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In my yesterday’s post, I mentioned that it would be interesting to see the actual retail results and if the US consumers would indeed be as frugal as some of the pre-shopping season surveys suggested. Well, the first results are just in – see First Data’s Black Friday 2010 Spend Trend press release. And according […]

Nov 30th, 2010 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

As we all know, Thanksgiving is not only an important holiday in North America, it is also a start of the retail bonanza in the run up to Christmas. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have become one of the biggest shopping days of the year. And the phenomenon is spreading outside North America – Cyber […]

Nov 29th, 2010 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

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Nov 22nd, 2010 | Filed under Events
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As Celent’s analyst covering the mobile banking & payments sector, I would be remiss to not make at least some mention of last week’s announcement by Isis, the mobile payments JV launched by AT&T, T-Mobile & Verizon. One of the more striking aspects of the Isis announcement was that Barclay’s was characterized as the “first […]

Nov 22nd, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized
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Conference season has concluded. After several weeks on the road, I finally hit the last stop on the fall conference circuit – The AFP Annual Conference. This popular business banking conference took place last week in lovely San Antonio, Texas. The trend of increased attendance figures continues (see my BAI Retail Delivery post here), as […]

Nov 15th, 2010 | Filed under Corporate Banking

During my webinar on Taxonomy of Payments in September I mentioned that I have been conducting research on Payment Services Hubs (PSH). Since then I received a lot of interest from clients asking when the research findings would become available. I am pleased to announce that Celent will be publishing a series of reports on […]

Nov 15th, 2010 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

This fall, USAA began offering free check deposit services at nearly 30 United Parcel Service Inc. stores in San Antonio, where USAA is headquartered, and San Diego. USAA, whose main office is its only branch, plans to expand the service to more than 1,700 UPS sites nationwide by spring. Some of the press coverage of […]

Nov 12th, 2010 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

In trade journals, industry conferences and blog postings, a lot of attention has been placed on the roles of FIs and mobile carriers the mobile payments space. In the United States at least, these roles are typically defined as being mutually-exclusive, and the long-rumored AT&T/T-Mobile/Verizon mobile payments JV is almost without exception portrayed as an […]

Nov 8th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

At Celent we take great pride in the depth and impartiality of our vendor evaluations. The ABCD Vendor view is so complex that it requires four dimensions instead of two. 1. Advanced Technology 2. Breadth of Functionality 3. Customer Base 4. Depth of Service Yet we don’t recognize the hard work of the vendors that […]

Nov 1st, 2010 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

A number of my Celent colleagues and I just came back from a week in SIBOS, which was in Amsterdam this year. For those of you not familiar with SIBOS, it is one of the main global events in the calendar of payments and transaction banking professionals. It is organised by SWIFT and takes place […]

Nov 1st, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized