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November 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 30, 2015

On the Web

  • China's Mobile Payments War Is Going Global - AdvertisingAge - "For brands catering to Chinese consumers, whether at home or overseas, Alipay and WeChat payment are the two main mobile payment players to watch and understand; their intense competition is driving innovation and new consumer habits."
  • Trouble in the Checkout Line: Which Way to Pay? - Wall St. Journal - "The choice at checkout used to be simple: Cash or credit? Now consumers confront a dizzying array of payment possibilities: PIN or signature? Dip or swipe? Wave or tap? You really want to pay with your watch?"
  • Four E-Commerce Lessons From Black Friday Weekend 2015 - Re/code.net - "According to multiple studies, ecommerce sales on Thanksgiving this year grew more than on Black Friday."
  • Watch Out, Visa and MasterCard; Here Comes Blockchain - Barron's - "The virtual currency had a surge of popularity before a panic led to extreme skepticism about such fantasy money. But blockchain technology is a sound idea that’s separate from Bitcoin, and it could end up having a far greater impact than the currency."
  • With IPO out of the way, payments disrupter Square plots Aussie growth - Financial Review - "Square's Australian country manager, Ben Pfisterer told The Australian Financial Review the company was about to embark on a local hiring spree, which would focus on marketing and business development, while it figured out plans to roll out some of its more well-known products."
  • Apple's Failed Retail Revolution: Beacons Still Won't Be Big on Black Friday - Bloomberg - "A survey conducted by Forrester earlier this year found that only 3 percent of retailers use beacons; just 16 percent had plans to try the technology in the foreseeable future."

On the Wires

  • Swatch Partners With Visa for Pay-By-The-Wrist Contactless Payments - "Swatch SA and Visa Inc. together with Visa Europe have signed an agreement giving eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S., Switzerland and Brazil the ability to tap and pay with Swatch’s new "pay-by-the-wrist" watch."
  • BlueSnap Launches the Powered Buy Platform - “Converting a shopper to a buyer on a mobile device requires more than just having a mobile-optimized site or an app,” says Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap. “We’ve spent the last year optimizing the set of capabilities that merchants need to solve their payments conversion problem — and built that into our Powered Buy Platform. Clients who’ve used it have seen their payment conversions increase dramatically – improving their sales literally overnight.”
  • Krispy Kreme® Launches Mobile Rewards Program Powered by NCR - “Our goal in developing the Krispy Kreme Rewards program was to enable guests to experience the joy that is Krispy Kreme and earn rewards for their loyalty,” said Tony Thompson, Krispy Kreme’s President and CEO. “It is critical for us to know our guests more personally and our mobile app provides the data that helps us meet the needs of today’s consumer.”

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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!

November 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 27, 2015

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On the Wires

  • The EPC Submitted to the ERPB its Proposal for the Design of an Instant Credit Transfer Scheme - "The European Payments Council (EPC) proposal for the design of a Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) instant credit transfer (SCT Inst) scheme was submitted on that day to the Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB), and approved."
  • New GSMA Study Highlights Role of Mobile in Delivering a Digital India - “India is a unique mobile market and one where the mobile ecosystem is playing a hugely influential role in transforming the lives of its citizens, and driving economic growth,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. “The market is now rapidly migrating to mobile broadband technology, which is providing a platform for India to transform into a digitally empowered society and connect many millions of unconnected citizens to the internet over the coming years.”
  • Five Ways to Keep the Grinch Out of Your Cybershopping: Tips from U.S. Bank Security Coach Jason Witty - US Bank - “It’s important to remember the critical role consumers play when it comes to protecting their personal information and data; they can’t rely on businesses and retailers alone,” said Jason Witty, Chief Information Security Officer at U.S. Bank. “Holiday shopping is fun, but it’s important to always remember the risks involved and take proper precautions.”

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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!

November 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 25, 2015

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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!

November 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 24, 2015

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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!

November 23, 2015

Last Call: Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp - Dec 1 and 2 in Palo Alto, CA

GP logo 140pxHere's a quick reminder that our last Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp for 2015 will be held next Tuesday and Wednesday - December 1-2 - in Palo Alto, California.

The Payments Boot Cmap will be followed by a one-day special Insight Workshop on Thursday, December 3 on the topic of Digital Payments - learn more about this workshop here.

Registration for both sessions is open - but will be closing in a few days.

If you have questions about our payments education program, please contact our partner Russ Jones for more information.

