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June 27, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 27, 2016

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ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • MasterCard Commits to the Inclusion of 40 Million Micro and Small Merchants - “Real financial inclusion happens when people can use their new financial accounts to do what many of us take for granted,” said Ajay Banga, president and CEO of MasterCard. “Helping micro and small merchants connect to electronic payments will accelerate adoption and usage of new financial tools for the unbanked and will have a true impact on people’s daily lives.”
  • Wells Fargo to Offer Real-Time P2P Payments to 17 Million Mobile Customers - "Beginning August 1, Wells Fargo’s service will allow its customers to send funds in real-time at no cost to any customer of a bank that participates in the real-time service, which operates on Early Warning’s clearXchange™ network. Wells Fargo customers can already receive real-time payments at no cost from customers at any bank participating in the network."
  • New FIDO Certified Bluetooth Solution for Secure Mobile Internet Usage - " Infineon Technologies AG today announced the first FIDO-certified Bluetooth low energy (BLE) reference design for wireless authentication tokens. By using such a token in addition to their password, consumers can conveniently and securely authenticate their online activities on mobile devices."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

COMING UP IN ATLANTA ON FRIDAY, JULY 15

TAG FinTech presents: Lunch & Learn on Real Time Payments - After years of discussion, the notion of faster payments in the U.S. is rapidly becoming reality thanks to the efforts of the Federal Reserve's Payments Improvement Task Force and its participating firms. These new systems could fundamentally change how we think about person to person transfers as well as business payments. Of these efforts, The Clearing House's real-time payments initiative is among the furthest along and most ambitious. Get the details on its functionality, rollout and potential uses. Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry is moderating the session.

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

June 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 20, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

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

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

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

June 17, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 17, 2016

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ON THE WEB

ON THE WIRES

  • Wells Fargo Payment Manager® Helps Businesses Digitize Payments"Payment Manager B2P, which is expected to roll out in early 2017, enables businesses to pay any consumer who has a U.S. bank account without collecting or storing sensitive bank account information. The service only requires the customers’ email address or mobile phone number and any accompanying remittance details to conduct a transaction."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

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

June 16, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 16, 2016

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ON THE WEB

  • Home Depot Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Visa, MasterCard - Wall St. Journal -"This time, the do-it-yourself retailer also contends that Visa and MasterCard colluded to prevent the adoption of new chip-based cards that require consumers to enter a personal identification number, or PIN, to authorize a transaction."
  • Visa Defends Fees in Wal-Mart Canada Dispute - "In an advertisement to be published in Canadian newspapers on Thursday, the payments network said it is disappointed that Wal-Mart is threatening to stop accepting Visa at its stores."
  • Wells Fargo’s new credit card comes with mobile-enabled tracking - Mobile Commerce Daily - "Cash Track is a subset of Wells Fargo’s online banking, available exclusively to new credit card Cash Wise members, and allows customers to view rewards, set goals, track progress and view lifetime rewards on their mobile devices."

ON THE WIRES

  • Visa to Help Accelerate EMV Chip Migration and Support Merchants - "Visa has streamlined its testing requirements, amended and simplified the terminal certification process, and committed to investing further resources and technical expertise in a manner that can reduce timeframes by as much as 50 percent. Visa is also making policy changes to help limit exposure to counterfeit fraud liability for merchants who are not yet chip-ready."
  • Walmart Introduces Walmart Pay in Georgia - "With this launch, Walmart becomes the only retailer to offer its own payment solution that works with any iOS or Android device*, at any checkout lane, and with any major credit, debit, pre-paid or Walmart gift card – all through the Walmart mobile app."
  • Payments Canada, Bank of Canada Research Highlights Global Trend Towards Faster Payments - "The research, Clearing and Settlement Systems from Around the World: A Qualitative Analysis, identifies a series of commonalities between jurisdictions with modernized payment systems, but reveals there is no “one size fits all” approach to modernizing payments. Each country’s path to modernization is unique, shaped by local public policy priorities, user needs and legacy payment systems."
  • Chase Customers Can Now Send Money to More People in Real Time - "Chase customers sent $20 billion in person-to-person transactions through Chase QuickPay last year. Real-time transactions with customers of other participating banks will be available soon through the clearXchange™ network from Early Warning, which currently reaches up to 65% of the digital banking population in the U.S."
  • Consumers Respond to Apple Pay Messaging with More Payments - "According to early results, USAT believes that smartphone users shown digital advertising at point-of-sale through the ePort Interactive platform are more apt to pull out their iPhone to make a purchase, and even spend more during the transaction."
  • Ingenico Group and nanoPay Corporation Partner to Enable Canadian Retailers to Accept MintChip Digital Cash - "Ingenico Group embraces innovative solutions in Canada that expand our reach to a new generation of digital customers," said Suzan Denoncourt, Managing Director, Canada for Ingenico Group. "This partnership further reinforces our leadership position in payments technology by enabling MintChip digital cash transactions for the thousands of retailers using our smart terminals across Canada."
  • Ally Bank Introduces the Ally CashBack Credit Card - "We are confident the Ally CashBack Credit Card's rewards structure will resonate with customers, and the ten percent bonus feature for rewards deposited in an eligible Ally Bank account is consistent with our philosophy to help them maximize their savings opportunities."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

June 15, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 15, 2016

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ON THE WEB

  • Why PayPal sees itself as the future of payments - CNET - "Schulman's vision is to make PayPal more of a daily or weekly habit, instead of just a payment button on a retailer's website or a place folks visit every now and then to transfer money."

