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August 25, 2014

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July 15, 2014

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June 09, 2014

American Express, Uber Launch Mobile Loyalty Program

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced a new partnership with Uber - saying it is "a first-of-its-kind technology integration into the Uber iOS app that allows U.S. Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards program to choose to earn 2x points or use points for Uber rides." Amex says this is the first time that consumers can use loyalty reward points seamlessly in-app and in real time for on-demand transportation in this way.

Our Membership Rewards program is known for delivering world-class value and we're focused on bringing it to life in innovative, relevant ways for our Card Members," said Leslie Berland, senior vice president, Digital Partnerships and Development at American Express.

"Through this new, slick and powerful integration with Uber, one of the most forward-looking, mobile-based services in the industry, we are leveraging our unique technology to add a real-time benefit where we know our Card Members want it."

Once a Card Member with an eligible Card on file with Uber downloads the latest version of the Uber iOS app, they will see a prompt to enroll their Card in the program - in just one tap. Once enrolled, eligible Card Members have a new in-app option to toggle between "Earn 2x Points" or "Use Points" for Uber rides. Card Members who choose to "Earn 2x Points" or "Use Points" will receive an on-screen ride summary and email receipt from Uber showing that 2x Membership Rewards points were earned or that points were redeemed.

April 01, 2014

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March 18, 2014

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March 13, 2014

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  • Introducing Xapo - Xapo Blog - "At Xapo, we understand that Bitcoin’s ultimate success will be based on trust – both in the currency itself and in the industry’s security and service providers."
  • Building the Fort Knox for Bitcoin - wall St. Journal - "A Silicon Valley startup called Xapo is among a handful of young companies trying to become the Fort Knox of bitcoin, building secret bank vaults deep in the earth that would safely store millions of dollars worth of bitcoin code on computer drives."
  • New York BitLicense Order - Virtual Currency Report - "While the latest NYDFS statements leave a lot of unanswered questions and do not provide a clear path forward for virtual currency firms, it appears on balance to be a step forward for those virtual currency exchanges seeking licensure in New York."
  • Missed Alarms and 40 Million Stolen Credit Card Numbers: How Target Blew It - Bloomberg BusinessWeek - "The biggest retail hack in U.S. history wasn’t particularly inventive, nor did it appear destined for success."
  • What is Apple’s commerce and payments strategy? - Mobile Commerce Daily (Tim Dunn) - "The stars are aligning for Apple to make a dynamic move into the commerce and payments space."
  • Bank of England: Digital Currencies are Similar to Commodities - CoinDesk - "“Digital currencies are not at present widely used as a medium of exchange. Instead, their popularity largely derives from their ability to serve as an asset class..."
  • Flypay Raises £1M To Make Settling Your Restaurant Bill “Waiter-Free” - TechCrunch - "Aiming to get the time it takes to ask for and settle a restaurant bill down from an average of ten minutes to closer to a minute, you simply scan an on-table QR code/NFC tag to first recall the bill."
  • How Real Is Loyalty and Rewards Fraud? - "The threat of fraud to rewards programs is real, and financial institutions and retailers must be cautioned about relaxing their guards just because a surge in fraud has yet to occur."

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February 25, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 25, 2014

Glenbrook's Payments Insight Workshop series this spring focuses on three key topics for payments professionals: Bitcoin - Basics and Beyond (March 26), Data in Payments (April 22) and Innovation in Payments (May 8). Offered in a small group setting in the San Francisco Bay Area, registration is now open for each of these workshops!

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January 14, 2014

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January 13, 2014

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November 06, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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November 04, 2013

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  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 01, 2013

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  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson and Scott Loftesness for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on December 10-11th in Palo Alto, California!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami, Nov 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Jacqueline Chilton will be speaking social media and payments at the W.net Northern California LINC Networking event being held November 14 at Google.
  • Join our mailing list for updates about Glenbrook events. Follow us on Twitter: @paymentsnews and @paymentsviews

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

October 29, 2013

First Data Acquires Perka Mobile Marketing/Loyalty Platform

First data logo 140x60pxFirst Data Corporation has announced it has acquired Perka, provider of a smart loyalty program. Perka, based in New York City and Portland, OR, became a First Data subsidiary on Oct. 4, 2013, and continues to operate autonomously. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“The loyalty industry is rapidly moving from being proprietary and closed to open and interconnected. This shift opens up tremendous opportunities for small and mid-sized businesses to run virtually the same mobile marketing programs as major brands,” said Alan Chung, chief executive officer, Perka.

“We’re excited to join forces with First Data to revolutionize the loyalty space and level the playing ground for smaller merchants with the Perka platform.”

Perka is a mobile marketing and consumer loyalty platform that helps small to medium-sized merchants engage their customers with location-based smartphone apps. The Perka Punchcard service and Perka Flexpoints for retail stores and sit-down restaurants deliver sustainable and highly personal marketing and incentive programs to consumers. The cloud-hosted platform features merchant-validated transactions, triggered offers, mobile messaging, and retail customer relationship data for the merchant.

August 09, 2013

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July 15, 2013

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July 11, 2013

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  • Summer Camp! - A special summer session of our popular Payments Boot Camp - in Half Moon Bay on August 6th and 7th... Also, an optional half day course on Data In Payments - August 8th, also in Half Moon Bay. Join Carol, Scott and Russ for lively, interactive sessions - register now!
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July 09, 2013

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April 24, 2013

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February 07, 2013

ShopKeep, LevelUp Launch Integrated Mobile Loyalty Platform for iPad POS

Levelup logo 140px ShopKeep POS, an iPad point of sale solution for small businesses, and LevelUp have announced an integrated solution that lets a merchant process mobile payments and build loyalty right from the store's POS system.

