Payments - "The Dream solution consists of an MPOS application for iOS® and Android™ based smartphones and a Bluetooth® enabled EMV Debit and Credit Card Reader. The Dream card reader is available through TELUS at an introductory price of $99.99. Payment processing fees are low cost; $0.25 for Interac Debit card transactions and 2.75% for Visa® and MasterCard® credit card transactions."
  • Penny Inc Launches at Money20/20 with Prepaid MasterCard® Card and Integrated Mobile App Solution
  • - "Penny Inc, which provides payments and expense and travel management solutions for small to medium-sized businesses, today announced the launch of the Penny Inc prepaid MasterCard® card program (“Penny”) virtually connected to a mobile app."
  • INTECH to Provide Prairie Cloudware Platform to Credit Union Clients - "INTECH will white label the Prairie Cloudware technology allowing credit unions to offer members a mobile wallet that carries the institution’s brand. The initial deployment of the Digital Payments Guardian for INTECH will offer an Android mobile wallet with a Visa card. The solution can be extended to include additional payment cards and sources as well."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 23, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance by John Kay, a visiting professor of economics at the London School of Economics. From the book's description: "In a dazzling and revelatory tour of the financial world as it has emerged from the wreckage of the 2008 crisis, Kay does not flinch in his criticism: we do need some of the things that Citigroup and Goldman Sachs do, but we do not need Citigroup and Goldman to do them."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • Take Your Brick-and-Mortar Store Online: Square Now Integrates with Ecwid - Square Blog - "But here’s what’s extra cool about Ecwid: You can use it to sell your goods not only on your website but also on any other platform (think: Facebook, Tumblr, other online marketplaces)."
  • Global Payments (GPN) held its annual Investor Day earlier this week.
  • Payment Cards Center Updates Consumer Credit & Payments Statistics - "The Payment Cards Center (PCC) Consumer Statistics page provides updated statistics related to consumer credit and consumer payments. The PCC compiles statistics on a quarterly basis that are relevant to researchers, reporters, and others interested in consumer credit and payments."
  • What VCs Really Think of Banks - LendAcademy - "Investments into FinTech startups recently quadrupled, growing to over ~$12 billion in 2014 from ~$3 billion in 2013. It appears 2015 is on track to dwarf the previous year..."
  • Have you noticed Amazon Web Services? - New York Times - "Amazon had more operating income from Amazon Web Services, its business renting computing and software applications, than it did from combined sales of goods in the United States and internationally."

