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April 03, 2014

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September 10, 2013

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September 09, 2013

PayPal Introduces PayPal Beacon

PayPal logo 140x60pxIn a live presentation this afternoon at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, PayPal's Hill Ferguson announced PayPal Beacon, a new Bluetooth Low Energy token to facilitate hands-free payments in-store. In an FAQ, PayPal describes Beacon a bit more:

With one vibration or sound on your phone, you’ll know you’re checked in. And when you’re ready to make a purchase, all you have to do is say you’re paying with PayPal and the transaction is automatically completed: no cash, cards, taps, or signatures required—all hands free.

PayPal Beacon will connect consumers to enhanced shopping experiences such as automatically ordering your favorite dish at your usual lunch spot, or getting personalized service at your favorite clothing store. In addition, you can choose to accept messages from stores that you walk into, so that you can take advantage of special offers in the produce aisle.

PayPal says it expects that PayPal Beacon devices will be generally available for merchants to purchase by early next year. In today's announcement, PayPal didn't provide any pricing details for consumers.

August 12, 2013

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June 17, 2013

So Where Does NFC Fit into Mobile Payments?

On a slow news day today in the world of payments, we noticed an interesting juxtaposition between a commentary titled "Back in the real world (well, West London)" that Consult Hyperion's Dave Birch posted about paying with PayPal at The Farmery frozen yoghurt shop in West London and an article by PayPal's CEO David Marcus on Huffington Post titled "So Long Cash Register, Hello Innovation".

Dave told the story about paying for for his yoghurt purchase using PayPal on his iPhone linking to The Farmery's PayPal Here app on their iPhone. Dave went on to say that "PayPal have made a real effort to produce a slick customer experience, and it makes you wish that other more conventional players in the retail payment world would do the same. There seems to be an attention to detail in what guys like this do, to be honest."

Dave is then compelled to ask: "Is it better than NFC?" He answers: "Yes it is better than NFC is, but it's not better than NFC could be." He goes on to describe how that better NFC experience might work: "Instead of opening my PayPal application, finding the shop and checking in, I could have just tapped the phone on the PayPal Here logo and had all three steps done for me." But, alas, it doesn't work that way today - in spite of "years of work and hundreds of millions in investment."

Meanwhile, PayPal's Marcus describes another version of the future - one that "can easily and cost-effectively transform a legacy cash register into an interactive point of sale solution that makes it easier to operate a business and adds to a truly enjoyable consumer experience rather than a mundane transaction."

Where do you think NFC fits into mobile payments? Feel free to add your comment below.

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June 14, 2013

PayPal Offers Incentives for Merchants to Install Tablet POS

PayPal logo 140x60pxPayPal has provided more details of a new incentive program for its Cash for Registers program announced last month. Here are some of the details:

Starting on July 10th, 2013, PayPal is waiving transaction fees for up to $20,000 worth of transactions each month through January 31st, 2014 for a qualified small business owner who upgrades to a modern point-of-sale system by choosing either PayPal Here™ or one of our pre-integrated partners: ShopKeep POS or Vend.

Merchants who want to participate need to apply for PayPal Here, be approved and then submit proof of purchase of a minimum of $450 in eligible hardware. Once their submission is approved, the offer will apply to swiped credit card, debit card and PayPal payments processed by PayPal through PayPal Here, ShopKeep POS or Vend.

Looking ahead, PayPal said its planning to add more partners - both acquirers and POS vendors - to the Cash for Registers program.

May 22, 2013

Headline News - May 22, 2013

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May 21, 2013

PayPal Finds More than 80% of Consumers Want to be Wallet-free

PayPal logo 140x60pxPayPal has published the results from a global consumer study that it says "paints a dim future for the wallet. A vast majority (83%) of respondents across five countries indicated they wished they didn’t have to carry a wallet."

It’s not about replacing cash or your credit card with a new payment method, it’s about using technology to solve real shopping pain points,” said David Marcus, PayPal President.

“PayPal is at the forefront of developing products that make life easier, help shoppers be more efficient, and untether consumers from their wallets forever.”

The beach topped the survey in every country as the place most people wish they could go without a wallet.

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May 14, 2013

It's Cash Register Day in the New World of POS!

A couple of interesting announcements were made today in the world of point-of-sale and next generation "cash registers":

  • PayPal logo 140x60pxPayPal introduced a new "Cash for Registers" program - including offering "free credit, debit card, check, and of course PayPal processing for the remainder of the year to any qualifying U.S business turning in their dusty old cash register in exchange for a modern solution like PayPal Here (iPad, card reader, iPad stand, cash drawer, and printer)."

