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December 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 16, 2014

On the Web:

  • Banks: Park-n-Fly Online Card Breach - Krebs on Security - "...Park-n-Fly said it recently engaged multiple outside security firms to investigate breach claims made by financial institutions, but so far has been unable to find a breach of its systems."
  • Mobile rewards gain stature as currency for airlines - Mobile Commerce Daily - “Last month, we began offering our MileagePlus X mobile app to a test group of members, enabling them to use their mobile devices to earn miles when making purchases at certain stores.”
  • Dozens More Companies Sign Up for Apple Pay - New York Times - "On Tuesday, Apple announced that in recent weeks the company had signed up dozens more banks, retail stores and start-ups to adopt Apple Pay..."
  • Samsung in Talks to Launch Apple Pay Competitor - Re/code.net - "It is not yet clear if Samsung has reached a deal with the startup, Burlington, Massachusetts-based LoopPay. One source said the deal could still fall apart. A prototype of the payments system working on a Samsung phone has been created, the other source said."
  • Australian Regulator: Bitcoin is Not a Financial Product - CoinDesk - "Digital currencies are not a financial product and operators do not need licenses to trade or hold them, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has said."

On the Wires:

  • Adyen Raises $250 Million in Funding to Accelerate Growth of Its Global Payments Platform - “Adyen is at the forefront of a rapidly globalizing payments market with tremendous growth potential,” said Jonathan Korngold, managing director and global head of General Atlantic’s Financial Services Sector. He continued, “In addition to exponential growth in e-commerce, we are also seeing a rise in consumer demand for integrated experiences across in-store and online shopping. Considering the inherent opportunities in both of these trends, we believe that Adyen is well-positioned to extend its position as the leading global payments solution in the years to come.”
  • First Data and Verifone Partner to Combat Consumer Payment Data Theft - "While EMV acceptance in the marketplace will strengthen data protection, it creates a burden on merchants and those that serve them,” said Guy Chiarello, president of First Data. “This partnership with Verifone furthers our objective of working with the leading payment technology providers to benefit merchants and their customers.”
  • EMV Chip Technology Is the Future of U.S. Payments: Get the Facts in New EMV Migration Forum Infographic - "The Forum developed this resource to be a high-level, easy-to-read visual guide to the must-know facts about chip technology and the U.S. migration. We think this will be a particularly useful aid for payment stakeholders in building their own educational materials on chip payments."
  • ShopKeep Apple Pay & Chip Card Reader Available Now - "ShopKeep’s new reader offers independent business owners the latest in payment technology and additional security features for each credit card transaction. The device, powered by Ingenico Mobile Solutions, the leading mobile commerce platform provider, connects to the ShopKeep register app via Bluetooth. It retails for $249, and for a limited time, new customers will receive a free reader upon signing up for a ShopKeep account."
  • NCR Silver POS Integrates with LevelUp to Provide Merchants with New Payment Option - "NCR Silver merchants can activate the LevelUp application as a payment option in their POS system. Once activated, customers pay by scanning unique QR codes generated by the LevelUp app during checkout."
  • Time Inc. Partners with Coinbase to Become the First Major Magazine Publisher to Accept Bitcoin Payments - "Time Inc. joins a growing list of businesses, such as Overstock.com, Google and Expedia, partnering with Coinbase to integrate bitcoin into their customer payment options."
  • Elavon and Union Bank Extend Alliance Relationship - “Merchant Services is an important offering that helps our customers grow their businesses,” said Brian Milton, managing director of Retail Home Equity, Credit Card and Merchant Services for Union Bank. “By combining our banking expertise with Elavon's premier payment-processing network, our customers have a one-stop solution for all of their banking and payment-processing needs.”
  • Apple's® iBeacon™ Technology Made Simple for Retailers, App Developers and Consumers with New BeaconStream End-to-End Solution - "By offering intelligent software and better beacons, we've made it easy for every part of the ecosystem to generate and experience the magical moments that iBeacon technology delivers," said Venkat Nallapati, CEO, BeaconStream. "Our breakthrough solution removes the complexity of implementing real-world interactions with consumers and offers superior features to enhance and track return-on-investment."

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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!

December 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 3, 2014

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  • The last Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp of 2014 is being held next week, December 9 and 10, in Palo Alto, California. Our Payments Boot Camp provides a comprehensive introduction to the payments systems in the U.S., an overview of global payments, and lots of insights into what's happening in emerging payments. Join Carol Coye Benson and me for this final session of the year! - register here!