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 23, 2015

On the Web

  • How the payments industry is being disrupted - McKinsey - "Setting aside changes in macroeconomic fundamentals that are difficult to predict, we foresee four potential disruptions that will alter the payments landscape in the coming years..."
  • Digital Currencies - Bank for International Settlements (BIS) - "Such technology may have potential to improve some aspects of the efficiency of payment services and financial market infrastructures (FMIs) in general. In particular, these improvements might arise in circumstances where intermediation through a central party is not currently cost-effective. This report considers the possible implications of interest to central banks arising from these innovations."
  • iPhone - Guided Tour: Apple Pay - YouTube - "See how easy it is to set up Apple Pay and make quick, secure and private payments from your iPhone."
  • New Visa ad campaign for Apple Pay starts today in the UK with ‘anticipation’ theme - 9to5Mac - "Alongside a MasterCard promo offering free travel in London, Visa Europe is today launching a two-month long ad campaign designed to emphasize the speed, ease and reliability of the service."
  • Samsung will give you a $50 Best Buy gift card if you activate Samsung Pay - 9to5 Google - "Samsung really wants you to use its new payments service, and they’re even willing to give you a $50 Best Buy gift card if you get on board."
  • U.S. travelers in Cuba can now use Stonegate Bank debit card - Miami Herald - "Pompano Beach-based Stonegate Bank announced Thursday that it will offer customers a debit MasterCard that can be used in Cuba by Americans who qualify to visit the island under one of 12 categories of travel approved by the U.S government."

On the Wires

  • Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf to Combine, Creating Premier Self-Service Company for Financial and Retail Markets - “The rate of change we see in our industry is unprecedented, and by leveraging innovative solutions and talent from both organizations we will have the scale, strength and flexibility to help our customers through their own business transformation,” said Andy W. Mattes, Diebold president and chief executive officer (CEO). “Our new company will be well positioned for growth in high-value services and software -- particularly in the areas of managed services, branch automation, mobile and omnichannel solutions -- across a broader customer base."
  • UnionPay Ranks No.1 among All Newly-issued Bankcards in Hong Kong - "According to the latest data, the commercial banks in Hong Kong are very enthusiastic about issuing UnionPay cards. In 2014, UnionPay credit cards took up over 50% of all credit cards newly increased by various brands locally. Over 90% of the debit cards in circulation are UnionPay cards."
  • U.S. Bank Supports United States Marine Corps Toys for Tots Campaign; Announces Additional Donation Opportunity with Apple Pay - “U.S. Bank is focused on making it easier and more convenient for our customers to do business with us and the businesses where they shop,” said Cliff Cook, Senior Vice President for U.S. Bank Retail Payment Solutions. “This holiday season, we’re encouraging customers to try using Apple Pay™ and at the same time support the Toys for Tots campaign. Joining us in promoting this additional donation opportunity with Apple Pay are more than 140 small businesses in the Twin Cities and we appreciate their support.”
  • Chase Visa cardholders can now use Samsung Pay - “Samsung Pay gives our customers another convenient way to pay with their Chase Visa credit, debit or Chase Liquid® cards,” said Gavin Michael, Head of Digital for Chase. “They choose how they want to pay.”
  • Chase Freedom Survey Reveals Americans’ Holiday Shopping Habits; Cardholders Can Earn 10% Cash Back at Amazon.com Starting 11/23 - "In time to help holiday shoppers tick through shopping lists while saving time and earning cash back that can be put toward something fun for themselves, Chase Freedom will offer cardholders an extra 5% cash back (for a total of 10%) on up to $1,500 in new combined purchases at Amazon.com, Zappos.com, Diapers.com and Audible.com from November 23 through December 31."
  • Samsung Pay Adds Eight More Credit and Debit Card Issuers Including Chase - "Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that Samsung Pay, the most accepted mobile payment system, now supports eligible Chase Visa® credit, debit and Liquid® cards, as well as debit and credit offerings from MasterCard issuers: Citizens Equity First Credit Union, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union, Security Service Federal Credit Union, State Employees’ Credit Union, SunTrust and Virginia Credit Union."
  • Xero launches Apple Watch app - "Expanding on Xero’s apps for iPhone and iPad, Xero for Apple Watch also enables business owners to Xero in on bank transactions to see who's paid them, and the amount."

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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!

November 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 20, 2015

What I'm Reading

  • This week your editor has been enjoying reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
  • Sapiens is a fascinating story about humanity on earth that I'm really enjoying reading. While not directly related to payments or fintech, it provides lots of insights into human behavior! From the description: "One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?"
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • Introducing the Shift Card - Coinbase Blog - "The Shift Card is a VISA debit card that currently allows Coinbase users in twenty-four states in the U.S. to spend bitcoin online and offline at over 38 million merchants worldwide."
  • Fewer Digital Wallet Users Are Making Payments - eMarketer - "Digital wallet adoption is increasing in the US, but some common tasks such as making a payment or receiving money are actually becoming less common among users of such services, per September 2015 data."

