Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – December 16, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on December 16th, 2015. Posted in American Express, Android, Android Pay, Apple, Apple Pay, Australia, BlueSnap, Braintree, Chip and PIN, Citi Cards, Digital Wallets, EMV, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Federal Reserve, Fifth Third Bank, Financial Regulators, Glenbrook, Global Payments, Heartland Payment Systems, India, MCX, Merchant Acquirers, Merchants, Mobile Payments, Mobile Wallets, Payments News - Headline News, PayPal, Paytm, Synchrony Financial, Uber, Visa, Walmart, Zuora

On the Web

  • Merchants Go on Offense in Digital Payments - PaymentsViews.com (Bryan Derman) - "We are now seeing that economic leverage gradually imposed on the rest of the payment value chain (short-circuiting network fees through negotiated, bilateral interchange) in a way that more fully reflects their importance of major retailers in the dominant consumer sector of the U.S. economy."
  • Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement - "Given the economic outlook, and recognizing the time it takes for policy actions to affect future economic outcomes, the Committee decided to raise the target range for the federal funds rate to 1/4 to 1/2 percent."
  • Braintree Drives Commerce Forward with Facebook Messenger and Uber - Braintree Blog - “We are excited to partner with Braintree to offer users increased convenience, flexibility, and security,” said P.J. Linarducci, Facebook Head of Payment Products.
  • Australia banks agree Android Pay deal, Apple Pay still frozen out - Reuters - "It's a big bargaining chip for (Australian) banks to use to force a better deal with Apple," said Foad Fadaghi, managing director of technology research firm Telsyte.
  • Paytm’s Founder On Its Online-To-Offline Strategy In India - TechCrunch - "In India, Paytm also wants to position itself as a better option than credit cards, which are slowly gaining in popularity but still used by relatively few Indian consumers."
  • Asia-Pacific Is Home to Majority of World Retail Ecommerce Market - eMarketer - "For the first time, the region will not only have the largest digital retail market in the world, but its share of global digital retail spend will also reach 52.5%—the first time it holds an outright majority of the world market."

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Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – November 17, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on November 17th, 2015. Posted in Align Commerce, American Express, Apple, Apple Pay, Bitcoin, Canada, Chase Pay, Chase Paymentech, China, Chip and PIN, Contactless Payments, EMV, First Data Corp., Glenbrook, Global Payments, NCR, Near Field Communication (NFC), p2p - Person to Person Payments, Payments News - Headline News, Payments Views, PayPal, Remittances, Strawhecker Group, Synchrony Financial, WeChat, Western Union

On the Web

On the Wires

  • Western Union Offers New Global Money Transfer Service on WeChat - “Given the proliferation of social media around the world, we are expanding our activities in this exciting area. It only makes sense to include the WeChat platform as part of the company’s innovative digital money transfer capabilities. By teaming with WeChat and deploying the WU Connect platform to its U.S. users, Western Union is offering yet another new method for consumers to move money worldwide."
  • Global Payments Announces Support for Apple Pay in Canada - “Following successful enablement in the U.S. and the UK, Global Payments is pleased to be one of the first providers in Canada to offer merchants the exciting opportunity to accept Apple Pay,” said Frank T. Young, SVP, Global Product and Innovation.
  • Chase teams up with 18 technology partners to help merchants accept Chase Pay - "These industry leaders will help merchants integrate Chase Pay into their overall payment acceptance strategy,” said Michael K. Passilla, CEO of Commerce Solutions, the global payment processor and merchant acquirer of JPMorgan Chase & Co. “Chase Pay solves a number of pain points for consumers and merchants to improve the customer experience and drive down the cost of payments.” - The technology partners announced include: 3Delta Systems, AJB Software, Aria Systems, Auric Systems, Authorize.Net, BridgePay, Bytemark, CardinalCommerce, FIS ClearCommerce, CyberSource, iBiz Software, LevelUp, Miva, P97, Recurly, USAePay, Vindicia and Xpress Bill Pay.
  • PayPal 2nd Annual Global Report Shows More Than 1/3 of Chinese Online Shoppers Now Buying Cross-Border - "Amidst a year of market-moving news coming out of China, no shortage of attention has been paid to its growing consumer class’ buying power as more enter the global online ecommerce market. This year’s findings support the growth trend: 35 percent of online shoppers claim to have shopped cross-border in 2015, vs. 26 percent in 2014."
  • Align Commerce Closes $12.5 Million Series A Round Led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) - "For far too long the cost and complications of existing payment systems have hindered startups and SMBs from fully capitalizing on global trade,” said Marwan Forzley, CEO of Align Commerce. “The Align Commerce platform cuts through time-consuming red tape and excessive fees that have unnecessarily burdened users. Existing systems have seen little innovation in the face of game-changing new technologies, and the entire experience is overdue for a radically different approach.”
  • First Data and NCR Sign Strategic Commercial Agreement - "First Data will be a preferred provider of cybersecurity and payment processing solutions to NCR’s customers in the grocery, petroleum and convenience store industries. NCR will be a preferred provider of ATM hardware and services to First Data’s client base of more than 4,000 financial institutions. The two industry leaders will also pursue co-development of integrated commerce technology solutions for U.S. merchant clients."
  • NFC Forum: U.S. Retailers May Not Be as Prepared for Retail Payments Migration as They Think - "The white paper describes ways for merchants to secure their businesses against fraud while accepting payment from customers in the way they prefer to pay. "
  • Synchrony Financial Announces Completion of Separation from GE - “This is an historic day for Synchrony Financial,” stated Margaret Keane, president and CEO of Synchrony Financial. “Today we launch the next stage in our company’s future – pursuing a long-term strategy focused on Synchrony’s business objectives as a stand-alone company. I am very proud of our employees, who have prepared us for this day, while continuing to serve our partners and customers and to grow our business.”

