The IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index for October saw a rise of 12.6% year-on-year, well below the 3-month 14.3% average. http://tinyurl.com/yaptetvt
Mastercard has published one of its ‘studies’, this time on slow walkers in shopping centres, as a vehicle to extoll the virtues of Masterpass. http://tinyurl.com/ydh68wut
In an attempt to combat ‘slow-rage’ Mastercard has teamed up with property company intu to trial a Masterpass ‘Click and Collect’ Fast Lane.
Visa UK’s expectations on Christmas spend. http://tinyurl.com/y7ukvqg5
And a Barclays’ online fraud warning. http://tinyurl.com/yb6mtcbc
Wembley Stadium is to roll-out contactless ticketing after a successful pilot. http://tinyurl.com/yborsa3w
Fans will load their contactless tickets into their Apple Wallet and also be able to use Apple Pay to buy food and beverages. The ‘electronic delivery’ system will be available for ticket purchases from 12 December for the England/Italy match on in March 2018.
SafeCharge is integrating WeChat Pay at POS with the first live location at Camden Market. http://tinyurl.com/y9x26chp
Chinese visitors will be able to use the popular mobile payment method as it is rolled out across the Market.
Société Générale is to begin supporting Apple Pay. http://tinyurl.com/ya8wads2
SG is the first of the major banks in France to support the wallet. It was reported earlier in the year that some Crédit Mutuel local banks were going to make it available to customers but Apple has been struggling for some time to sign up a major player.
Nets and JCB International have launched JCB’s EMV(R) contactless solution in Denmark. http://tinyurl.com/yczq6kky
The move will enable Danish cardholders with Android Phones to tap and pay at merchants equipped with J/Speedy contactless terminals.
Reuters is reporting that a group of Norwegian banks are to combine the Vipps, BankAxept and BankID Norge units. http://tinyurl.com/y7kt3462
The move is aimed at enabling the banks to fend off competition from global fintechs.
PayPal is integrating with Acorns, a micro savings fintech, in the US. http://tinyurl.com/y8jov4tk
Users link their PayPal account to Acorns and can then set-up a recurring or one-time investment funded from their PayPal account.
Meanwhile BigCommerce, a Shopping cart provider, has announced it is working with PayPal to give its business users access to PayPal Credit, PayPal Working Capital, and PayPal Marketing Solutions. http://tinyurl.com/y743ft2b
ACI Worldwide has announced a licensing agreement with POS provider Payworks. http://tinyurl.com/y7kkp7yn
ACI’s front-end integration of Payworks technology extends the cloud based omni-channel capabilities of its UP Merchant Payments solution.
Users connect their Yoyo account to their Starling account from the Yoyo app and allow Yoyo to view their Starling account transactions. This enables the collection of loyalty points whenever the Starling card, ApplePay or Fitbit Pay is used at a merchant partner.
Telegraph article on Starling highlighting its recent acceptance onto the Target2 platform and planned expansion into euro wholesale banking. http://tinyurl.com/y72sudvo
Another fintech start-up, Manigo has launched with the slogan – Not yet (sic) another bank, but a unified banking and payments services marketplace. http://tinyurl.com/ycx5b6gl https://www.manigo.com/
The start-up claims to be the world’s first digital money platform for consumers, businesses and merchants, connecting the whole payments value chain and focusing on the integration of services, open architecture, and blockchain incorporation in order to provide a single interface for its customers. Users get an app with a multicurrency wallet and MasterCard prepaid card.
San Francisco Fed Blog article – Reports of the Death of Cash are Greatly Exaggerated. http://tinyurl.com/y8jbkwyc
The research looked at cash use in 42 economies across the globe, which together account for 75% of world GDP. Only Norway and Sweden have seen a drop in currency in circulation.
At launch SCT Inst is available in eight countries: Austria, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and Spain. During 2018, a public consultation will take place to gather market views on the proposed evolution of the scheme.
EBA Clearing also says its RT1 system launch has been successful. http://tinyurl.com/y9d32eka
17 banks from eight countries connected to the pan-European platform on Day 1.
SIA on its ‘EasyWay’ platform. http://tinyurl.com/ybhyxpc5
“SIA EasyWay” operates as a “hub”, simplifying the integration of instant payments with the financial institutions’ internal systems.