ON THE WIRES

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

June 08, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 8, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Stripe en France - "Today, we’re happy to remove the beta label and to make Stripe available to tout le monde in France."
  • Amazon Plans $3 Billion Investment in India - Wall St. Journal - "The announcement brings Amazon’s total planned investment in India to $5 billion, since it announced a $2 billion infusion in 2014."
  • CurrentC beta test ending on June 28; further efforts postponed - iMore.com - "CurrentC, the Apple Pay competitor put forth by the MCX consortium, will soon end its beta test. Accounts will be closed on June 28, and all upcoming releases of CurrentC will be postponed indefinitely."
  • Here is the future of Apple Pay - ComputerWorld - "Apple’s Apple Pay plans reach far beyond what we know today. Apple will expand in multiple directions as it attempts to boost adoption of its service."
  • The Indian start-up that may sideswipe Apple Pay - CNBC - "While most competitors (including Apple) operate on the consumer side, he said Ezetap is single-minded. "Our job is to help bring merchants into the mobile internet world." "

ON THE WIRES

  • Singapore Payments Companies Selected for Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator - "“Regularly collaborating with startups on a wide range of technologies through the Startup Accelerator helps Wells Fargo explore big ideas outside our walls and industry for our customers’ benefit,” says Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Group, which serves as the catalyst for transformational change across Wells Fargo. “We’re excited to invest in Alpha Payments Cloud and Jewel Paymentech through our Startup Accelerator."
  • NRF Says Overturning Dodd-Frank Would Reinstitute Price Fixing by Card Companies - “Protecting bank profit margins at the expense of competition is not sound public policy and it will harm merchants and consumers. The financial services industry attempted to get Congress to reject transparency and competition in 2010 and again in 2011. Both efforts failed. On behalf of retailers and their customers, NRF will fight for free and open markets.”
  • More Americans Turning to Payroll Cards – Here’s Why - “Not only do employers save money by cutting the administrative costs associated with distributing paper checks, but employees also save time and money by promptly receiving their wages on pay day and avoiding check cashing fees."

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

June 07, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 7, 2016

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  • Visa Introduces Digital Commerce App to Grow Mobile Capabilities of U.S. Financial Institutions - “The Visa Digital Commerce App brings together a comprehensive set of services to empower financial institution clients of all sizes to quickly offer their own digital payment experience to cardholders, while keeping their brand and relationship with the cardholder front and center,” said Oliver Jenkyn, group executive, North America, Visa Inc.
  • Western Union Pioneers Digital Money Transfer to Cuba - “We expedited activation of our digital money transfer convenience for senders in the Cuban diaspora as we know first-hand the value of remittances to the economic security of families and funding of small businesses. Expanding accessibility and moving money in minutes is what underpins our entire omni-channel strategy.”

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

May 24, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 24, 2016

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PAYMENTS IN PORTLAND

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

GLENBROOK PAYMENTS EDUCATION EVENTS

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

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

May 09, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 9, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • Jumio Wins Court Approval of Sale to Centana - Wall St. Journal - "Jumio chose Centana’s $850,000 offer over a much larger offer from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, which the company’s shareholders vehemently opposed."
  • What you need to know about blockchain technology - Toronto Star - "So what is it? Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolutionary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure, peer-to-peer, instant and frictionless."
  • How blockchains could change the world - McKinsey (Don Tapscott interview) - "In this interview with McKinsey’s Rik Kirkland, Tapscott explains how blockchains—an open-source distributed database using state-of-the-art cryptography—may facilitate collaboration and tracking of all kinds of transactions and interactions."
  • Bitcoin: Identity crisis - FT.com - "The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has tantalised bitcoin’s digital treasure hunters from the earliest days of its existence."

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 18, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 18, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

  • FIS and The Clearing House Prepare Real-Time Payments to Go Nationwide - “FIS is a proven leader with extensive experience in developing and delivering innovative new payments services to its customers, so we are excited they have partnered with us to launch this pilot program,” said Russ Waterhouse, executive vice president, Product Development and Strategy at The Clearing House. “True, real-time payments that clear and settle within seconds are right around the corner. Not only is FIS helping us bring this system to market quickly, they are also going to play a key role in helping us achieve ubiquity in the U.S.”
  • Capital One, Fifth Third, PNC, TD, and Wells Fargo Invest in Transactis - "Five of the largest U.S. commercial banks — Capital One, Fifth Third, PNC, TD, and Wells Fargo — and Safeguard Scientifics announced they have invested a total of $30 million in Transactis, a leading provider of electronic billing and payment solutions."
  • Revel Systems Partners with Verifone to Simplify & Enhance Payment Management for Merchants - “Revel is a platform designed to offer clients a seamless customer experience, and having a payment component that will simplify our clients’ lives is important to us,” said Lisa Falzone, co-founder and CEO of Revel. “Verifone has more than 30-years of payments expertise and a worldwide team of payments specialists that will provide our clients with the most secure and technologically advanced payments capabilities. With this integration, we are continuing our mission to help business operators and entrepreneurs create the business of their dreams.”
  • MasterCard, Western Union Join bKash to Make Cross-Border Money Transfers into Mobile Phones a Reality for 22 Million Bangladeshis - "MasterCard plays a critical role in this relationship by providing the real-time, back-end solution via its innovative MasterCard Send Platform, which, by connecting bKash, BRAC Bank and Western Union, helps to further enhance the efficiency and reliability of the end-to-end remittance process."
  • Samsung Pay Adds TD Bank and Regions Bank, Rapidly Expanding Financial Partners - "Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced today that Samsung Pay, the most widely accepted mobile payment system, will soon support eligible credit and debit cards from TD Bank and Regions Bank, in addition to 60 Visa and MasterCard banks and credit unions launched since early March 2016."

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!

March 21, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 21, 2016

ON THE WEB

  • PayPal Brings Money Transfers to Cuba - Fortune - "PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, who is visiting Cuba this week along with President Obama, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, and many other CEOs, said that PayPal would start allowing money transfers to and from Cuba later this year."
  • Powa: The start-up that fell to earth - BBC - "Its demise has raised questions about the health of London's much vaunted fintech (financial technology) sector, and about the wisdom of sky-high valuations for unproven businesses."

