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March 24, 2023

Biometric Payments Get a Boost as JPMorgan Targets $6B Opportunity

Insider Intelligence

“JPMorgan will pilot biometric technology that lets shoppers pay by scanning their palm or face with select retailers in the US, according to a company statement. The first pilots will work with brick-and-mortar stores in the US and potentially the Miami Formula 1 Grand Prix. If the pilot is successful, the tech will roll out to more […]

March 22, 2023

US Merchant Processing Fees Top $160 Billion

GlobeNewswire News Room

“In 2022, US merchants paid a record $160.70 billion in processing fees to accept $10.589 trillion in payments from credit, debit and prepaid cards, according to the Nilson Report. The total value of fees was up 16.7% from 2021, even though purchases for goods and services tied to all card payments grew by only 12.3% […]

March 10, 2023


Only Fools Rush In: A Thoughtful Approach to Embedding Financial Services

It is an undeniable trend that an increasing number of businesses are embedding financial services into their products. Those that have embarked on this journey often experience multiple benefits if the new services solve an existing problem for their customer base, but it requires taking a thoughtful and informed approach to avoid negative downstream complications.  […]

March 3, 2023

Brazil Central Bank Greenlights Meta's WhatsApp Merchant Payment System


“Brazil’s central bank on Thursday approved Meta Platforms’ payments launch for small and medium-sized business in Brazil via its messaging application WhatsApp, building on the app’s existing local peer-to-peer payment system. The approval comes as Meta seeks to use the Brazilian market as a key test space for business messaging, an area that has assumed greater […]

March 2, 2023

February 28, 2023

Justin Pituch

PaymentsPost #1 | Glenbrook’s February Roundup

There are a lot of headlines in the payments world. PaymentsNews is Glenbrook’s curated news feed of the headlines that matter most every day, but we’ll readily acknowledge that it can be a lot to digest. That’s why we’re introducing PaymentsPost, a month-end roundup of the news items that got us talking as a team […]

February 23, 2023

Thrive Payments Rolls Out Phos Tap-to-Phone Mobile Payment Solution

Mbile Marketing Magazine

“Software point-of-sale (SoftPoS) orchestration firm, Phos, has partnered with payment gateway, Thrive Payments, to deploy its Tap-to-Phone solution in the US. The deal will enable Thrive’s merchant customers to accept card payments directly on any NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet, in-store or on the go. This means they can greatly, and rapidly, expand their number of payment acceptance points, […]

February 21, 2023

Pidgin Partners with Community Bankers’ Bank to Facilitate Faster Payments Across Network of Independent Community Banks


“Pidgin, a secure real-time payments platform built for the future of payments, announced that Community Bankers’ Bank (CBB), is extending the platform to its network of independent community banks in the Fifth Federal Reserve District and contiguous states. CBB selected Pidgin to provide its community bank partners and their customers with a fast, easy, and secure way […]

February 15, 2023

Episode 191 - Fanning the Flames: A Year in Travel - Jordan

We’ve reached our final destination on Glenbrook’s 2022 tour of local payment methods around the world. Joanna Wisniecka joins Yvette Bohanan on this episode of Fanning the Flames to chat about her recent trip to Jordan.

Joanna walks us through her experience opening an account and and making payments with ZainCash, and also provides insights into JoPACC (Jordan Payments & Clearing Company) initiatives throughout the country.

February 13, 2023

FIS Takes $17.6 Billion Hit in Merchant Unit to be Spun Off


Banking and payments processing conglomerate Fidelity National Information Services Inc (FIS.N) took a $17.6 billion write-down on its merchant business as it unveiled plans on Monday to spin it off, undoing a $43 billion acquisition that went sour. FIS built its merchant business, which processes transactions for companies, on the back of its $43 billion purchase […]

February 10, 2023

Episode 190 - Fanning the Flames: A Year in Travel - French Polynesia

With many of us still experiencing cold and rainy winter weather, let’s look to warmer climates as Glenbrook’s Chris Uriarte walks us through his payments journey in French Polynesia.

If you’ve attended a Payments Boot Camp, you’ve heard us say that payment systems are domestic by nature. The experience Chris has in the islands of French Polynesia really brings that point home. Listen in to hear his observations and key takeaways on local payment methods.

January 31, 2023

Debbie Bartoo

Will We See Ongoing Success of Buy Now Pay Later?

Buy now pay later (BNPL) has become a global phenomenon. The global BNPL market size was valued at USD 15.91 billion in 2020 with growth to 90.51 billion by 2029 (source 1). If BNPL isn’t in your market today, it will likely be soon.  Look at any major country and you can see or read […]

January 23, 2023

January 17, 2023

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