PAYMENTS ON FIRE RESOURCE CENTER

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Payments On Fire is the industry’s leading resource center for payments professionals. Here, you’ll find the resources and thought leadership that only Glenbrook’s experienced team can provide. Curated news stories, insightful opinion papers, provocative podcasts, and more – it’s all the thinking you need to stay competitive in a dynamic payments world.

December 5, 2023

November 2, 2023

Simon Skinner

PSD3: Implications for the U.S.

Much has already been written about the Third Payment Services Directive (PSD3) and its anticipated scope following the release of the draft texts earlier in the year, but, understandably, mostly from a European standpoint. Arguably, PSD3 is likely to be more of an evolution than a revolution, with the transition from PSD2 to PSD3 less […]

July 17, 2023

Justin Pituch

B2B: Why the Pain?

B2B payments keep commerce moving, but B2B transactions can be incredibly painful for both senders and receivers. Check usage remains stubbornly high in the B2B space, even post-lockdown. Manual processes abound. So what makes B2B transactions so difficult, even as digitization transforms other business processes and areas of the payments world? And what technologies are […]

April 18, 2023

Elizabeth McQuerry

Ready for U.S. Faster Payments 2.0?

Today’s U.S. faster payments market is not the one we envisioned. In market for five-plus years now, RTP® and Zelle® laid the foundation of faster payments in the country but, as with most new payment systems, challenges inhibit adoption. Volumes in both networks have grown but are not at the levels expected for a country […]

April 11, 2023

April 4, 2023

Joanna Wisniecka

Opportunities in U.S. Fast Payments

At Glenbrook, we believe that efficient and inclusive financial services are vital to economic growth. In support of this mission, we have worked on fast payments initiatives in 55 countries or regions to date. For example, we have developed principles for inclusive instant payments systems, contributed to the implementations of these systems, supported stakeholder convening […]

March 21, 2023

Joanna Wisniecka and Bethany May

Stakeholders Respond to Fraudsters’ Affinity for Instant Payments

A joint post by Joanna Wisniecka and Bethany May Rise in instant payments systems incites rise in fraud Instant payments systems (IPS) are proliferating globally, conferring benefits to economies and ultimately, end users. These systems are making digital payments faster, easily accessible, and in some countries, more affordable than other existing payments methods. As IPS […]

September 12, 2022

Justin

The Payments Playbook for Challenging Churn

By: Justin Pituch and Drew Edmond Time to Read: 7 minutes If you read Apple’s Q3 earnings report, you may have noticed that the company’s Services business has grown to $19 billion in quarterly revenue. That’s a staggering number, and it represents a complex recurring billing operation. With 860 million paid subscriptions, Apple’s payments team […]

June 16, 2021

Heather

The Open Banking Phenomenon, Explained

Time to Read: 9 minutes Highlights: An introduction to open banking, its key concepts, and implications for payments industry participants  A framework for understanding open banking principles Adoption and usage statistics   What is Open Banking and Why Does it Matter? Over the last few years, the concept of open banking has gained popularity with […]

June 9, 2021

Nicole Pinto

ACH is Hot

Time to Read: 8 minutes Highlights: ACH, though a 50-year old payment system in the U.S., continues to grow The ACH ecosystem is evolving to meet modern-day needs: Nacha, the rule-making body, plans to implement a series of enhancements that address shortcomings in ACH usability Dynamic payment service providers (PSPs) and fintech infrastructure players are […]

July 16, 2020

July 14, 2020

Drew

Merchant Payments Operations: Payment Processing

When Glenbrook is Assessing a Merchant’s Payments Operations, the goal is to understand whether the payments environment functions in a way that optimally supports their existing business needs as well as any future requirements. To do so, one of the major Key Assessment Areas that we address is the technical architecture and services a merchant […]

June 4, 2020

A person user types in their credit card information on a laptop

Remote Commerce Domain Takes Center Stage

Expansion Under COVID-19 The Remote Commerce domain is home to e-commerce, many mobile payments, and the venerable mail-order, telephone-order method (MOTO). The growth in transaction volume in this domain has been nothing short of phenomenal accounting for a: 56 percent of overall U.S. retail sales growth in 2019 47 percent increase in U.S. sales forecasted […]

February 7, 2020

May 1, 2019

Elizabeth McQuerry

Prepaid Power and Financial Inclusion at Fintech South

Georgia is a nexus of global payment processing and merchant acquiring activity. Some two-thirds of all U.S. purchase volume is processed there. That’s a lot of debit and credit card transactions. But what are those same companies doing to improve payments for the underbanked? That combination of payments technology and financial inclusion concerns was the […]

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