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August 15, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 15, 2016

Headline News is brought to you by Glenbrook Partners. Glenbrook provides payments strategy consulting and education services to payments professionals worldwide!

ON THE WEB

  • Europe's Disappearing Cash - Emptying the tills - The Economist - "As countries become richer, they tend to move away from cash on grounds of security, convenience and cost. Consumers may think that cash is free but for banks and retailers it is not; it needs to be counted, bundled, transported, cleaned, replaced, checked for forgery, stored and guarded."
  • USA's 5th largest bank adds support for Contactless Payments via Microsoft Wallet - MSPoweruser - "PNC bank joins Bank of America as one of the few banks that support NFC payments for Windows Phones, but I suspect given the low usage of the technology in general in USA it is enough to say this is no longer an area where Windows Phones are left behind."

ON THE WIRES

  • Worldpay heads down under with Australia licence - "Ecommerce in Australia accounted for $42bn of the country’s GDP in 2015, and the country’s consumers lead the world in terms of eWallet adoption, which is favoured by 21% of shoppers buying goods online."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City. See our fall schedule here. We hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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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!

June 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 20, 2016

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ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • New Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi Offers Cash Back Rewards on Every Purchase - “We have a strong relationship with our members and it’s important that we’re rewarding their loyalty to us,” said Craig Jelinek, CEO and President, Costco. “Our new co-brand credit card agreement with Citi on the Visa network enables us to offer significant value and benefits for our members across 494 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.”
  • That familiar ring? It’s your mobile phone, not your wedding band - "“We saw consumers really step up their use of digital banking tools – especially mobile apps – in the last year,” said Donna Vieira, Chief Marketing Officer of Consumer Banking at Chase. “We continue to enhance our digital banking services to let customers bank how, when and where they want.”"
  • Elavon Supports Payments Innovation with Apple Pay Expansion in Canada - "Elavon is among the first payment processing companies to offer Apple Pay to Canadian businesses, and provides support for in-person payments, as well as in-app purchases for Interac®, Visa®, MasterCard® and American Express®."
  • Dragonfly Fintech Selected to Implement Payment Solution - "It is about transforming the money remittance space and repositioning the service as a platform business allowing near frictionless participation," said Lon Wong, CEO, Dragonfly Fintech.
  • Blockchain Technology: Disruptive Forces in Financial Services, According to IDC - James Wester, research director at IDC Financial Insights and author of the report, said, "Blockchain has emerged during a time of incredible change in the payment space. Even though banks and technology vendors are grappling with many issues right now, they should pay particular attention to blockchain. It represents a complete shift in the way electronic transactions have been handled for decades, and participants in the market should begin thinking about how they will adapt to it."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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 01, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 1, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 23, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Walmart Pay and the overcrowding of the mobile payment market - Tradestreaming - "Allen Weinberg, a partner at Glenbrook Partners, a payment strategy consulting firm based in San Francisco, CA., cautioned Tradestreaming that it’s premature to mourn MCX or CurrentC, given that Walmart has not formally abandoned the initiative."
  • Japan ATM heist reportedly involved 100 people who stole $12.7 million - ArsTechnica - "The thieves apparently went to ATMs like those found in 7-11s across Japan and swiped counterfeit South African credit cards, created using information from cards issued by South Africa's Standard Bank."
  • Bitcoin Catches On With Gold Bugs - Wall St. Journal - "In times of financial turmoil, I would prefer to see a portfolio full of bitcoin,” said Mr. Sukumar, who holds about one-third of his wealth in the digital currency.
  • Sydney Stock Exchange's blockchain system targets venture capital funds, commodities - Sydney Morning Herald - "Two-year-old Sydney Stock Exchange is building a blockchain settlement system to avoid high ASX fees and build a market for venture capital funds to exit their investments and commodities markets."
  • What The Mark Of The Beast Taught Me About The Future Of Money - BuzzFeed - "Silicon Valley has sold us on a cashless, cardless, walletless, supposedly frictionless future — but as I learned living in it for a month, we’re not quite there yet."
  • UK: Debit cards 'set to overtake cash' as most used payment method by 2021 - Telegraph (UK) - "Payments UK said card use is being boosted by the rising popularity of contactless "tap and go" payments, with mobile payment services such as Apple Pay and Android Pay also providing new opportunities for people to make payments without even needing their plastic to hand."
  • M-PESA founders to receive Africa’s financial inclusion medal of honor - Capital Business - "Michael Joseph, the Managing Director of Mobile Money at Vodafone and previously, the CEO of Safaricom Limited, Nick Hughes Co-Founder M-KOPA and former Head of Mobile Payment Solutions at Vodafone and Susie Lonie Mobile Payments Consultant at SJL Consulting Services will receive Africa’s Financial Medal of Honor on 17th August at Serena Kampala."
  • PayPal Co-Founder Peter Thiel Urges Class of 2016 to “Do What Hasn’t Been Done” - Hamilton College News - "He recalled that when the PayPal founders told members of the global financial industry about their plan, those with more experience were certain that the new company could never work. “They were wrong; people around the world now rely on PayPal to move more than $200 billion every year…We learned that doing new things is difficult, but it is possible,” Thiel remarked."

ON THE WIRES

  • TSYS Introduces New Innovative Virtual Payment Solution - "TSYS Virtual Payment PreceptSM (VPP) is an innovative new solution that reduces risk, improves operational efficiency and greatly increases control over accounts payable and accounts receivable payments and reconciliation. VPP leverages existing TSYS technology with an improved processing design to deliver secure, virtual single-use accounts in real time with enhanced control over account and transactional base parameters."
  • MasterCard Puts New Cutting-Edge Fraud Prevention Tool into The Hands of Small Business Owners - "With a mobile app and desktop dashboard, merchants can easily and quickly customize their fraud settings – such as transaction size, country of origin and repeat transactions. Simplify Controls then auto-declines transactions to meet their risk tolerance and provides merchants with smart alerts so they can stay on top of potentially fraudulent activity."
  • BlueSnap & Kount Give Merchants the Data to Optimize Their Sales Funnel - "Anytime we can help merchants sell more things to more people in more places while reducing the risk of loss that is sometimes associated with increased sales, growth and expansion, everyone wins,” said Brad Wiskirchen, CEO, Kount. “The fact that BlueSnap has developed a report to assist their merchant base achieve these goals really shows the power of our collaboration.”
  • INSIDE Secure’s MatrixHCE™ Integrates Visa’s Token Services for HCE Mobile Payments - “INSIDE Secure is thrilled to extend our relationship with Visa to deploy issuer wallets based on MatrixHCE, one of the first mobile payment solutions for banks,” said Andrew McLennan, executive vice-president of INSIDE Secure’s Mobile Security Division. “MatrixHCE future proofs investment into payment solutions by meeting the latest HCE standard and anticipating future requirements including updatable whitebox cryptography to protect tokens, code and data.”
  • Payments UK: Debit cards to overtake cash payments by 2021 - "Cash was still the most popular payment method in 2015 accounting for roughly half (45.1%) of all payments. However it is predicted that by 2025 notes and coins will drop to being used for just over one in four (27%) payments. The tipping point for the most popular payment method will be reached in 2021 when 14.5 billion debit card payments are predicted, overtaking the forecast 13.0 billion cash payments for the first time."

PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

  • Join us for the next Payments in Portland (Oregon) event being held on Tuesday, June 7th. Details here!

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming this fall - in Palo Alto, CA and New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

April 28, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 28, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports First-Quarter 2016 Financial Results - “The year is off to a good start with solid growth in revenue due to strong volume and transaction levels this quarter,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard. “We continue to deliver against our strategy, looking to our investments and acquisitions to create a better cardholder experience, supported by a relentless commitment to security."
  • M/Chip Fast from MasterCard Speeds EMV Transactions and Shoppers Through Checkout - "As with standard EMV, M/Chip Fast provides counterfeit fraud protection by creating a unique code for each transaction. Once the code is generated, the card can be removed from the reader with the goal of both decreasing the processing time of the transaction and reducing the cardholder perception of a longer wait at checkout."
  • Start-ups Invited to Dive Into the Visa Developer Sandbox as Part of Second Annual Everywhere Initiative - “With payment and marketing innovation happening at break-neck speed, Visa is once again asking the start-up community for their best ideas to help move the industry forward,” said Shiv Singh, senior vice president, digital and marketing transformation at Visa. “With Visa’s rich set of APIs and SDKs, we are especially excited to see how our open platform can help fuel additional payment innovation with this year’s challenges.”
  • Visa Opens its First Innovation Center in Asia - “The pace of technological innovation across Asia Pacific is unprecedented and creating enormous opportunity for any company that touches the growing payment ecosystem,” said Chris Clark, group executive, Asia Pacific, Visa Inc. “With the doors of Visa’s Singapore innovation center now officially open, we look forward to working alongside clients and partners to imagine and build the creative and leading-edge mobile and digital experiences Asia Pacific is known to deliver to the rest of the world.”
  • Perk.com Inc. Adds Perk Points as Payment Method on the SuperRewards Platform - Ted Hastings, Chief Executive Officer of Perk.com, says, “In the payments industry, one of the most important developments of the 21st century is that people are able to make purchases with their time and attention rather than with physical money."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

April 21, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 21, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa Inc. Reaches Preliminary Agreement to Amend Transaction With Visa Europe - "Visa Inc. today announced that, in response to feedback received from the European Commission, the Company and Visa Europe have reached preliminary agreement to amend their Transaction Agreement to eliminate the earn-out portion of the transaction consideration."
  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2016 Results - “Visa reported solid financial results in the fiscal second quarter. The continued headwinds of the strong U.S. dollar, lower oil prices, and an uneven global economy are driving continued weak cross-border spend, but domestic spend continues at reasonably strong levels consistent with last quarter."
  • MasterCard and Major League Baseball Extend, Expand Partnership - “MLB is one of our longest-tenured partners and during this time we’ve significantly expanded our relationship by taking it far beyond a traditional sponsorship,” said Raja Rajamannar, Chief Marketing Officer, MasterCard. “Baseball is a passion for many and through our partnership we’ve been able to deliver not only access for fans, but have incorporated new payment options, driven fan engagement around Priceless Causes and delivered truly memorable moments.”
  • Acorns Raises $30M in Funding to Expand its Micro-investing Products, Services, and Partnerships - "Acorns and PayPal share a vision of democratizing financial services and offering innovative solutions to help people build financial health," said Joanna Lambert, vice president of global consumer product and engineering at PayPal. "Technology is breaking down barriers to financial participation. PayPal is excited to support Acorns as they continue to use mobile technology to innovate in micro-investing, and empower millennials to take charge of their finances."
  • For Convenience or in an Emergency, CardFree Cash From Fiserv Enables Cardless Access to Cash at the ATM - Consumers live in an increasingly mobile world and want anytime, anywhere access to their money – experiencing financial services the same way they live their lives,” said David Keenan, senior vice president, Network Solutions, Fiserv. “CardFree Cash offers the convenience of the ATM and immediate access to cash without needing a card.”

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in May - both in Palo Alto, CA - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

April 07, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 7, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Nation’s Financial Institutions On Target To Offer Same Day ACH Payments In 2016 - “Financial institutions see the value in providing new, faster payment options to their customers with certainty and surety, and Same Day ACH allows them to do that in 2016,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “These findings support our earlier research that Same Day ACH volume will come from use cases like payroll and B2B payments.”
  • With PayNearMe and OfficialPayments.com, Federal Tax Payments Are Now Payable Using Cash at 7,000 7-Eleven Stores - "Government agencies and payment processors use PayNearMe to collect cash payments for everything from utilities to bike share membership," said Danny Shader, founder and CEO of PayNearMe. "Customers appreciate when the organizations care enough to offer them payment options at convenient locations and the organizations are happy to automate traditionally time-consuming payment processes to enable payments 24 hours a day."
  • Adyen launches RevenueAccelerate - Pieter van der Does, CEO & Founder of Adyen, explained, “Ecommerce businesses need to challenge their payments provider to not only process payments but actually drive growth. We are able to offer RevenueAccelerate because we have something that no other payments solution has – a completely new infrastructure that utilizes all the rich data needed to optimize payments success.”

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

March 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 23, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Starbucks to Expand Customer Rewards Program Beyond Its Coffee Shops - Wall St. Journal - "The Starbucks prepaid Visa card, which is expected to be available by the end of the year, would allow card holders to earn “stars” for all purchases made on the card, which can then be redeemed at Starbucks cafes."
  • Square Teams Up With Facebook to Offer Ads That Can Be Gauged - New York Times - "Under the agreement, small businesses that use Square to process payments can buy and target Facebook advertising using Square’s software. Square will make subscription fees off the new product."
  • Is Bitcoin Really Frictionless? - Liberty Street Economics - New York Fed - "In this blog post, we show that while bitcoin transfers themselves are relatively frictionless for the user, there are significant frictions when bitcoins trade in exchange markets resulting in meaningful and persistent price differences across bitcoin exchanges. These exchange-related frictions reduce the incentive of market participants to use bitcoin as a payments alternative."
  • Tap. Pay. UK. - Android Blog - "Android Pay will support MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards from many of the UK’s major financial institutions — including Bank of Scotland, First Direct, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, M&S Bank, MBNA and Nationwide Building Society — with new banks being added all the time."
  • Chip-Card Payment System Delays Frustrate Retailers - New York Times - "Many of the complications were widely predicted, but the certification system has added an unexpected wrinkle — and lots of finger-pointing."
  • Court Case Over States’ Interest Rates Might Have Big Impact - Wall St. Journal - "The industry fears a change could impair their ability to sell or securitize certain debt, going so far as to pull back lending in states with stricter caps."