On the Wires

  • It's a slow day for press releases - presumably everything interesting is now waiting to be announced next week at Money20/20 in Las Vegas! Have a great weekend and trip to the conference - if you're going! Several partners from Glenbrook will be attending.
  • Statement by CFPB Director Richard Cordray on RushCard Prepaid Card Incident - "Today, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray issued the following statement in response to the RushCard situation, a prepaid card owned by UniRush LLC, in which many consumers have indicated that they have been unable to access funds in their accounts for more than a week..."
  • Visa Checkout Brings Simplified Online Shopping to Brazil - "In the US, shoppers made purchase more often when using Visa Checkout compared to customers using other payment options,” says Percival Jatoba, vice president, products, Visa do Brasil. “With this streamlined approach to payments, merchants and financial institutions see higher conversion rates which ultimately brings new customers and drives higher sales."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 22, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Introducing Verifone Engage, the Future of Connected Payment Devices - "Verifone Engage is the company’s first-ever, fully-integrated, Linux-based product family, encompassing a complete range of payment solutions for merchants, acquirers, and service providers. It is the result of a new strategy at Verifone to bring unique value to the POS and the consumer experience with intuitive, connected and commerce-enabled solutions."
  • Poynt Announces $28 Million in Funding As It Prepares to Ship the World's First Smart Terminal - “Poynt is one of those rare companies that is aligned with the interests and needs of all parties in its ecosystem; it solves multiple merchant, bank, developer, and consumer problems with stellar technology and design, and it benefits from impeccable timing. What Poynt has been able to accomplish, building both hardware and software in the notoriously challenging payments space, is simply incredible.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 21, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 21, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Visa Launches New Platform to Help Card Issuers Market and Grow Their Business - "Visa Inc. today announced the launch of Visa Integrated Marketing Solutions (VIMS), a card marketing platform designed to help small to medium-sized issuers optimize their marketing efforts. The VIMS platform enables the development and execution of key marketing services across the customer lifecycle – from acquiring new customers to cardholder retention."
  • W3C Starts Web Payments Standards Work to Streamline the Online "Check-Out" Process - "The industry has looked to digital wallets as a way to improve security and usability, as well as to support marketing initiatives. And yet, users have not yet wholeheartedly embraced them," said W3C CEO Dr. Jeff Jaffe. "We believe that one reason for this is that the digital wallet market is fragmented and providers use incompatible programming interfaces."
  • Diebold Software Innovation Slashes Fraud Exposure Through Secure Onboarding To Digital Payments - "SimplyTapp believes extending consumer relationships through mobile devices is critical to the future of banking," said Doug Yeager, SimplyTapp chief executive officer and co-founder. "Together with Diebold's secure self-service technology and our leading Cloud Token Solution, the need for highly secure authentication and card onboarding can now be fully realized at the convenience and familiarity of a bank's ATM."
  • Synchrony Financial Launches CarCareONE Mobile App to Deliver Account Servicing, Store Locator Functionality, and Special Offers to Millions of Cardholders’ Smartphones - “Our CarCareONE app offers a new platform for our automotive merchants to engage with their customers wherever they are,” said Glenn Marino, executive vice president & CEO of Synchrony Financial’s Payment Solutions platform. “We know that financing is an important consideration for drivers dealing with an unexpected repair or routine maintenance, and this innovative app provides CarCareONE cardholders a useful tool to manage their account, locate services for all their auto maintenance needs, and find valuable offers from our network of retailers and service shops across the country.”
  • Buy With Affirm, Pay in Monthly Installments Now Available to 3dcart eCommerce Merchants - “Installments aren't just a slick way for consumers to temporarily defer payment," said Levchin. "It’s how Affirm helps eTailers boost sales and consumers, who may not have credit cards or who choose not to use them, pay for their purchases in a way that best matches their monthly budgets."
  • Intuit and Fundbox Partner to Tackle #1 Pain Point Faced by Small Businesses: Cash Flow - Fundbox CEO Eyal Shinar added, “We are thrilled to become a more deeply embedded solution within Intuit’s QuickBooks ecosystem - we know millions of SMBs will benefit from this partnership.
  • SumUp Expands To U.S. With Launch Of EMV Card Terminal - "It's a perfect time to bring SumUp to the U.S. The shift to EMV chip cards puts more costly fraud liability on stores without chip terminals -- but only half of small businesses are even aware of EMV liability," said Daniel Klein, CEO of SumUp. "EMV is the norm around the world, and SumUp is the platform of choice for EMV transactions in 14 countries today. We are here to help U.S. merchants and partners such as cash register vendors to transition quickly and securely to EMV, by making payments as easy as possible for their customers."
  • Discover Financial Services Joins Banking Industry Architecture Network - "Discover Financial Services recently joined the Banking Industry Architecture Network, a not-for-profit industry standards association, to leverage a banking-industry-specific framework and standard messaging to speed the delivery of new products and services."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 20, 2015

On the Web

  • Remote Order and Pay - Medium (Scott Loftesness) - "Way back in the early 2000’s I was a board member of Ontain — a startup focused on remote order and pay."

On the Wires

  • Chase Doubles Up on Rewards: Marriott Rewards and United MileagePlus Credit Cards from Chase Join Forces for the First Time - "Between November 1 and November 30, 2015, Marriott Rewards Premier cardholders will earn double points on purchases with United® and eligible United MileagePlus Explorer, Club and Presidential Plus cardholders will earn double miles on purchases at Marriott® properties."
  • Fifth Third Bank Launching New Mobile App for Commercial Cards - “Fifth Third’s commercial card mobile app can improve the ease in which our commercial card clients and their employees conduct business, allowing them to focus more effort and time on driving results to their bottom line.”
  • Early Warning Introduces the Authentify Platform - “The Authentify Platform addresses the multi-dimensional challenge of payments’ risk. It brings together multiple modes of authentication – all sitting on top of a bank consortium model that is powered by shared intelligence – to simplify risk-managed authentication while strengthening accuracy and speed to optimize the consumer experience."
  • NAFCU: EMV Chip-Card Transition Is Not Silver Bullet, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Require Multi-Tiered Approach - "Specifically, NAFCU supports Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., bipartisan measure, S. 961, the “Data Security Act of 2015,” and the companion House bill introduced by Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and Rep. John Carney, D-Del., H.R. 2205, which would set a national data security standard for retailers akin to GLBA while acknowledging financial institutions’ existing adherence to GLBA standards."
  • CyberSource Brings Real-Time Fraud Analytics to Merchants - “Merchants create rules and parameters in their fraud management systems that determine whether a transaction is accepted or denied, based on risk levels,” said Andre Machicao, senior vice president, CyberSource, a Visa Inc. company. “In some cases, the parameters they set might be overly cautious, causing them to lose legitimate, safe business unnecessarily. CyberSource’s new capability allows merchants to back test prior transactions to see what would have happened if they had set different rules.”
  • Seamless Distribution AB: New SEQR Service: International Remittance and Payments – Offering Money Transfers between Countries Free of Charge - “Demand for international transfers is constantly growing as people’s lives become increasingly global. But established payment agencies charge high fees, making money transfers expensive. SEQR can offer a highly competitive and simple alternative - something we’re convinced many people will appreciate,” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless. “This service is an important part of our international expansion.”
  • Discover Financial Services Joins Banking Industry Architecture Network - "Discover Financial Services recently joined the Banking Industry Architecture Network, a not-for-profit industry standards association, to leverage a banking-industry-specific framework and standard messaging to speed the delivery of new products and services."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

