Mobile Payments Strategy of Mastercard is Crystallizing


For over two years now, conventional wisdom and industry pundits agreed that the general strategy of MasterCard and Visa would attempt to make mobile payments simply another form factor of a credit or debit account. The tactics that these companies would use to accomplish this strategy, however, had been the subject of extensive speculation and … Continue reading Mobile Payments Strategy of Mastercard is Crystallizing

Combining Payments and Loyalty Programs


The first pictures of the Isis mobile wallet are probably many months away from being released to the public. No, the image on the left is neither from Isis nor endorsed by Isis, but it has merit based on recent public statements from the company. Last week, two executives on the Isis management team discussed … Continue reading Combining Payments and Loyalty Programs

PayPal Rolls Out Micropayments- Is Brick & Mortar Next?


PayPal’s announcement yesterday rolls out micropayments (transactions under $12) for online purchases, and further improves their position for a large stake in the mobile payments arena. But how would they leverage this micropayment capability at a brick-and-mortar store? One possibility is the ‘do-it-yourself’ approach, as shown in the diagram. The multi-billion dollar system that supports … Continue reading PayPal Rolls Out Micropayments- Is Brick & Mortar Next?

Starbucks Mobile Payments


Starting today, my wallet will forever stay in my pocket at Starbucks.  That doesn’t mean I’m going to stop buying Starbucks coffee; it means that I can finally feed my caffeine addiction using only my SmartPhone. When Starbucks Coffee announced yesterday that over 6,800 of its locations would accept mobile payments, there was a significant … Continue reading Starbucks Mobile Payments

Will Mobile Payments Become a Format War?


It is called a “Format War.”  Two or more companies with different products compete for your attention.  Of course, as a consumer, you get to choose the product you want.  If you don’t like it, certainly you are free to switch to another product. However, since companies know this, they can make it incredibly cumbersome … Continue reading Will Mobile Payments Become a Format War?

The SmartPhone Wallet is Now Available


A torrent of advertising and promotional marketing is heading your way to try to get you to use new services on your SmartPhone at retail stores.  Perhaps you have already seen some, or signed up for some. At stake is the future of the credit card system that moves over $11 Trillion per year from … Continue reading The SmartPhone Wallet is Now Available