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard to Bring Android Pay to Cardholders in the UK - “We're excited to bring the simplicity and security of mobile payments to MasterCard customers with Android Pay. Soon, people will be able to use their Android device to pay at the hundreds of thousands of contactless payment terminals in the UK,” said Pali Bhat, Senior Director, Product Management, Google.
  • Debit Cards Gaining on Cash for Small Purchases - "There's a clear generational divide: 41% of people under age 50 prefer cash for small transactions and 40% like debit. Among those 50 and older, cash is the runaway winner (74%). Millennials are the most likely to use debit (46%) and credit cards (18%)."
  • UATP Partners With Payment Technology Specialist Limonetik - "As an Alternative Payment Method Aggregator, Limonetik offers over 150 different payment options across the globe which will be available to UATP Merchants through the partnership. Airlines will easily be able to fulfill their AFP needs with UATP and Limonetik."
  • EPC To Fed Chair: Durbin Amendment Rewards Retailers $36 Billion in Additional Profits, But Provides No Relief to Consumers - “Regulators and policy makers should consider the economic consequences for the most vulnerable when promulgating new regulations and recognize that the Durbin Amendment, rather than helping with this worthwhile goal, merely aided retailers to pocket $36 billion dollars to date.”
  • Global Payments Announces FinAppsParty Winners - “The FinAppsParty showcased the talent and innovation in Atlanta and London, positioning each as vibrant fintech hubs with the ability to compete with any of the technology capitals in the world,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation. “Global Payments is thrilled to host initiatives like the FinAppsParty in support of the industry’s growth and in demonstration of our commitment to leading transformative payment innovation.”

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

March 16, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 16, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Virtual Reality and Payment Wearables Tee Off at the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented by MasterCard - “Giving consumers the opportunity to immerse themselves virtually into experiences you can only get with MasterCard is a great way to showcase the exclusive offerings and access we’re delivering through our Priceless platforms,” said Raja Rajamannar, chief marketing officer, MasterCard. “What better place to highlight these new technologies than one of the preeminent PGA TOUR events, the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard.”
  • TCS Launches Peer-to-Peer Mobile Payment Solution With DNB, a Leading Bank in Norway - "With 25% of Norway's population using 'Vipps' within six months of its launch, the P2P payment solution has helped DNB become a significant player in the highly competitive mobile payments space in a short span of time. Moreover, 85% of Norwegians know about the P2P payments platform and it is the #1 downloaded app in Norway."
  • Mozido and Saavn Partner to Bring Mobile Payments to India’s Largest Music Streaming Audience - "Under the agreement, Mozido will integrate its mobile wallet payment platform as the preferred payment option for the Saavn Pro premium offering. The partnership enables Saavn to offer its Indian listeners access to a convenient payment option, while giving Mozido an opportunity to provide a broader array of financial and engagement services to Saavn’s young, tech-savvy and growing consumer base."
  • Hitachi to Establish FinTech Research Organization in North America - "Hitachi today announced that it has decided to establish Financial Innovation Laboratory, a FinTech research organization in the Silicon Valley office of Hitachi’s Global Center for Social Innovation - North America (CSI-NA) in Santa Clara, California. The new organization will work together with CSI-NA in areas such as research & development of blockchain technology, a core technology of FinTech, and on collaborative creation with financial institutions."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

March 14, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 14, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • The Death of Bank Products has been greatly under-exaggerated - Brett King - "When it comes to customer behavior, however, the greatest challenges for banking are yet to come and they aren’t channel-based, they’re product-based."
  • In the Apple Case, a Debate Over Data Hits Home - New York Times - "In surveys, Americans are deeply divided about the legal struggle between the government and one of the nation’s most iconic companies. The polls show that Americans remain anxious about both the threat of terrorist attacks and the possible theft of personal digital information."
  • For Millennials, Cash Is Still King - eMarketer - "Even with digital peer-to-peer (P2P) methods like PayPal and Venmo available, millennials prefer getting paid back in cash..."

ON THE WIRES

  • Prosper Marketplace and HomeAdvisor Partner to Bring Home Improvement Financing to Millions - “Prosper offers people the opportunity to borrow money at rates that are typically lower than credit cards – it’s a smart financing option that can help homeowners improve their property while staying in financial control.”
  • Blackhawk Network Appoints Anil D. Aggarwal to Board of Directors - "Anil is an early pioneer in financial technology and payments innovation," said Talbott Roche, Blackhawk Network president and chief executive officer. "His proven experience as a startup tech entrepreneur, venture capital investor, executive at Google and as an industry-builder with Money20/20 and Shoptalk enable him to bring valuable industry and business insights to Blackhawk's board of directors."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

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!

February 23, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 23, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • How This $2.3 Billion Swedish Company Plans to Dominate the U.S. Payments Sector - Inc. - "Klarna, for that matter, is not your average payments processor. By partnering with merchants, the system allows customers to purchase an item simply by entering their name, email address, and zip code."
  • Amazon Web Services Takes Aim at Big Banks - "The company’s Amazon Web Services unit has been approaching banks such as Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., people familiar with the matter said."
  • JPMorgan Quietly Tests ‘Blockchain’ With 2,200 Clients - Wall St. Journal - "The nation’s largest bank has been testing the program in recent months to move U.S. dollars for about 2,200 clients between the two financial centers using a version of the “blockchain” technology that underpins bitcoin..."
  • Mastercard Is Expanding Its 'Selfie Pay' Capabilities - Fortune - "When making a purchase online from a merchant that requires identity verification, cardholders can authorize the transaction by holding up their phones as if taking a selfie and blinking..."
  • Getting Rid of Big Currency Notes Could Help Fight Crime - New York Times - "Getting rid of big bills will make it harder for criminals to do business and make it easier for law enforcement to detect illicit activity."
  • Reserve Bank says Australian dollars could come in digital form in future - Sydney Morning Herald - "In a speech where he also flagged the end of the cheque, Mr Richards said the RBA had been watching the growth in demand for privately-established virtual currencies like Bitcoin, and believed there was a place for a central-bank-issued digital currency in Australia."
  • The Ongoing Evolution of the Australian Payments System - Reserve Bank of Australia (Tony Richards) - "Today's conference is on payments innovation and I would like to speak about some ways that our payments system is evolving, both in terms of some innovative new payment instruments that are on their way and the declining use of some of our older or legacy payment instruments."
  • UK FinTech: Regulating for innovation - FCA (Christopher Woolard) - "How can regulation foster innovation in financial services? And as part of that how can we ensure that we have a regulatory environment fit for future innovation?"

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Our next Glenbrook payments education events are coming up in early April - both in New York City - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

EVENTS

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!

