27 October 2017

27th October 2017
  • Mobile/Contactless and omni-Commerce
  • ATNs
  • Issuing
  • Retail/Digital banking
  • Remittances
  • SME Accounting
  • SME Lending
  • Fraud
  • Corporate Activity
  • DLT/Blockchain/Cryptocurrencies
  • Regulation


Mastercard and London & Partners (the Mayor of London’s official promotional agency) have launched a mobile app to improve the visitor experience in the city. http://tinyurl.com/y93ofz82

The app includes Masterpass payment functionality enabling users to buy tickets in-app.


MyPinPad ‘eBook’ on mPOS covering its MPES PIN Entry Solution.  http://tinyurl.com/ycosta26

MPES is an alternative to purchasing traditional PCI PTS hardware based solutions and removes the need for a dedicated hardware PIN pad.


GPS is now supporting Android Pay. http://tinyurl.com/yb42wr9q

This may well link through to the fact that Android Pay is now available to Monzo customers. http://tinyurl.com/yaf2ojw9


Meanwhile Nordea is supporting Apple Pay for its customers in Denmark, Finland and Sweden. http://tinyurl.com/ycq3b8mt

Nordea says approximately 1.3 million mobile banking customers are already using iOS devices every month. Jyske Bank (Visa debit cards only) will also support in Denmark, ST1 in Finland and Sweden. Other Banks are preparing to follow.


Getswish, that runs Swish in Sweden, is partnering with Tieto and Bontouch to develop the mobile payment solution further and provide ongoing support. http://tinyurl.com/y7x7ysdn

Swish now has c6m users who make c25m payments per month.


Bancontact has rolled out contactless payments in Belgium.  http://tinyurl.com/ydfdwasx

The payment method is now available for 99% of all Bancontact card holders.


Piraeus Bank is to support UnionPay Mobile QuickPass in Greece.  http://tinyurl.com/ybwt4vs8

UnionPay cardholders will be able to pay by tapping UnionPay cards with the QuickPass signage or QuickPass-enabled mobile phones at more than 50,000 merchants in Greece.


Google rolls out Pay with Googlehttp://tinyurl.com/y7wrkns6   Techcrunch http://tinyurl.com/#

The solution speeds up the checkout experience with Google sending merchants payment information and shipping address using the details stored in the user’s Google account. Easy integration with the Google Payment API. Widens payment ability away from Android Pay.


PayPal is also rolling out PayPal Marketing Solutions – a set of new marketing and analytics tools that will help businesses analyse customer behaviour and create focussed shopping experiences to support increases in sales. http://tinyurl.com/y9a94bw4

The Shopper Insights feature includes aggregated and anonymous information about the behaviours and preferences of PayPal shoppers on a merchant’s site.


PayPal is enabling US users to send funds to Friends and Family in Messenger. http://tinyurl.com/ybn8ca5a

It is also introducing a PayPal customer service bot for Messenger. There is no indication that these enhancements will be implemented outside the US.


MasterCard is withdrawing the need for signature at POS in US and Canada from April 2018. http://tinyurl.com/ycz2vwpn


MasterCard has announced the launch of Mastercard Consumer Control in the US. http://tinyurl.com/yavew8hv

The solution provides consumers with an aggregated view of where their cards are stored across all digital channels, as well as the ability to control how, when and where those cards are used. An API is now available through the Mastercard Developers portal.


MasterCard has also announced it is working on prototype AR technology. http://tinyurl.com/y79nh52g

Developed with Qualcomm Technologies and ODG (Osterhout Design Group), it delivers photorealistic augmented reality and provides consumers with the ultimate customised, security-focused shopping experience.


Facebook meanwhile has joined the Visa Digital Enablement Program. http://tinyurl.com/y9vk4ggf

The move enables Facebook to use the Visa Token Service to accelerate the availability of its payment-enabled solutions and services.



Nets has had its contract to support Nokas’ ATMs in Norway, Sweden and Finland renewed for a further five years. http://tinyurl.com/y7kv2wd6

Nets will handle the acquiring and settlement of all Visa- and MasterCard transactions from Nokas’ ATM portfolio.