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!

October 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 19, 2015

On the Web

  • Yahoo Executive Reses Said to Leave Company to Join Square - Bloomberg - "Jacqueline Reses is departing Yahoo! Inc., where she had been chief development officer, to join Dorsey’s Square Inc...."
  • For First Data, the way to investors' hearts is through their stomachs - Fortune - "First Data’s big new pitch to investors is that it can arm small businesses with the same sophisticated apps, and Big Data analytics, that until now exclusively benefited the likes of Target or Dunkin’ Donuts."
  • What 2016 Holds for Bitcoin Businesses - CoinDesk - "The hard reality is, there just isn’t currently enough volume to support all the exchanges, payment gateways and wallet providers that have sprung up, let alone the number of secondary service providers, such as bitcoin compliance solutions, that have been created to support the first wave of service providers."

On the Wires

  • Square Hires Jacqueline Reses, Yahoo Executive and Financial Services Veteran, to Lead Square Capital - “Jackie’s understanding of the financial services industry and her background in tech and investing make her the perfect fit to lead Square Capital, and I’m thrilled she is joining our leadership team,” said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square.
  • MasterCard to Tokenize MasterPass for Online and In-App Shopping - "At the request of Issuers enabling MasterPass for their customers, MasterCard will replace the personal account numbers (PAN) for consumer credit, debit, commercial and prepaid cards stored in MasterPass with a secure “token” – a new 16-digit number that represents the existing PAN on the front of a payment card. Tokens are unique to each bank-connected MasterPass wallet and carry EMV-based security protection that provides additional peace of mind for consumers and merchants alike."
  • MCX Adds BIM’s Guaranteed ACH Payments to CurrentC™ App - “We are hearing directly from consumers about the importance of having choices when it comes to payment within the app. With BIM’s technology and the ability to pay via a checking account, consumers will soon have several options for paying for goods and services using CurrentC™” said Brian Mooney, MCX CEO. “While consumers want options, they also want security. We chose BIM’s technology for its seamless integration with CurrentC™, security features, and fraud prevention capabilities.”
  • WEX Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC - “We are very excited about the prospect of combining these two great companies, which have a strong customer orientation, aligned strategy and a complementary footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and chief executive officer. “We believe this acquisition strengthens our value proposition to customers with a portfolio of best-in-class offerings that will better meet their evolving needs."
  • U.S. Bank Launches VantagePoint; New Centralized Receivables Management Platform - “U.S. Bank is committed to continued investment in receivables capabilities and technology to improve our client experience,” said Rich Erario, head of U.S. Bank Global Treasury Management. “The bank conducts in-depth process reviews with businesses and hosts focus groups on a regular basis to fully understand their most pressing business challenges. VantagePoint is a direct result of those conversations. By streamlining the receivables management process and improving data reporting, VantagePoint makes it easier for our clients to make informed business decisions.”
  • Citi Launches Paperless Processing and a Fully Digital Experience of Electronic Bank Account Management (eBAM) in North America - “This is an important milestone in Citi’s digital journey. With these enhancements, our clients will realize greater efficiencies and benefit from a more streamlined onboarding process,” said Michael Fossaceca, North America Region Head, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions.
  • Citi Expands Citi Payment Exchange into Canada, Building on U.S. Success - “We are committed to innovate, constantly finding new ways to support our clients in their end-to-end process and make their payment management simpler and more efficient. The unique opportunity with Citi Payment Exchange is that it allows organizations to leverage the power of the next generation of corporate payments, such as virtual cards,” added Stephanie Zee, Director and Cash Product Head, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, Canada.
  • Synchrony Financial to File Registration Statement in Connection With GE Exchange Offer - “We have been preparing to separate from GE since plans were announced two years ago,” stated Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We have built the infrastructure and the teams needed for separation and are excited about our future as a standalone business."

