Archive for March, 2012

Before I get into any detail here, let me confess. I’m a Canadian and a very happy iPhone and iPad user. I’m here to state some facts about why the BlackBerry isn’t going away anytime soon. Sorry Apple fan boys! Last December, I published the report, Corporate Mobile Banking: Revolutionizing Cash Management. The report goes […]

Mar 30th, 2012 | Filed under Corporate Banking

I was lucky enough to speak at the Commercial Cards & Payments Conference in New York last week. May I congratulate Joanne, the organiser, on a great event. I spoke about a topic dear to heart – SEPA, and gave a snapshot of my recent report The SEPA Ripple Effect – Impacting a Non-European Country […]

Mar 30th, 2012 | Filed under Corporate Banking

The American Banker published an unlikely article this morning. In its article written by Jackie Stuart, Maryland Bank to Use Wausau Lockbox Service, the article waxed eloquent about the benefits Sandy Spring Bank will realize with its outsourced wholesale lockbox solution. Really – wholesale lockbox making headlines? A 50 year-old product? I was encouraged to […]

Mar 29th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Healthcare Banking

Earlier this week, Payatrader announced launching a card processing service aimed at the UK small businesss across a broad range of trades, including builders, carpet cleaners, locksmiths, pest control, window cleaners, mobile mechanics and decorators. The home service providers and traders market has been underserved by the payments community in the past and is often […]

Mar 29th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

I recently published a report titled “In Search of a Third European Card Scheme: Time to Move On,” in which I claimed that most of the initiatives aimed at establishing an alternative to Visa and MasterCard were unlikely to deliver a viable solution any time soon. I also said that the arguments for having such […]

Mar 27th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

Last week Zil Bareisis posted a great blog entry regarding American Express’ Tweet Your Way to Savings Program. It’s a mighty interesting concept and provides quick cash back rewards to cardholders. It raises a few relevant questions for me: Are social rewards a passing fad? While this Amex/Twitter hookup received a fair bit of attention […]

Mar 20th, 2012 | Filed under Retail Banking

On March 5th, Bottomline Technologies and Intuit announced an interesting deal. There are two components to the deal: Bottomline acquires Intuit Financial Services commercial banking business for $20 million The two firms have formed a partnership and will work together “through cross promotions, referrals and joint sales efforts to deliver innovative solutions for financial institutions […]

Mar 19th, 2012 | Filed under Retail Banking

….Gareth Lodge will NOT be launching a mobile payment, mobile wallet or alternative payment scheme! It sometimes feels though that everyone else is. PayPal Here is the latest development in the market. Some early comments are suggesting that its too little, too late. I think it would be rash to write it off quite yet. […]

Mar 16th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Corporate Banking, Retail Banking

Last week American Express announced that it would be offering its cardholders the ability to sync their plastic cards to Twitter. When the customers tweet using special offer hashtags, couponless savings are loaded directly to their cards. This seems to be the latest in a number of developments by established players as well as new […]

Mar 12th, 2012 | Filed under Banking, Retail Banking

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Mar 12th, 2012 | Filed under Events