On the Web:

  • Sweden’s Klarna to Invest $100 Million in U.S. Launch - Wall St. Journal - "Unlike other tech startups, which tend to prefer working out of Silicon Valley or New York, the Swedish company has decided to set up shop in Columbus, Ohio."
  • Mobile Wallets: A Smart Way to Pay? - Kiplinger - "Using your smartphone to store your credit card and bank information is convenient and secure, but don’t leave your wallet at home just yet."
  • Apple Pay from the Front Lines - GonzoBanker - "After using my iPhone for less than a month to make about a dozen payments, I’ve actually started to unintentionally reach for my phone instead of my wallet when it’s time to pay for something. Yikes."
  • With Fraud Afoot, Shield Your Wallet - New York Times - "That is why it’s a good idea to use a credit card when shopping online, or if you must use a debit card, use it in conjunction with something like PayPal..."
  • Preparing for Chip-and-PIN Cards in the United States - New York Times - "In total, roughly 70 percent of credit cards and 40 percent of debit cards are expected to use the technology by the end of next year, though the introduction of upgraded checkout systems will not be completed until the end of the decade."
  • Taking One Touch™ Mobile Payments International - Braintree Blog - "Today, in an effort to help people and businesses connect more seamlessly, reduce friction from buying on mobile and support innovation globally, we’re rolling out One Touch with PayPal in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the UK."
  • Seeing Explosive Mobile Growth as We Open Our New Office in San Francisco - Braintree Blog - "Our data confirms what we’ve known all along -- mobile is becoming the primary computing device and consumers are starting to expect a frictionless buying experience on mobile."
  • Why Apple Pay may be the gateway drug bitcoin needs - Gigaom - "Most consumers don’t understand the technology that is transferring the USD in their iPhone to the Walgreens, so if that was replaced with bitcoin’s blockchain technology, one may not notice."
  • This Investor Thinks Bitcoin Will Change EVERYTHING — Not Just Finance - Business Insider UK - "The Bitcoin block chain is different because everything underlying it is published, and there's no central controlling entity."
  • O’Reilly Media Unveils Blockchain Event, Announces Bitcoin Integration Nationwide - Coinbase Blog - "Taking place this winter in San Francisco, the one-day event will give attendees an opportunity to learn about Bitcoin’s significance and potential, and educate them on ways to leverage its tools, technologies and processes to expand and contribute to the ecosystem."

On the Wires:

  • New Innovation Lab in East Africa to Expand Digital Financial Services - "MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion launching in East Africa with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop financial services that help people build better futures..."
  • Amadeus and Worldpay partnership further simplifies travel payments - Celia Pereiro, Head of Travel Payments at Amadeus commented: “We are pleased to partner with one of Europe’s largest payment services providers. Worldpay will help us to fulfil our customers’ payment needs across the globe through a simple payment experience offered to their travellers."
  • MasterCard Takes Priceless Surprises To New Heights - “Today’s surprise is just one way we’re taking our Priceless Surprises platform to a whole new level by bringing in new partners and delivering surprises through new platforms to drive cardholder affinity,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer, MasterCard.

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 19, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 19, 2014

On the Web:

  • Most People Are Only Thinking About Compliance - Bitcoin Foundation Blog (Jim Harper) - "Without prevention of real-world harms to target, banks will manage a different risk, which is the risk of regulatory action. The incentives to “de-risk” entire business lines, including digital currency, will remain strong. Risk aversion in financial services was the top threat to Bitcoin’s success identified in the study we released earlier this year."
  • United Airlines deploys iPads for airport purchases funded by miles - Mobile Commerce Daily - "In total, nearly 6,000 iPads will be stationed around the New Jersey airport’s Terminal C in a bid to elevate the airport experience with sophisticated technology, dining and design."

On the Wires:

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 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 17, 2014

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Apple Adds UnionPay Payment Option for App Store Customers in China - “The ability to buy apps and make purchases using UnionPay cards has been one of the most requested features from our customers in China,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “China is already our second largest market for app downloads, and now we’re providing users with an incredibly convenient way to purchase their favorite apps with just one-tap.”
  • Blockstream closes $21M seed round - "I’m excited to announce today Blockstream closed a $21 million seed round. Our nearly 40 investors include many well-known pioneers of the Internet and financial services sectors."
  • Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst Magazines Create Original Cross-Platform Content Partnership to Support the Launch of the Citi® Double Cash Card - "Citi, Scripps Networks Interactive and Hearst Magazines today announced a cross-platform marketing relationship that presents seasonal cooking, entertaining and gifting ideas across Food Network and HGTV digital and magazine properties to support the launch of the Citi Double Cash Card."
  • MoneyPass Network Partners with MasterCard on U.S. Common Debit AID Solution - “Our collaboration with MasterCard will enable the MoneyPass Network to process chip-based ATM transactions on MasterCard Debit cards,” said Troy Cullen, President of Elan Financial Services. “We are confident the agreement we have reached with MasterCard will further expand EMV adoption goals within the United States."
  • Dollar General Now Accepting American Express - “We strive to provide our customers with a simple and hassle-free shopping experience,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief operating officer. “The acceptance of the American Express card makes shopping even easier by offering additional flexibility in customers’ payment choices and is consistent with many of our new initiatives, including DG Digital Coupons, which are all aimed at making it easy to save time and save money at Dollar General.”