    See PayPal's David Marcus' blog post about the new program.

    Here's a TechCrunch story on the program.

  • Square logo 140pxSquare has announced Square Stand, calling it "beautiful new hardware for brick and mortar businesses that turns an iPad into a complete point of sale." Square Stand includes an integrated card reader that keeps information secure from swipe to payment, and easily connects to the hardware accessories businesses need, including a receipt printer, kitchen printer, cash drawer, and barcode scanner.

    Here's a TechCrunch story on Square Stand.

    Also, see this Fortune interview with Square CEO Jack Dorsey and Jesse Dorogusker, a former Apple exec who led the development of Stand: "A bamboo stand can be very beautiful and there's a lot of great craftwork out there, but it doesn't have the intelligence of this system."

  • Groupon logo 140x60pxGroupOn also introduced "Breadcrumb POS, a free, easy to use, and reliable iPad point of sale that will blow your cash register away. It offers the functionality that cafés, health and beauty businesses and shop owners need." The company also said that "as of today we’re throwing in free processing on the first $5,000 in credit card transactions."

October 19, 2011

A Look at PayPal's 3Q2011 Financial Results

PayPal logo 140pxPayPal's parent eBay announced financial results for 3Q2011.

PayPal ended the quarter with 103.0 million active registered accounts, a 14% increase year over year. PayPal revenue increased 32% year over year driven primarily by increased penetration on eBay as well as continued merchant and consumer adoption. PayPal's net total payment volume (TPV) grew 31% to $29.3 billion in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of last year. PayPal continues to invest in innovation, focusing on the core platform, as well as mobile and point of sale initiatives. PayPal expects to generate more than $3.5 billion in mobile TPV in 2011, up from $750 million in 2010.

eBay reported that the PayPal 'take rate' increased to 3.78%. TechCrunch has a nice summary of John Donahoe's comments on their point of sale initiative.

February 24, 2011

February 10, 2011

eBay 2011 Analyst Day

PayPal logo 140pxeBay held its annual analyst briefing today. Scott Thompson (President, PayPal), Ed Eger (SVP and GM, PayPal North America), and Sam Shrauger (PayPal VP Global Product and Experience) all spoke. The two bigs claims were that PayPal expects to:

  • Double its revenue over the next 3 years, from $3.4 billion in 2010 to $6-7 billion by 2013

  • Increase its global eCommerce marketshare from 18% in 2010 to 20-24% by 2013
The presentation material and webinar playback are on the eBay Investor site; the PayPal section starts on slide 22. AuctionBytes did a good job of live blogging the briefing.

January 20, 2011

Usablenet Integrates PayPal’s Mobile to Support Its Merchant's Websites

usablenet_logo_140px.pngUsablenet has announced integration with PayPal’s mobile payments product, Mobile Express Checkout, to enhance payment offerings on clients’ mobile websites. Usablenet can now optimally extend PayPal’s Mobile Express Checkout to mobile commerce websites and other supported solutions, such as mobile applications, tablets, Facebook & other social media, and in-store kiosks.

December 01, 2010

Mobile Payment Videos We Like

GP Logo Horizontal-140px.pngCurious about mobile payments, but tired of reading the small print? Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson has compiled a collection of how-they-work videos. Included are videos from Bling Nation, PayNearMe, Square, BOKU, Intuit GoPayment, PayPal Mobile, VivoTech, Oberthur, MobilePay, MocaPay, and FaceCash.

November 12, 2010

Headline News - November 12, 2010

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Note: Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated.

May 02, 2008

Mobile Banking with Sprint and PayPal

Menekse Gencer of PayPal blogs on the PayPal Blog about PayPal's mobile money transfer application now available on Sprint phones.

April 24, 2008

PayPal, Sprint Nextel Work Together on Mobile Payments Application

In an article titled "PayPal Launches Its First Mobile Service on a Downloadable Application", Digital Transactions reports that PayPal is one of the mobile payments offerings included in Sprint Nextel's MyMoneyManager application. Sprint Nextel says "think of it as a web browser where you add bookmarks to all of your financial services providers on your phone." The article quotes Menekse Gencer, director of business development PayPal’s mobile group: "Our intent is to make PayPal ubiquitous on the handset."

April 13, 2008

What's Up with PayPal Mobile - and with Mobile Payments Generally?