On the Wires

  • Starwood Notifies Customers of Malware Intrusion - "Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today that the point of sale systems of a limited number of its hotels in North America were infected with malware, enabling unauthorized parties to access payment card data of some customers."
  • Holiday Retail Sales Driven by Confident Shoppers with More to Spend and More to Buy, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "Nearly half (47%) of those surveyed indicate they are more confident in their financial situation than last year (37%), and 48% plan to start their holiday shopping earlier this year. Improved finances and larger gift lists are cited as reasons that 32% of shoppers surveyed plan to spend more this season than last season, up from 21% in 2014. "
  • Wells Fargo Predicts Rise in Spending Heading into Black Friday - “Economic conditions and consumer confidence continue to improve as we head into the holiday shopping season,” said economist Michael Brown who co-authored the report with senior economist Eugenio Aleman, both part of Wells Fargo Securities Economics. “The National Retail Federation’s holiday spending survey found that the average holiday shopper is expected to spend 0.4 percent more per person than they did last year.”
  • Cardlytics Releases Holiday Consumer Spending Report - “As more consumers spend their holiday budgets closer to Christmas, the challenge for retailers is to engage shoppers at every opportunity,” said Dani Cushion, Chief Marketing Officer, Cardlytics. “Retailers should plan accordingly and adjust their strategy to offer variety in their deals, specifically targeted to each shopper profile throughout the holiday season.”
  • FIDO Authentication Poised for Continued Growth as Alliance Submits FIDO 2.0 Web API to W3C - "To carry this momentum into 2016, the FIDO Alliance today submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standards organization for the World Wide Web, a set of three technical specifications required to define a standard Web-based API designed to increase FIDO’s existing desktop, Chrome, Android and iOS reach to support other platforms."

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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!

November 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 19, 2015

On the Web

  • Why Square Has to Get Out of the Payments Circle - Wall St. Journal - "Square has gone public as a payments company. Its share price from here will depend on the company’s ability to reshape itself."
  • Square Shares Jump on Trading Debut - New York Times - "At the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the shares were up 45 percent, at $13.07. Earlier, the stock was up as much as 64 percent."
  • For Its I.P.O., Square Scales Back Valuation by $3 Billion - New York Times - "Square — valued in a private financing last year at $6 billion — priced its initial public offering at a level that gave the payments company a valuation of $2.9 billion."
  • Getting The Deal Done - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "If you believe in your business and yourself, take the money and get back to work. A financing is not an exit. The price matters less than the cash most of the time."
  • Startup Fuels Africa’s Mobile-Payment Boom - Wall St. Journal - "Founded in 2009, MFS Africa has pioneered a mobile payment platform embraced by the continent’s biggest telecommunications operators, which count about 500 million customers combined."

On the Wires

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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!

November 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 18, 2015

On the Web

  • Square IPO Offers Up a Litmus Test - Wall St. Journal - "The mobile-payments startup founded and run by Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Jack Dorsey is perhaps the highest-profile IPO out of San Francisco this year..."
  • Banks and Fintech Firms’ Relationship Status: It’s Complicated - Wall St. Journal - “The classic narrative is the Silicon Valley firebrand who’s taking on the system,” said Matt Harris, managing director of Bain Capital Ventures, an early Simple investor. In financial services, though, “that’s just not going to be a winning narrative.”
  • Blockchain: A Fundamental Shift for Financial Services Institutions - Capgemini - "In this paper, Capgemini looks at blockchain technology and how it can transform financial institutions. We also explore how to evaluate this new technology and what to consider when looking at blockchain as a transformational opportunity."
  • Fidelity Charitable Donors Can Now Contribute Bitcoin - Coinable Blog - "This partnership is the latest example of a large organization leveraging the power of the world’s largest, most secure blockchain, the Bitcoin blockchain."

On the Wires

  • Online Retail Fraud Attempts Increased by 30% in Past Year - “When it comes to fraud, 2015 is likely among the riskiest season retailers have ever seen; and it is critical that they prepare for a significant uptick in fraud, particularly within eCommerce channels,” said Mike Braatz, senior vice president, Payments Risk Management, ACI Worldwide. “Our findings suggest that merchants must be even more vigilant and shore up eCommerce fraud protocols, which may leave online shoppers more vulnerable.”

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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!

