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April 22, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 22, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Coachella Takes Payment Cards – Mostly - PaymentsViews.com (Sam Levitt) - "All in all, Coachella and Square teamed up to offer a much easier payment experience than in the past. Although I ended up using cash the rest of the weekend at all vendors – water or not – many people throughout the festival grounds were able to buy their meals, merchandise or beer with their cards."
  • Mastercard Close To £1bn Vocalink Takeover - Sky News - "Sky News has learnt that the 13 banks which are shareholders in Vocalink have approved a period of exclusivity within which Mastercard can negotiate a takeover of the company."
  • ETA Transact 2016 : Delivering Choice & Opening Opportunity - PayPal (Bill Ready) - "The entire commerce experience will be rewired in the next 3-5 years, as the industry shifts to mobile and enables new innovation. There’s never been a better time for industry players to come together to bring more choice and greater opportunities for consumers and businesses alike."
  • How the 'Faster' Chip Credit Cards Actually Work - St. Louis Post Dispatch - "Visa’s new tech works similarly to contactless cards, which communicate with a card reader via a radio frequency (RF) interface and, as such, don’t need to come into physical contact with it."

ON THE WIRES

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 30, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 30, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Introducing Build with Square: Developing New Ways to Sell with Square - "Build with Square is a collection of APIs available to our sellers and the developers they work with today. With our Register API, any iOS point of sale can be customized to process payments with Square."
  • Federal Reserve survey provides information on mobile financial services - "Mobile banking use continued to rise last year as smartphone adoption grew and consumers were increasingly drawn to the convenience of mobile financial services, according to a Federal Reserve Board report, Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2016, released on Wednesday."
  • Recurly Teams Up with Kount to Help Subscription-Based Merchants Combat Fraud - "Our cloud-based platform is ideally suited to help merchants protect their business from cybercriminals, a mission that requires constant vigilance in an ever-evolving threat landscape," said Brad Wiskirchen, chief executive officer, Kount. "We are excited to work with the team at Recurly to tailor a fraud solution that is unique to the specific business needs of subscription-based merchants."

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 09, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 9, 2016

ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • TSYS Appoints Pamela Joseph President and COO - “I have known and done business with TSYS for more than twenty years and am thrilled to be joining the team. TSYS clearly has best in class technology platforms and a blue chip customer roster. I look forward to driving additional client and partner benefits through product innovation and service enhancements,” commented Joseph.
  • Early Warning Launches Real-Time P2P Payments with Bank of America, U.S. Bank - “Bank of America is committed to being a leader in payments and making it easier than ever for our clients to manage their finances,” said Thong Nguyen, president of retail banking at Bank of America. “We’re focused on creating a simple, straightforward person-to-person payments experience that lets our customers pay anyone with a couple of easy, intuitive steps.”
  • UnionPay International Accelerates Mobile QuickPass Expansion Overseas--180,000 POS terminals ready - "Nearly 180,000 POS terminals in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore accept UnionPay chip cards with "QuickPass" signage and various mobile QuickPass-enabled products. The overseas transaction volume of UnionPay QuickPass grew 8 times in 2015, and is growing rapidly this year."
  • Leading UK Online Retailer Shop Direct Uses FICO Technology to Help Prevent Fraud - "As the UK's second-largest pure-play online retailer, we're protecting not only our revenues and our customers but also our brands," said Neil Chandler, Shop Direct's CEO for Financial Services. "We have a very successful partnership with FICO for fraud protection, customer management and decision optimization. FICO analytics and tools are exactly what we need to protect our customers."
  • Chargebacks911: New Technologies Fuelling Rise In Customer Chargebacks - “The pressure on banks to resolve disputes faster is causing an imbalance in an industry that is almost always favourable to the consumer. 50% of cardholders who file a dispute will do it again within 90 days. This essentially means that issuers and cardholders are being rewarded for initiating illegitimate chargebacks, with processors ultimately penalised along with their merchants.”
  • FTC Action Leads to Court Orders Against Scheme That Charged Millions of Dollars to Consumers' Bank and Credit Card Accounts Without Their Consent - “These defendants bought sensitive personal information from data brokers and used it to steal people’s money,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “Misusing sensitive data causes real harm to consumers, and I’m pleased that the court banned the defendants from this conduct.”

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 08, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 8, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Scheming and Processing – Faster - PaymentsViews.com (Bryan Derman) - "The interesting question that we will be monitoring as these systems develop is how they find their place among other payment methods and compete for the volume available in a range of payment domains, from P2P to consumer bill payment, to business payments and even onto POS and remote commerce transactions."
  • Amazon India planning to launch digital wallet - Economic Times - "Former Citibanker Sriraman Jagannathan, whom Amazon India hired in February to head its payments business, is likely to spearhead the launch of the digital wallet..."
  • Gift Cards Feel Pinch of New Rules - Wall St. Journal - "Historically, the cost of that fraud was borne by the financial institutions that issued the credit cards. That changed in October, when new card-industry rules went into effect ..."
  • Square launches payments in Australia, its first country expansion in nearly three years - TechCrunch - "Square, which went public last year and operates in four countries, partnered with payment enabler Cuscal for the launch."

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.

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 29, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 29, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Square Unlocks Cash Drawer for Square Cash - "Beginning today, Square Cash customers have the option to store money within the app with the new Cash Drawer feature. Cash Drawer gives anyone the ability to stash cash they receive directly in the app or add their own from their bank account, making it easier to set aside funds for future costs like dinners out with friends, or upcoming payments like your monthly rent."
  • Overdraft Practices Continue to Gut Bank Accounts and Haunt Customers - New York Times - "In a push for transparency since the 2008 financial crisis, regulators require banks to clearly disclose and explain the terms of just about every financial product, including credit cards and mortgages. But overdraft practices still come with hidden costs and confusing terms..."
  • The future of Apple Pay: From payments to platform - iMore - "Apple Pay will eventually be more than just a way to quickly make payments in-store and in-app. But how it evolves depends on the scope of Apple's ambitions."
  • Amid Confusion, Venmo Back Pedals Total Shutdown of its API - ProgrammableWeb - "Venmo has apologized for the confusion it created, but it did admit that it will be reevaluating its API."
  • New Payments Tech Is Oiling Wheels of Trade - Raconteur - "Distributed ledger technology offers financial organisations the potential to address challenges around efficiency, trust, transparency and innovation by connecting multiple systems and organisations."
  • MasterCard to use the power of selfies to protect your online shopping - The Age (Australia) - "Using a new system called MasterCard Identity Check - or, colloquially, "selfie pay" - the credit card company will use biometric methods like face recognition and fingerprint scans to better secure online shopping."