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October 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 16, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Wharton professor Philip Tetlock and coauthor Dan Gardner. From the book's description: "Superforecasting offers the first demonstrably effective way to improve our ability to predict the future—whether in business, finance, politics, international affairs, or daily life—and is destined to become a modern classic."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • How Bad Will It Get for American Express? - Bloomberg - "Costco’s costs to accept credit cards as part of its deal with Amex was about 0.6 percent of every purchase, people familiar with the arrangements say, which was pretty cheap for any retailer, but Chenault offered to cut them further."
  • Worldpay IPO: Putting a Value on Fintech’s Future - Wall St. Journal - "Investors in the IPO seem to be pricing Worldpay on profitability before the ongoing costs of building its own better systems, which it has been doing since being bought from RBS by private equity groups, Advent International and Bain Capital."
  • FBI EMV gaffe is the latest setback for payments security - Computerworld - "What the FBI said is that PIN is far more secure—which is without debate—and it encouraged shoppers to use a PIN instead of signature. Therein lay the problem."
  • The Numbers Behind Square's Payment Business - " In 2014, the company processed payments worth $23.8 billion, generating revenue of $850 million. As many other companies in the late startup stage, Square has yet to become profitable, having posted a net loss of $154 million in 2014."

On the Wires

  • Barclaycard US And Priceline.com Extend Long-Term Partnership Agreement - "The priceline.com rewards Visa card provides us with another way to reward our customers for their loyalty and offers incremental value for everyday purchases," said Ben Harrell, Senior Vice President at priceline.com. "We are pleased to continue our ongoing relationship with Barclaycard as a benefit to our customers."
  • Daon and USAA Reach 1 Million Enrollments in Mobile Biometric Authentication - "USAA is very excited with the advanced rate of biometrics adoption we have seen," said Rick Swenson, assistant vice president of enterprise financial crimes management strategy and analytics. "Reaching the milestone of 1 million enrollments is a strong testament of our members' preference to use a biometric when authenticating."
  • Synchrony Financial Reports Third Quarter Net Earnings of $574 Million or $0.69 Per Diluted Share - “The approval we received from the Federal Reserve is a major milestone in our journey towards being a fully independent company. The third quarter marked another period of strong performance with the signing or renewal of several significant partnerships, continued advancement of our mobile wallet strategy, solid financial results, and ongoing deposit growth through our fast-growing online bank,” said Margaret Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony Financial.

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October 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 15, 2015

On the Web

  • Hip to be Square - Om Malik - "About two years ago I wrote a piece about design is not just pretty websites but instead it is about the entire experience. Square was among the examples I cited. I looked over the S-1, read through the whole thing and it was good to see that even as it [has] become a billion dollar revenue company, the soon to be public SQ hasn’t forgotten that vital lesson."
  • Payments Startup Square Discloses IPO Plans - Wall St. Journal - "Square said sales rose 54% last year to $850.2 million and are on a pace to exceed $1 billion this year."
  • The Crucial New Business Unit Hiding in Square’s IPO Filing - Re/code.net (Jason Del Rey) - "The division, dubbed “software and data products,” consists of a variety of new products that aren’t tied directly to Square’s credit card processing business."
  • Bain Capital, Advent International Reap $4.9 Billion Profit From Worldpay - Wall St. Journal - "Two Boston-based private-equity firms have earned a combined profit of about £3.2 billion ($4.9 billion) in cash and stock from their five-year-old investment in Worldpay Group PLC..."
  • UK Government Highlights Benefits of Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "During her speech in London yesterday about the government's technology drive, Harriet Baldwin MP said the government is working to create the right regime for digital currency businesses..."
  • RBS to pilot product based on blockchain technology in 2016 - ComputerWeekly.com - "RBS would not provide details of the likely service due to the commercial sensitivity of the project, but John Lyons, head of strategy and commercial services for RBS’s payments business suggested it is “on the fringes of payments”"

On the Wires

  • First Data Announces Pricing of its Initial Public Offering - First Data (“First Data”) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 160,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $16.00 per share. Shares of First Data’s Class A common stock are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 15, 2015 under the symbol “FDC"...
  • FreedomPay Certifies For EMV On First Data For All Card Brands - Ensuring the security of consumer payment data is a top priority for merchants across all industries,” said Chris Kronenthal, Chief Technology Officer of FreedomPay. “Working with leading organizations in lodging, gaming, retail, foodservice, healthcare and higher education to implement PCI best practices including EMV, tokenization and Validated P2PE, FreedomPay is helping merchants secure their payment environment, prevent EMV liability exposure and reduce scope for PCI compliance.”