November 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 17, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Western Union Offers New Global Money Transfer Service on WeChat - “Given the proliferation of social media around the world, we are expanding our activities in this exciting area. It only makes sense to include the WeChat platform as part of the company’s innovative digital money transfer capabilities. By teaming with WeChat and deploying the WU Connect platform to its U.S. users, Western Union is offering yet another new method for consumers to move money worldwide."
  • Global Payments Announces Support for Apple Pay in Canada - “Following successful enablement in the U.S. and the UK, Global Payments is pleased to be one of the first providers in Canada to offer merchants the exciting opportunity to accept Apple Pay,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation.
  • Chase teams up with 18 technology partners to help merchants accept Chase Pay - "These industry leaders will help merchants integrate Chase Pay into their overall payment acceptance strategy,” said Michael K. Passilla, CEO of Commerce Solutions, the global payment processor and merchant acquirer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. “Chase Pay solves a number of pain points for consumers and merchants to improve the customer experience and drive down the cost of payments.” - The technology partners announced include: 3Delta Systems, AJB Software, Aria Systems, Auric Systems, Authorize.Net, BridgePay, Bytemark, CardinalCommerce, FIS ClearCommerce, CyberSource, iBiz Software, LevelUp, Miva, P97, Recurly, USAePay, Vindicia and Xpress Bill Pay.
  • PayPal 2nd Annual Global Report Shows More Than 1/3 of Chinese Online Shoppers Now Buying Cross-Border - "Amidst a year of market-moving news coming out of China, no shortage of attention has been paid to its growing consumer class’ buying power as more enter the global online ecommerce market. This year’s findings support the growth trend: 35 percent of online shoppers claim to have shopped cross-border in 2015, vs. 26 percent in 2014."
  • Align Commerce Closes $12.5 Million Series A Round Led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) - "For far too long the cost and complications of existing payment systems have hindered startups and SMBs from fully capitalizing on global trade,” said Marwan Forzley, CEO of Align Commerce. “The Align Commerce platform cuts through time-consuming red tape and excessive fees that have unnecessarily burdened users. Existing systems have seen little innovation in the face of game-changing new technologies, and the entire experience is overdue for a radically different approach.”
  • First Data and NCR Sign Strategic Commercial Agreement - "First Data will be a preferred provider of cybersecurity and payment processing solutions to NCR’s customers in the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries. NCR will be a preferred provider of ATM hardware and services to First Data’s client base of more than 4,000 financial institutions. The two industry leaders will also pursue co-development of integrated commerce technology solutions for U.S. merchant clients."
  • NFC Forum: U.S. Retailers May Not Be as Prepared for Retail Payments Migration as They Think - "The white paper describes ways for merchants to secure their businesses against fraud while accepting payment from customers in the way they prefer to pay. "
  • Synchrony Financial Announces Completion of Separation from GE - “This is an historic day for Synchrony Financial,” stated Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Today we launch the next stage in our company’s future – pursuing a long-term strategy focused on Synchrony’s business objectives as a stand-alone company. I am very proud of our employees, who have prepared us for this day, while continuing to serve our partners and customers and to grow our business.”

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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!

November 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 16, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Nordstrom Launches Enhanced E-Gifting Experience with CashStar - "With CashStar Commerce, Nordstrom has enabled its customers to create a highly personalized e-gifting experience for their recipients with a large selection of Nordstrom-designed faceplates and artwork and ability to add a personalized message. The eGift card is delivered in a virtual Nordstrom silver envelope, an extension of Nordstrom’s signature silver box experience. Senders can also choose to have the eGift delivered instantly or on a future date and will receive notification when their gift has been viewed."
  • U.S. Bank Consumer Study Raises New Perspective on How Banks Balance Technology with a Human Touch - "Approximately 70 percent of consumers across all generations (85 percent of millennials) believe banks that are current with the latest technology are more trustworthy than banks that lag; however, nearly 4 out of 5 Americans say when it matters most, they value people more."
  • MasterCard Connects Startups to Its Global Network of Big Brand Partners - "Launched in 2014, MasterCard Start Path is a global effort to support innovative early stage startups developing the next generation of commerce solutions. This initial class of early-stage startups, selected from more than 200 applicants, are using big data, mobile and cloud-based applications to build digital relationships, empower consumers and simplify complicated tasks."
  • JCB Certified for U.S. EMV Chip Card Acceptance - "We are extremely pleased to achieve our first U.S. EMV acceptance certification,” said Dan Skaling, executive vice president for JCBUSA. “JCB has been a leader in EMV card acceptance in markets around the world for the past 10 years,” added Skaling. “Being able to give our cardholders this same safety and security when making purchases in the United States is a top priority,” continued Skaling.
  • Chase Commerce Solutions will streamline EMV certification with Host Payment solution from UL - "The "Chase Payment" module, which works with UL's existing Brand Test Tool solution, was specially designed for Chase so that their large and midsized business clients can test and pre-certify their end-to-end EMV solution prior to certification," says Sherif Samy the Commercial Director of UL's Transaction Security Division."

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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!