February 17, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 17, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • The Plot to Kill the $100 Bill - Wall St. Journal - "The paper argues that eliminating high value currencies—such as the 1,000 Swiss franc ($1,013) note, the €500 note and the $100 bill—would reduce corruption and make life harder for tax evaders, terrorists, drug dealers, financial criminals and human traffickers."
  • A Message to Our Customers - Apple CEO Tim Cook - "But now the U.S. government has asked us for something we simply do not have, and something we consider too dangerous to create. They have asked us to build a backdoor to the iPhone."
  • As Marijuana Sales Grow, Start-Ups Step In for Wary Banks - New York Times - "The State of Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2014, joining several other states where the drug has been decriminalized in some form, but Visa and MasterCard will not process transactions for pot dispensaries and most banks will not open accounts for the businesses..."
  • Bye, bye, banker: New Monopoly game goes cashless with electronic payments - "Hasbro showed off a new version that eliminates both the game's signature paper money and the banker position."

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

Here's a quick reminder that we have two of our Glenbrook payments education events coming up later this month - both in Palo Alto, California - we hope to see you there!

Bring your colleagues along! Group discounts are available. For more information or to learn about our private workshops conducted at your location, contact Glenbrook's Russ Jones.

EVENTS

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!

February 03, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

EVENTS

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!

January 19, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 19, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • The Really Big Questions in Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Carol Coye Benson) - "Glenbrook’s Allen Weinberg wrote a few weeks ago about his view of the Grand Challenges in payments…. a daunting list, and one I agree with. But I want to extend his discussion on one of his challenges: “Realigned value chain economics in a push payment world”, and add two more: “What is the proper role for government in the issuance of money?” and “Who owns the payment address?”"
  • As More Pay by Smartphone, Banks Scramble to Keep Up - New York Times - "If the banks fail to meet the challenge, Brian Moynihan, the chief executive of Bank of America, warned in November, “it may allow part of our industry to be forever taken away from us.”"
  • Cash still king for many consumers - Chain Store Age - "While more than half (57%) of Millennials reported using a greater variety of payment methods than before, nearly half (45%) of that group also said that they’re more likely to pay more with cash now than they did a few years ago."
  • Keep Calm and Bitcoin On - Medium (Valery Vavilov) - “Visa and PayPal already exist, and within national borders they do what they do quite well. It’s silly to try to turn Bitcoin into yet another Visa and PayPal.”
  • Intel Launches Skylake vPro with Intel Authenticate - AnandTech - "Intel is launching Intel Authenticate today, and it will require a 6th generation Intel Core processor with vPro. Authenticate will combine several factors of authentication into a single login, which, in theory, should be easier for the end user as well."

ON THE WIRES

  • Sam’s Club to Accept Visa Credit Cards - “Sam’s Club is the eighth largest retailer in the U.S. and we are thrilled to open up Visa credit acceptance in their more than 650 clubs across the U.S. and Puerto Rico,” said Ramón Martín, senior vice president, merchant solutions, Visa Inc.
  • American Express OPEN Launches No Annual Fee SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card - "American Express OPEN today announced the launch of the no annual feei SimplyCash® Plus Business Credit Card, which for the first time offers small businesses greater buying power traditionally found on a charge cardii, while also providing more opportunities to earn cash back from a larger list of business expense categories."
  • More than 100 FIDO Certified Products Fuel Global Adoption of FIDO Strong Authentication - “This explosion of FIDO Certified products and adoption numbers confirm industry-wide endorsement of FIDO as the new strong authentication technology standard,” said Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO Alliance. “This increasing availability of FIDO Certified solutions creates an unprecedented opportunity for organizations to implement simple, usable and strong authentication and better protect customers, employees and data from the risks of data breaches, hacking and identity theft.”
  • BitGo Eliminates Bitcoin Transaction Delays With Launch of BitGo Instant - "BitGo Inc. is today announcing the launch of BitGo Instant, the world’s first way to safely receive zero-confirm Bitcoin transactions with a full financial guarantee."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!
  • Real Time Payments in the US: Implications for the Payment Industry - Atlanta, GA - February 10, 2016. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be moderating this discussion on what "faster payments" really means, how it's been implemented in other countries, and how it may shape banking and how we pay.

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January 12, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 12, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Wells Fargo Launches Third Propel American Express Card - “In 2014, we launched our first two Propel American Express Cards as part of our goal to earn more of our customers’ business,” said Beverly Anderson, head of Consumer Financial Services for Wells Fargo. “Since then, we have heard from our customers that they like the Propel 365 Card and Propel World Card but wanted us to find a way to offer a card with similar features without paying an annual fee – so that’s what we did.”
  • More Leading Merchants Choose Visa Checkout to Increase Online and Mobile Sales - "Starbucks, Walgreens, NFL Shop, HSN and Match are among the new merchants taking advantage of Visa Checkout’s ability to deliver seamless digital payments. Walmart.com will also begin supporting Visa Checkout this year."
  • Introducing Uber Trip Experiences - "During the holidays, we completed our billionth trip. Added together that’s a lot of time riders spend in an Uber. Which got us thinking … what if developers could also offer users of their apps new ways to enjoy themselves — or get stuff done — while they’re on the road?"
  • FreedomPay Expands Global Products and Services on Microsoft Azure - "With this collaboration, FreedomPay offers end-to-end protection for credit card payments made through FreedomPay’s Commerce Platform, which is supported by Azure. The FreedomPay Commerce Platform is the world’s first PCI-Validated P2PE payments solution with EMV, NFC, DCC and real-time data capabilities that can deliver on a global scale."
  • Remitly Approaches $1 Billion in Annualized Mobile Money Transfers as Company Continues Rapid Growth - "Remitly offers money transfers from the United States to the Philippines, India and Mexico, which alone account for more than 35 percent of all remittances originating in the United States. The company will continue to take a customer-focused approach by focusing on the largest markets as it expands globally."
  • Network International to launch cashless, cardless and mobile-free payment solution - "The next generation solution, led by Dubai Smart Government (DSG) and developed by Quisk, will be deployed by Network International across its points of sale (POS) merchant network in the United Arab Emirates in 2016, enabling people to conduct payment transactions without the use of cash, cards or their mobile phones."

EVENTS

  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!

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September 17, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 17, 2015

On the Web:

  • Designing the Uber Cash Experience - Medium (Matthew Moore) - "We immediately discovered that users in India live in a different payments landscape than most Uber riders around the globe. The difference: 95% of Indians don’t have access to a credit card, and due to local regulations, paying for anything digitally is a cumbersome process."
  • Who’s Behind Bluetooth Skimming in Mexico? - Krebs on Security - "What follows is a look at a mysterious new ATM company in Mexico that sources say may be tied to the skimming activity."