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October 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 14, 2015

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October 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 13, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • PayPal Announces “Return Shipping on Us” in the U.S. to Make Online Shopping Easier This Holiday Season - "Today, PayPal announced the expansion of Return Shipping on Us, a service that refunds return shipping costs to consumers on eligible online purchases using PayPal from around the globe. The service will now be available to PayPal users in the United States, in addition to the nearly 40 markets in which it already exists."
  • IDology Announces Strategic Equity Investment in Payfone and Launch of ExpectID Mobile to Enhance Mobile Security and Ease of Use - "IDology is an excellent strategic partner for Payfone as we continue to develop solutions that help businesses fight mobile fraud," said Rodger Desai, chief executive officer of Payfone. "Payfone already exclusively serves as a critical ingredient to the bank consortium that helps traditional banks and FSOs fight fraud, with this new partnership, we are excited to bring capabilities to additional markets such alternative finance and payment gateways, healthcare, medical and retail through IDology."
  • Synchrony Financial Extends PayPal and eBay Consumer Credit Card Programs - “We are pleased to deepen our relationship with these dynamic businesses and continue to meet the evolving needs of PayPal and eBay cardholders for convenient and safe payment solutions and valuable rewards,” said Tom Quindlen, executive vice president and CEO, Retail Cards, Synchrony Financial. “PayPal is at the forefront of digital payments and we look forward to building on our decade of adding greater value and simplicity to cardholder transactions.”
  • Survey Finds Millennials Confident, Yet Chronically Stressed About Money - "A new Bank of America/USA TODAY Better Money Habits Millennial Report released today finds that while 84 percent of millennials are confident in their ability to manage their finances, 41 percent are “chronically stressed” about money."

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October 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 12, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Financial market infrastructures rally around ISO 20022 harmonisation plan - "The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), Bank of Canada, Clearstream, Canadian Payments Association (CPA), CLS, Euroclear, Hong Kong Interbank Clearing (HKICL), Russia’s National Settlement Depository (NSD), Southern African Development Community (SADC), VP Securities Denmark and ACH Colombia are amongst the first to commit to the plan for an industry designed framework for ISO 20022 implementation."
  • SWIFT unveils expansion of its financial crime compliance services portfolio - "Sanctions list management will enable financial institutions to access, manage and customise multiple sanctions list feeds on a secure, SWIFT-hosted platform. A new Payments data quality assurance service will help banks evaluate the quality of originator and beneficiary information in the SWIFT messages they send or receive. In addition, SWIFT will continue to expand its Know Your Customer (KYC) offering."
  • SWIFT to deliver a 57% price reduction by the end of 2015 - "This is a reflection of SWIFT's commitment to the banking community," says SWIFT Chairman Yawar Shah. "The co-operative reached its price reduction commitment at the end of 2014, one year ahead of schedule, but maintained the programme, yielding a much higher reduction rate than expected. I congratulate SWIFT for this effort and look forward to the additional price cuts the community will reap over the next five years."

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October 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 9, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's new book about the financial crisis: The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath. From the description: "Rich with detail of the decision-making process in Washington and indelible portraits of the major players, The Courage to Act recounts and explains the worst financial crisis and economic slump in America since the Great Depression, providing an insider’s account of the policy response."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

On the Wires

  • FBI Says Chip-Based Credit Cards Safer But Need PIN to Protect Against Fraud - "The National Retail Federation today said it agreed with a warning from the FBI that new chip-based credit cards are safer than traditional cards but still vulnerable to fraud and need to be used with a PIN instead of a signature to minimize risk."
  • Apple Pay Now Available on the Fly Delta App - "Our Fly Delta app has come a long way since it was first introduced in 2010. More than 18 million customers have now downloaded the Fly Delta app and we are excited to be the first U.S. based airline to allow our customers to book and pay for their tickets with Apple Pay. By providing a way to pay for flights with just the touch of a fingertip, Delta continues to optimize our robust mobile channels and provide an easy-to-use and seamless digital experience for our customers," said Rhonda Crawford, Vice President - eCommerce.

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October 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 8, 2015

On the Web

  • Apple Pay Will Soon Work at Starbucks - Re/code.net - "Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey broke the news Thursday onstage at Code/Mobile at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif."
  • Fast-tracking Merchant Payment Acceptance in India! - Sanjay Swamy - "Many people think the cost of signing up a merchant, the cost of the terminal and the Merchant Discount Rate are the reasons why the penetration is low — and while these are factors, they are not the real reason. The reality is many merchants who want to accept cards are just not allowed to, and those who are have to toil hard to do so."
  • Nigerian mobile money leader Paga is doubling down on building a payments giant - Quartz - "Now, its persistence seems to be paying off with the completion of $13 million in series B financing. It was backed by a raft of investors led by Adlevo Capital, with participation from Omidyar Network, Goodwell West Africa, Acumen Fund, and Capricorn Investment Group to grow the Paga mobile peer-to-peer platform."
  • On What Law Firms Can Do With the Blockchain - Bloomberg BNA - "As we finish up our series, it’s time to answer a question we’ve ignored up until now — what should law firms be doing to leverage these technologies and position themselves to be leaders in a blockchain dominated world?"