November 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 13, 2015

What I'm Reading

  • This weekend your editor will be reading a book recommended by one of our readers (Joel F.): Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence by Joseph J. Ellis.
  • A distinctive portrait of the crescendo moment in American history from the Pulitzer-winning American historian, Joseph Ellis. From Amazon's review: "Reading Revolutionary Summer is like receiving a distinguished lecture from a man who has dedicated many fruitful decades to breathing life into our understanding of history—he makes Washington, Adams, Jefferson, and others of the era come alive for the reader."
  • 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

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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!

November 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 12, 2015

On the Web

  • Paying Your Pals With Digital Options From Venmo to Facebook - ABC News - "Cash is passe, say digital mavens. If you really want to pay your friends back for that pizza party, use an app to shoot money to their mobile-phone number — or their Facebook account."
  • What lies behind the JPMorgan Chase cyber-attack - Economist - "The proceeds, since the scams started in 2007, amount to hundreds of millions of dollars. They stole personal data relating to more than 100m people, 83m of them customers of JPMorgan Chase."
  • Sending money overseas: could the blockchain hold the answer? - "By combining our experience as the largest payments network in the world, with Epiphyte’s knowledge of the distributed ledger, we’re hoping we can identify ways to improve the experience and better understand how these findings might be applied to remittance processes in the future."
  • New York FinTech Innovation Lab 2016 - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "If you are starting or building a company that is focused on the fintech sector and would like some help on strategy, product market fit, and business development, this is a great program to consider."

On the Wires

  • PayPal Completes Acquisition of Xoom - "Xoom will operate as a separate service within PayPal under the continued leadership of John Kunze, who has joined PayPal’s executive staff and will report to PayPal CEO Dan Schulman."
  • Chase Celebrates the Holidays with VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus® Cardmembers - “Every year we look forward to providing the VIP Lounge experience for United MileagePlus Cardmembers to enjoy some much needed relief from the hectic holiday shopping crowds,” said David Gold, general manager, Chase. “Whether it’s heading to the mall or traveling on vacation, we always look for exciting ways to give our Cardmembers unique benefits and special programs, such as the VIP Lounge and Inside Access events.”
  • MasterCard Expands Consumer Protection Across the Globe - “Over the past few years, consumers have grown increasingly concerned about the security of their data and account information, and liability for unauthorized transactions,” said Nancy O’Malley, chief payment system integrity officer, Enterprise Security Solutions at MasterCard. “With this new global program, we, together with our issuers, are providing our cardholders with additional peace of mind regardless of where they live or travel.”
  • MasterCard Announces Executive Appointments - "Ed McLaughlin has been named chief information officer." "Garry Lyons, chief innovation officer, will now lead the Digital Payments and MasterCard Labs organizations." "Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer, will add communications to his responsibilities." "Chris Monteiro will become chief communications and digital marketing officer, reporting to Rajamannar."
  • SWIFT Institute: New research evaluates real-time payment systems - "The report, entitled “Near Real-time Retail Payment and Settlement Mechanism Design” by Zhiling Guo, Robert J. Kauffman, Mei Lin, and Dan Ma from the School of Information Systems at Singapore Management University focuses on the development of a ‘hybrid priority queuing mechanism’ for faster payment settlement systems."
  • Heartland, The Pinnacle Corporation First to Offer Integrated EMV POS Solution for Convenience Petroleum Merchants - "Heartland and Pinnacle’s Palm POS™ system provides petro retailers with the highest level of protection available against card-present data fraud and will accept EMV chip-cards for indoor and contact transactions."
  • Credit Karma Launches Direct Dispute Feature to Help the One in Four Americans with a Credit Report Error - “Nearly half of Americans have not checked their credit report2, so many have errors which might be hurting their credit score. We want to change that,” said Ken Lin, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Karma. “Our online Direct Dispute feature lets our members easily take action as soon as they see an error."

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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!

November 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 11, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

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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!

November 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 10, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • £250,000 Faster Payments Open for Business - "Banks and building societies can enable their customers to send Faster Payments of up to £250,000 per payment from today (Tuesday 10 November 2015), following an increase to the scheme limit announced by Faster Payments Scheme Limited (FPSL)."
  • U.S. Bank Launches First Mobile Payment App for General Aviation - "Private and business aviation pilots can now pay for fueling and services directly from their phones with a new app from U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation. MSA Pay, which went live this week, is the first mobile payment app in the general aviation space, designed specifically for the ordering, payment and back office needs of pilots."
  • U.S. News & World Report Releases the Best Credit Cards Rankings - "U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, has released a Best Credit Cards web portal to help the estimated 167 million American adults who have a credit card make smarter decisions about which ones to include in their wallet."

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!