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.

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!

December 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 22, 2015

PROGRAMMING NOTE

  • This is our last edition of 2015. Payments News will be taking a publishing hiatus for the holidays! We'll be off starting Dec. 23 through Jan. 3 - our next edition will be published on Monday, January 4. I want to extend to you my best wishes for a happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year! I'll see you next year!

ON THE WEB

  • AmEx reinstates rule prohibiting merchant steering - MarketWatch (Robin Sidel) - "After receiving a favorable court ruling last week, American Express Co. is reinstating its longtime policy that prohibits merchants from steering customers to cheaper forms of payment."
  • How Blockchain Will Transform Business and Society - IBM Think Blog (Arvind Krishna) - "It’s essential for blockchain technology to be developed following the open source model so a critical mass of organizations will coalesce around it—and reap its full benefits."
  • Starbucks is 2015 Mobile Retailer of the Year - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Perhaps no other retailer today better understands the crossover between customers’ love affair with their smartphones and when and where they want to engage with the brand..."
  • National Security Implications of Virtual Currency - Rand Corporation - "This report examines the feasibility for non-state actors, including terrorist and insurgent groups, to increase their political and/or economic power by deploying a virtual currency (VC) for use in regular economic transactions."
  • How Jack Dorsey Runs Both Twitter, Square - Wall St. Journal - "For now, Mr. Dorsey appears to be sticking to a meticulous schedule with long hours."
  • SpaceX finally achieves its first successful landing - Economist - Editor's note: This has nothing to do with payments but a lot to do with economics - and technology. I couldn't resist mentioning it!

ON THE WIRES

  • Idaho Department of Agriculture is First to Launch NIC’s eGovExpress Digital Wallet - "Serving as a virtual pocketbook, eGovExpress securely consolidates Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, pre-paid gift cards and electronic check information into one password-protected online location, thus eliminating the need for customers to juggle multiple accounts in various places and repeatedly enter payment information."

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!

December 02, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 2, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 30, 2015

On the Web

  • China's Mobile Payments War Is Going Global - AdvertisingAge - "For brands catering to Chinese consumers, whether at home or overseas, Alipay and WeChat payment are the two main mobile payment players to watch and understand; their intense competition is driving innovation and new consumer habits."
  • Trouble in the Checkout Line: Which Way to Pay? - Wall St. Journal - "The choice at checkout used to be simple: Cash or credit? Now consumers confront a dizzying array of payment possibilities: PIN or signature? Dip or swipe? Wave or tap? You really want to pay with your watch?"
  • Four E-Commerce Lessons From Black Friday Weekend 2015 - Re/code.net - "According to multiple studies, ecommerce sales on Thanksgiving this year grew more than on Black Friday."
  • Watch Out, Visa and MasterCard; Here Comes Blockchain - Barron's - "The virtual currency had a surge of popularity before a panic led to extreme skepticism about such fantasy money. But blockchain technology is a sound idea that’s separate from Bitcoin, and it could end up having a far greater impact than the currency."
  • With IPO out of the way, payments disrupter Square plots Aussie growth - Financial Review - "Square's Australian country manager, Ben Pfisterer told The Australian Financial Review the company was about to embark on a local hiring spree, which would focus on marketing and business development, while it figured out plans to roll out some of its more well-known products."
  • Apple's Failed Retail Revolution: Beacons Still Won't Be Big on Black Friday - Bloomberg - "A survey conducted by Forrester earlier this year found that only 3 percent of retailers use beacons; just 16 percent had plans to try the technology in the foreseeable future."

On the Wires

  • Swatch Partners With Visa for Pay-By-The-Wrist Contactless Payments - "Swatch SA and Visa Inc. together with Visa Europe have signed an agreement giving eligible Visa cardholders in the U.S., Switzerland and Brazil the ability to tap and pay with Swatch’s new "pay-by-the-wrist" watch."
  • BlueSnap Launches the Powered Buy Platform - “Converting a shopper to a buyer on a mobile device requires more than just having a mobile-optimized site or an app,” says Ralph Dangelmaier, CEO of BlueSnap. “We’ve spent the last year optimizing the set of capabilities that merchants need to solve their payments conversion problem — and built that into our Powered Buy Platform. Clients who’ve used it have seen their payment conversions increase dramatically – improving their sales literally overnight.”
  • Krispy Kreme® Launches Mobile Rewards Program Powered by NCR - “Our goal in developing the Krispy Kreme Rewards program was to enable guests to experience the joy that is Krispy Kreme and earn rewards for their loyalty,” said Tony Thompson, Krispy Kreme’s President and CEO. “It is critical for us to know our guests more personally and our mobile app provides the data that helps us meet the needs of today’s consumer.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 19, 2015

On the Web

  • Why Square Has to Get Out of the Payments Circle - Wall St. Journal - "Square has gone public as a payments company. Its share price from here will depend on the company’s ability to reshape itself."
  • Square Shares Jump on Trading Debut - New York Times - "At the close of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the shares were up 45 percent, at $13.07. Earlier, the stock was up as much as 64 percent."
  • For Its I.P.O., Square Scales Back Valuation by $3 Billion - New York Times - "Square — valued in a private financing last year at $6 billion — priced its initial public offering at a level that gave the payments company a valuation of $2.9 billion."
  • Getting The Deal Done - AVC (Fred Wilson) - "If you believe in your business and yourself, take the money and get back to work. A financing is not an exit. The price matters less than the cash most of the time."
  • Startup Fuels Africa’s Mobile-Payment Boom - Wall St. Journal - "Founded in 2009, MFS Africa has pioneered a mobile payment platform embraced by the continent’s biggest telecommunications operators, which count about 500 million customers combined."

