Mobile Payments

As we’re winding down for the year, we wish you the best for you and your family this holiday season! At Glenbrook, we thrive on thinking about how payments are evolving and how these changes will affect us in the years ahead.  In this look back at the important payments themes of 2011, we share […]

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Thanks to the hard work of many (Google, Citi, Sprint, MasterCard, etc.), NFC-based mobile payments are finally a reality in the United States ––and I’m super excited about… mobile self-checkout. I don’t have anything against NFC mobile payments, but the payments industry is already almost a decade into this “next big thing” and is still, […]

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Russ: “Siri, are you ready to help me buy something online?” Siri: “Not yet, Russ, but I may be able to at some point.” Not the answer I was hoping for, but at least Siri was honest about it! Siri, of course, is the new voice-enabled personal assistant that comes with all of the new […]

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Every year I try to attend what I think of as the PayPal Developers Conference. This year what used to be the PayPal X Innovate Conference was expanded to include eBay app development, Magento app development, and –– most importantly –– X.commerce app development. X.commerce is eBay’s new end-to-end, multi-channel commerce technology platform. While most […]

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The following is an excerpt from Glenbrook’s South Korea eCommerce Market Analysis report, published in December 2010, and is representative of how relevant domestic payments methods are positioned and explained for eCommerce merchant’s considering doing business in a given country. From Boleto Bancário in Brazil to the ITZ Cash Card in India, this how mobile […]

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For those of us following the evolution of mobile payments in the US, it was quite a week indeed. What with PayPal’s peek behind the curtain at enabling its users to pay at physical POS merchants and MasterCard’s Investor Day briefing and demonstrations of its various mobile marketing and mobile payments initiatives. What are we […]

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Poor friction. Everybody hates it. Nobody loves it. For brick and mortar merchants, friction backs up their checkout line. For online sellers, friction leads to shopping cart abandonment – and lost sales. And as payment professionals, we know that lots of money has been spent on things like contactless in an attempt to take friction […]

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I’ve been inundated with messages and calls from friends in the industry – including many Payments Boot Camp alumni – asking for an opinion on the significance of clearXchange, the P2P service announced recently by a collaboration of Wells Fargo, BofA, and JPMorgan Chase. I spoke on Friday with Mike Kennedy, head of Wells Fargo’s […]

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A couple of weeks ago, eBay held an Analyst Day where eBay senior management shared their thinking about the future of the changing commerce landscape – and how they’re thinking about taking the “e” out of eCommerce. (Click here for the PDF of the presentation.) What’s this taking out the “e” business all about? It’s […]

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I’m always excited about Apple announcements – and today’s announcement of the iPad 2 was just the latest example. What was the keyword of the day today? It was Post-PC. The world of the iPad (and the iPhone and the iPod) is the world of Post-PC. As payments geeks, can we envision our world evolving […]

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Over the last month or two, I’ve become strangely addicted to the Chipotle iPhone app. That’s the app that lets me order my lunchtime Chipotle salad in something like ten seconds flat. Why am I so addicted? Because of the beautiful integration of this particular mobile app with what I call ROAP – Remote Ordering […]

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In a VeriFone press release today titled “VeriFone Says Merchant Buy-In Key to Success of Mobile Commerce“, VeriFone CEO Doug Bergeron outlined six “rules” that he said “industry participants need to adhere to in order to ensure success of mobile commerce.” Bergeron’s rules are a good start at what the payments industry needs to consider […]

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I’m sure you’ve seen it – there’s been so much “buzz” in the press over the last few weeks about mobile payments. Yet, in our partners’ meeting at Glenbrook earlier this week, I told my colleagues that if I knew of a way to short “mobile payments”, I’d be all over it. Follow along as […]

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What Drives Innovation? More often than not, the successful innovations that surprise us come from disrupters who focus in a laser-like way on unserved market opportunities. In doing so, they are able to successfully fly below the radar of the incumbents (to use Christensen’s familiar terminology). The incumbents, after all, have a laser-like focus on […]

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That’s actually two big hands clapping for Starbucks – but I’m using the one hand clapping metaphor to help make a point! Congratulations to Starbucks for taking the lead in mobile payments in the U.S. with its announcement this morning that now all Starbucks locations in the U.S. will accept mobile payments from its Starbucks […]

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