Uber is entering the credit card market in the US with a Visa badged rewards card issued by Barclays. http://tinyurl.com/y7t9dcva  Techcrunch http://tinyurl.com/yc95jr6y



McKinsey Report – Remaking the bank for an ecosystem world. http://tinyurl.com/ydxps4fq

Looks at the threat from ‘Platform’ companies that are staking a claim to banks’ customers and the revenues and profits they represent.


TSB has released its results for 9 months to end September 2017 that include an update on its new banking platform. http://tinyurl.com/y74kw8v9


Bank Leumi is leveraging it Pepper mobile banking platform. http://tinyurl.com/y9h5sgaq

Working with Temenos and VMware, Bank Leumi has developed an advanced digital banking platform that combines Pepper’s product base with Temenos’ Core Banking platform and deployed on VMware’s cloud infrastructure.



Transferwise is changing its pricing for £ payments from the UK. http://tinyurl.com/yam3p4kr

For some it will be cheaper but some users will see increases, particularly those sending ‘medium-sized’ transfers.



QuickBooks is to introduce developments in QuickBooks that will enable one-touch electronic invoicing and Gmail integration as well as a mobile card payments reader. http://tinyurl.com/ya8rov74

While elements of the Invoicing offer are already available in the UK this looks like a US initiative, at least initially.



ING is offering online lending to SMEs in France and Italy. http://tinyurl.com/y7nrdhbd

The service will be offered as one identical digital solution on the ING website in both France and Italy. While ING manages the entire process, the bank works with multiple partners combining specialist capabilities.



In a release on fraud scams, Barclays has announced it is to introduce a new online fraud intervention service. http://tinyurl.com/yam4674q

The new system will ask customers three fraud prevention questions immediately after making a suspicious and out of character online payment.


PCI SSC has announced two new security standards to support secure implementation of EMVCo’s EMV® 3-D Secure (3DS) protocol. http://tinyurl.com/ybse7pga



Evergood 5 AS has published the offer document for Nets. http://tinyurl.com/lok4frx

The Board of Directors of Nets A/S has prepared a statement in which it recommends the shareholders of Nets to accept the offer.


Fintrax Group and Planet Payment have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Fintrax will acquire Planet Payment for $4.50 per share in cash. http://tinyurl.com/ybodt9m3

Fintrax Group has recently also entered into an agreement to acquire GB Tax Free in the United Kingdom.  The successful completion of the acquisition is subject to approval by the CMA. No price information given.



Mastercard has announced that it will be opening up access to its blockchain technology via its API published on Mastercard Developers. http://tinyurl.com/ydd2ks6t

The proprietary solution has been tested and validated and will initially be implemented in the B2B space to address challenges of speed, transparency and costs in cross-border payments. The move fits with MasterCard’s investment in Digital Currency Group and its joining the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance.



The EPC is running a public consultation on revised Mobile Contactless SEPA Card Payments Interoperability Implementation Guidelines. http://tinyurl.com/ycnnlbh4

The guidelines focus on interoperability between the different stakeholders involved in the mobile contactless card payment ecosystem. In particular, they address the interoperability aspects related to the mobile contactless card payment application life cycle management.


The EPC has also posted an article ‘Instant payments: What SEPA can learn from the UK Faster Payments experience’. http://tinyurl.com/y7xotlux

Topics discussed include Risk management and compliance in an instant environment, popular instant payment situations, and the shift to an immediate world.



The FCA has published a purpose and scope paper ahead of its engagement with firms as it progresses its strategic review of retail banking business models. Paper  http://tinyurl.com/y9z2b93r           Review web page http://tinyurl.com/mv4wtct

The first phase will focus on gaining an enhanced understanding of existing retail banking business models and markets, from a supply side perspective.


Walter Merrick has been denied leave to appeal MasterCard decision by CAT. http://tinyurl.com/yctaaoga


Ecommerce Europe does not like the latest report on the ePrivacy Regulation passed in the European Parliament. http://tinyurl.com/yc2fb39r           Related EP Press Release http://tinyurl.com/yb9qs4ej


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