E-Wallets Drive NFC-Enabled SIM Card Shipments (April 11, 2013)

Global shipments of NFC-enabled SIM cards rose 87 percent in 2012 compared with the previous year, according to SIMalliance. The London-based nonprofit trade association, which supports the creation, deployment and management of secure mobile services and applications, this week released a report on 2012 SIM shipments based on data provided by its members, which represent […]

Blog: Tipping Point for M-Payments Hidden in SMS App and Obscure Pizza Promo (April 2013)

By Joseph DeSetto, Emerging Payments Blogger It wasn’t long ago that mobile payments apps for the current generation of smartphones were difficult and time consuming for even experienced programmers to create. Much like the early days of e-commerce, standard ways of protecting user data, providing a consistent interface and user experience that would be trusted, […]

IPS 2013: SEPA benefits hard to see for corporates

As the February 2014 deadline for implementation of Single Euro Payment Area compatible instruments approaches, focus is moving from banks to corporates – and the increasingly clear picture is that few European corporates see any great benefit from adopting the standards involved.

Beyond a joke

A journalist, a politician and a banker walk into a bar … sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn’t it? Feel free to submit a punchline: personally, I’m starting to think that it would be a very sour joke. With banker-bashing now an established national pastime, the press having spectacularly fouled their own nest […]

Kalixa Group unveils “disruptive” payments tools

Payments company Kalixa Group has launched a set of tools including an mPOS, e-wallet and acceptance kit, which it says will disrupt the global payments market in Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

State banking: reforming the UK infrastructure

At the beginning of March, George Osborne travelled to the English seaside town of Bournemouth to make a speech at the JP Morgan operations centre there. It wasn’t Henry V’s St Crispin’s Day speech, but it may well go down as a watershed moment in the history of the UK financial services sector. Osborne is […]

Corporate treasurers demand bank attention

Banks are not good at communicating industry change to their corporate clients, according to a panel of senior industry representatives speaking at the IPS conference in London today.

Competition regulation will stifle payments innovation

Proposed policies intended to promote competion in payments could stifle innovation and standardisation in the payments and transaction banking sectors, according to a partner in a leading law firm. Dermot Turing, partner in the international financial institutions and markets group at Clifford Chance, told delegates at the International Payments Summit in London that moves by […]

Card Forum: Discover/PayPal Rollout to Begin April 19 (April 9, 2013)

PayPal and Discover will begin the rollout of PayPal as a payment option at the point of sale, starting April 19, Don Kingsborough, PayPal’s global vice president and general manager of retail and prepaid, said yesterday. Speaking at Card Forum in Boca Raton, Fla., Kingsborough shared the stage with Discover’s Joe Hurley, senior vice president, […]

Card Forum: Put Your Durbin FAQ Plan in Writing (April 9, 2013)

Card Forum kicked off its 25th annual conference in Boca Raton yesterday with “Prepaid Day” and not surprisingly, the Fed’s FAQs on Reg. II came up during a session on regulation. The guidance, which came out two weeks before the April 1 compliance deadline for network routing rules, appears to require PINs to be issued […]

KFC Tests Mobile Payment App in U.K. (April 9, 2013)

Yum! Brands Inc.’s KFC is the latest fast-food giant to pilot a mobile payment app, launching its first such effort near London. Consumers will be able use their smartphones to place orders and pay ahead of time, then pick up their food upon arrival at the store. KFC joins Starbucks Corp., Burger King Corp., Dunkin’ […]

Orange, Vodafone Customers Can Pay with a Beep on Bucharest Subway (April 9, 2013)

Orange and Vodafone customers now can use their mobile phones to pay for trips on the subway in Bucharest, Romania. The system this month is being expanded to the city’s entire 51-station metro network after testing in seven stations last year. Customers can purchase tickets by sending a text message to a special number. A […]

LevelUp Pilot for Student Dining Launches at Pair of Colleges (April 9, 2013)

Students at two colleges have a new way to pay for campus meals, thanks to a pilot being launched by food service manager Chartwells Higher Education Dining Services and mobile payment and loyalty network LevelUp. The program—undergoing a test run at Buffalo State University in Buffalo, N.Y., and the Curry Student Center retail dining venue […]

Same day, same settlement?

The Payment Services Directive in Europe mandated next-business-day settlement – D+1 – for payment transactions between EC states from Jan 2012. But with some European countries already using faster operating standards, Neil Burton and Gareth Lodge ask: is D+1 good enough?

Blackhawk IPO Could Fetch Up to $220 Million (April 8, 2013)

Ahead of its planned IPO, Blackhawk Network Holdings Inc. has set a stock price of $20 to $22 per share, numbers that could lead to the prepaid card provider and third-party distributor raising up to $220 million. Grocery chain Safeway Inc., which owns 96 percent of Blackhawk, revealed plans last year to sell a stake […]

Green Dot, UniRush Prepare ‘RushCard Live’ GPR Card Rollout (April 8, 2013)

Aiming to capitalize on the combined strengths of two of the prepaid industry’s most potent marketing forces, Green Dot Corp. and UniRush LLC today unveiled the RushCard Live Reloadable Prepaid Visa Card, which will be rolling out later this month at thousands of Green Dot retail partner locations. Leveraging the popularity of UniRush LLC co-founder […]