November 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 9, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • PAX Appointed Leading Payment Vendor at Russia's Sberbank - "PAX Technology, a global leader in the provision of secure electronic payment terminal solutions, has become the major payment terminal supplier to Sberbank, the largest bank in Russia."
  • ShopWithMe Introduces the World's First Smart, Interactive Retail Store - "Jonathan Jenkins, Founder and CEO of WithMe, created a "smart store" to bring the best of both offline and online shopping together under one roof, while creating personalized experiences for every shopper. The store itself is completely mobile, and designed to be mass-produced so they can be deployed across the US or shipped anywhere around the world."

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!

November 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 6, 2015

What I'm Reading

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
  • Hamilton, the hit musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda now on Broadway, was inspired by this 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton. From the book's description: "In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • The Uberization of Money - Wall St. Journal - "Over the next decade, the familiar 20th-century modes of banking and investing will give way to something very different. We are on the verge of the Uberization of finance, which will bring multiple new opportunities but also a range of new risks."
  • Discussion Paper Released: Exploring the Use of Anonymized Consumer Credit Information to Estimate Economic Conditions: An Application of Big Data - Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia - "The emergence of high-frequency administrative data and other big data offers an opportunity for improvements to economic forecasting models. This paper considers the potential advantages and limitations of using information contained in anonymized consumer credit reports for improving estimates of current and future economic conditions for various geographic areas and demographic markets."
  • Square Sets Conservative I.P.O. Price Range - New York Times - "Even at the high end of the range set by Square, the valuation would be $4.2 billion, representing a 30 percent discount to the $6 billion that Square was valued at privately."

On the Wires

  • U.S. Bank Introduces ScoreBoard, an Online Payment-Management Tool for Consumers - "Available through U.S. Bank internet banking, ScoreBoard features easy-to-read charts and graphs that provide a monthly snapshot of credit-card purchases and payments, such as travel, home improvement and gas purchases."
  • Former Borderfree CEO Michael DeSimone Appointed as ShopKeep’s New Chief Operating Officer - “Over the past year ShopKeep has grown exponentially and it’s important for us to be strategic about how we continue to operate and scale the company,” said ShopKeep CEO and President, Norm Merritt. “Mike’s extensive experience in operations, as well as his deep understanding of the market, will be incredibly important to us as we work to introduce new services that benefit our merchants. I am excited to work closely with Mike to chart ShopKeep’s continued path forward, and further our mission of helping small businesses take back Main Street.”

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November 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 5, 2015

On the Web

  • Distribution v Innovation - Alex Rampell - "This is the flaw with looking at Square and Stripe and calling them commodity players. They have the distribution. They have the engineering talent. They can build their own TiVo."
  • Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Will Not Survive - CoinDesk - "This is my personal opinion, there will be no real, non-controlled currency in the world. There is no government that's going to put up with it for long ... there will be no currency that gets around government controls."
  • Uber is trying to lure new drivers by offering bank accounts - Quartz - "The plan, which is in its early stages, would allow drivers to easily register for a bank account or prepaid card when signing up to work for Uber..."

On the Wires

  • Walgreens First to Launch Loyalty Program Integration with Apple Pay - "Walgreens Balance® Rewards members can now seamlessly use their account through Apple Pay - without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay."
  • ACI Worldwide Acquires Leading Global eCommerce Payments Solutions Provider, PAY.ON - "Based in Munich, Germany, PAY.ON delivers a white label global payment gateway solution to payment services providers (PSPs) and acquirers globally. PAY.ON’s solution features connectivity to more than 300 alternative payment methods and card acquirers in more than 160 countries."
  • Payoneer Selected by Amazon to Expand Cross-Border Payment Options in Select Countries - "In cooperation with Payoneer, Amazon now allows sellers to sign up for Payoneer directly from Amazon Seller Central. Upon Payoneer registration, sellers receive online accounts that can collect Amazon disbursements, and that provide access to these disbursements through local bank account withdrawal or through the use of a Payoneer MasterCard®. This alliance marks the first time that Amazon has expanded Seller Central cross-border payment capabilities through alliance with an external payment solution."
  • Federal Reserve Announces Sixth Triennial Study to Examine U.S. Payments Usage - "The 2016 Federal Reserve Payments Study consists of three complimentary survey efforts commissioned to estimate the number, dollar value and composition of retail noncash payments in the United States for calendar year 2015. The study will request full-year 2015 payments data for various payment types from respondents to two of the three survey components; the third component involves a random sampling of checks processed in 2015 to determine distribution of party, counterparty and purpose. Results from all three survey components will be used to estimate current trends in the use of payment instruments by U.S. consumers and businesses."
  • Wells Fargo Spurs Innovation with New Startup Accelerator Class - “Our Startup Accelerator expands our vision of the future of financial services beyond the boundaries of Wells Fargo and banking, introducing us to innovators who want to shape how our customers handle their financial needs in the future,” said Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Group. "Our business and technology leaders work closely with accelerator members to test concepts, validate technologies, identify market opportunities, and guide them through the process of bringing their ideas to market.”
  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Visa Customers Can Now Instantly Redeem Reward Points to Pay for Purchases - "Customers simply activate Real-Time Rewards, make a purchase with their FlexPerks Visa card, and respond to a text message to accept or decline a redemption offer. Accepted offers trigger a credit to the customer’s billing statement for the purchase amount and a deduction of FlexPoints from the customer’s point balance."