ON THE WIRES

  • Wells Fargo Introduces Go FarTM Rewards - "Through the program, customers can redeem their rewards at any Wells Fargo ATM, use rewards toward their qualifying Wells Fargo checking or savings account or apply toward the principal balance of a qualifying Wells Fargo line or loan. Customers can also take advantage of options to pool rewards with other customers, gift rewards to other customers or to charity, create wish lists and more – all while on-the-go."
  • Federal Agencies Release Guidance to Issuing Banks on Applying Customer Identification Program Requirements to Holders of Prepaid Cards - "The guidance clarifies that a bank's CIP should apply to the holders of certain prepaid cards issued by the institution as well as holders of such prepaid cards purchased under arrangements with third-party program managers that sell, distribute, promote, or market the prepaid cards on the bank's behalf."
  • Stripe to allow Cuban nationals to set up a U.S. business entity, bank account, and more - “Today's announcement and our work with President Obama here in Havana are about facilitating a smooth path for Cuban entrepreneurs into the modern global economy," said Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe. "The promise of the internet is that geography should be largely irrelevant. But that is not yet true. Especially here in Cuba, people simply do not have access to the high-quality banking or payments infrastructure they need to join the internet economy."
  • Ripple Continues Global Growth With New London Office to Serve European Bank Demand - "With the opening of the London office, Managing Director Daniel Aranda is relocating from Ripple’s San Francisco headquarters to lead the company’s European presence. Aranda was among Ripple’s first employees and has served as a key member of the company’s business development team since 2013, helping shape the overall company strategy and build the customer pipeline."
  • Western Union Expands in Cuba: Connects the World - “As the first U.S. Company with scale to move money from across the world to Cuba, we welcome the regulatory and policy changes put in place by the U.S. government that allow us to offer these services,” said Odilon Almeida, President of the Americas and European Union.

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.

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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!

March 02, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 2, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

  • Sallie Krawcheck Joins Digital Asset Board of Directors - “We are honored to have Sallie join our Board,” said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset. “She has achieved extraordinary success in her career as both an industry executive and entrepreneur, and her unique mix of experience will be a tremendous asset as we build and expand our business.”
  • Samsung Pay Now Available for Wells Fargo Customers - “We are thrilled today to participate in Samsung Pay, and to continue to provide Wells Fargo customers with convenient mobile payment options,” said Jim Smith, head of Virtual Channels for Wells Fargo. “We want to satisfy our customers’ financial needs when, where and how they want, and allowing them to pay from a mobile wallet with features like Samsung Pay helps us fulfill that promise.”
  • Global Payments and Realex Payments to Host a FinAppsParty Simultaneously in Atlanta and London - "As part of our ongoing commitment to support the innovators in the fintech community, Global Payments and Realex Payments are thrilled to host the FinAppsParty in Atlanta and London,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation. “We look forwarding to seeing the creative ideas that stem from the energy of this exciting event.”
  • Wirecard Launches New Prepaid Visa Card mycard2go - "it is the first Visa Simply One combined card, bringing together the functionality of a traditional credit card with that of a V PAY debit card. The solution combines high-level security in the form of PIN entry with global acceptance. In this way, users of the mycard2go prepaid card can make cashless payments at over 24 million Visa acceptance points."

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!

January 20, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 20, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

  • New IMF Staff Paper Looks at How to Reap the Benefits and Curtail the Risks of Virtual Currencies - "Achieving a balanced regulatory framework that guards against risks without suffocating innovation is a challenge that will require extensive international cooperation, says a new staff paper, “Virtual Currencies and Beyond: Initial Considerations,” released today by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the World Economic Forum."
  • R3 brings eleven major global financial institutions together on a cloud based distributed ledger - "R3 and consortium member banks Barclays, BMO Financial Group, Credit Suisse, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, HSBC, Natixis, Royal Bank of Scotland, TD Bank, UBS, UniCredit and Wells Fargo each connected on an R3-managed private peer-to-peer distributed ledger, underpinned by Ethereum technology and hosted on a virtual private network in Microsoft Azure, the public cloud platform offering Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) in an accelerated development environment."
  • Global Payments Partners with Mobeewave to Offer Innovative Add-On-Free Mobile Payment Acceptance Solution - "The solution is designed to enable secure, in-person payment transactions, made with any contactless credit card or mobile wallet (e.g. Apple Pay®, Samsung Pay, Android Pay™), directly on an NFC-enabled mobile device, without the need for additional hardware such as a card reader or dongle."
  • Western Union Cross-Border Platform Connects Consumers to over One Billion Bank Accounts - "“The account payout network capability represents a natural evolution in Western Union's cross-border platform and omni-channel strategy to reach new digital-savvy, banked and mobile enabled consumers. Western Union is actively pursuing digital innovation enterprise wide, increasing consumers’ choice of money transfer channels and facilitating financial inclusion in emerging countries around the world."
  • InComm Digital Solutions Introduces Digital Open-Loop Prepaid Products - "The new products are digital versions of Visa gift or reward cards delivered to an email address and are redeemable on any U.S.-based e-commerce site where Visa debit cards are accepted."
  • Nielsen Study: Innovation in Mobile Technology, Payment Options & Retail Strategy Drive Borderless Shopping - "As technology and the retail landscape rapidly evolve, payment practices are also changing. More than half of respondents who say they shopped online during the past six months paid with a traditional credit card (53%), but roughly four-in-10 used a digital payment system such as PayPal (43%), debit card (39%) or direct debit from their bank account (38%)."
  • Merchants to Face More Chargeback Challenges as CNP Fraud Escalates - "Our research revealed that almost two-thirds of physical goods merchants believe that outsourcing fraud mitigation and chargeback management has become cost effective. We believe working with a third-party solution provider who specializes in end-to-end management of CNP transactions will be the future for online merchants who are already at a higher risk for this type of fraud than their brick-and-mortar peers."
  • Moneris launches business-to-business payment solutions to optimize commercial card acceptance - "Moneris' B2B services target business suppliers accepting payments from commercial customers and card issuing partners who require support enabling suppliers for card acceptance. Suppliers will be offered accounts receivable solutions that move them off of traditional cheque and invoicing systems, speed up payment delivery times and optimize business operations. Card-issuers will benefit from supplier enablement services that help simplify the migration to electronic payment acceptance for suppliers. "
  • Visa Inc. Appoints Lynne Biggar as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer - "While at Time Inc., Ms. Biggar was responsible for marketing to consumers for all Time Inc. brands across all channels, direct marketing company Synapse, Time Inc. Retail, Time Inc. Books, Consumer Insights, Data Solutions and Time Customer Service. Prior to her role at Time Inc. she spent more than 20 years at American Express in a variety of general management and marketing positions in both the US and international divisions and was a member of the company’s Global Management Team."