On the Wires

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 18, 2015

On the Web

  • Square IPO Offers Up a Litmus Test - Wall St. Journal - "The mobile-payments startup founded and run by Twitter Inc. Chief Executive Jack Dorsey is perhaps the highest-profile IPO out of San Francisco this year..."
  • Banks and Fintech Firms’ Relationship Status: It’s Complicated - Wall St. Journal - “The classic narrative is the Silicon Valley firebrand who’s taking on the system,” said Matt Harris, managing director of Bain Capital Ventures, an early Simple investor. In financial services, though, “that’s just not going to be a winning narrative.”
  • Blockchain: A Fundamental Shift for Financial Services Institutions - Capgemini - "In this paper, Capgemini looks at blockchain technology and how it can transform financial institutions. We also explore how to evaluate this new technology and what to consider when looking at blockchain as a transformational opportunity."
  • Fidelity Charitable Donors Can Now Contribute Bitcoin - Coinable Blog - "This partnership is the latest example of a large organization leveraging the power of the world’s largest, most secure blockchain, the Bitcoin blockchain."

On the Wires

  • Online Retail Fraud Attempts Increased by 30% in Past Year - “When it comes to fraud, 2015 is likely among the riskiest season retailers have ever seen; and it is critical that they prepare for a significant uptick in fraud, particularly within eCommerce channels,” said Mike Braatz, senior vice president, Payments Risk Management, ACI Worldwide. “Our findings suggest that merchants must be even more vigilant and shore up eCommerce fraud protocols, which may leave online shoppers more vulnerable.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 16, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Nordstrom Launches Enhanced E-Gifting Experience with CashStar - "With CashStar Commerce, Nordstrom has enabled its customers to create a highly personalized e-gifting experience for their recipients with a large selection of Nordstrom-designed faceplates and artwork and ability to add a personalized message. The eGift card is delivered in a virtual Nordstrom silver envelope, an extension of Nordstrom’s signature silver box experience. Senders can also choose to have the eGift delivered instantly or on a future date and will receive notification when their gift has been viewed."
  • U.S. Bank Consumer Study Raises New Perspective on How Banks Balance Technology with a Human Touch - "Approximately 70 percent of consumers across all generations (85 percent of millennials) believe banks that are current with the latest technology are more trustworthy than banks that lag; however, nearly 4 out of 5 Americans say when it matters most, they value people more."
  • MasterCard Connects Startups to Its Global Network of Big Brand Partners - "Launched in 2014, MasterCard Start Path is a global effort to support innovative early stage startups developing the next generation of commerce solutions. This initial class of early-stage startups, selected from more than 200 applicants, are using big data, mobile and cloud-based applications to build digital relationships, empower consumers and simplify complicated tasks."
  • JCB Certified for U.S. EMV Chip Card Acceptance - "We are extremely pleased to achieve our first U.S. EMV acceptance certification,” said Dan Skaling, executive vice president for JCBUSA. “JCB has been a leader in EMV card acceptance in markets around the world for the past 10 years,” added Skaling. “Being able to give our cardholders this same safety and security when making purchases in the United States is a top priority,” continued Skaling.
  • Chase Commerce Solutions will streamline EMV certification with Host Payment solution from UL - "The "Chase Payment" module, which works with UL's existing Brand Test Tool solution, was specially designed for Chase so that their large and midsized business clients can test and pre-certify their end-to-end EMV solution prior to certification," says Sherif Samy the Commercial Director of UL's Transaction Security Division."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 10, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 10, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • £250,000 Faster Payments Open for Business - "Banks and building societies can enable their customers to send Faster Payments of up to £250,000 per payment from today (Tuesday 10 November 2015), following an increase to the scheme limit announced by Faster Payments Scheme Limited (FPSL)."
  • U.S. Bank Launches First Mobile Payment App for General Aviation - "Private and business aviation pilots can now pay for fueling and services directly from their phones with a new app from U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation. MSA Pay, which went live this week, is the first mobile payment app in the general aviation space, designed specifically for the ordering, payment and back office needs of pilots."
  • U.S. News & World Report Releases the Best Credit Cards Rankings - "U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of consumer advice and information, has released a Best Credit Cards web portal to help the estimated 167 million American adults who have a credit card make smarter decisions about which ones to include in their wallet."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

Updates from Glenbrook:

Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here: gotnews@paymentsnews.com!

November 06, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 6, 2015

What I'm Reading

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
  • Hamilton, the hit musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda now on Broadway, was inspired by this 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton. From the book's description: "In the first full-length biography of Alexander Hamilton in decades, National Book Award winner Ron Chernow tells the riveting story of a man who overcame all odds to shape, inspire, and scandalize the newborn America."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • The Uberization of Money - Wall St. Journal - "Over the next decade, the familiar 20th-century modes of banking and investing will give way to something very different. We are on the verge of the Uberization of finance, which will bring multiple new opportunities but also a range of new risks."
  • Discussion Paper Released: Exploring the Use of Anonymized Consumer Credit Information to Estimate Economic Conditions: An Application of Big Data - Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia - "The emergence of high-frequency administrative data and other big data offers an opportunity for improvements to economic forecasting models. This paper considers the potential advantages and limitations of using information contained in anonymized consumer credit reports for improving estimates of current and future economic conditions for various geographic areas and demographic markets."
  • Square Sets Conservative I.P.O. Price Range - New York Times - "Even at the high end of the range set by Square, the valuation would be $4.2 billion, representing a 30 percent discount to the $6 billion that Square was valued at privately."