On the Wires:

  • Intuit and OnDeck to Launch $100M Small Business Lending Fund - “This new product is all about empowering small businesses to leverage the power of their own data so that they can take advantage of better financing options,” said Dan Wernikoff, executive vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Small Business Group. “Small businesses rely on financing to power their growth, to invest in new employees, new equipment, and new opportunities. We’re excited to continue working with OnDeck to fuel more small business success.”
  • Modernizing Canada's Payment System requires a holistic approach - "The global payments ecosystem is changing, enabled by new technology and driven by changing user demands," said Gerry Gaetz, President and CEO of the CPA. "In Canada, we are taking a holistic approach to modernizing our systems, which includes significant research, a global perspective and industry consultation. This particular piece of research is a first step and will help frame industry discussions as we move forward."
  • TSYS Supports Android Pay - "TSYS’ new Host Card Emulation (HCE) solution enhances its existing TSYS Enterprise Tokenization solution to empower mobile payment solutions like Android Pay. It allows payment card information to be stored in the cloud and transferred by a tap of the mobile device at the merchant terminal."
  • Digital River Inks Payments Agreement with Online China Travel Leader Ctrip - “With one of China’s leading online travel websites, Ctrip has become one of the best-known travel brands in the country,” said Hayden Reed, Digital River’s senior vice president and general manager of Digital River World Payments. “China’s travel sector continues to see accelerated growth. Backed by our leadership position in the payments marketplace, we look forward to helping Ctrip advance their online travel offering and raise their global profile.”

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August 13, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 13, 2015

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  • Samsung Announces Launch Dates for Groundbreaking Mobile Payment Service: Samsung Pay - "Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., unveiled today that Samsung Pay, a secure and easy-to-use mobile payment service that can be used to make purchases nearly everywhere cards are accepted, will launch in Korea on August 20 and in the U.S. on September 28. Samsung plans to roll out the service in the U.K., Spain and China, with partners to be named in each market."
  • Synchrony Financial Enables Private Label Credit Card Benefits Through Samsung Pay - “We continue to make our cards valuable to consumers, retailers and merchants and are pleased to securely offer the benefits of our private label credit cards through Samsung Pay,” said Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Through our ongoing innovation and strategic partnerships, we have developed a mobile platform that we can rapidly integrate with providers’ wallets while preserving the value of Synchrony Bank’s private label credit cards and patented Dual Cards for whichever mobile wallet our partners and customers choose.”
  • Samsung Joins the Visa Digital Enablement Program - “Samsung Pay is now one more way consumers can make secure payments based on tokens -- technology that is quickly becoming the standard for safe mobile payments,” said Jim McCarthy, Executive Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Visa. “Similar to how Samsung Pay is reaching mass merchant acceptance on day one, VDEP is making it easy and cost-effective for payment providers, financial institutions and technology companies like Samsung to take full advantage of token technology and bring secure mobile payments to consumers everywhere.”
  • Discover to Bring Samsung Pay to Cardmembers - “Discover remains committed to providing cardmembers with simple, convenient and versatile payment options,” said Diane Offereins, Discover’s president of payment services. “Adding Samsung Pay expands our ability to offer innovative and secure mobile payment services, enhancing the customer experience that cardmembers have come to expect from Discover.”
  • Heartland, VersaPay Help Merchants Move to Electronic Invoicing - "Heartland Payment Systems and VersaPay have announced they are collaborating to help merchants improve their accounts receivable through a cloud-based software solution utilizing the Heartland Portico™ Gateway and VersaPay ARC® platform."

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July 31, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 31, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. Appoints Eduardo Coello to Leadership Role for the Latin America and Caribbean Region - “I couldn’t be more pleased to see Eduardo Coello continue to lead Visa’s growth for LAC,” said Eduardo Eraña, current Group Executive for Visa Inc. LAC. “With his deep knowledge of the region, strong client relationships, proven industry expertise, and passion for innovation, he is the right leader to grow the business and further extend Visa’s leadership position.”
  • Heartland Introduces Heartland Out-of-Scope Solution for pcAmerica’s POS Merchants - "The Heartland Secure out-of-scope solution streamlines the POS provider’s path to Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) acceptance by taking the POS system completely out of the payment authorization process, which means no cardholder data is ever sent to the POS system."
  • Springboard Retail and Heartland Partner to Deliver Integrated Retail Solutions for Small Businesses - “Springboard Retail, designed by retailers, helps retailers drive sales, improve efficiency, and lower operating costs to be competitive in today's omni-channel retail world,” says Springboard Retail co-founder and CEO, Gordon Russell. “Springboard's simple and transparent pricing aligns well with Heartland's approach and Springboard Retail is pleased to endorse the Merchant Bill of Rights. By partnering with Heartland, Springboard Retail furthers our mission of helping our retailers grow and prosper now and into the future.”
  • Discover Card Offers a Good Grades Reward Program - "New student cardmembers who apply after July 23, 2015 will be rewarded with $20 in Cashback Bonus® if their grade point average is 3.0 (or equivalent) or higher each year they are enrolled in school, for the first five years from the account opening."

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July 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 30, 2015

On the Web:

  • Bitcoin and Blockchain: Two Revolutions for the Price of One? - Richard Gendal Brown - "“Digital” money is not the same as physical cash. And the world’s financial plumbing – payments systems, correspondent banking, SWIFT, … – is a direct consequence of this observation: physical cash really is fundamentally different to every other form of money: only physical cash is a bearer instrument. And only physical cash can be transferred without permission – censorship-resistant. Or so we thought."
  • The Evolution of Money, From Feathers to Credit Cards - Smithsonian Magazine - “Our exhibit represents the opportunity to show the diversity and strengths of this collection and to excite people to think about history, culture and innovation through numismatic objects,” says curator Ellen Feingold. “We embrace the theme of innovation, but we also really embrace the value of monetary objects for learning about history.”

On the Wires:

  • American Express and Best Buy Team Up to Enable Card Members to Use Membership Rewards Points on BestBuy.com - "American Express and Best Buy today announce the launch of a new e-commerce technology integration that enables U.S. Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards® program to seamlessly use their points for online purchases on BestBuy.com. Starting today, Card Members can use their Membership Rewards points for all or part of each online purchase and either pick it up in one of Best Buy’s stores or have it delivered to their door."
  • MasterCard Extends Partnership with Samsung to Deliver Samsung Pay in Europe - “Samsung Pay is pleased to join forces with MasterCard to offer a simple and safe mobile payment experience enabled for wider merchant acceptance to MasterCard cardholders and issuers in Europe,” said Injong Rhee, EVP of Samsung Electronics, Global Head of Samsung Pay. “Both organizations are committed to ground breaking fin-tech innovations that will deliver on the promise of a true mobile wallet.”
  • Instant Access to Information Changing Consumer Search Patterns When It Comes to Choosing Banking Products - “As financial institution customers have more and more interactions with consumer brands that provide multi-channel communications, they will demand those same channels when it comes to their interaction with banks and credit unions,” explained Scott Wallace, vice president of marketing, Deluxe Financial Services. “We believe this survey shows that customers want multiple research channels and tools before they will engage their local branch to open a new account.”
  • TSYS and Acquirer Systems Launch ASTREX to Simplify EMV Certification Process - “By using our simulator tool, VARs and ISVs can gain an edge on the competition by bringing powerful and efficient EMV solutions to market faster,” said Craig Ludwig, head of product for TSYS’ Merchant Services segment. “This not only allows them to easily meet the rapidly approaching October 1 EMV liability shift date, but also affords them the opportunity to offer EMV support to their merchants in an expedited timeframe — increasing the quality of their clients’ overall experience.”

