When Payments Disappear, and Value Emerges

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Ok, so if you think we’re done with the whole “when is a mobile payment a payment” argument, think again. The reality is that the biggest evolution in payments is not about Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Square or faster payments, but it is about context and simplicity, and that’s where the mobile and other technologies are [...]

The US is becoming the world’s largest closed-loop payments system

Two-thirds of all checks written globally originate in the US today

Last year the US contributed close to 20% of the world’s GDP despite coming off the back of the biggest economic downturn since the 1930′s Great Depression. The US, UK, Germany, Russian and CIS States, and China dominate the world’s payment landscape currently, but in volume of non-bank payments the US dominates with over 50% of the world’s [...]

PTP FTW! The beginnings of something much greater…

I'll give you a hint... Square is not competing with PayPal

I had a call with an industry colleague earlier today talking the recent news on GMail Google Wallet integration, Dwolla’s funding round and the “Square Cash” announcement. At large I’m seeing two broad industry responses to these moves. The first, is to see this all as a distraction from mainstream banking and that essentially all [...]

Why Apple’s NFC snub might hurt the banks and networks more than ever?

Uber - doesn't need a swipe to offer better payments

I’ve always maintained that Near Field Communication (NFC) was attractive for both the banks acting as acquirers and issuers, and ultimately the networks themselves. Particularly in the US marketplace. Why? The only way to keep the Point-of-Sale (POS) terminal in a transaction as we shift to mobile wallet and mobile payments at merchants is for [...]

What the Square and Starbucks alliance means for payments…

Starbucks has the most successful mobile payment deployment in the US to-date

Square and Starbucks just announced their intent to form a partnership for the purpose of improving or ‘revolutionizing’ in-store payments around the approximately 1,700 retail stores and 5,000 other points of presence in the USA. Square has had phenomenal success growing their merchant base to 2 million users in just over 2 years, which when [...]

Mobile Payment – Mainstream already

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If you believe the pundits, mobile payments are years away from being mainstream. But that’s not at all an accurate assessment of the state of the industry. Firstly, a mobile payment can be many things. There are seven primary models for mobile-enabled payments: SMS based transactional payments In-App Payments Direct Mobile Billing Mobile commerce and/or web [...]

Mobile Payments: Leave them to their own devices

As we’ve embarked on our Movenbank project, we’ve had a lot of people express concerns about our choice to be completely cardless and go with NFC and various other P2P solutions. There’s also often raised questions over which handset platform to support, which devices are certified, the lack of real NFC standards, how to enable [...]

Visa and Fundamo up the stakes in the Mobile Wallet battle

The announcement today of Visa’s acquisition of Fundamo signals the drawing of the battle lines in the face off between Mastercard and Visa in the mobile payments stakes. While I understand that a wallet is much more than just an NFC enabler, the announcement of Google’s NFC trial around their ‘wallet’ last month put some [...]

Google Wallet is not about Payments

Last week Google announced their long awaited NFC-trial for mobile payments. On the face of it, many perceive that Google’s play is an attempt to cannibalize the lucrative payments market, but if that was the case, why has Google not taken a share of interchange fees from Citi and Mastercard? In addition, Google is supplying contactless point-of-sale units [...]

Banks and Credit Card Issuers beware – Apple just stole your business

If you are a bank, you now have about 9 months to get ready for total disintermediation in the payments space from Apple, Google, Microsoft and a bunch of handset manufacturers. If you think your credit card business is under threat from debit cards today, you’re in for a shock. The plastic is no longer a barrier to entry. You just became an antique…