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November 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 4, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • ACI Strengthens Board of Directors with Appointment of Payments Luminary - ACI Worldwide announced today the appointment of Janet Estep to its Board of Directors. Estep serves as president and CEO of NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association® that oversees the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network.
  • Worldline and Equens Intend to Join Forces to Create the New Pan-European Leader in Payment Services - "Worldline and Equens consider this step as a major milestone in the consolidation of the European payments market. The strategic aim of the new entity is to be one of the leading and most innovative payment service providers for financial institutions and corporates in Europe."
  • Fast B2B Bill Payment: Entryless Releases Seamless Payments - "With the release of Entryless Seamless Payments, users have one application that automates bills from receiving to paying. Users can upload bills or receive them directly from suppliers. Entryless automates data entry, review and approval, then synchronizes bills with the accounting system. Entryless Seamless Payments allows users to then make payments in the same application as their bills are recorded. Synchronization with accounting software captures all activities in the business accounting system."
  • P97 Networks Helps Accelerate Mobile Commerce for Retail Fuels Market - “We are excited to accelerate the digital transformation of the fueling, parking and quick service restaurant industries by providing a marketplace to help simplify the merchant and consumer experience,” said Gil Perez, SVP IoT & Customer Innovation, General Manager Connected Vehicles at SAP. “SAP Vehicles Network harnesses the power of SAP HANA® Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things to offer a simpler and more secure set of cloud micro services to help app developers, merchants or automotive OEMs consume and generate new revenue streams.”

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November 03, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 3, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • American Express and Airbnb Launch First-of-Its-Kind Booking Experience and American Express Loyalty Program Integration for Card Members - “We welcome millions of Amex Card Members to belong anywhere with Airbnb,” said Lex Bayer, Head of Global Payments and Business Development, Airbnb. “Whether staying at a bungalow in Bali with Membership Rewards points, or a business trip to London with your Amex Card, this partnership makes booking an Airbnb in over 190 countries seamless and allows Card Members to be verified with their American Express login within the trusted community of Airbnb.”
  • Fiserv and Early Warning Partner to Enable Real-Time Bill Payment and Real-Time Deposit Services for U.S. Financial Institutions - "The partnership between Fiserv and Early Warning brings together the leading provider of electronic bill payment and the leading provider of real-time deposit account verification and funds availability to enable broader consumer access to real-time services through their financial institutions. Combined, the Fiserv and Early Warning networks reach more than 6,000 banks and credit unions, including the 40 largest financial institutions in the U.S. and thousands of mid-size and community financial institutions, representing more than 75 percent of all deposit accounts in the U.S. The NOW Network from Fiserv also connects to tens of thousands of billers."
  • Intuit’s New Banking Integration Technology Can Make Accounting More Accurate and Seamless - “This new bank feeds technology is all about leveraging the power of our platform to save small businesses time by automating the process of entering data into QuickBooks,” said Avi Golan, vice president and general manager of the Intuit Developer Group. “We’re pleased to be working with American Express to enable American Express OPEN Card Members to be the first to benefit from this new technology. This is a great example of how our open platform approach allows us to partner with leading companies who can help small businesses be more efficient and effective.”
  • Fractals Delivers Intelligent Card and eBanking Fraud Detection for the Enterprise - "Fractals’ new eBanking channel brings the intelligent fraud detection functionality of Fractals to the internet and mobile banking space. As well as monitoring financial transactions, such as payments and transfers, Fractals also monitors non-financial transactions, including login attempts, changes of personal data and creation of new recipients which might indicate fraud on an account."
  • MasterCard Names Craig Vosburg, President, North America Markets, Succeeding Chris McWilton - "Vosburg, 48, was most recently the company’s chief product officer, a role he held since April 1, 2014. In this role, he led the development, commercialization and management of the company’s global Core Products offerings which include consumer credit and debit, commercial, prepaid and loyalty solutions."
  • Catherine Moore named President for Commerce Solutions, Europe, for J.P. Morgan - “Catherine is an outstanding leader and an experienced manager whose wealth of knowledge and insight into the payments industry and this region will be invaluable in our drive to boost our current market position, enable our clients to grow, and make the most of new business opportunities throughout Europe,” said Michael K. Passilla, CEO for Chase Commerce Solutions.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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November 02, 2015

Visa Inc. to Acquire Visa Europe

Visa 2014 logo 140x60Visa Inc. and Visa Europe Ltd. have announced a definitive agreement for Visa Inc. to acquire Visa Europe.