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Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – October 9, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on October 9th, 2015. Posted in Airline Payments, Apple, Apple Pay, Chip and PIN, EMV, Payments News - Headline News, Stripe

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Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – October 1, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on October 1st, 2015. Posted in Adyen, American Express, Apple, Apple Pay, Bitcoin, Card-linked Offers, Cardlinx Association, China, Chip and PIN, EMV, First Data Corp., Moneris, Payments News - Headline News, R3CEV, SoFi, Twitter

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Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – September 3, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on September 3rd, 2015. Posted in Banking Industry, Card Fraud, Card Reward Programs, Chip and PIN, EMV, Financial Technologies, FleetCor, Interchange Fees, MasterCard, Payments News - Headline News, UK

On the Web:

  • Credit-Card Fraudsters Pump Gas Stations for Profit - Wall St. Journal - "The crime wave has been driven by the flood of stolen credit-card data easily accessible online, much of which was swiped in high-profile breaches."
  • Cashback cull: Tesco halves Clubcard points for 2.8m credit card holders - The Telegraph - "Millions of Tesco credit card holders will see their cash earnings halved overnight as a result of new European laws that have forced several high street lenders to withdraw cashback deals."
  • Small Businesses Are Slow to Embrace New Chip-Card System - Wall St. Journal - "Many small businesses aren’t switching, mainly because they don’t know about the shift or don’t see any payoff from the new systems, which are slightly slower."
  • 4 trends in fintech startups - O'Reilly Radar - "It’s hard for incumbents to innovate existing businesses in house, and this is where startups thrive: testing new business models and pushing the limits of technology unencumbered by regulations or corporate baggage. Hackathons and startup competitions are where innovative ideas are tested."

On the Wires:

  • MasterCard Start Path to Build the Future of Commerce with Startups - “Start Path thoughtfully connects the right partners with the right startups to build the future of commerce together,” said Stephane Wyper, Global Lead of MasterCard Start Path. “And now with our global expansion, we will be able to target a broader range of startups and help them achieve success."
  • FLEETCOR Announces New Executive Appointments to its Comdata Business Units - “We’re delighted to welcome Greg and Kurt to the Comdata and FLEETCOR management team,” said Ron Clarke, Chairman and CEO of FLEETCOR. “Each brings successful general management experience to their new roles. We expect these executive additions will help accelerate the implementation of our Comdata growth plans.”

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Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – August 13, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on August 13th, 2015. Posted in BOKU, Books, Cash, Chip and PIN, Commercial Payments, Discover, EMV, Heartland Payment Systems, Mobile Payments, Mobile POS, Payments News - Headline News, PayPal, Salesforce.com, Samsung, Samsung Pay, Square, Synchrony Financial, Visa

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

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Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – August 12, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on August 12th, 2015. Posted in Bitcoin, Card Issuers, China, China Unionpay, Chip and PIN, CurrentC, Discover, EMV, EU, Fidelity National, Glenbrook, India, Marqeta, MCX, Mobile Payments, Mobile POS, Mobile Shopping, Mobile Technology, Payments News - Headline News, Payments Views, Payoneer, PayPal, Target, Tokenization, TSYS, Tuition Payments, UK, Visa, WePay, Western Union

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Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – July 23, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on July 23rd, 2015. Posted in Adyen, Affinity Cards, Airline Payments, Amazon Payments, Capital One, Chase Card Services, Chip and PIN, Citi, Citi Cards, EMV, India, Innovation, JP Morgan Chase, M-PESA, MasterCard, Mobile Technology, NPCI, Payments News - Headline News, Private Label, Uber, Visa, Wells Fargo

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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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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!