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!

August 27, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 27, 2014

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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!

June 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 18, 2014

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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!

May 22, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2014

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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!

September 04, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 4, 2013

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November 29, 2011

Acculynk Forms International Internet PIN Acceptance Consortium

Acculynk logo 140pxAcculynk, along with several eCommerce merchants, has announced the formation of the International Internet PIN Acceptance Consortium.

“Having this type of Consortium is important to the airline industry. PaySecure’s innovative solution for facilitating internet PIN debit acceptance in the US, offers a simple, cost-effective model that can readily be established as a standard for international e-commerce,” said Frank DiNuzzo, Managing Director, Market Performance of American Airlines. “We need to ensure, as a collective body, that we establish mutually beneficial processes that facilitate the growth in international e-commerce by offering consumers easy, secure options for internet PIN debit.”

September 07, 2011

Alipay Acquires OnCard Payments

Alipay logo 115pxChinaTechNews is reporting that Alipay has acquired OnCard Payments, the third-party payment service subsidiary of Australia's OnCard International. Integrating the two services together, it's believed, will help Alipay's 550 million registered users buy airline tickets from major Asian carriers.

December 10, 2010

Airline and Travel Payments Summit (ATPS) Presentations

atps_2010_logo_140px.pngThe presentations from this year's Airline and Travel Payments Summit (ATPS), held in San Francisco in late November, are now available online in PDF format, sixteen in total. Lufthansa Systems provided a nice overview of how to mitigate PCI compliance costs through tokenization.

September 01, 2010

Airline Payments Survey

survey_graphic.pngA recent Airline Information survey, sponsored by Adyen, found that:

  • 33% of airlines are accepting payments from mobile devices
  • 50% of airlines are able to accept payments via self-service kiosks
  • 70% of airlines are not planning to surcharge for credit card payments (even if they are legally permitted to do so)
Full survey results will be presented at the Airline and Travel Payment Summit (ATPS) in San Francisco starting Nov 30, 2010. Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be moderating a panel and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

February 03, 2010

New on PaymentsViews.com: Localization of Payments

In an article titled "Localization of Payments: Lessons from Online Travel", Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton writes about how payments are inherently local in nature - based on speeches and a panel discussion that she led at ATPS 2009 – Airline and Travel Payments Summit - held in early December 2009.

August 06, 2009

Airlines and Card Fraud

41stParameter_logo-140px.jpgFraud detection tools and payment fraud losses are top of mind according to a recent webinar and poll of airline fraud investigators. The survey results, released by 41st Parameter report insufficient rules and defense mechanisms in place at most airlines. The results forecast the continued emergence of new reservation booking vehicles and a shift in the payment landscape. READ MORE »

August 03, 2009

Chase, United Airlines Launch Three New Premium Credit Cards

Chase_logo-140px.jpgThree new premium Visa credit cards have been announced by United and Chase Card Services including the United Mileage Plus Club Visa Card, The United Mileage Plus Access Visa Card and The United Mileage Plus Select Visa Card.

According to the companies, "with these new cards, cardholders will receive exclusive benefits, including Red Carpet Club membership, Economy Plus seating, up to 5,000 or 10,000 miles that count toward elite status, or double and triple miles toward redeeming an award ticket."

Note that these three new premium cards have annual fees ranging from $130 to $375 annually. READ MORE »

July 15, 2009

Ingenico Develops Chip and PIN Self-Service Airport Kiosks

Ingenico_logo-140px.jpgIngenico has announced a three-year partnership with Ryanair to develop the world’s first self-service passenger kiosks with chip and pin technology to allow passengers to purchase optional services such as priority boarding when they arrive at the airport. READ MORE »

June 15, 2009

SunTrust, Delta to Introduce New SkyMiles Check Cards

suntrust-delta-skymiles-debit-140px.jpgSunTrust and Delta Air Lines have announced that consumers and businesses will soon be able to earn Delta miles on all signature-based purchases made with a new SunTrust SkyMiles Check Card, launching June 22. According to the two companies, "this will be the first time Delta has offered mileage-earning opportunities through a check card, and is the first co-branded check card relationship for SunTrust." The card will have a minimum annual fee of $20. READ MORE »