The transaction consists of upfront consideration of €16.5 billion with the potential for an additional earn-out of up to €4.7 billion payable following the fourth anniversary of closing, for a total value of up to €21.2 billion. The upfront consideration comprises €11.5 billion of cash and preferred stock convertible into Visa Inc. class A common stock valued at €5 billion. Both companies’ boards were unanimous in their support of the transaction. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close in Visa Inc.’s fiscal third quarter of 2016.

“We are very excited about unifying Visa into a single global company with unmatched scale, technology and services,” said Charles W. Scharf, chief executive officer, Visa Inc. “This transaction is beneficial for financial institutions, acquirers, merchants, cardholders, and other partners, as well as for our employees and shareholders. The Visa Europe team has done a tremendous job building a leading payments system that is trusted and respected across Europe, and together we will bring the power of electronic payments to more people, in more places, than ever before.”

“Visa is a great global brand with a proud history and exciting future. Visa Europe has delivered impressive results over recent years and the Board believes that it is the right time to reunite these two very healthy businesses under common management. The deal will unlock significant value for members both through the consideration paid and because the Board believes a combined Visa will be better positioned to serve the needs of customers going forward. We are confident that Visa Inc. is committed to long term investment and development of the European business,” said Gary Hoffman, Chairman of the Visa Europe Board.

In discussing integration plans, Scharf commented, “We look forward to the new integrated Visa, and we are fully committed to ensuring our efforts in Europe are tailored to meet local market needs. This includes being responsive to the evolving regulatory landscape, maintaining a European data center, and partnering with Europe’s growing payments ecosystem to co-develop locally-relevant products, services and experiences. This combination strengthens our payments system in Europe, as together we have even greater financial resources to invest in technology assets. Finally, we will continue to have a strong local management team in Europe, with London remaining as headquarters for the region.”

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 2, 2015

On the Web

  • Will NACHA's Same-Day ACH Rules Change Be an Exception-Only Service, At Least in the Short Term? - Take on Payments Blog - "Given these compromises, what do you think financial institutions can do to accelerate broader adoption of same-day?"
  • The great chain of being sure about things - Economist - "The advent of distributed ledgers opens up an “entirely new quadrant of possibilities”, in the words of Albert Wenger of USV, a New York venture firm that has invested in startups such as OpenBazaar, a middleman-free peer-to-peer marketplace. But for all that the blockchain is open and exciting, sceptics argue that its security may yet be fallible and its procedures may not scale. What works for bitcoin and a few niche applications may be unable to support thousands of different services with millions of users."
  • Are Bitcoin and the Blockchain Joined At The Hip? - AVC.com (Fred Wilson) - "Obviously Bitcoin could become “nothing more than a curiosity” if all the action moves to other blockchains. But right now the Bitcoin blockchain has an order of magnitude more hashing power and market cap, so we are certainly not seeing any other blockchains developing the kind of network effects that Bitcoin has."
  • Things I Think I Know About Blockchains, Public and Private - Medium (Ryan Shea) - "The Bitcoin blockchain is currently the strongest and most secure blockchain by far, so it just makes sense to build on top of it. This may change over time, but for now the Bitcoin blockchain reigns supreme."
  • Amazon Shutting Down Its ‘Register’ Credit Card Processor - New York Times - "Much like competing products from Square and PayPal, the idea was to bring payments processing to businesses that did not previously offer it. That plan did not work out. Amazon stopped offering the device to new merchants as of Friday evening, and it will stop supporting Amazon Register by February."

On the Wires

  • Visa Inc. Reports Strong Fiscal Fourth Quarter Adjusted Earnings Per Share Growth of 14% - "Visa’s fiscal fourth quarter was a strong finish to an equally strong fiscal full-year 2015 in terms of revenue and earnings per share growth in the face of a continued challenging global economic environment. The underlying growth of our franchise continued as evidenced by our strong payments volumes as well as new and renewed partnerships during the year. Most importantly, we continued to build our capabilities at the physical point-of-sale as well as in the digital space,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. “Although fiscal 2016 reported growth rates will be negatively impacted by a strong US dollar and an uneven global economy, we are well positioned for strong success in 2017 and well beyond.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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!

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