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – June 18, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on June 18th, 2015. Posted in Bill Payment, Bitcoin, BitPay, Card Technology, Chip and PIN, Contactless Payments, Fair Isaac, First Data Corp., Fiserv, Oberthur, Payments News - Headline News

On the Web: Banks are 'very excited' about what one of the world's best funded Bitcoin startups is doing" - Business Insider - "...Bitpay has shifted its focus from letting businesses accept Bitcoin to getting people interested in Bitcoin in the first place." The Check’s Still in the Mail: Why Collections Isn’t Going Paperless - FICO Blog - "In a recent BillingTree webinar, which looked at some of the payment processing trends revealed in its third annual Collection Agency Operations and Technology Survey, it was clear that paper payments such as paper checks, money orders, demand drafts and more, are...

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com – June 8, 2015

Written by Payments News Editor on June 8th, 2015. Posted in Africa, Android Pay, Apple, Apple Pay, Australia, Bitcoin, Card Technology, Chip and PIN, Credit Scores, Data Breaches, Data Security, eBay, EMV, Google, M-PESA, Money Transfer, Payments News - Headline News, Payments Views, PayPal, Remittances, Ripple, TSYS, US Bank, Western Union

On the Web:

  • E-commerce Fraud, Data, and EMV’s Impact on CNP Losses - PaymentsViews.com (George Peabody) - "This discussion with Tom Donlea, Director, e-Comm/Retail Practice at Whitepages, looks at how the data is provided to the merchant, the challenge of data sourcing in international markets, the care and control of PII, and what the US EMV roll-out could mean for CNP fraud."
  • Google Misses Out on Apple’s Slice of Mobile Transactions - Wall St. Journal - "Google isn’t getting transaction fees from bank issuers, said people familiar with the situation."
  • PayPal Holdings presentation for investors and analysts - Exhibit included in a June 8, 2015 eBay SEC filing
  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Security Freeze - Krebs on Security - "Even if you haven’t noticed (or maybe you just haven’t actually received a breach notice), I’m here to tell you that if you’re an American, your basic personal data is already for sale. What follows is a primer on what you can do to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft as a result of all this data (s)pillage."
  • Westpac, ANZ trial Ripple payments, but big four reluctant on bitcoin - Financial Review (Australia) - "Executives at big four banking rivals are still adopting a more cautious stance on the future acceptance of bitcoin in the mainstream economy, pointing to the fact that it remains unregulated and fraught with risks related to money laundering."
  • Remittances at the Click of a Smartphone Button - New York Times - "While the likes of Western Union have offered international money transfers for decades, new tech start-ups and traditional telecom operators are taking advantage of the rapid rise of smartphones in many emerging economies to reduce the barriers — and costs — of sending cash overseas."
  • Why financial firms are investigating bitcoin tech - CNBC - "The blockchain is the financial challenge of our time," said Blythe Masters, CEO of Digital Asset Holdings, on Tuesday at the Exponential Finance Conference hosted by CNBC and Singularity University. "It is going to change the way that our financial world operates."

On the Wires:

  • Apple Pay Giving Shoppers Even More Ways to Pay - "Apple Pay will also give shoppers more ways to pay in the US, expanding merchant acceptance to over one million locations next month and bringing support for Discover this fall. With this addition, Apple Pay will accept credit and debit cards across all major card networks, issued by the most popular banks, representing 98 percent of all credit card purchase volume in the US."
  • U.S. Bank Gives Customers Access to Free Credit Score - “Knowing your score is important, but even more importantly, we want customers to understand how choices they make can affect their score in the future,” said Andrew Cecere, chief operating officer for U.S. Bank. “Having a good credit score makes it easier to take out a loan, rent an apartment or make a major purchase with the best possible terms. Offering CreditView through TransUnion helps our customers make wise choices, and is consistent with U.S. Bank’s broader efforts to promote personal financial responsibility.”
  • TSYS Enhances Card Production in the Migration to Chip Cards - “We have worked with our U.S. clients since last year as they prepare to issue chip cards in 2015, and it was clear to us early on that we could create an improved process,” said Bob Kellum, group executive of Output Services, TSYS. “This solution lets our issuers focus more on strategy and execution and less on managing new operational challenges. We have also included Chip Card on Demand in TSYS Card Shop to create custom chip cards.”

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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!

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