On the Wires

  • U.S. Bank Introduces ScoreBoard, an Online Payment-Management Tool for Consumers - "Available through U.S. Bank internet banking, ScoreBoard features easy-to-read charts and graphs that provide a monthly snapshot of credit-card purchases and payments, such as travel, home improvement and gas purchases."
  • Former Borderfree CEO Michael DeSimone Appointed as ShopKeep’s New Chief Operating Officer - “Over the past year ShopKeep has grown exponentially and it’s important for us to be strategic about how we continue to operate and scale the company,” said ShopKeep CEO and President, Norm Merritt. “Mike’s extensive experience in operations, as well as his deep understanding of the market, will be incredibly important to us as we work to introduce new services that benefit our merchants. I am excited to work closely with Mike to chart ShopKeep’s continued path forward, and further our mission of helping small businesses take back Main Street.”

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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!

November 05, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 5, 2015

On the Web

  • Distribution v Innovation - Alex Rampell - "This is the flaw with looking at Square and Stripe and calling them commodity players. They have the distribution. They have the engineering talent. They can build their own TiVo."
  • Jamie Dimon: Bitcoin Will Not Survive - CoinDesk - "This is my personal opinion, there will be no real, non-controlled currency in the world. There is no government that's going to put up with it for long ... there will be no currency that gets around government controls."
  • Uber is trying to lure new drivers by offering bank accounts - Quartz - "The plan, which is in its early stages, would allow drivers to easily register for a bank account or prepaid card when signing up to work for Uber..."

On the Wires

  • Walgreens First to Launch Loyalty Program Integration with Apple Pay - "Walgreens Balance® Rewards members can now seamlessly use their account through Apple Pay - without separately scanning a Balance Rewards card or barcode. More than 85 million active Balance Rewards members will have the ability to earn and redeem loyalty points via Apple Pay, the easy, secure and private way to pay."
  • ACI Worldwide Acquires Leading Global eCommerce Payments Solutions Provider, PAY.ON - "Based in Munich, Germany, PAY.ON delivers a white label global payment gateway solution to payment services providers (PSPs) and acquirers globally. PAY.ON’s solution features connectivity to more than 300 alternative payment methods and card acquirers in more than 160 countries."
  • Payoneer Selected by Amazon to Expand Cross-Border Payment Options in Select Countries - "In cooperation with Payoneer, Amazon now allows sellers to sign up for Payoneer directly from Amazon Seller Central. Upon Payoneer registration, sellers receive online accounts that can collect Amazon disbursements, and that provide access to these disbursements through local bank account withdrawal or through the use of a Payoneer MasterCard®. This alliance marks the first time that Amazon has expanded Seller Central cross-border payment capabilities through alliance with an external payment solution."
  • Federal Reserve Announces Sixth Triennial Study to Examine U.S. Payments Usage - "The 2016 Federal Reserve Payments Study consists of three complimentary survey efforts commissioned to estimate the number, dollar value and composition of retail noncash payments in the United States for calendar year 2015. The study will request full-year 2015 payments data for various payment types from respondents to two of the three survey components; the third component involves a random sampling of checks processed in 2015 to determine distribution of party, counterparty and purpose. Results from all three survey components will be used to estimate current trends in the use of payment instruments by U.S. consumers and businesses."
  • Wells Fargo Spurs Innovation with New Startup Accelerator Class - “Our Startup Accelerator expands our vision of the future of financial services beyond the boundaries of Wells Fargo and banking, introducing us to innovators who want to shape how our customers handle their financial needs in the future,” said Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Group. "Our business and technology leaders work closely with accelerator members to test concepts, validate technologies, identify market opportunities, and guide them through the process of bringing their ideas to market.”
  • U.S. Bank FlexPerks Visa Customers Can Now Instantly Redeem Reward Points to Pay for Purchases - "Customers simply activate Real-Time Rewards, make a purchase with their FlexPerks Visa card, and respond to a text message to accept or decline a redemption offer. Accepted offers trigger a credit to the customer’s billing statement for the purchase amount and a deduction of FlexPoints from the customer’s point balance."

