Standard Chartered Partners ETranzact on mPayments

Standard Chartered announced that it has expanded its African coverage of Straight2Bank Wallet, the Bank’s mobile wallet service platform, by launching mobile payment services in Nigeria and adding mobile collections capabilities in Kenya. The Bank launched mobile payment services in Kenya in September 2013.In Nigeria, the Bank has partnered with eTranzact International Plc. to provide mobile payment services through its Straight2Bank Mobile Wallet. This is in line with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN’s) Financial Inclusion strategy to the unbanked and semi-banked population.The new mobile payment service enables clients such as development organisations, international organisations, non-bank financial institutions, agricultural companies and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies to make payments to both banked and unbanked individuals such as aid workers, trainers, policy holders, farmers and other beneficiaries.

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ShopKeep Enhances POS Software with Custom Email Receipts

ShopKeep announced Custom Email Receipts , a significant enhancement to its point-of-sale solution that hits the market just one week after a range of other upgrades targeted at bars and restaurants. Customized Email Receipts’ key capabilities include better branding, social media, allows users to collect feedback and use big data to boost profitability, special offers and an entirely ‘owned’ database: Enjoy complete ownership and access to your mailing list at all times.Unlike other point-of-sale providers, all customer information, including email addresses, collected through the ShopKeep POS belongs to the business owner. Other vendors claim that data as their own and sell it.

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Acquisition Allows ACI to Bolster Universal Payments Strategy

ACI bolstered its Universal Payments (UP) strategy, delivering an unrivaled merchant retail solution to combat fraud. With its acquisition of Retail Decisions (ReD), announced earlier today, ACI strengthens its leadership position in the fast-growing payments risk management space.Securing payments and protecting both customers and their brand reputations”across all channels”is a daunting and complex task. The sense of urgency in addressing security issues is exacerbated in the U.S. where the rollout of EMV is expected to drive more fraud into the online channel as it has in other markets and regions. CNP (card not present) transactions, which are seen often in ecommerce, are not protected by EMV, and will likely experience an increase in fraud. ReD brings immediate value to ACI’s current fraud portfolio with its consortium models, business intelligence offerings, extensive modeling/analytics capabilities, risk analyst expertise and data center footprint. Conversely, ACI brings to ReD customers a strong set of complementary products, greater reach, and, most importantly, UP technology, which no other payments risk management vendor can offer.

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Paytoo Partners Genmega and Payment Alliance on cardless ATM withdrawals

Paytoo is the first Mobile Wallet to offer cardless options to the unbanked population. GENMEGA, PAYMENT ALLIANCE and PAYTOO Mobile Wallet improve customer convenience and provides new services such as money transfer or the ability to give a PIN to family members so they could have cash access in times of need. Once at the ATM, consumers can redeem a one-time pin generated from their PAYTOO® Wallet for a selected amount or they can just do a regular withdrawal by entering their phone number and security code. This technology provides an extra level of security to each account and account holder, as mobile phone verification is needed to make a transaction and the potential threat of card skimming is no longer an issue.

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MasterCard Appoints Acceptance Team Leader

MasterCard UK & Ireland has hired Scott Abrahams to lead its Acceptance team as Group Head of Acceptance UK and Ireland.Scott joins from American Express where he was responsible for customers such as British Airways, Emirates, Air France and Hilton. This new hire will enable MasterCard to continue to implement the technological and innovative solutions needed to make UK and Irish payments easier, convenient and even more secure for both the merchant and the consumer.

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Big 4 Q2/14 Outstandings

Among the Big 4 Visa and MasterCard issuers for the second quarter, Chase posted the strongest gain of 1.4% Y/Y and Capital One came in second place with a 1.0% Y/Y gain. Bank of America and Citibank posted Y/Y declines of 1.7% and 2.9%, respectively. The reason for the sluggish growth is simply more Americans see bank credit cards as bank payments cards. This trend is also confirmed by a recent ABA study which found the share of cardholders who are transactor increased from 28.6% to 29.0% this year, the highest share on record. 

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M-Banking 2019

Mobile banking users will likely exceed online banking users for the first time by 2019. A new report predicts 1.75 billion mobile phone users will have used their devices for banking purposes by the end of 2019, compared to 800 million this year. The scale of the mobile banking challenge has been confirmed by the decreasing number of branch visits by consumers and also the closure of physical bank branches over the past 12-24 months.


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