EVENTS

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

UPDATES FROM GLENBROOK

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

January 12, 2016

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 12, 2016

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ON THE WIRES

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

EVENTS

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

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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 07, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 7, 2015

On the Web

  • EMV’s Not-Very-Even Distribution - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "In a market where simplicity and consistency has economic value—Apple Pay, PayPal, Amazon One-Click—cards are seemingly harder to use than ever while mobile payment methods proliferate and evolve. Of course, some merchants have contactless, many don’t, and some have even turned it off. Don’t get me started on that topic."
  • R3 CEV says global bank blockchain should be operating within a year - Sydney Morning Herald - "Tim Swanson, who joined R3 full-time this year and is also a research fellow at the Singapore Management University, says the biggest challenge working with banks to design protocols for a working blockchain, the technology underpinning bitcoin, is managing expectations while at the same time pushing to build a working platform as quickly as possible."
  • Forced authorisation chip and PIN scam hitting high-end retailers - Bentham's Gaze - "The fraud works when the retailer has a one-piece Chip and PIN terminal that’s passed between the customer and retailer during the course of the transaction."
  • Silicon Valley’s Hometown Bank Booms, But Risks Are on Horizon - Wall St. Journal - "The boom in technology startups has made SVB one of America’s fastest-growing banking companies..."
  • TransferWise Wants To Take Over The World - TechCrunch - "The startup’s secret sauce is a peer-to-peer model. For instance, if you have GBP and want to send EUR, TransferWise will automatically match you with people who want GBP and give you EUR in exchange."
  • Why Suppliers Should Get on the Corporate Card Bandwagon - Spend Matters (Steve Pedersen) - "When it comes to accepting corporate cards as payment, many suppliers experience a “sticker shock” effect before ever taking time to look under the hood. Upon closer examination of the benefits of card acceptance, many suppliers realize that they’re signing up for a lot more horsepower than checks and wire payments alone can provide."

On the Wires

  • SWIFT expands Innotribe programme to address market challenges - "SWIFT announces that Innotribe, its innovation arm since 2009, will expand its programme to support innovation in emerging FinTech ecosystems, such as Africa and Latin America. Innotribe will also launch a new initiative that challenges the SWIFT community to actively collaborate and develop utility-based solutions for the benefit of the global financial services industry."
  • 10 Disruptive Digital Trends Retailers Need To Know - "The notion that ‘the store is dead’ is not, in our opinion, the future – rather, stores will become highly technology-enabled to deliver a super-personalized customer experience and become the hub of omni-channel customer-centricity. These new predictions highlight our view of the retail industry in the coming year.”
  • Wells Fargo Survey: 2015 Gains in Small Business Optimism Erased - “This has been an unusually slow economic recovery for everyone, and small business owners are certainly feeling that,” said Mark Vitner, Managing Director and Senior Economist for Wells Fargo Securities. “With the economy growing as slowly as it has been, it’s been difficult for many business owners to increase their sales, and this has been particularly burdensome for firms who have seen expenses rise, including healthcare costs."

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November 20, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 20, 2015

What I'm Reading

  • This week your editor has been enjoying reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.
  • Sapiens is a fascinating story about humanity on earth that I'm really enjoying reading. While not directly related to payments or fintech, it provides lots of insights into human behavior! From the description: "One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only one—homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us?"
  • How about you? What are you reading? Drop me a quick note and tell me about it: editor@paymentsnews.com

On the Web

  • Introducing the Shift Card - Coinbase Blog - "The Shift Card is a VISA debit card that currently allows Coinbase users in twenty-four states in the U.S. to spend bitcoin online and offline at over 38 million merchants worldwide."
  • Fewer Digital Wallet Users Are Making Payments - eMarketer - "Digital wallet adoption is increasing in the US, but some common tasks such as making a payment or receiving money are actually becoming less common among users of such services, per September 2015 data."

On the Wires

  • Starwood Notifies Customers of Malware Intrusion - "Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today that the point of sale systems of a limited number of its hotels in North America were infected with malware, enabling unauthorized parties to access payment card data of some customers."
  • Holiday Retail Sales Driven by Confident Shoppers with More to Spend and More to Buy, Synchrony Financial Study Finds - "Nearly half (47%) of those surveyed indicate they are more confident in their financial situation than last year (37%), and 48% plan to start their holiday shopping earlier this year. Improved finances and larger gift lists are cited as reasons that 32% of shoppers surveyed plan to spend more this season than last season, up from 21% in 2014. "
  • Wells Fargo Predicts Rise in Spending Heading into Black Friday - “Economic conditions and consumer confidence continue to improve as we head into the holiday shopping season,” said economist Michael Brown who co-authored the report with senior economist Eugenio Aleman, both part of Wells Fargo Securities Economics. “The National Retail Federation’s holiday spending survey found that the average holiday shopper is expected to spend 0.4 percent more per person than they did last year.”
  • Cardlytics Releases Holiday Consumer Spending Report - “As more consumers spend their holiday budgets closer to Christmas, the challenge for retailers is to engage shoppers at every opportunity,” said Dani Cushion, Chief Marketing Officer, Cardlytics. “Retailers should plan accordingly and adjust their strategy to offer variety in their deals, specifically targeted to each shopper profile throughout the holiday season.”
  • FIDO Authentication Poised for Continued Growth as Alliance Submits FIDO 2.0 Web API to W3C - "To carry this momentum into 2016, the FIDO Alliance today submitted to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the international standards organization for the World Wide Web, a set of three technical specifications required to define a standard Web-based API designed to increase FIDO’s existing desktop, Chrome, Android and iOS reach to support other platforms."

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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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November 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - November 4, 2015

On the Web

On the Wires

  • ACI Strengthens Board of Directors with Appointment of Payments Luminary - ACI Worldwide announced today the appointment of Janet Estep to its Board of Directors. Estep serves as president and CEO of NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association® that oversees the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network.
  • Worldline and Equens Intend to Join Forces to Create the New Pan-European Leader in Payment Services - "Worldline and Equens consider this step as a major milestone in the consolidation of the European payments market. The strategic aim of the new entity is to be one of the leading and most innovative payment service providers for financial institutions and corporates in Europe."
  • Fast B2B Bill Payment: Entryless Releases Seamless Payments - "With the release of Entryless Seamless Payments, users have one application that automates bills from receiving to paying. Users can upload bills or receive them directly from suppliers. Entryless automates data entry, review and approval, then synchronizes bills with the accounting system. Entryless Seamless Payments allows users to then make payments in the same application as their bills are recorded. Synchronization with accounting software captures all activities in the business accounting system."
  • P97 Networks Helps Accelerate Mobile Commerce for Retail Fuels Market - “We are excited to accelerate the digital transformation of the fueling, parking and quick service restaurant industries by providing a marketplace to help simplify the merchant and consumer experience,” said Gil Perez, SVP IoT & Customer Innovation, General Manager Connected Vehicles at SAP. “SAP Vehicles Network harnesses the power of SAP HANA® Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things to offer a simpler and more secure set of cloud micro services to help app developers, merchants or automotive OEMs consume and generate new revenue streams.”

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October 08, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 8, 2015

On the Web

  • Apple Pay Will Soon Work at Starbucks - Re/code.net - "Apple Pay head Jennifer Bailey broke the news Thursday onstage at Code/Mobile at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, Calif."
  • Fast-tracking Merchant Payment Acceptance in India! - Sanjay Swamy - "Many people think the cost of signing up a merchant, the cost of the terminal and the Merchant Discount Rate are the reasons why the penetration is low — and while these are factors, they are not the real reason. The reality is many merchants who want to accept cards are just not allowed to, and those who are have to toil hard to do so."
  • Nigerian mobile money leader Paga is doubling down on building a payments giant - Quartz - "Now, its persistence seems to be paying off with the completion of $13 million in series B financing. It was backed by a raft of investors led by Adlevo Capital, with participation from Omidyar Network, Goodwell West Africa, Acumen Fund, and Capricorn Investment Group to grow the Paga mobile peer-to-peer platform."
  • On What Law Firms Can Do With the Blockchain - Bloomberg BNA - "As we finish up our series, it’s time to answer a question we’ve ignored up until now — what should law firms be doing to leverage these technologies and position themselves to be leaders in a blockchain dominated world?"

On the Wires

  • Mobile Contribution to Sub-Saharan African Economy Surpasses US$100 Billion, Finds New GSMA Study - “The mobile industry remains a key driver of economic growth and employment in Sub-Saharan Africa, making a vital contribution given the population growth and high unemployment levels seen in many countries in the region,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer at the GSMA. “Despite revenue and margin pressures, local mobile operators continue to invest heavily to extend network coverage to serve unconnected communities and accelerate the migration to high-speed 3G/4G mobile broadband networks."
  • CardFlight Announces $4.2 Million Investment From Leading Payment Industry Executives and Venture Capital Funds - "We're excited to be adding investors with such deep experience growing and scaling startups in the payments industry," said Derek Webster, Founder and CEO of CardFlight. "This round of funding further validates CardFlight's leadership in mobile payments and will enable us to roll out even more advanced solutions in the months and years ahead."
  • Mozido and TabbedOut Partner to Improve Consumer Dining Experience - "The partnership will provide a full set of features to hospitality locations allowing their consumers an application to discover locations, join wait-lists, make reservations, order, split, pay, and leave feedback all from their mobile phones."
  • Diverse Consumers Overwhelmingly Optimistic About Financial Future - "When asked about personal finances, on average 60 percent of African American, Asian and Hispanic consumers said they expect their financial situation to be “somewhat” or “much” better a year from now, compared to 48 percent of the combined general population."

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September 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 24, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • MasterCard Transforms Aid Distribution - "MasterCard today launched the MasterCard Aid Network, an end-to-end, non-financial service designed to streamline aid distribution even in the absence of telecommunications infrastructure. Now, impacted populations can secure basic needs swiftly with the simple dip of a card."
  • Prosper Marketplace to Acquire Leading Personal Finance Company BillGuard - “Both BillGuard and Prosper Marketplace are focused on empowering consumers to be financially secure, smart and successful,” said Yaron Samid, co-founder and CEO of BillGuard. “Joining forces means that BillGuard can continue to innovate while contributing to the evolution of Prosper Marketplace as a full-service financial management company.”
  • Wells Fargo: Text and Email Alerts to Customers Exceed Half a Billion This Year - “Customers feel good when they have timely information that lets them know where they stand when it comes to their finances,” said Brett Pitts, head of digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. “Email and text alerts offer just that, allowing them to make decisions that can save them money and make their banking easier.”
  • Seamless Launches Tomorrow’s Digital Cash Register – Free Cash Register Included in SEQR That Eliminates the Need for Physical Card Readers - "Seamless is launching a digital cash register for the company’s SEQR payment solution. All SEQR users will now have access to the digital cash register, which becomes a standard feature of the SEQR app. The solution enables small enterprises and private individuals to receive payment without the need for a physical card reader or incurring high transaction costs."
  • PowaPOS Expands Global Footprint Through Partnership with Canadian Leader CT-Payment - “By integrating CT-Payment into our SDK, our companies have removed the burden from the ISV and ISO of becoming payments experts, and provided them with a value-added service they can use to get their merchants to market faster,” said Jeff Dumbrell, CEO, PowaPOS. “And, with CT-Payment’s Interac certification, we both dramatically simplify the transition to tablet POS that Canadian merchants are seeking; while also ensuring that the most advanced, secure payment processing is available.”
  • TSYS Signs Payments Agreement with Premier Bank - "TSYS (NYSE: TSS) announced today that The Premier Bank Limited, a leading commercial bank in Bangladesh, has signed an agreement to upgrade to PRIME 4, the latest version of TSYS’ PRIME payment solutions platform."

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September 11, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - September 11, 2015

On the Web:

  • Welcome to a new Google Wallet - Google Commerce Blog - "Today, we’re announcing a new Google Wallet app -- now focused exclusively on sending and receiving money. You can use Google Wallet with your Android or iOS device to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, even if they are not a Wallet user. And now, when you receive money through Google Wallet, you can quickly cash out to a debit card or linked bank account."
  • Online Bank Simple Ditches All Its Fees - TechCrunch - “This revenue model is a manifestation of our belief that you should have access to your money when you need it, without paying fees,” explains Simple co-founder and CEO Josh Reich.
  • A Venezuelan in Silicon Valley Finds a Niche in Finance - New York Times - "Both feel indebted to Meyer Malka, 41, a Venezuelan known as Micky. In 2012 he formed the venture capital firm Ribbit Capital here. Since then, he has become a rising force in Silicon Valley and one of the few Latin Americans to crack its upper echelon."
  • Visa Hires 1,000 Tech Professionals, Reduces Reliance on Outside Contractors - Wall St. Journal - "Visa Inc. is about halfway to hiring the 2,000 technology professionals it intends to add by 2017, a goal set a year ago as the company works to improve and expand its digital financial services."
  • Tencent’s WeChat App to Offer Personal Loans in Minutes - Wall St. Journal - "The new WeChat feature called Weilidai -- which literally means “a tiny bit of loan”—allows users to borrow up to 200,000 yuan ($31,350) without guarantee or collateral."
  • Fundbox Secures $50 Million More To Power Small Businesses - TechCrunch - "For small businesses that run on invoices, Fundbox issues loans in the exact amount of each invoice so that business owners don’t have to wait the 30, 60 or 90 days it typically takes to get paid."

On the Wires:

  • Abra Closes Series A Financing; Has Raised over $14 Million to Date to Disrupt the Global Money Transfer Market - RRE Ventures Managing Partner and Abra Co-Founder Jim Robinson is particularly excited about the potential of Abra to disrupt the global money transfer market. “As early proponents of Blockchain technology, we believe that Abra is one of the companies that’s fully leveraging the potential of the technology by reducing friction in financial services. It’s not about Bitcoin for the sake of Bitcoin – it’s about how the technology can solve problems for consumers worldwide, even if they don’t know what the Blockchain is.”
  • Android Pay™ Available for Wells Fargo Customers - “Today, we’re pleased to participate in Android Pay, increasing the availability of mobile payments to millions of Android device-loving Wells Fargo customers. This represents the latest offering in our commitment to give customers new, innovative ways to pay safely and easily, how and where they want,” said Jim Smith, head of Virtual Channels for Wells Fargo.
  • U.S. Bank and Elavon Customers Can Make and Accept Payments with Android Devices - “Adding Android Pay as a mobile payment option for our cardmembers and merchant customers is one more way we make it convenient for our customers to do business with U.S. Bank and Elavon,” said Dominic Venturo, chief innovation officer at U.S. Bank. “Android Pay aligns with our commitment to innovation that leads to better experiences for our customers.”
  • Regions Debit, Credit and Now Cards Are Available for Use with Android Pay - “Regions was one of the first banks in the nation to be announced as a participant in this service. This is another step forward in enabling our customers to manage their finances when and where they choose,” said Scott Peters, head of Regions Consumer Services.
  • Payment-Banking-Telecommunications: Trends and Challenges for the Years Ahead - "Companies from the banking sector are now capable of offering digital transactions and payments, and have as such completely flattened the payment, banks and telecommunications landscape, leaving them to be reshaped from the ground up."

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July 28, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 28, 2015

On the Web:

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

On the Wires:

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July 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - July 23, 2015

On the Web:

On the Wires:

  • Wells Fargo Launches New Innovation Group - "Wells Fargo today announced the formation of a new Innovation Group, which will work in partnership with its major businesses to meet evolving customer needs and stay ahead of the shifting competitive landscape. Steve Ellis, who had served as the head of Wholesale Services, has been named the leader of the new group."
  • MasterCard Opens its Digital Security Lab to Customers - “The MasterCard DigiSec Lab represents our collective efforts to maximize product innovation and security investments,” said Ajay Bhalla, president of Enterprise Security Solutions at MasterCard. “While payments have never been safer, criminals have never been smarter. We’ve now opened the lab to our customers as part of an ongoing commitment to share insights, solutions and best practices to deliver the highest levels of security.”
  • Citi Mobile Challenge Launches in Asia Pacific - "Citi Mobile Challenge is a next-generation accelerator that combines a virtual hackathon with an incubator, a worldwide network of FinTech experts and Citi’s unparalleled global sponsors and clients to discover solutions across more than 100 markets."
  • Chase and Southwest Airlines Renewal Cleared for Takeoff - “This extension reinforces our long-term commitment to collaborating on a program that delivers exceptional value and service to our shared customers,” said Eileen Serra, chief executive officer of Chase Card Services.
  • Uber Taps Its Global Payments Partner, Adyen, to Expand into Morocco - “Adyen continues to be a key strategic partner in addressing the many payments-related challenges of rapid international expansion,” said Meryem Belqziz, Uber Casablanca General Manager. “Their transparent philosophy, data-driven approach, and technical agility have made the partnership a natural fit.”
  • Visa Inc. Reports Fiscal Third Quarter 2015 Earnings Results - “We continue to deliver solid financial results and operating metrics without the help of an improving economic environment. Strong underlying fundamentals continue to offset the drag from geopolitical tension and the strengthening dollar on our business,” said Charlie Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc.

