Chase is diving into mobile payments in another way – offering a different model that challenges the incumbents. But, will it work? The Chase model differs greatly from the newly crowned incumbents Apple Pay and Android Pay in technology, customer experience, acceptance, and economics. Let’s look at each.
When we examine mobile payments in popular media outlets, the questions they keep posing are focused around which is the better solution for mobile payments: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, or Android Pay. The problem with that is that neither is answer – not because those schemes aren’t worthy.
H.R.4173. In a day when 140 characters rule the media, these six characters may usher in the third major era of the Debit industry. To quote another famous H.R.: Can’t do a little, ‘cause he can’t do enough – H.R. Pufnstuff Theme Song, Sid & Marty Kroft That may in fact be the bottom line […]
My favorite quarterly payments industry update has been released. I am a bit late in posting it due to a few client obligations, but better late than never. Again, this is from my long-time colleague John MacAllister at Dorado Industries. As always, it is a snarky review of the payments industry happenings over the past […]
A new paper from the Boston Fed was released last week, entitled, “Who Gains and Who Loses from Credit Card Payments? Theory and Calibrations.” For payment systems aficionados, it is important reading. The premise is straightforward: which consumers are the winners and losers when making payment type selection. The simple conclusion is that cash users […]
In a report just published by the British Retail Consortium (found here), an analysis of payment acceptance was done to determine the frequency (transaction share and dollar volume share) and cost by payment type. I’ll be the first to admit that the payment costs in the U.K. are not directly attributable to the U.S. However, […]
A lot of discussion has been going on about EMV in the U.S. And, much like any payments related product or technology, it relies on someone making the first move. Wal-Mart has decided to be that instigator with its EMV terminal adoption. Jamie Henry, Wal-Mart’s director of payment services discussed their position at the Smart […]
In the evening of May 13, 2010, a shock wave went through the payments industry. The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that, at first blush, enables regulation of Debit Card fees – both Interchange and Network fees. Obviously, it still needs to get through Congress, but it has made it a lot further than most […]
The price for using that card… it’s simple. It’s just 80 basis points of the purchase price plus 17¢. Unless it’s for gas, where the 17¢ becomes 13¢. Or it’s a medical co-pay, where it is 120 basis points plus 20¢. Or if it is at a fast food restaurant, it’s 125 basis points plus […]
Our long-time colleague, John MacAllister at Dorado Industries, just released the latest edition of his Trendwatch. This is a must read for all payments executives. As is customary for him, MacAllister examines the recent activity over the past quarter, looks at M&A activity, and predicts what will happen in the upcoming year. One interesting editorial […]
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