On the Wires

  • Mobile Contribution to Sub-Saharan African Economy Surpasses US$100 Billion, Finds New GSMA Study - “The mobile industry remains a key driver of economic growth and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, making a vital contribution given the population growth and high unemployment levels seen in many countries in the region,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. “Despite revenue and margin pressures, local mobile operators continue to invest heavily to extend network coverage to serve unconnected communities and accelerate the migration to high-speed 3G/4G mobile broadband networks."
  • CardFlight Announces $4.2 Million Investment From Leading Payment Industry Executives and Venture Capital Funds - "We're excited to be adding investors with such deep experience growing and scaling startups in the payments industry," said Derek Webster, Founder and CEO of CardFlight. "This round of funding further validates CardFlight's leadership in mobile payments and will enable us to roll out even more advanced solutions in the months and years ahead."
  • Mozido and TabbedOut Partner to Improve Consumer Dining Experience - "The partnership will provide a full set of features to hospitality locations allowing their consumers an application to discover locations, join wait-lists, make reservations, order, split, pay, and leave feedback all from their mobile phones."
  • Diverse Consumers Overwhelmingly Optimistic About Financial Future - "When asked about personal finances, on average 60 percent of African American, Asian and Hispanic consumers said they expect their financial situation to be “somewhat” or “much” better a year from now, compared to 48 percent of the combined general population."

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October 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 7, 2015

On the Web

  • Why Apple Pay’s Slow Start Doesn’t Mean It’s a Failure - MIT Technology Review - "Former Google Wallet chief Osama Bedier, now CEO of checkout terminal startup Poynt, says a third of locations are likely to have NFC capability by the end of next year. He thinks that’s the tipping point after which consumers will start to demand that nearly all the stores they frequent take mobile wallets."
  • Sue the Bank? You May Get Your Shot - Wall St. Journal - "The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is moving toward new rules giving borrowers more rights to sue banks and credit-card companies..."
  • Chinese Hackers Breached LoopPay, a Contributor to Samsung Pay - New York Times - "LoopPay executives said the Codoso hackers appeared to have been after the company’s technology, known as magnetic secure transmission, or MST, which is a key part of the Samsung Pay mobile payment wallet that made its public debut in the United States last week."

On the Wires

  • Non-Cash Payments Grow Faster Than GDP Across All Regions Finds World Payments Report 2015 - "For more than a decade, the World Payments Report by Capgemini and the Royal Bank of Scotland has been the source of fundamental data, trends and commentary on global and regional non-cash payments, and the key regulatory and industry initiatives that govern them. This year’s report explores the impacts of an increasingly demanding regulatory landscape and the additional requirements to deliver incremental customer value through innovation and features insights derived from an online survey and executive interviews conducted in May 2015. "
  • MasterCard and P97 Drive Mobile Payments Innovation at Gas Stations and Convenience Stores - "The MasterCard fuel solution will leverage a wide range of MasterCard’s marketing and technical assets, and will utilize P97’s PetroZone® mobile commerce platform to integrate to existing gas station infrastructure. The new solution will enable fuel companies to develop innovative mobile apps for consumers to search for and navigate to the nearest or preferred gas station, make fast and simple mobile payments at the pump and convenience store, and receive personalized offers for in-store purchases."
  • New Credit Card Lets Travelers Earn Free Nights at Independent Hotels Even When Staying at Chains - “Until now, carrying a hotel loyalty credit card meant you were committing to a single hotel brand,” said Tom Quindlen, executive vice president and CEO of Retail Card, Synchrony Financial. “The Stash Visa Card changes all that. Now you can stay at any hotel and earn double Stash points.”
  • Hoover Institution: "Making Failure Feasible" Proposes Bold New Monetary Reforms - "The Hoover Institution Press today released Making Failure Feasible, which challenges current US banking policy and proposes bold monetary reforms, including adding a new Chapter 14 to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. The ideas presented are the result of the Hoover Institution’s Resolution Project composed of a group of distinguished economists and scholars, including George Shultz, John Taylor, Thomas Jackson, and Kenneth Scott."
  • Paragon Application Systems’ Web FASTest™ Qualified for Discover® D-PAS - "Acquirers certifying for their chip transaction processing with Discover can now choose Web FASTest for acquirer-terminal end-to-end host simulation response for both contact and contactless D-PAS cards. Web FASTest simulates network processing so Acquirers/Merchants can validate compliance of their Terminals for D-PAS."