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June 26, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - June 26, 2015

On the Web:

  • Building a Safer Payment System - Speech by Federal Reserve Governor Jerome H. Powell - "Each of us has an important role to play in building a safer payment system. Given the payment system's complexity, it's important to keep in mind that we all need to work together when we innovate, prevent, plan, and educate."
  • Turmoil in Payments - Filene Blog - "To paint a picture of the shifting landscape, Filene completed more than two-dozen expert interviews, conducted a survey to gauge credit unions’ challenges around payments and what they’re doing about them, and examined existing literature."

On the Wires:

  • TSYS Research Reveals Canadian Consumers Prefer Credit Cards as Payment Choice - "The second annual research found that when given a choice, 46 percent of Canadian consumers prefer to pay using their credit cards more than any other payment method. That’s up from 34 percent in 2014. The recent online survey of more than 1,200 respondents, age 18 years and older, found that consumer preferences for using credit cards to shop online, combined with an overall increase in e-commerce, will likely cause a continued rise in credit use."
  • RentPayment Announces Plans to Report Rental Payment Information to TransUnion - "YapStone™ announced today that RentPayment, its online and mobile payment solution for the apartment rental industry, will now report rental payment information using TransUnion’s Resident Credit. The integration with ResidentCredit will offer a prompt, seamless reporting process for property managers and residents."
  • Wells Fargo Redesigns CEO Portal Services for Multiple Devices - “Over the last 15 years, we’ve seen dramatic changes in technology and the way our customers do business ― it’s not just through their desktops anymore,” said Steve Ellis, executive vice president and group head of Wholesale Services at Wells Fargo. “We’re continuing to invest in new technology to make banking easier and more secure for our customers who need to connect with many types of devices. We continually improve the CEO and release new features every quarter ― that’s 60 updates since its launch.”
  • Fintech Investment in U.S. Nearly Tripled in 2014, According to Report by Accenture and Partnership Fund for New York City - "The value of fintech investments in the United States soared to $9.89 billion in 2014, up from $3.39 billion in 2013. This 191 percent increase dwarfs the increase in 2013, when fintech deal values in the United States climbed 68 percent. In New York, fintech deal values grew by 32 percent in 2014, to a new high of $768 million."

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April 24, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 24, 2015

On the Web:

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

On the Wires:

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

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April 22, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 22, 2015

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  • eBay Inc. Reports First Quarter Results - "We had a strong first quarter, with eBay and PayPal off to a good start for the full year," said eBay Inc. President and CEO John Donahoe. "I feel very good about the performance of our teams at eBay and PayPal. Each business is executing well with greater focus and operating discipline as we prepare to separate eBay and PayPal into independent publicly traded companies. We are moving forward with clarity and speed, with a smooth separation expected in the third quarter. We are deeply committed to setting up eBay and PayPal to succeed and to deliver sustainable value to our shareholders."
  • NACHA Announces 2015 Payments System Awards Recipients - “NACHA is proud to recognize New York City CPRS, Verifone and Wells Fargo as recipients of the 2015 Payments System Awards,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA. “They each have contributed significantly to leadership and excellence in payments by finding innovative ways to evolve their processes and products to meet the needs of a changing industry.”
  • First Data and Sam’s Club Collaborate to Fuel Small Business Growth - “With this expanded agreement, First Data is making a significant commitment to millions of Sam’s Club members who currently operate or are looking to open a business in the U.S.,” said Chris Foskett, Head of Global, Strategic and National Accounts at First Data. “Extending this relationship with Sam’s Club gives us the opportunity to enable more business owners and operators to achieve their dreams.”
  • Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator Taps 3 New Early-Stage Companies - “If a startup can sell its idea to us,” said Steve Ellis, Wells Fargo head of Wholesale Services, “they can sell it to a lot of other banks, which can benefit the entire financial services industry.”
  • OTG and NCR Introduce Tech-enhanced Airport Shopping Experience - “NCR’s consumer transaction technologies enable us to offer our customers more control over their experience,” said OTG CEO Rick Blatstein. “We continue to introduce technologies that our customers are familiar with, such as self-checkout and mobile payment options like Apple Pay, which allow our crew members to spend more time on hospitality.”
  • Open Identity Exchange Launches OIXnet: A Global Registry for Trust Frameworks - “Trusted transactions are the engines of online services,” said Don Thibeau, OIX Chairman and President. “Like an Underwriter Lab’s seal of approval on products, OIXnet is a neutral, open online registry that enables a similar level of trust and discovery at Internet scale for a wide variety of trust frameworks.”
  • Green Dot Awarded New Mobile Patent, Expanding its Patent Library Related to Secure and Geo-Location-Aware Devices - "Green Dot Corporation today announced the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 8,989,778, a patent that is directed to secure and private location sharing for location-aware mobile communication devices."

