Tuesday , October 23, 2018

Competitive Strategies

Both Sides Claim Victory After Judge Rules in Discover’s Antitrust Case

The federal judge presiding over Discover Financial Services' antitrust case against Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. for lost business from would-be financial-institution partners has disposed of pre-trial motions, setting the stage for trial in a network conflict that began a decade ago. At issue is the alleged harm to Discover …

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NACHA’s Online Payment System Starts to Catch on on Campus

NACHA's Secure Vault Payment (SVP) system, which was built to authenticate and process online payments for merchants and billers, may be finding some acceptance among an unlikely constituency: universities and colleges. The University of Georgia will likely begin accepting tuition fees through SVP after the first of the year, followed …

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If You’re a Small Bank, the Trend Is Your Friend in Electronic Payments

This is the fourth installment of a six-part series exploring the growing economic tensions and structural conflicts between acquirers and issuers in the bank card business. If you're a top-10 bank card issuer these days, the good times are looking increasingly tenuous; if you are one of the nation's 17,000 …

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JPMorgan Offers Insurers a Prepaid Visa Card for Workers’ Comp

The movement by card issuers and government entities to replace check-based benefit payments with prepaid cards entered a new category this week with JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s announcement it will issue a Visa card backed by workers' compensation funds. Unlike unemployment compensation, child-support payments, and other benefits that have backed …

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ATM Network MoneyPass Quietly Books a Slew of New Members

The Allpoint and Co-op surcharge-free ATM networks are bigger, but Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp's MoneyPass network has been on a quiet growth spurt in 2008. MoneyPass over the spring and summer has announced a number of new members and in October is set to boost its ATM count by another 3,000 …

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A Race to Stay Ahead of Hackers in Fixing a Massive Internet Flaw

Banks, merchants, and others that have developed e-commerce channels can't rest easy even though Internet Service Providers and corporations are making progress in plugging a yawning hole in the underpinnings of the Internet that can allow hackers to hijack the customers of virtually any Web site. That's the assessment of …

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Blockbuster-NCR Deal Heats Up Competition in Unattended Payments

The growing market in DVD rentals from vending machines became more competitive this week when video-rental icon Blockbuster Inc. announced a deal with NCR Corp. in which the maker of ATMs, other banking hardware, and kiosks this quarter will begin deploying the first of what it expects could be 10,000 …

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Debit Keeps the Bank Card Networks Humming

U.S. credit card transaction and dollar-volume growth once again played second fiddle to debit, according to the latest financial reports from MasterCard Inc. and Visa Inc. And U.S. debit and still-strong international growth kept the networks' operating earnings in the black during their quarters ended June 30, although a one-time …

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Amazon Ramps Up the Online-Payments Competition

Amazon.com Inc., the nation's largest Internet retailer, became a larger force in the online-payments market on Tuesday when it unveiled two services that give merchants and consumers more alternatives to eBay Inc.'s PayPal and Google Inc.'s Google Checkout, not to mention the general-purpose credit cards. Both services, dubbed Checkout by …

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Obopay’s Price Hike Has Evoked No User Complaints, Processor Says

Mobile-payments processor Obopay Inc., which is increasing its fee to send money to 25 cents from 10 cents effective Aug. 7, says it has not had complaints from users despite the more than doubling in the transaction price. “We're pleased we got it right,” says Gregory Holmes, president of Obopay …

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