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July 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2015

On the Web:

  • Stripe, Digital Payments Start-Up, Raises New Funding and Partners With Visa - New York Times - "On Tuesday Stripe also announced a partnership with Visa, one of the world’s largest credit card companies, in which the two will work on ways to improve digital transactions. The companies said they expected to collaborate on initiatives like payments security, as well as software like website “buy buttons.”"
  • Lawyer Emails Put Visa, MasterCard Settlement at Risk - Wall St. Journal - "Lawyers representing roughly 100 big merchants, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Home Depot Inc., and 7-Eleven Inc., are expected on Tuesday to formally notify the card networks that they will seek to unravel the three-year-old pact..."
  • UK Interchange fee regulation: a consultation - HM Treasury - "This consultation invites views on the government’s proposed steps to meet the UK’s obligation to put in place an adequate and efficient regulatory regime to supervise compliance with the ‘Interchange Fee Regulation’ (IFR)."
  • UK: Rules proposed to tackle ‘unfair’ credit and debit card fees - FT.com - "A government consultation launched on Monday proposes rules to limit so-called interchange fees charged to a business when a customer pays using a card."
  • UK: Cap on card fees could lead to lower prices for consumers - Guardian - "In a consultation document, the Treasury said: “The government is clear that merchants are expected to pass these savings on to consumers in the form of lower prices.”
  • Wells Fargo Joins Other Banks in Testing Mobile Biometrics - "The bank’s mobile development efforts include testing an intelligent assistant, akin to Apple Inc.’s Siri, that enables consumers to conduct their banking by speaking commands into the phone, says Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s new Innovation Group."
  • The Truth About the Death of Cash - BBC - "Cash is essentially untraceable, it’s easy to carry, it’s widely accepted and it’s reliable. If the power goes out, or there’s a blip in the electronic systems that make the online commerce world go round, cash is there."
  • 8 Banking Giants Embracing Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "While major institutions found that bitcoin was perhaps problematic as a currency, they seem to increasingly believe that the blockchain, the protocol that manages and facilitates the exchange of bitcoin, offers benefits over their closed database systems."

On the Wires:

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July 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 10, 2015

On the Web:

  • Cash is dying in the developing world - Wired UK - "M-Pesa in Kenya is the mobile banking service that everyone knows, but in fact these days there are 261 different services across the world and they enable in total around 480 million transactions per month."

  • No One Is Winning the Battle for Digital Wallet Customers - Gallup - "Though Apple is trying to change this trend with Apple Pay, Gallup analysis shows enthusiasm for digital wallets is still low. Only 13% of U.S. adults with a smartphone have a digital wallet on their device, and 76% of those who have a digital wallet have never used it or have almost never used it to make a purchase from a retailer in the past 30 days."

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May 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 22, 2015

On the Web:

  • Target Settlement With MasterCard Fails to Get Bank Support - AP - "MasterCard Inc. says that not enough issuers approved the deal and that it's still working to resolve the matter."
  • Data Encryption In The Cloud: Square Pegs In Round Holes - Dark Reading - "This is where a line of research I’ve been pursuing, together with a number of fantastic colleagues, comes in. Back in 2009, we flipped the problem around. Forget about square pegs, and change encryption to be a primitive that allows easy specification of the target format — the ciphertexts produced by encryption should come out already formatted in the right “shape.” We called this “format-preserving encryption” (FPE), a name first coined by Terence Spies of HP (formerly Voltage Security)."
  • Pantera Capital’s Dan Morehead on the Future of Bitcoin - StrictlyVC - "I think most of Wall Street realizes that the systems that move money are incredibly antiquated and incredibly inefficient. Most of them were designed in the 1950s. The main thing for wiring money – SWIFT – is basically sending messages and it’s very primitive and can be disrupted by Bitcoin very easily, and most banks would like to see that happen."
  • Bitcoin - The Miner's Dilemma - Published by the Swift Institute - "Authored by Ittay Eyal (Cornell University), this paper focuses on Bitcoin mining pools, an essential part of the bitcoin ecosystem. Mining pools enable small miners to operate with a reasonable business risk. However, when these pools grow too big, they pose a great danger to the entire bitcoin system. The research demonstrates, using The Miner’s Dilemma as a variation of The Prisoner’s Dilemma in game theory, that the current unstable state of the Bitcoin ecosystem can be rectified using a technique called pool block withholding, which in time would make the large public pools unprofitable and therefore encourage miner’s to gravitate to smaller private pools which are more stable. This evolution to smaller pools would stabilise the overall Bitcoin ecosystem."

On the Wires:

  • UK Payments Council: Cash overtaken by ‘non-cash’ payments in 2014 - "Figures published today (21 May) show that the total number of cash payments made by consumers, businesses and financial organisations in the UK fell to 48% last year (from 52% in 2013). This is the first time that ‘non-cash’ payments have exceeded those made with cash, reflecting the steady trend to use automated payment methods and debit cards rather than pay by notes and coins. However, cash remains the most popular payment method by volume, followed by the debit card, which accounted for 24% of all payments last year."
  • High Credit Card Fees Put a Dent in Car Tune-ups for Memorial Day Trips - "In the U.S. swipe fees– the fees that merchants pay every time a customer uses a debit or credit card – are higher than in any other country. These fees are merchants’ fastest-growing cost and their second-highest operating expense – only labor is more. Banks and credit card companies are price-fixing swipe fees and marking them up to make huge profits."

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May 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 8, 2015

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  • Global Bitcoin Exchange itBit Today Starts Accepting U.S. Customers Nationwide Through New York State Trust Company Charter - “Our mission at itBit has always been to create a trusted, institutional-grade exchange and regulatory compliance is an important pillar of that mission,” said itBit CEO and co-founder Charles Cascarilla. “Regulatory approval from the NYDFS allows us to serve as a custodian for our clients’ assets and expand our services to U.S. customers – the largest market of bitcoin traders in the world – and allows us to do so with the highest standard of care afforded by any Bitcoin company.”
  • Elavon Promotes Wally Mlynarski to Lead Global Product and Innovation - “Wally has been instrumental in driving Elavon’s efforts to bring some of our most sophisticated products and services to market that allow customers to engage consumers as they shop online, offline and via mobile devices,” said Simon Haslam, president and CEO of Elavon. “Wally’s new role speaks to his many talents as well as Elavon’s commitment to attract and develop the best talent in the industry.”
  • NCR Modernizes Payments Infrastructure with Launch of Latest Version of Authentic - “We are committed to providing our customers with a modern, flexible payments infrastructure that will grow with them and enable them to respond to any demands the business places on them,” said Steve Nogalo, vice president and general manager of Payments Solutions at NCR. “With the latest version of Authentic, we have incorporated the flexibility of the Google Web Toolkit, as well as providing new features and enhancements to further improve usability and flexibility. With Authentic we constantly strive to deliver a solution that our customers can rely on today and in the future – whatever the future may bring.
  • Green Dot Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results - ""These positive results represent our first full quarter of the new, consolidated Green Dot, inclusive of our acquisition of TPG and two smaller prepaid program managers, AccountNow, Inc. and Achieve Financial Services, LLC. Despite being negatively impacted by approximately $12 million resulting from fewer reload transactions attributed to the discontinuation of MoneyPak, we posted significant revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth during the period as a result of both the incremental revenue and EBITDA contribution from our new acquisitions and better-than-expected performance in our organic branded and private label account business."

