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W3C launches web payments initiative and reduce fraud

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) says it will begin a new initiative to integrate payments seamlessly into the Open Web Platform and help tackle fraud. W3C calls upon all industry stakeholders - banks, credit card companies, governments, mobile network operators, payment solution providers, technology companies, retailers and content creators - to join the new Web Payments Interest Group and leverage the unique ability of the Web… Continue reading >>

Smartwatches face challenges as payment system

A recent GfK survey in China, Germany, South Korea, the UK and the US indicates that people in these countries see potential in using smartwatches to ‘carry’ tickets for passenger transport or as security keys to their computers and online accounts. The ability to transmit healthcare data via a smartwatch is also of particular interest to the majority of people…. Continue reading >>

Retail banks begin heavy digital investment

Financial services association, BAI has released preliminary findings from a survey which suggests online and mobile platforms are the leading focus of technology investments for retail banks as they move to increase the functionality of their digital offerings. Of nearly 400 FS professionals quizzed ahead next month’s BAI Retail Delivery conference in Chicago, 95% say that their bank lets customers… Continue reading >>

Tokenization for mobile payments and mobile wallet services

MasterCard and Visa has recently released the technical specifications for tokenization. Tokenization is the next generation security for mobile cloud based payments and other secure mobile services. “We started the preparation for tokenization to be included in our mobile technology platform early next year. Now we are ready for the next step and we are currently discussing pilots with innovative… Continue reading >>

Is Apple Pay the answer to mobile payments?

On September 9, 2014, Apple announced Apple Pay along with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. Apple Pay is first available in the US, with international launch expected later. The announcement sparked a frenzy of discussions, in both private boardrooms and public forums, on what Apple Pay means for the industry. Apple Pay has a good chance to be successful,… Continue reading >>

ASB and BNZ to launch New Zealand mobile wallet

New Zealand banks ASB and BNZ are to launch a live pilot of a domestic  mobile wallet developed by NFS NZ, a joint venture company established by the country’s leading mobile networks and bank-owned EFTPOS firm Paymark. NFS NZ – whose shareholdrs include Paymark, 2degrees, Spark and VodaFone – has been rebranded as Semble, ahead of a planned national roll… Continue reading >>

200 billion card payments worldwide in 2013

A total of 205 billion card payments were made worldwide in 2013, a rise of 13% on 2012, according “Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts 2013-2019”, a new report from RBR. This growth was slightly higher than the 11% increase in card numbers to 10.8 billion, which reflects an expanding global physical and virtual merchant acceptance network, as well as… Continue reading >>

Cross Border Acquiring interchange concessions – new risks for acquiring?

The recent card scheme cross border acquiring (CBA) concessions have created a new model for cross-border acquiring. By default they have become the European Commission’s ‘Plan A’ as a result of the delayed cards regulation sign-off. Merchants have once again outmanoeuvred banks and have won major benefits from the interchange caps and the significant changes in the terms of the… Continue reading >>

Payments matter as e-commerce sites lose revenue through lack of choice

E-commerce merchants based outside of the UK could be losing out on vital global sales from Generation Y by failing to convert browsers into buyers at the checkout. New research[1] into the online buying habits of 1,000 UK adults commissioned by The PPRO Group found that, of those who have tried to buy goods from overseas retailers, a massive 64%… Continue reading >>

Mobile money transfer gains momentum

As mobile money transfer services like Pingit and Paym gain traction, how will mobile remittances help drive mobile commerce? With all the focus on mobile payments and wallets, and the success of mobile-based money transfer services like Barclays Pingit and Paym in the UK, the spotlight is being shone on the potential of these account-to-account transfer services to bring about… Continue reading >>