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April 14, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - April 14, 2015

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  • JPMorgan Chase Reports First-Quarter 2015 Net Income of $5.9 Billion - Jamie Dimon concluded: “JPMorgan Chase continues to support consumers, businesses and communities and make a significant positive impact. We have an outstanding franchise which is getting safer and stronger, and is gaining market share over time. We continue to build the company for the long-term, we are investing in controls, infrastructure, systems, technology, new products and bankers. We will continue to navigate challenges and deliver for our clients, shareholders and communities.”
  • Wells Fargo Reports $5.8 Billion in Net Income - “Our solid first quarter results again reflected the benefit of our diversified business model and the continued focus of our 266,000 team members on serving the needs of consumer and business customers," said Chairman and CEO John Stumpf. “We continued to strengthen our customer relationships in the quarter, as reflected in strong growth in deposits and primary checking customers. In addition, our mortgage business was able to serve more customers by refinancing their mortgage loans with lower rates."
  • Early Warning and BioCatch Align to Help U.S. Financial Services Organizations Fight Fraud and Improve Digital Experience - “Early Warning has taken yet another fundamental and unparalleled step in securing and optimizing digital financial transactions,” said Paul Finch, CEO of Early Warning. “Integrating BioCatch’s behavior analytics, plus our ability to authenticate consumers and their devices via the Mobile Network Operators, enables participating banks to provide a more seamless and secure digital experience for their customers as well as increase their own operational efficiencies.”
  • U.S. Bank Introduces Virtual Payment for Travel Intermediaries - “Automatic reconciliation is critical to our partnership with travel intermediaries,” adds Jeff Rankin, U.S. Bank global executive for Large Market and Public Sector Bankcard. “Our single-use account solution provides an alternative to central travel accounts, creating a 1:1 relationship between the booking data and the transaction data and reducing overhead. We are pleased to bring these capabilities to our clients and see their businesses grow as they serve their global customers in new and better ways.”
  • Synchrony Financial and Guitar Center to Introduce New Consumer Financing Program - "According to Synchrony Financial’s third annual Major Purchase Consumer Study, 72 percent of music shoppers always seek promotional financing, and 77 percent of respondents said that the availability of financing is “very important” when choosing a retailer. Musical instruments and gear also lead online purchases across the 12 categories included in the study."
  • New TNS Card Scheme Gateway Set to Accelerate UnionPay Acceptance Worldwide - Lisa Shipley, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of TNS’ PaymentNetwork Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this arrangement with UnionPay to establish this gateway to promote in-store card acceptance internationally. UnionPay is a significant player within the card industry globally and merchants and banks have long recognized the importance of being able to accept payments made via its card."
  • Kofax and Blackhawk Network Announce OEM Agreement - "Blackhawk Network has developed strong relationships with major retailers and payment systems which gives it a competitive edge in supporting digital wallets," stated Drew Hyatt, Senior Vice President of Mobile Capture Applications at Kofax. "Kofax Mobile Capture adds valuable user functionality to GoWallet and to Blackhawk Network’s digital platform, and benefits Kofax by adding Blackhawk to our growing list of mobile industry leaders.”

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March 23, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 23, 2015

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  • Square Cash is Open for Business - "So we’re excited to announce today that Square Cash is now available for businesses everywhere in the U.S. We deposit payments directly into your bank account (as opposed to a holding account), and offer an aggressive and affordable professional rate of only 1.5%."
  • Western Union and Hyperwallet Forge Strategic Alliance to Address the Global Mass Payments Market - “By integrating our payments ecosystem with Hyperwallet’s platform, we have enabled a mass payment product that will help change how global payments are made today, while helping meet the rigorous compliance demands faced when making global payments.”
  • New Version of RelayAccount Helps Simplify Collection of Patient Payment - “Helping providers clearly track a patient’s financial obligations and enable automated collections on payment plans are becoming two business-critical capabilities in today’s healthcare market,” said Matt Larsen, vice president of Innovation, RelayHealth Financial.
  • Wells Fargo Offers Spanish Language Mobile Banking Experience - "Our convenient and award-winning mobile banking app now offers Spanish-speaking customers the option of tailoring an in-language experience to best suit their needs,” said Brett Pitts, head of Digital for Wells Fargo Virtual Channels. “We’re proud that we continue to make improvements to our digital banking products that allow more customers to take advantage of the convenience and security of mobile banking in their preferred language.”

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February 05, 2015

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February 04, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 4, 2015

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  • Wells Fargo Customers Can Now Redeem Credit Card Rewards at ATMs - “Customers live their lives on-the-go and being able to conveniently and simply access their accounts and rewards when and how they want is important,” said Alicia Moore, head of Wells Fargo ATM Banking. “We are always looking for ways to add innovative features and benefits to our ATM network, which gives customers access to their money and accounts 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. By providing customers the ability to redeem rewards for cash or account credit directly at the ATM, we’ve made it more convenient for them to feel truly rewarded for doing business with Wells Fargo.”
  • Consumers Can Now Use Their BECU, Fifth Third, First Niagra and Hungtington MasterCard with Apple Pay - "MasterCard cardholders with a consumer credit or debit card from BECU, Fifth Third, First Niagara and Huntington National Bank now have access to easier, more secure everyday payments through Apple Pay."
  • First Tech Federal Credit Union Selects MasterCard for Member Payment Solutions - “MasterCard offers our members the very best in card payment solutions that will enable them to better manage their financial transactions with First Tech while also providing additional security,” said Greg Mitchell, chief executive officer of First Tech Federal Credit Union.
  • First Data Receives Data Security Approval from UK Information Commissioner’s Office - “We are committed to setting the industry standard for superior data privacy protection,” said Cindy Armine-Klein, Chief Control Officer at First Data. “By conforming to the strict data privacy standards set forth by the EU, we can offer our clients the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have a trusted partner managing their data.”
  • Four More PSCU Credit Unions Enable Members to Use Apple Pay - "PSCU announced today that Visa cardholders with consumer debit and credit cards from Altra Federal Credit Union (Onalaska, WI), Andrews Federal Credit Union (Suitland, MD), and Wescom Credit Union (Pasadena, CA); and members with credit cards from BECU (Tukwila, WA) now have access to Apple Pay..."
  • Remitly Expands to India - "Remitly’s coverage in India spans a network of over 120 banks and their branches. Instant direct deposit is available for many banks year-round, 24/7, including ICICI, Yes Bank, and PNB. Four-hour deposit is available during regular Indian banking hours for all other banks."

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