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October 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 27, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • MasterCard and Cardlytics Partner to Deliver an Integrated Card-Linked Loyalty Program for Banks of All Sizes - "MasterCard and Cardlytics today announced an agreement to deliver targeted card-linked services to US banks of all sizes. The new partnership will match Cardlytics card-linked marketing solutions and advertising expertise with MasterCard’s bank partners and its offers and rewards platform to deliver a solution that is unsurpassed in the loyalty business."
  • FIS and The Clearing House Team to Execute a Ubiquitous Real-Time Payment System for the U.S. - "As a global leader in the payments industry, we are proud to join this critical initiative to deliver a game changing real-time payments ecosystem to the U.S. marketplace,” said Nancy Langer, chief product officer, FIS. “We have long invested in delivering real-time money movement capabilities to our clients and view this partnership as an extension of our strategy to disrupt the status quo and empower our clients through new payment paradigms.”
  • Affirm Announces Omnichannel Installment Payment Products for Telesales and Physical Stores - “Our new telesales and in-store payment products help strengthen Affirm’s omnichannel presence,” said Levchin. “Installments are much more than just a way to defer payment temporarily. We now have sufficient data that shows they help merchants boost sales and help consumers, who may not have credit cards or choose not to use them, pay for their online and in-store purchases in a way that best matches their monthly budgets.”
  • Marqeta Adds Leading FinTech and Commerce Brands to Its Payment Innovation Platform; Closes $25 Million Series C Round - "Today, at Money20/20 2015, Marqeta, the Open API issuer processor platform, announced a host of new marquee customers, including Affirm, DoorDash, HyperWallet and Kabbage, alongside known customers such as Facebook, Bento for Business and Perk. Marqeta also confirmed closing a $25 million Series C round."
  • InAuth Launches Game-Changing Device Reputation Network, InExchange - “This is a definite game-changer in the industry”, said InAuth CEO, Lisa Stanton. “Our ability to utilize device identification technology to create a network that enables protection from even the first instance of fraud is unique to only InAuth. Participating in InExchange is a win-win for both consumers and businesses. Consumers want to be able to do more with their mobile without any unnecessary friction, and businesses want to protect their brand and bottom line from fraud losses.”
  • Samsung Pay Advantage Significantly Expands Mobile Payment Merchant Acceptance and Drives Consumer Adoption - "After one month, the numbers say it all: Consumers who have used Samsung Pay are using it repeatedly because it works almost anywhere you can swipe or tap a card," said Thomas Ko, global co-general manager of Samsung Pay. “We’re thrilled to introduce new partners that will build on our early success, and move us even closer to a world in which your mobile phone is a true mobile wallet."
  • Blackhawk Network Announces Partnership to Integrate Gift Cards Into Samsung Pay - "We are thrilled to complement Samsung Pay's groundbreaking mobile payment technology with the upcoming integration of gift cards into the application," said Talbott Roche, president of Blackhawk Network. "Consumers often have several gift cards at any given time, and the ability to integrate them into a single mobile payment solution, coupled with Samsung Pay's unique MST technology allowing for convenient redemption, is expected to provide a value add to Samsung Pay users."
  • BlockCypher Assets API Enables Any Asset on the Blockchain in Only One Step - "With one simple API call, an organization can now issue any asset as custom digital tokens (colored coins) and transfer them securely using the blockchain. “Colored coins” is a term that describes a class of methods for representing and managing real-world assets on the blockchain."
  • FIS Helps Accelerate Acceptance of Mobile Payments at the Pump - "FIS today announced a technology agreement with SAP (NYSE: SAP), in which FIS will integrate the FIS Mobile Payment Enablement Gateway solution with SAP® Vehicles Network running on SAP HANA® Cloud Platform."
  • New GSMA Report Sees North America Leading Global Adoption of New Mobile Technologies - “The North American mobile industry has been the strongest performing of any developed region globally for some time, characterised by substantial subscriber growth, the early adoption of new technologies, high levels of mobile usage and strong revenue trends,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA.

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October 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 26, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Visa Brings Token Security to eCommerce - "Visa today announced that it has integrated token technology into Visa Checkout, the company’s online check out service used by merchants and consumers globally to make safe, easy payments in just a few clicks."
  • U.S. Banks Unite to Form Industry Leading Secure Real-Time Payments Network - In a joint prepared statement, the CEOs of Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo said, “Our customers want the ability to make payments to anyone, in real-time, making funds instantly available in the recipient’s bank account. To achieve this, we are combining our collective, bank-owned digital payments network (clearXchange) with our fraud, risk and authentication assets (Early Warning), to further ensure that our customers can send money, confidently, securely, and in real-time via their financial institutions.”
  • The Clearing House Drives Closer to Standing-Up New Innovative National Real-Time Payment System - "The Clearing House (TCH) announced it has entered into a letter of intent with VocaLink, the UK-based international payment systems provider, to help build and deliver core elements of TCH’s new real-time payment system for the United States."
  • MasterCard Launches New Program That Can Turn Any Consumer Gadget, Accessory or Wearable into a Payment Device - “As more and more ‘things’ become connected, consumers will have endless possibilities when it comes to how they pay, and will need all of their devices to work seamlessly together,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard. “This program eliminates the boundaries of how we pay by delivering a secure digital payment experience to virtually anything – rings, fitness and smart bands, car key fobs, apparel, and whatever comes along next.”
  • Western Union Introduces WU Connect Platform, Expanding Cross-Border Money Transfer via Mobile and Social Media - David Thompson, EVP, Global Operations and Technology and CTO, Western Union, expressed excitement about the potential impact of this new offering saying, "This puts Western Union in a position to extend its digital platform to networks whose users are looking for more convenient ways to send and receive money globally on a platform of their choice."
  • Sequent Launches Token Service Platform Supporting all Card Types and Networks - "Compatible with all major credit and debit card networks, Sequent Token Service Platform allows banks to deploy a single solution to support their entire credit and debit card portfolio plus profitable private label and prepaid cards."
  • E*TRADE Resets Mobile Bar with Apple Pay - "E*TRADE Financial Corporation today announced the release of Apple Pay functionality for E*TRADE debit card holders."
  • Scotiabank First Canadian Bank to Launch Bulk Interac e-Transfer® Service - "Scotiabank is pleased to be the first Canadian Bank to offer this innovative new service to meet the needs of our business banking customers," said Rania Llewellyn, Senior Vice President, Cash Management and Payment Services at Scotiabank. "We are always looking for new ways to make everyday business transactions fast, easy and secure for our customers, and with the Bulk Interac e-Transfer service, our business banking customers have more choices to send electronic payments efficiently."
  • TSYS and Ingenico Group to Offer New Semi-Integrated EMV Solution - "Using a semi-integrated approach, communications between the PIN pad and point-of-sale (POS) system are limited to non-sensitive exchanges, preventing card data from entering the POS. By taking the POS out of the payment flow process, not only are EMV certification and PCI compliance simplified, but overall costs and time required for EMV implementation are reduced as well."
  • Mozido Expands Digital Payments Offering: Launches U.S. - China Cross-Border Payment Gateway - "The Mozido PayEase Payment Gateway service enables Chinese consumers to securely pay with their local bank accounts and credit cards with reliable settlement of the funds to the U.S. merchant’s bank account. As the first and most trusted cross-border payment gateway in China, Mozido PayEase breaks down barriers by allowing Chinese citizens to pay in their local currency while allowing the merchant to be paid in their home currency through a seamless transaction."
  • Dream Payments Launches Canada's First Off-The-Shelf EMV Payment Terminal That Accepts Interac Debit Card Payments - "The Dream solution consists of an MPOS application for iOS® and Android™ based smartphones and a Bluetooth® enabled EMV Debit and Credit Card Reader. The Dream card reader is available through TELUS at an introductory price of $99.99. Payment processing fees are low cost; $0.25 for Interac Debit card transactions and 2.75% for Visa® and MasterCard® credit card transactions."
  • Penny Inc Launches at Money20/20 with Prepaid MasterCard® Card and Integrated Mobile App Solution
  • - "Penny Inc, which provides payments and expense and travel management solutions for small to medium-sized businesses, today announced the launch of the Penny Inc prepaid MasterCard® card program (“Penny”) virtually connected to a mobile app."
  • INTECH to Provide Prairie Cloudware Platform to Credit Union Clients - "INTECH will white label the Prairie Cloudware technology allowing credit unions to offer members a mobile wallet that carries the institution’s brand. The initial deployment of the Digital Payments Guardian for INTECH will offer an Android mobile wallet with a Visa card. The solution can be extended to include additional payment cards and sources as well."