June 08, 2009

Emirates Airline Partners with GlobalCollect

Emirates has announced it has implemented GlobalCollect’s payment processing service to offer alternative payment solutions for bookings on www.emirates.com. Starting in 37 countries across the world, customers can choose from a range of alternative payment methods hosted by GlobalCollect, including local credit and debit cards, local bank transfers, real time bank transfers, cash (Western Union Quick Pay), direct debits, and eWallets (PayPal). READ MORE »

April 28, 2009

CyberSource Online Fraud Report on Airlines Now Available

CyberSource has announced the availability of its Airline Online Fraud Report, a study of the impact of online fraud on the airline industry. CyberSource commissioned the study in association with Airline Information LLC. It can be downloaded at: http://forms.cybersource.com/forms/airlinefraudpr. READ MORE »

April 02, 2009

Ukash, UATP Partner for Cash Payments for Airlines

Ukash has announced an agreement with UATP which will make it possible for consumers to pay for flights over the Internet using cash, it was announced at the annual Airline Distribution conference today. READ MORE »

March 26, 2009

US Airways Selects 41st Parameter's FraudNet

41st Parameter has announced that US Airways has selected FraudNet to detect and prevent Card Not Present (CNP) fraud across multiple reservation channels including online, kiosk and phone. READ MORE »

February 10, 2009

American Airlines to Introduce Cashless Cabins

American Airlines has announced that it will begin this summer to transition to cashless cabins onboard flights within the United States and to and from Canada. "On these flights, American will only accept major credit cards or debit cards for onboard purchases such as headsets, fresh light meals, snacks and alcoholic beverages."

"Moving to a cashless cabin allows us to streamline the inflight sales process for both our customers and flight attendants," said Lauri Curtis, American's Vice President - Onboard Service.

Flight attendants will use a hand-held Onboard Sales Recorder to charge credit and debit cards, eliminating the need to search for small bills or change. The airline has been using these user-friendly devices since May 2006. American Express® and other major credit and debit cards will be accepted. Receipts will be provided to passengers upon request.

February 05, 2009

UATP Announces Record Charge Volume for 2008

Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP), the payment network privately owned by the world's airlines, has announced record charge volume and profits for calendar year 2008. UATP CEO Ralph Kaiser stated,

"UATP continues to prosper even in today's economic environment. While we see challenges from an overall decrease in travel spending in the upcoming year, there are enough growth drivers in our business to continue to be optimistic about our performance in 2009."

READ MORE »

December 15, 2008

AirTran Airways Adopts PayPal's Express Checkout

AirTran Airways has announced that it is making it faster for travelers to buy tickets online by offering PayPal Express Checkout. PayPal Express Checkout uses the information on file in a member's PayPal account to speed through checkout and bypass the need to enter passenger contact information and financial details. READ MORE »

November 24, 2008

UATP, Moneta Partner for Airline Payments

Universal Air Travel Program (UATP) has announced that it has partnered with Moneta to support Moneta's online payment wallet for the 250 airlines utilizing UATP payment gateway services. Moneta offers consumers, airline and merchants an alternative payment method which is distributed and marketed through the consumer's bank. Airlines using the UATP payment gateway connection can activate Moneta on their retail checkout site with no infrastructure investment and minimal configuration. READ MORE »

November 10, 2008

PayPal Adds Another Airline - American Airlines

American Airlines has announced that it is now accepting PayPal for ticket purchases made on its AA.com website. READ MORE »

September 05, 2008

A Look at Airline Frequent Flier Mileage Credit Cards

In an article titled "Airlines Want Cash. Card Firms Stiffen Terms. Who'll Blink?", Robin Sidel and Susan Carey write for the Wall St. Journal about negotiations between US airlines and credit card issuers over negotiations to provide the airlines with more capital.

September 02, 2008

Southwest Airlines Goes Cashless in the Cabin

With the slogan "Keep Your Cash", Southwest Airlines has announced that beginning September 9th, you'll not be able to use cash in the cabin to purchase onboard drinks, etc. [Hat tip: CreditCards.com]

July 28, 2008

Bill Me Later Partners with Universal Air Travel Plan

Bill Me Later has announced a strategic partnership with Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP), the airline-owned corporate travel payment network. The partnership enables airlines to integrate Bill Me Later by utilizing their existing UATP Network for processing Bill Me Later transactions. READ MORE »

May 30, 2008

Frontier Airlines, First Data Agree on Credit Card Processing Terms

Frontier Airlines and First Data have announced "an agreement with respect to the continued processing of Frontier's Visa and MasterCard charges without any interruption. The agreement provides First Data with appropriate protection for continuing its processing work for customer credit card purchases on a "business as usual" basis." READ MORE »

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