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October 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 6, 2015

On the Web

  • It’s About the Blockchain - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "2015’s story is the interest of fintech vendors, financial institutions, start-ups, and other enterprises in what blockchain ledgers have to offer. We’re seeing experimentation built on the bitcoin blockchain itself."
  • Turkey launches a national credit card system - Daily Sabah - "Turkey launched a new electronic card payment clearing system, the Istanbul-based InterBank Card Center (BKM) announced yesterday. The system, named "TROY," will be operational from April 1, 2016, the BKM said."
  • Apple Pay Makes Inroads for Everyday Purchases - eMarketer - "Mobile payments are slow to catch on among the general population, but early adopters of the Apple Watch are also rapidly adopting Apple Pay, research suggests."
  • Apple Pay Faces Tough Crowd in First Year - Bloomberg - "Apple Inc. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has called 2015 the “year of Apple Pay.” So far it’s been underwhelming."
  • Note to Payments Innovators: You Need a Value Proposition! - Credit Slips (Adam Levitin) - "The Fed is moving full-speed ahead on developing a faster payment system. But very few consumers actually need such a system. For all the complaints about our dated mag stripe card payments, they work really, really well. It's hard to come up with a clear value proposition for any replacement."
  • Trump Hotel Collection Confirms Card Breach - "The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, said last week that a year-long breach of its credit card system may have resulted in the theft of cards used at the hotels."
  • Australian Banks Unfriendly Towards Digital Currency - NewsBTC - "Not only will a negative attitude toward bitcoin affect the Australian market, but it could spread further afield. Many are fearful that this decision could have a long lasting negative effect that would influence the the country’s regulation process and opinions of consumers and lawmakers in other countries."
  • How Kenyan Banks Lost to Mpesa - Payments Africa - "Mpesa, a wildly successful payment platform contractually licensed to Safaricom, has prospered at the expense of what would have been banking services. Kenya’s banks have taken a back seat as Mpesa leads the payments market. It wasn’t always like this."
  • Santander InnoVentures Adds $4 Million to Ripple’s Series A Round - CoinDesk - "Ripple has received an additional $4m in funding from Santander InnoVentures, bringing its Series A total to $32m."
  • A New Chapter for Ripple - Ripple Blog - "We’re no longer experimenting. We’re delivering. That’s why we’re dropping the ‘Labs’ from Ripple Labs. From now on, it will just be Ripple—and Ripple is growing up."

On the Wires

  • MasterCard Identity Check to Simplify and Strengthen Online Shopping - "MasterCard today introduced MasterCard Identity Check, a suite of technology solutions that leverage advanced technologies to prove a consumer’s identity and further simplify the online shopping experience."
  • Visa and Chevron Bring Mobile Payments to the Pump - "Visa Inc. and Chevron U.S.A. Inc. today announced they will launch a mobile payments program at more than 20 Chevron-branded stations, accepting any NFC (near-field communications) payment service. The program, launching later this fall at select Chevron stations in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, will offer consumers a simple and more secure way to pay at the pump with a range of mobile payment services."
  • Visa Inc. Appoints Demetrios Marantis to Lead Global Government Relations - “I’m honored to join Visa at an incredible time in this dynamic industry,” said Marantis. “The payments ecosystem is rapidly changing, and I am excited to be part of an organization leading the conversation about digital payments in an increasingly mobile world, both in the United States and globally.”

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October 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 5, 2015

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October 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 2, 2015

Meet new colleagues from across the payments industry - at a Payments Boot Camp!

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • Ecommerce in India: Snap, flip and crackle - Economist - "The rise of mobile-internet access has sparked interest in the potential of e-commerce in India. Bricks-and-mortar retailing is very fragmented. A trip to the mall can be an ordeal because of congested roads. In such difficult terrain, e-commerce may easily blossom."
  • Credit and Debit Cards Lag on Upgrades - Bloomberg - "The card companies say they’ll likely need at least two more years for the transition from old-school magnetic stripes and that the Oct. 1 target wasn’t meant to be firm."
  • New US credit cards are about to make tipping a lot more awkward - Quartz (Ian Kar) - "Under the new system, American chip card users will be presented with a handheld card reader at their table, asked to either sign or enter a four-digit code to verify their identity, and given tip options on-screen."
  • Today, all stores in the US should accept chip-and-PIN cards. Yeah, right. - Ars Technica - "Although it seems laughably stupid to try to protect US credit card users from having to remember four digits (we do it already on debit cards, anyway), big retailers, bankers, POS developers, and everyone in between put lots of effort into making payments as frictionless as possible for shoppers."