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April 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 24, 2015

On the Web:

  • The Death of Cash - Bloomberg Business - "Pause for a second and marvel at how strange this is. Banks have always paid interest to depositors. We’ve entered a new era of surplus in which banks—some, anyway—are deigning to accept money only if customers are willing to pay for the privilege."

On the Wires:

  • New Brand Campaign: Wells Fargo Celebrates Why We Work - “By recognizing and appreciating people’s hard work, and, importantly, why they do it, we are showing them we understand their desires and needs. We believe their ability to see that in us is fundamental to customers welcoming Wells Fargo to help them succeed financially,” said Jamie Moldafsky, Wells Fargo’s Chief Marketing Officer. “Caring is core to who we are at Wells Fargo, a belief that very much influenced our approach to this campaign.”
  • Fidelity Mobile® for Apple Watch™ Lets Investors Track Markets with a Twist of the Wrist - “Fidelity’s goal is to consistently provide customers with innovative ways to stay connected to the market and their investments anytime, anywhere,” said Richard Blunck, executive vice president of digital distribution at Fidelity. “The elegant and innovative design of the Apple Watch, coupled with Fidelity's app, will provide investors with fluid access to financial information on the go.”
  • Charles Schwab Introduces Apple Watch App and Unveils Enhanced Mobile Experience - “Our clients are passionate about the markets and they want to take advantage of the latest innovations in mobile technology to stay connected nearly every waking hour. This exciting new era of wearable technology elegantly extends Schwab’s powerful mobile capabilities to the Apple Watch, giving investors the unprecedented ability to literally bring the markets with them wherever they go1,” said Diane Russell, Senior Vice President of Platform and Product Management at Charles Schwab.

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April 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 16, 2015

On the Web:

  • A Stanford professor claims to have invented a Bitcoin-like system that can handle payments faster and with more security - MIT Technology Review - "Stanford professor David Mazières thinks he has a faster, more flexible, and more secure alternative. If Mazières is correct, his technology could make digital payments and other transactions cheaper, safer, and easier—particularly across borders. He released the design for his system in a white paper last Wednesday."
  • Bitcoin and the Cypherpunks - Reason.com - "Decentralized peer-to-peer marketplaces became technically possible only in 2009, when a shadowy figure calling himself Satoshi Nakamoto gave the world a new form of virtual currency called Bitcoin. More than just a new form of money, Bitcoin is also a protocol, or system for managing information, that has the capacity to undergird—and revolutionize—much of the Internet."
  • Former Yahoo Exec Appointed COO of Ripple Labs - CoinDesk - "Ripple Labs has appointed former Yahoo and AOL executive Brad Garlinghouse as its new COO."
  • How Do Speed and Security Influence Consumers' Payment Behavior? - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This brief draws upon new data from the 2013 Survey of Consumer Payment Choice and employs econometric modeling and simulation to complement FRFS-commissioned market research on end users' preferences."
  • U.S. Consumer Holdings and Use of $1 Bills - Federal Reserve Bank of Boston - "This report examines the $1 bill holdings of adults in the United States using data from the Diary of Consumer Payments Choice (DCPC)."

On the Wires:

  • American Express and Jawbone Partner to Launch UP4 – The First-Of-Its-Kind Fitness Wearable with Built-In Amex Payments Technology - "In partnership with Jawbone, a leader in advanced fitness trackers, we have created a seamless payment experience all in the tap of a wrist," said Leslie Berland, executive vice president, Digital Partnerships and Development at American Express. "We believe this unique technology will delight our active, digitally-savvy Card Members in a powerful way and drive a new type of engagement at hundreds of thousands of merchant locations nationwide.”
  • Target Announces Settlement Agreement with MasterCard - Scott Kennedy, President, Financial & Retail Services at Target, stated “We are hopeful that Target’s agreement to pay up to $19 million to settle the claims of MasterCard and its issuers will result in a high level of issuer acceptance. Target intends to continue to defend itself vigorously against any assessments made by MasterCard on behalf of MasterCard issuers that do not accept their offers.”
  • National Geographic and First Bankcard Launch New Visa® Card with Exclusive Discounts, Special Access and Member Benefits - “For more than a century, National Geographic explorers and photographers have traveled the world to capture stunning images and collect compelling stories,” said Krista Newberry, National Geographic’s senior vice president of licensing, North America. “Together with First Bankcard, we’ve created an innovative program that encourages consumers to explore with us by providing meaningful travel benefits, unique access to our content, membership benefits and relevant discounts."
  • PayPal: Strong American Dollar Driving European Travel - “Our research found that one in five (21 percent) of Americans are considering a trip to Europe and nearly half of those travelers cite the strengthening dollar as a factor in their decision-making (47 percent),” said Carey Kolaja, Vice President, Head of Global Consumer Products at PayPal. “Yet, for many, international travel is still a daunting concept – shrouded by the mysteries of currency exchange rates, foreign transaction fees and financial safety. As a leading global payments processor, PayPal is uniquely positioned to help alleviate concerns, making planning a trip to Europe as simple, seamless and secure as going to the local grocery store.”

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April 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 8, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Apple Pay Coming Soon to You: New Banks & Credit Unions Implement Mobile Payment Service for MasterCard Cardholders - “People are passionate about their devices and they’re ready for their connected devices to do more – including acting as a commerce device – as is evident by the positive reception and uptake of Apple Pay,” said Matt Barr, group head, U.S. Emerging Payments MasterCard. “Consumers want to be able to shop where they want, when they want and how they want – and they want to do so with the confidence that their money is safe and secure no matter how they choose to pay. Issuers are delivering on this by enabling their cards within emerging payment platforms like Apple Pay that deliver consumer choice.”
  • U.S. Bank Offers Prepaid Card Services for the American Red Cross - “Our prepaid card conversion to U.S. Bank will enable the American Red Cross to leverage technology in new ways,” said Steve Casey, corporate treasurer of the American Red Cross. “Most importantly, this new card technology will help the Red Cross deliver its mission more efficiently in communities across the country.”
  • Western Union Enables Skype Customers to Top up at Locations across the U.S. - Western Union’s Odilon Almeida, President, Americas and European Union, said, “The relationship is a logical one, as both Western Union and Skype have a mission to connect people when they are apart. “Western Union is optimizing its money transfer system to link cash and digital for money movement and payments across the globe. We are driving our innovation on the back of what our customers want. Skype is a classic example; where customers can enjoy full digital access with a walk-in payment option,” he said.