Curiously, over the weekend the second most popular article on Payments News was one written way back in late March of 2006 as the official launch of PayPal Mobile was nearing. The article, titled "PayPal in the Air! - A Look At PayPal Mobile", was written before PayPal's official launch of the mobile payments service - that happened a few weeks later on April 6, 2006. That was just over two years ago. READ MORE »

July 10, 2007

PayPal Launches Mobile Checkout

PayPal has announced the launch of Mobile Checkout, a service that allows consumers in the U.S., U.K. and Canada to buy items securely over the mobile web. According to PayPal, a consumer can visit a merchant’s website and purchase items by clicking on the PayPal button – all from the convenience of their mobile device. To try out PayPal Mobile Checkout, point your mobile phone's browser to http://mobile.paypal.com and click on 'buy something'.

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June 17, 2007

mPoria, PayPal Partner for Mobile Commerce, Mobile Payments

The Mobile Money & Banking blog reports that mPoria has announced "a partnership with (mobile) payments giant PayPal. The deal will enable shoppers at m-commerce retailers using mPoria's GoMobile! store front to check out using their PayPal accounts."

June 11, 2007

PayPal Introduces PayPal Mobile Checkout

PayPal today introduced PayPal Mobile Checkout - it gives merchants a way to support mobile checkout on their existing web sites by providing PayPal users a way to easily activate and enroll to make online purchases from their mobile phones. Details here.

June 05, 2007

Awareness, Usage of PayPal Mobile - A Facebook Poll

Last week, Facebook launched a new polling capability - allowing simple polls to be setup and conducted across its membership base. Mike Arrington covered the launch of Facebook Polls on his TechCrunch blog, calling it a "marketing research paradise." Last night, we gave Facebook Polls a trial run - setting up a poll that asked a sample of 200 18-25 year olds on Facebook whether they had ever used PayPal Mobile to send money to friends. This results aren't very scientific - but still interesting and fun. You can view the results of the poll here. This poll cost $25 to run - $5 to set it up and $0.10 per response for 200 responses.

May 08, 2007

Let the Phone Pick Up the Tab

Business Week takes a look at mobile banking and payments - including Citibank's pilot with Obopay, PayPal Mobile, Firethorn and First Data's efforts including last week's investment in VIVOtech.

November 30, 2006

Mobile Ticketing Gets Groovy In UK PayPal Mobile Club Trial

Gemma Simpson reports for the UK's Silicon.com about a mobile payments trial recently conducted by the London club Minstry of Sound using PayPal Mobile to provide end-to-end mobile ticketing with "clubbers able to buy, receive and redeem tickets on their [mobile] phones."

November 26, 2006

Mobile Phones Replacing Cards, Cash, And Checks

Mark Schwanhausser writes for the San Jose Mercury News about mobile payments - saying that "eventually Americans will be able to choose among high-tech alternatives that will transform how they shop, pay for goods, borrow money, dole out allowances, transfer cash around the globe and manage their finances." Schwanhausser reports that San Francisco "Bay Area companies are playing influential roles mapping the way, from old-school titans such as Wells Fargo and Visa USA to New Economy ventures such as PayPal, Obopay and Yodlee." In a sidebar, Schwanhausser takes a look at some of the experiments underway.

September 18, 2006

Mowave Uses PayPal's 'Text to Buy' Service With Magazines

UK-based mobile entertainment and solutions provider Mowave has launched a new mobile service with PayPal that will allow readers of Maxim and Stuff magazines to purchase a range of products, such as subscriptions and electronics, simply by sending a text message from their mobile phone. The service, which utilizes PayPal’s new “Text to Buy” platform, marks the first time that UK publications have implemented a mobile payment system to process subscriptions or purchases of goods.

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August 26, 2006

U.S. Banks Slow To Embrace Mobile Commerce

Eric Lai writes for ComputerWorld about the state of mobile commerce in the US - and, in particular, the tentativeness of banks in supporting mobile-based initiatives. He asks whether they're ceding the market to third parties like PayPal Mobile - citing Christophe Uzureau, an analyst at Gartner who says "PayPal is more agile than banks. Banks have to rethink their processes and act now."

August 08, 2006

Use The Web To Pay For Things Using Your Cell Phone

Adam Balkin writes for News 10 Now in Syracuse, NY about how to use your cell phone for payments - highlighting both PayPal Mobile and Obopay.

August 02, 2006

Robert Perkins - The Future Of Mobile Payments

TechDigest interviews Robert Perkins of mobile payments provider LUUP. “We actually see PayPal Mobile as good news for us and the industry,” says Perkins. “The challenge is to change people’s perceptions about using their mobile to buy things. If a big brand like PayPal is offering this, then smaller brands coming into the market like ourselves will have time to grow. There’s plenty of room.”

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