Wednesday , June 26, 2019

Competitive Strategies

Will Old Risk to Credit Cards Threaten New ACH Web Proposal?

As an e-commerce payment system being developed for the automated clearing house nears a pilot scheduled for early next year, it may confront an old issue that sank an earlier such project: the potential for lost credit card sales online. That's according to an in-depth story on the ACH and …

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VeriFone Banks on a Looming Upgrade Market in the U.S. And Canada

China, India, and other high-growth payments markets get a lot of attention nowadays, but leading U.S.-based payment-terminal marketer VeriFone Holdings Inc. still sees plenty of opportunity close to home. San Jose, Calif.-based VeriFone's aggressive focus on North America comes even as its pending acquisition of Israel-based rival Lipman Electronic Engineering …

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My Payment Network Looks for Growth from Resellers, New Clients

My Payment Network Inc., a Corte Madera, Calif.-based startup specializing in invoice-based electronic-payment processing for schools and small businesses, says its SchoolPay product could reach between 3,500 and 4,000 schools in the coming year, up from more than 50 at the end of the 2005-06 academic year. At the same …

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PNC Joins Small But Growing Bank Trend Toward Free ATM Usage

Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank said today it will reimburse its customers for ATM fees they incur when they use other banks' ATMs anywhere in the world. The program, which begins Sept. 1, means the bank's 2 million retail-banking customers will receive rebates for ATM surcharges as well as the so-called foreign …

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Discover Scores U.S. JCB Transactions in Latest Deal to Open Network

In the latest of a series of moves to open its network to outside card issuers and transaction processors, Discover Financial Services LLC on Wednesday said Discover Network will begin processing transactions for JCB International Credit Card Co. Ltd. some time next year. In 2008, Discover cardholders will be able …

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PayPal Exec Says eBay Ban Against Google Checkout Is ‘Overplayed’

When online auction giant eBay Inc. barred Google Checkout from its marketplace, the move led to widespread industry speculation that eBay, which owns rival online payment processor PayPal, was discriminating against the weeks-old Google Inc. payment product. But a PayPal executive tells Digital Transactions News eBay's action had nothing to …

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Barnes & Noble Signing Helps Drive PayPal’s Off-eBay Push

Pursuing a 2-year-old push to sell acceptance to online merchants, PayPal Inc. reached a milestone in that effort with this week's high-profile signing of bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Web site. The nation's largest bookstore chain's e-commerce operation should help the San Jose, Calif.-based online transaction processor further reduce its …

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Discover’s Embrace of ViVOtech Hints at Bigger Contactless Plans

Discover Network's recent certification of ViVOtech card readers indicates Discover is moving ahead with a contactless card program, but the No. 4 general-purpose card network is staying mum about the details. Discover says it has certified several readers from Santa Clara, Calif.-based ViVOtech Inc., a specialist in contactless payment hardware, …

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Real Tones Dominate Ring Tone Sales, While Ringback Tone Sales Rise

Some 24.6 million U.S. consumers bought a ring tone in the second quarter of 2006, and they showed a clear preference for so-called real tones, or master tones, over polyphonic and mono ring tones, according to research released today. Ring tones for mobile phones, which are snippets of popular songs, …

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Shut out of New Markets, PIN Debit Faces Big Growth Challenges

While PIN debit transactions at the point of sale are growing at a torrid pace, the payment application faces major hurdles when it comes to future growth, according to a research report released this week. PIN debit has registered annual growth rates between 35% and 38% since 2003, outpacing the …

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