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March 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 6, 2015

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February 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 23, 2015

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On the Web:

  • The Slow, Steady March Towards Digital Money - Wall St. Journal CIO Report (Irving Wladawsky-Berger) - "On January 27, Citi and Imperial College held their third annual Digital Money Symposium in London. As in previous years, the Symposium convened a group of leaders in their field to explore the state of adoption of digital money and its economic and societal impacts around the world."
  • How Technology Is Tricking You Into Tipping More - TechCrunch - "Digital payment systems use subtle tactics to increase tips, and while it’s certainly good for hard-working service workers, it may not be so good for your wallet."
  • Green Dot is targeting the 'unhappily banked' for its prepaid cards - Los Angeles Times - Streit said Green Dot targets people who are "unhappily banked, meaning you have a checking account somewhere and you just don't like it."
  • Visa research shows Australians set to embrace paying with their phones - News.com.au - "The Visa research shows that nearly two thirds of all face-to-face Visa transactions use payWave, compared with just 14.7 per cent in Canada and 21.5 per cent in Singapore."
  • Apple Pay seems to be growing well - Finer Things in Tech - "First is the list of retailers from the Apple Pay website, unveiled alongside the iPhone 6 announcement in September 2014. Next is the most updated list as of February 21, 2015."

On the Wires:

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education Schedule Now Available!

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February 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 2, 2015

On the Web:

  • Apple on privacy, security and identity - Benedict Evans - "But if Apple did connect the dots to create an identity product, and could remove enough friction and pain to make it compelling, then talking about privacy would make much more sense, because at that point privacy, security and identity become part of the same product conversation."
  • Big Layoffs Begin at eBay and PayPal - Re/code.net - "The cuts come a few weeks after eBay announced it would cut 2,400 jobs across the entire company by the end of the quarter."
  • Small Banks Score Gains in Lifting Regulation - Wall St. Journal - "Since the 2010 Dodd-Frank law ushered in a spate of new regulations, community bankers have fanned out across Washington to emphasize the differences between small “Main Street” banks focused on local lending and Wall Street firms they say are fixated on transaction volume."
  • Does Bitcoin still matter? - CBS News - "Bitcoin has a sales job to getting people to trust it, which is ironic because it was set up to be a trustless system," said Paul Vigna...
  • Cash Is Definitely Not King For Card-Carrying Swedes - NPR - "Around the world, cash is fading. Electronic transactions are becoming a bigger part of the economy every year. And one of the leaders in this trend is Sweden, where more than 95 percent of transactions are digital."

On the Wires:

  • Visa Inc. Appoints Vasant M. Prabhu as Chief Financial Officer - “After a thorough global search, we are thrilled to have Vasant join the Visa leadership team,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. “Vasant is a seasoned executive with a wealth of experience across a wide range of global businesses. His financial leadership, operational abilities, strategic focus and global mindset will be extraordinarily valuable to us, as we continue to grow our business around the world.”
  • ETA Launches Digital Currency Showcase at TRANSACT 15 - "ETA is at the forefront of payments technology, and TRANSACT 15 is our industry's most important event," said Jason Oxman, CEO of ETA. "With the launch of our World of Bitcoin showcase, and our partnership with BitPay to accept bitcoin payments, TRANSACT 15 is now the place to be for digital currency in 2015."
  • Xoom Launches Instant Money Transfer Service to China, Processed Through UnionPay - "This instant bank deposit service allows Chinese immigrants with a U.S. bank account, credit card, or debit card to conveniently send money online to most bank accounts in China within seconds. With the addition of China, Xoom’s money transfer service now reaches 31 countries worldwide."
  • ATMIA Releases the Results of Its New ATM Channel EMV Readiness Survey - "One of the key findings of the survey is that, as of the end of 2014, 65% of respondents report having at least one ATM capable of handling EMV transactions. This is more than a four-fold increase over the April, 2013 results, which found that only 12% of operators could make that claim. Further, 61% of all operators anticipate that by the end of 2016, which is the general timeframe of the first domestic liability shift for ATM acquirers, the vast majority of their ATMs will be capable of handling EMV transactions."
  • Millennials Make 2015 the Year of the Milestone - "It’s been widely reported that for many Millennials, “30 is the new 20,” with many delaying major life milestones, like full-time employment, marriage and having children. However, recent data from the American Express Spending & Saving Tracker suggests that as the economy continues to recover, Millennials will make 2015 a year of major purchases and life experiences."
  • U.S. Bank Announces 2015 "Dynamic Dozen" - “We place tremendous value on the potential of the millennial generation and this group is instrumental in making U.S. Bank relevant to current and future millennial customers and employees,” said Kent Stone, vice chairman of consumer banking for U.S. Bancorp, and one of the program’s executive sponsors.

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education Schedule Now Available!

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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!

January 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 8, 2015

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education Schedule Now Available!

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • EMVCo to Manage Next Generation of 3D-Secure Specification - "The enhanced specification will support additional data available during the transaction that will enable more intelligent risk-based decisioning. It will also offer a more seamless consumer experience and reduces reliance on the cardholder to authenticate themselves via a password prompt, better integrating with a merchant’s offering and brand. The specification will also be enriched to support non-payment user identification and verification, as well as country-specific and regulatory requirements regarding cardholder authentication in the card-not-present environment."
  • China Jo-Jo Drugstores Signed Strategic Service Agreement with Alipay to Provide Online Payment Service to its Customers - Mr. Lei Liu, Chairman and CEO of China Jo-Jo, stated, "Our cooperation with Alipay gives us a great opportunity to get access to Alipay's 300 million registered users who, like most Chinese consumers, are seeking more convenient pharmacy shopping experiences. In addition to maintaining our traditional customer base, we hope to attract more young, affluent, and tech-savvy consumers by answering to their needs for pharmaceutical and healthcare products."
  • Shift4 Delivers EMV Functionality Layered with Tokenization and Encryption to Prevent Breaches - Shift4 CEO Dave Oder said, "It is vital for merchants to adopt real card data security measures in addition to the highly publicized stopgap that is EMV. Security Beyond Compliance® is our mantra, and that's exactly what Shift4 delivers to our customers."
  • Fujitsu to Exhibit Integrated Retail Currency Handling and PalmSecure Biometric Solutions at the National Retail Federation Annual Event in New York - “With the increasing number of physical and cyber-attacks as well as the exposure of cash to external theft and internal shrinkage, we believe the concepts demonstrated in our booth will resonate with most retailers,” says Randy Fox, vice president, currency handling and identity product solutions, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. “The unique application of biometrics as a method for positive logical and physical access control will be more commonplace at POS and in back-office cash handling locations.”

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