On the Wires

  • It's a very slow news day Friday! Nothing worth sharing!

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October 01, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 1, 2015

Join over 8,500 payments professionals who have attended a Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp!

  • Glenbrook's fall season of payments education kicks off in October with two sessions of our Payments Boot Camp - one in the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13-14 and the other in New York City on October 20-21. Glenbrook's Russ Jones is now leading this important payments education curriculum - he'd love to meet you at one of these sessions. Contact Russ directly if you have any questions.

On the Web

  • First Data to Raise Up to $3.68 Billion in IPO - Wall St. Journal - "Payment-processing giant First Data Corp. on Thursday said it would raise up to $3.68 billion in its upcoming initial public offering, marking the biggest U.S. listing this year."
  • Apple is ramping up hiring to bring Apple Pay to China - Quartz (Ian Kar) - "Quartz has learned that Kelly Sang, an ex-Alibaba general manager who joined Apple in 2012, was promoted to director of Apple Pay in China earlier this year."
  • Chips, Dips and Tips: 5 Potential Problems With New Credit Cards - NBC News - "Some people are experiencing a 20 second wait times with these chips," said Avivah Litan, vice president and analyst at Gartner Research. "We're a more rushed society than anyone else. So me, I'm going to be a little mad when I have to wait longer at checkout. You have to wait until the very end to get your card."
  • The problem with America’s new credit card technology - MarketWatch - "While other countries combine the smart chip-equipped cards with a personal identification number, akin to the way we access bank accounts using debit cards and PINs, U.S. banks are issuing chip cards without the code functionality."
  • Bank Bets Americans Can Remember Another PIN - Wall St. Journal - "First Niagara Financial Group Inc. said on Wednesday that it is rolling out new chip-enabled credit and debit cards that require customers to enter a personal identification number instead of a signature."
  • Adyen Adds New Funding From Iconiq, Values Dutch Payment Group At $2.3B - "This latest injection comes from a single investor, Iconiq Capital, which is perhaps best known for investing in a range of tech companies on behalf of clients like Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and Jack Dorsey."
  • Twitter Makes ‘Buy’ Button Widely Available - New York Times - "A store that is a customer of Demandware, Bigcommerce, or Shopify can use the software to tweet out a link to a product that will show up with a buy button."
  • Blockchains and Banks - Medium (David Galbraith) - "These replace banking infrastructure providers with software that doesn’t need to be run by a separate entity (e.g. SWIFT), and lower internal costs but still keep the requirement for trusted entities (banks themselves)."
  • SEB: Blockchain Could Make Banks 'Radically More Efficient' - CoinDesk - "Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), a Stockholm-based financial services firm with 1.7tn SEK ($202bn) in assets under management, announced yesterday that it was among 13 major banks that had joined the top-secret work underway at R3CEV."
  • SoftBank leads $1 billion investment in U.S. fintech startup SoFi - Reuters - "SoftBank Group Corp said it had led a $1 billion investment in U.S. financial technology startup SoFi, calling it the largest single financing round in the fintech space to date."

On the Wires

  • First Data Announces Launch of its Initial Public Offering - "First Data (“First Data”) today announced the launch of its initial public offering of 160,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock. The initial public offering price is expected to be between $18.00 and $20.00 per share."
  • American Express Cards® Now Accepted at Sam’s Club - " In conjunction with the launch of Card acceptance, American Express is providing a special offer to eligible Card Members for use at Sam’s Club locations from October 1-31. Card Members can receive a one-time $25 statement credit after they use an enrolled, eligible American Express Card to spend $45 or more on a new Sam’s Club membership in-store."
  • Moneris expands portfolio of EMV®-capable solutions to United States - “Our proven track record gives merchants the peace of mind of knowing that they are working with a trusted and reliable EMV processor,” said Chris Lee, president, North American strategic partnerships and emerging markets. “We manage every aspect of the EMV migration and integration process, from design and testing, to certification and implementation, making the switch to EMV a seamless transition for merchants.”
  • CardLinx Launches Online System to Connect Merchants, Card-Linked Companies and Digital Publishers - "The CardLinx Association today announced the availability of a new online system enabling merchants and their card-linked technology partners to share their card-linked offers with digital advertising publishers. Card-linking enables consumers to link their existing credit or debit cards to digital coupons, loyalty programs or mobile wallets."

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