UniCredit has gone live in Italy and Germany. http://tinyurl.com/y8qbhpks
Caixa Bank has announced its first payment through the new system with the service now available to all customers. http://tinyurl.com/ybvx442 j
The Bank of Lithuania has also joined in with the launch of its CENTROlink platform. http://tinyurl.com/y7xtknae
Fiserv says its Dovetail payment solution will support multiple ‘wave one’ banks for EBA RT1. http://tinyurl.com/y7wg9j7d
ABM AMRO. http://tinyurl.com/yaj5njtu
The OBIE has announced that it been asked by the CMA9 and HM Treasury to create open banking standards for all payment account types covered by PSD2. http://tinyurl.com/y9ea5jvf
This expands the OBIE’s scope away from the deliverables for CMA9 originally set that did not fully recognise the implications of PSD2.
ABN AMRO has joined an increasing number of banks with Developer Portals. http://tinyurl.com/ycowrgxo
The bank says its Developer Portal provides everything that external developers need to use the bank’s APIs effectively and productively starting with APIs for commercial clients and basic functionalities.
First Data has announced a strategic agreement with AccorHotels to support its global and cross channel payments. http://tinyurl.com/ycc8r8jh
First Data will support payments for in-store, online, and mobile transactions from a new Nexo central acceptance platform. The deal is part of First Data’s push to expand in its EMEA Region.
BBVA is introducing Samsung’s iris scanning technology. http://tinyurl.com/yaf6eh8y
The Samsung Pass technology will allow BBVA customers with Samsung-compatible smartphones to log on to the bank’s Spanish mobile banking app by looking at their displays.
Swedish based Fingerprints is working with IDEMIA (ex OT-Morpho) to develop a dual interface biometric card. http://tinyurl.com/y8ls7eeb
The two companies had developed a miniature biometric sensor that is embedded in a payment card.
SIX is to consolidate its Payment Services at its Zurich HQ as part of the integration of Aduno. http://tinyurl.com/y93rdc34
Jürg Weber, CEO of Payment Services, is also leaving the Company. http://tinyurl.com/yb3m62k7
Nets says it is to merge several legal entities into Nets Denmark A/S with the purpose of simplifying its group legal structure. http://tinyurl.com/y86roe4k
The changes will not affect daily business for customers or partners.
Nets Q3 Results http://tinyurl.com/ydzbzkrs
Warburg Pincus has agreed to purchase a 10% holding in Avaloq from Raiffeisen Switzerland, increasing its overall stake in the business to 45%. http://tinyurl.com/ybwpz944
The deal sees Avaloq and Raiffeisen changing their current collaboration into a long-term client-supplier relationship.
AIB has invested €30m in cross-border B2B payments player TransferMate. http://tinyurl.com/y8m9u5ch
The investment values Transfermate at between €250m and €300m. A strategic partnership will focus on providing Irish businesses with international payments and receivables capabilities.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is reporting that BS Payone is being put up for sale – there was a Savings Banks Board meeting on Monday – with a number of parties said to be interested. Names being mentioned are Concardis, First Data, Ingenico and others.
B+S Card Service and PAYONE, which were both owned by DSV Group of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, only announced their merger in May.
Although US Commerce bank is involved the other players are banks from South Korea, the Philippines and Singapore. Visa says it is planning a commercial launch in mid-2018. The platform seeks to ease cross-border payments by facilitating direct payments between institutions, cutting out intermediaries. The trial follows a similar move from Amex reported recently.
The Agenda and minutes of the 5th meeting of the Scheme End-User Forum in October have been published. http://tinyurl.com/y9duot6o
Matters discussed included the EPC position on the extension of the remittance information in SEPA Credit Transfer (SCT) transactions, the extension of the SEPA character set in the SCT and SEPA Direct Debit (SDD) payment messages and the adoption of a newer ISO 20022 version for these payment messages.
The European Banking Authority is moving to Paris from London.
Ecommerce Europe maintains its stance on the EBA SCA RTS as its long awaited publication is awaited. http://tinyurl.com/yby2feyr
Mastercard: the saga continues… http://tinyurl.com/y8kd6a59
Squire Patton Boggs piece on continued litigation against MasterCard, this time in Europe by Deutsche Bahn AG and others.