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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."

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!

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