With this new integration, merchants can now ring up sales and accept LevelUp payments right from their ShopKeep POS iPad register without switching devices. ShopKeep POS consolidates the LevelUp transactions with all other transaction information into one simple report that can be accessed anywhere. Merchants benefit from LevelUp's 0% payment processing fees, and can participate in loyalty programs to retain customers.

September 19, 2012

Marqeta Launches Online-to-Offline Payments and Commerce Platform

Marqeta logo 140x60pxMarqeta has announced a new online-to-offline payments and commerce platform that enables merchants to leverage their own prepaid loyalty program without any new software or hardware at the point of sale.

“We based our technology on two key hypotheses – consumers will always be more loyal to their own money than to any given brand, while merchants will always be willing to reward shoppers who commit dollars before they walk in the door. After nearly nine months in the Bay Area and with more than 250 merchants signed on, we’ve proven these theories to be true and are focused on scaling our platform quickly and broadly.”

May 11, 2011

American Express and LevelUp Introduce Seamless Process for Redeeming Loyalty Deals

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express and LevelUp have announced a multi-city pilot with the Levi’s® brand that introduces “couponless” loyalty offers.

American Express’ Smart Offer APIs will now enable cardmembers to redeem LevelUp deals by simply enrolling and using their cards – removing the need for punch-cards, coupons, and the associated hassle at the point of sale. When a cardmember uses his or her enrolled card at a merchant, the LevelUp savings will be automatically delivered via a statement credit to the card account. Eligible cardmembers will instantly receive notification via their mobile devices indicating that a statement credit is on its way and that they have “leveled up,” unlocking the next, richer offer from that merchant.

December 29, 2010

June 21, 2010

Cardmobili Launches Mobile Loyalty and Member Service App on iPhone

CardmobiliCardmobili has announced the launch of a free application for consumers that it says "takes advantage of cloud computing infrastructure to unburden consumers from carrying physical loyalty, membership, rewards and association cards and makes them available on their mobile phone. Cardmobili’s smart application aligns merchants and consumers with personalized communication, heightened services and greater control and ease of managing all types of card affiliations and programs through one central device." READ MORE »

June 01, 2010

Mobile Phones as Loyalty Cards

Mobile UsersIn an article titled "Cellphone in New Role: Loyalty Card", Claire Cain Miller writes for the New York Times about how companies like FourSquare, Loopt, Shopkick and GoWalla "are experimenting with ways to use cellphones to bridge the digital and physical worlds and turn the tasks of everyday life, like buying coffee and running errands, into a game."

May 21, 2010

RewardsNOW Closes $7.5 MM Financing

RewardsNOWRewardsNOW has announced closing a $7.5 million investment from Edison Venture Fund. The company provides customer loyalty programs to more than 300 financial institutions. Founded in 1997, RewardsNOW designs, implements and manages turnkey direct marketing and loyalty programs for the full range of financial services including credit cards, debit cards, loans, deposits and online banking. READ MORE »

May 06, 2010

Billeo's Offer Assistant Adds Discover and PayPal

BilleoBilleo has announced that its Offer Assistant has been expanded to include Discover's ShopDiscover rewards and PayPal Shopping deals. According to the company, "discounts from nine of the most popular loyalty and rewards programs appear right when online shoppers search for products and services on Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Billeo's Offer Assistant is one of the many ways the company saves people time and money in all types of online transactions, from shopping to bill pay." READ MORE »

January 22, 2010

American Express Launches LoyaltyEdge

American Express has announced the launch of LoyaltyEdge - a new line of business that will "work with strategic business partners and merchants to create, implement, and/or enhance their customer loyalty programs in order to help attract and retain customers, thus driving incremental business growth. Long-time strategic partner, Delta Air Lines, is the first to utilize the services of LoyaltyEdge." READ MORE »

November 17, 2009

MasterCard Launches M/Chip Advance Payment Platform

MasterCard has announced the availability of M/Chip Advance, a payment platform takes traditional debit, credit and prepaid chip cards to the next level by advancing payment functionality, facilitating deployment of contactless applications and integrating information needed for business applications such as transit and loyalty. The result according to MasterCard: "the potential to deliver versatile, multi-functional payment capabilities to consumers on one payment card." READ MORE »

November 16, 2009

ViVOtech Launches ViVOtag Stickers, ViVOapps Coupon Software

vivotech-logo.gifViVOtech has announced the launch of its ViVOtag sticker solution and its backend ViVOapps mLoyalty redemption software designed to "enable merchants to deliver targeted and engaging mobile advertising, marketing and loyalty programs to customers’ existing mobile phones." READ MORE »

November 09, 2009

INSIDE Contactless Powers Taggo Stickers

INSIDE Contactless has announced that it is providing critical infrastructure components to Taggo, a membership card aggregator and storefront, for the new service Taggo will launch in Singapore and other parts of South East Asia early next year. Using ID stickers based on INSIDE's PicoPass(r) 2KS contactless memory chip, contactless readers based on INSIDE's M210-2G proximity coupler and INSIDE's integration and adoption services, Taggo has developed a way for mobile phone stickers to replace plastic loyalty and membership cards from a variety of retail merchants. READ MORE »

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