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October 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 23, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Other People's Money: The Real Business of Finance by John Kay, a visiting professor of economics at the London School of Economics. From the book's description: "In a dazzling and revelatory tour of the financial world as it has emerged from the wreckage of the 2008 crisis, Kay does not flinch in his criticism: we do need some of the things that Citigroup and Goldman Sachs do, but we do not need Citigroup and Goldman to do them."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • Take Your Brick-and-Mortar Store Online: Square Now Integrates with Ecwid - Square Blog - "But here’s what’s extra cool about Ecwid: You can use it to sell your goods not only on your website but also on any other platform (think: Facebook, Tumblr, other online marketplaces)."
  • Global Payments (GPN) held its annual Investor Day earlier this week.
  • Payment Cards Center Updates Consumer Credit & Payments Statistics - "The Payment Cards Center (PCC) Consumer Statistics page provides updated statistics related to consumer credit and consumer payments. The PCC compiles statistics on a quarterly basis that are relevant to researchers, reporters, and others interested in consumer credit and payments."
  • What VCs Really Think of Banks - LendAcademy - "Investments into FinTech startups recently quadrupled, growing to over ~$12 billion in 2014 from ~$3 billion in 2013. It appears 2015 is on track to dwarf the previous year..."
  • Have you noticed Amazon Web Services? - New York Times - "Amazon had more operating income from Amazon Web Services, its business renting computing and software applications, than it did from combined sales of goods in the United States and internationally."

On the Wires

  • It's a slow day for press releases - presumably everything interesting is now waiting to be announced next week at Money20/20 in Las Vegas! Have a great weekend and trip to the conference - if you're going! Several partners from Glenbrook will be attending.
  • Statement by CFPB Director Richard Cordray on RushCard Prepaid Card Incident - "Today, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray issued the following statement in response to the RushCard situation, a prepaid card owned by UniRush LLC, in which many consumers have indicated that they have been unable to access funds in their accounts for more than a week..."
  • Visa Checkout Brings Simplified Online Shopping to Brazil - "In the US, shoppers made purchase more often when using Visa Checkout compared to customers using other payment options,” says Percival Jatoba, vice president, products, Visa do Brasil. “With this streamlined approach to payments, merchants and financial institutions see higher conversion rates which ultimately brings new customers and drives higher sales."

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October 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 22, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Introducing Verifone Engage, the Future of Connected Payment Devices - "Verifone Engage is the company’s first-ever, fully-integrated, Linux-based product family, encompassing a complete range of payment solutions for merchants, acquirers, and service providers. It is the result of a new strategy at Verifone to bring unique value to the POS and the consumer experience with intuitive, connected and commerce-enabled solutions."
  • Poynt Announces $28 Million in Funding As It Prepares to Ship the World's First Smart Terminal - “Poynt is one of those rare companies that is aligned with the interests and needs of all parties in its ecosystem; it solves multiple merchant, bank, developer, and consumer problems with stellar technology and design, and it benefits from impeccable timing. What Poynt has been able to accomplish, building both hardware and software in the notoriously challenging payments space, is simply incredible.”

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October 19, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 19, 2015

On the Web

  • Yahoo Executive Reses Said to Leave Company to Join Square - Bloomberg - "Jacqueline Reses is departing Yahoo! Inc., where she had been chief development officer, to join Dorsey’s Square Inc...."
  • For First Data, the way to investors' hearts is through their stomachs - Fortune - "First Data’s big new pitch to investors is that it can arm small businesses with the same sophisticated apps, and Big Data analytics, that until now exclusively benefited the likes of Target or Dunkin’ Donuts."
  • What 2016 Holds for Bitcoin Businesses - CoinDesk - "The hard reality is, there just isn’t currently enough volume to support all the exchanges, payment gateways and wallet providers that have sprung up, let alone the number of secondary service providers, such as bitcoin compliance solutions, that have been created to support the first wave of service providers."

On the Wires

  • Square Hires Jacqueline Reses, Yahoo Executive and Financial Services Veteran, to Lead Square Capital - “Jackie’s understanding of the financial services industry and her background in tech and investing make her the perfect fit to lead Square Capital, and I’m thrilled she is joining our leadership team,” said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square.
  • MasterCard to Tokenize MasterPass for Online and In-App Shopping - "At the request of Issuers enabling MasterPass for their customers, MasterCard will replace the personal account numbers (PAN) for consumer credit, debit, commercial and prepaid cards stored in MasterPass with a secure “token” – a new 16-digit number that represents the existing PAN on the front of a payment card. Tokens are unique to each bank-connected MasterPass wallet and carry EMV-based security protection that provides additional peace of mind for consumers and merchants alike."
  • MCX Adds BIM’s Guaranteed ACH Payments to CurrentC™ App - “We are hearing directly from consumers about the importance of having choices when it comes to payment within the app. With BIM’s technology and the ability to pay via a checking account, consumers will soon have several options for paying for goods and services using CurrentC™” said Brian Mooney, MCX CEO. “While consumers want options, they also want security. We chose BIM’s technology for its seamless integration with CurrentC™, security features, and fraud prevention capabilities.”
  • WEX Inc. Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Electronic Funds Source LLC - “We are very excited about the prospect of combining these two great companies, which have a strong customer orientation, aligned strategy and a complementary footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and chief executive officer. “We believe this acquisition strengthens our value proposition to customers with a portfolio of best-in-class offerings that will better meet their evolving needs."
  • U.S. Bank Launches VantagePoint; New Centralized Receivables Management Platform - “U.S. Bank is committed to continued investment in receivables capabilities and technology to improve our client experience,” said Rich Erario, head of U.S. Bank Global Treasury Management. “The bank conducts in-depth process reviews with businesses and hosts focus groups on a regular basis to fully understand their most pressing business challenges. VantagePoint is a direct result of those conversations. By streamlining the receivables management process and improving data reporting, VantagePoint makes it easier for our clients to make informed business decisions.”
  • Citi Launches Paperless Processing and a Fully Digital Experience of Electronic Bank Account Management (eBAM) in North America - “This is an important milestone in Citi’s digital journey. With these enhancements, our clients will realize greater efficiencies and benefit from a more streamlined onboarding process,” said Michael Fossaceca, North America Region Head, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions.
  • Citi Expands Citi Payment Exchange into Canada, Building on U.S. Success - “We are committed to innovate, constantly finding new ways to support our clients in their end-to-end process and make their payment management simpler and more efficient. The unique opportunity with Citi Payment Exchange is that it allows organizations to leverage the power of the next generation of corporate payments, such as virtual cards,” added Stephanie Zee, Director and Cash Product Head, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, Canada.
  • Synchrony Financial to File Registration Statement in Connection With GE Exchange Offer - “We have been preparing to separate from GE since plans were announced two years ago,” stated Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “We have built the infrastructure and the teams needed for separation and are excited about our future as a standalone business."

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October 16, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 16, 2015

What I'm Reading...

  • This weekend your editor will be reading Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction by Wharton professor Philip Tetlock and coauthor Dan Gardner. From the book's description: "Superforecasting offers the first demonstrably effective way to improve our ability to predict the future—whether in business, finance, politics, international affairs, or daily life—and is destined to become a modern classic."
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • How Bad Will It Get for American Express? - Bloomberg - "Costco’s costs to accept credit cards as part of its deal with Amex was about 0.6 percent of every purchase, people familiar with the arrangements say, which was pretty cheap for any retailer, but Chenault offered to cut them further."
  • Worldpay IPO: Putting a Value on Fintech’s Future - Wall St. Journal - "Investors in the IPO seem to be pricing Worldpay on profitability before the ongoing costs of building its own better systems, which it has been doing since being bought from RBS by private equity groups, Advent International and Bain Capital."
  • FBI EMV gaffe is the latest setback for payments security - Computerworld - "What the FBI said is that PIN is far more secure—which is without debate—and it encouraged shoppers to use a PIN instead of signature. Therein lay the problem."
  • The Numbers Behind Square's Payment Business - " In 2014, the company processed payments worth $23.8 billion, generating revenue of $850 million. As many other companies in the late startup stage, Square has yet to become profitable, having posted a net loss of $154 million in 2014."

On the Wires

  • Barclaycard US And Priceline.com Extend Long-Term Partnership Agreement - "The priceline.com rewards Visa card provides us with another way to reward our customers for their loyalty and offers incremental value for everyday purchases," said Ben Harrell, Senior Vice President at priceline.com. "We are pleased to continue our ongoing relationship with Barclaycard as a benefit to our customers."
  • Daon and USAA Reach 1 Million Enrollments in Mobile Biometric Authentication - "USAA is very excited with the advanced rate of biometrics adoption we have seen," said Rick Swenson, assistant vice president of enterprise financial crimes management strategy and analytics. "Reaching the milestone of 1 million enrollments is a strong testament of our members' preference to use a biometric when authenticating."
  • Synchrony Financial Reports Third Quarter Net Earnings of $574 Million or $0.69 Per Diluted Share - “The approval we received from the Federal Reserve is a major milestone in our journey towards being a fully independent company. The third quarter marked another period of strong performance with the signing or renewal of several significant partnerships, continued advancement of our mobile wallet strategy, solid financial results, and ongoing deposit growth through our fast-growing online bank,” said Margaret Keane, President and Chief Executive Officer of Synchrony Financial.

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October 15, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 15, 2015

On the Web

  • Hip to be Square - Om Malik - "About two years ago I wrote a piece about design is not just pretty websites but instead it is about the entire experience. Square was among the examples I cited. I looked over the S-1, read through the whole thing and it was good to see that even as it [has] become a billion dollar revenue company, the soon to be public SQ hasn’t forgotten that vital lesson."
  • Payments Startup Square Discloses IPO Plans - Wall St. Journal - "Square said sales rose 54% last year to $850.2 million and are on a pace to exceed $1 billion this year."
  • The Crucial New Business Unit Hiding in Square’s IPO Filing - Re/code.net (Jason Del Rey) - "The division, dubbed “software and data products,” consists of a variety of new products that aren’t tied directly to Square’s credit card processing business."
  • Bain Capital, Advent International Reap $4.9 Billion Profit From Worldpay - Wall St. Journal - "Two Boston-based private-equity firms have earned a combined profit of about £3.2 billion ($4.9 billion) in cash and stock from their five-year-old investment in Worldpay Group PLC..."
  • UK Government Highlights Benefits of Blockchain Tech - CoinDesk - "During her speech in London yesterday about the government's technology drive, Harriet Baldwin MP said the government is working to create the right regime for digital currency businesses..."
  • RBS to pilot product based on blockchain technology in 2016 - ComputerWeekly.com - "RBS would not provide details of the likely service due to the commercial sensitivity of the project, but John Lyons, head of strategy and commercial services for RBS’s payments business suggested it is “on the fringes of payments”"

On the Wires

  • First Data Announces Pricing of its Initial Public Offering - First Data (“First Data”) today announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 160,000,000 shares of its Class A common stock at $16.00 per share. Shares of First Data’s Class A common stock are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange on October 15, 2015 under the symbol “FDC"...
  • FreedomPay Certifies For EMV On First Data For All Card Brands - Ensuring the security of consumer payment data is a top priority for merchants across all industries,” said Chris Kronenthal, Chief Technology Officer of FreedomPay. “Working with leading organizations in lodging, gaming, retail, foodservice, healthcare and higher education to implement PCI best practices including EMV, tokenization and Validated P2PE, FreedomPay is helping merchants secure their payment environment, prevent EMV liability exposure and reduce scope for PCI compliance.”

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October 14, 2015

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September 25, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 25, 2015

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September 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 23, 2015

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On the Web:

  • First Data Aims to Raise $3 Billion in IPO - Wall St. Journal - "Payment processing giant First Data Corp. is planning to raise $3 billion in an initial public offering slated to kick off this week..."
  • Coming Soon to Checkouts: Microchip-Card Payment Systems - New York Times - "Visa drew a line in the sand four years ago: American merchants would have until October 2015 to update their systems or absorb the losses themselves. Other major card networks quickly adopted the same deadline."
  • EMV's 12 Elephant Fail and the Case for Contactless - LinkedIn Pulse (Nick Holland) - "Now, I’d not profess to be the smartest guy, but I do know a thing or two about the payments industry and for me, this was an awkward experience."
  • Square Opening St. Louis Office - CBS St. Louis - “St. Louis is an important part of Square’s history,” Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “It’s an incredible city and my hometown, and we’re excited to further invest in the community. Go Cards!”

On the Wires:

  • Enhancements to Federal Reserve Bank Same-Day ACH Service - "The Federal Reserve Board on Wednesday announced the approval of enhancements to the Federal Reserve Banks' same-day automated clearing house (ACH) service. The enhancements are intended to align the Reserve Banks' same-day ACH service with recent amendments to NACHA's ACH operating rules and will facilitate the use of the ACH network for certain time-critical payments, accelerate final settlement, and improve funds availability to payment recipients."
  • First Data and Pivotal Team Up to Deliver Simple and Secure Payment Services to Spring Developers - “At First Data, we are committed to working with the developer community to unlock the next big breakthrough in fintech,” said Guy Chiarello, President, First Data. “We are thrilled to join with Pivotal, a major force in the developer ecosystem, as we continue to attract developer talent and deliver ongoing innovation in payments.”

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September 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 9, 2015

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August 27, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 27, 2015

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On the Wires:

  • Introducing the Square Appointments App - "The new Appointments app is available for iPhone –– even if you don’t process payments with Square. We want to empower you to do business anywhere, and our family of Square apps makes it easier to run your point of sale, check your sales reports, and book more business."
  • Consumers Believe Nontraditional Providers Will Drive Financial Industry Innovation, Says Research from Raddon Financial Group - “U.S. consumers continue to trust that banks and credit unions will provide them with the highest quality and most secure financial services available, and they believe that the emergence of nontraditional financial service providers has the potential to drive innovation in the industry,” said Bill Handel, vice president of research, Raddon Financial Group.
  • Consumers Rank Discounts and Savings on Fuel as Their #1 Preferred Reward - “This survey confirms what our merchant partners and over 5 million members have been telling us for the last three years,” said Brandon Logsdon, President and CEO of Dallas-based Excentus. “Today’s consumers clearly value the ability to earn rewards – like fuel savings – that have a meaningful and tangible impact on their household budget, making everyday life more affordable."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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August 18, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2015

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  • Richmond Fed's Economic Quarterly Looks at Durbin Amendment Impact on Merchants - "Based on a survey conducted two years after the regulation went into effect in 2011, Richmond Fed economist Zhu Wang and his co-authors Scarlett Schwartz and Neil Mitchell investigate the impact of the regulation on the costs to merchants of accepting debit cards. They also examine merchant reactions to the regulation in terms of changing prices and debit card restrictions. The survey results suggest that the regulation has had limited and unequal impact on merchants' debit-acceptance costs."
  • Pay Anyone From Your Wrist - "The latest Square Cash release affords anyone the ability to quickly send a payment to friends, family, or anyone nearby conveniently from their Apple Watch. Beginning today, anyone can access the app on their Apple Watch by downloading the latest Square Cash app for iOS."
  • Visa and QIWI Announce the Mass Launch of Contactless Smartphone Payments - "QIWI and Visa Inc. have announced implementation of a new stage of their strategic partnership, which has resulted in integration of Visa payWave's contactless technology into Visa QIWI Wallet."
  • Star Wars Comes to Chase Disney Visa Credit Cards - "Marking the first Star Wars brand collaboration for a credit card for The Walt Disney Company, Chase Card Services and Disney, are putting The Force in Cardmembers’ wallets with the introduction of three exclusive Star Wars designs to the Disney Visa Credit Card family, accompanied by exciting, new and exclusive Star Wars perks for all Disney Visa Credit Cardmembers."
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union and MasterCard Announce First U.S. Biometric Payments Pilot - "The pilot will test the potential of delivering greater security and convenience to First Tech’s U.S. cardholders by verifying identity via facial photographs or fingerprint scans conducted on smartphones."
  • Capital Prepaid Offers Mobile Check Cashing to BlazePaysSM Visa® Prepaid Cardholders - "Our goal is to make the BlazePays Card the most convenient and economical payment tool for consumers," said Jay Kurian, President of Capital Prepaid. "With mobile check cashing, consumers can now load funds to a BlazePays Card regardless of where they reside in the U.S."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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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."

Glenbrook's 2015 Payments Education

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