2019

The Not-So-Beaten Path To B2B Payments Real-Time Ubiquity

PYMNTS

The global payments ecosystem’s path to faster and real-time payments ubiquity is an evolution, not a revolution. That is to say, mass adoption will take time, and the factors driving that adoption will almost certainly continue to change and shift as end users’ needs do the same.

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Founder’s Guide to SaaS Accounting Software

The SaaS CFO

Have I Outgrown My SaaS Accounting Software? It’s one of the most common questions that I receive from SaaS finance professionals and founders. They ask, “We’ve outgrown our current accounting software. What SaaS accounting software do you recommend?” There are so many choices in the marketplace, but I feel that few software vendors focus on […]. The post Founder’s Guide to SaaS Accounting Software appeared first on The SaaS CFO. Accounting Software Accounting

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Does ‘Google Checking’ Foreshadow Big Tech, FinTech Payments Changes?

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Banks and credit unions are certainly not on their way out, even as they face more pressure from challenger banks, FinTechs and Big Tech in the coming decade.

ID2020 Alliance Unveils Digital ID Program

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At its annual summit in New York , the ID2020 Alliance announced the roll out of a digital identity program with the Government of Bangladesh ; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; and new partners in academia, government and humanitarian relief. Digital ID is being defined and implemented today, and we recognize the importance of swift action to close the identity gap,” said Dakota Gruener, executive director of ID2020, in an announcement.

AFP FP&A Guide: Scenario Planning

Inflexible budgets break; scenario planning is a complementary, structured approach to creating flexibility in planning and operations. This guide presents practical, actionable steps to integrate scenario planning into y

Why Small Business Owners Should Always Have An Exit Strategy

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Hundreds of thousands of new small businesses (SMBs) open their doors every year in the U.S., be them physical or digital. The latest estimates from the Small Business Administration (SBA) peg the number of new SMBs at 414,000 each year, spurring job creation and economic growth for the country, with millennial entrepreneurs at the helm. The high failure rate of a new small business has entrepreneurs focused on simply surviving their first few years in operation.

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Nigeria Turns To FinTechs To Boost Financial Inclusion

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In an effort to expand access to financial institutions (FIs), the Central Bank of Nigeria is planning to license more payment providers, Bloomberg reported on Saturday (Nov. 30). . The goal is to improve Nigeria’s financial inclusion rate by 20 percent, bringing it to 80 percent by the end of 2020.

Unencrypted Vistaprint Database Exposed Personal Customer Data

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Printing company Vistaprint left an online database containing customer interactions unencrypted, according to a report. A security researcher named Oliver Hough discovered the unprotected database on Nov. He reached out to the company but didn’t hear back.

Swedish Cybersecurity Firm Raises $23M To Enhance ‘Ethical Hacker’ Network

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Sweden-based Detectify, a crowd-based online security company that incentivizes “elite hackers” to help developers stay abreast of security issues, has raised €21 million in a funding round, according to a report.

US Faster Payments Council Expands With ACI Worldwide

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Membership in the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC) is growing with the addition of ACI Worldwide, as the electronic payments and banking solution provider announced this week. The company is joining the FPC to support U.S.

Successful Change Management with Enterprise Risk Management

Speaker: William Hord, Vice President of ERM Services

Join us as we discuss the various tangents of data and the change management process that will help you make better risk-based business decisions to save time and money for your organization.

Credit Unions Step Up During Government Shutdown

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There is no shortage of headlines about the partial government shutdown that is now on its 27th day, and no shortage of articles speculating how long it will go on, what will be affected and (most often) what it will take to finally bring it to an end. There is, yet, one simple takeaway from all of them: So far, there is no end in sight.

Automakers Worry That Qualcomm Appeal Could Boost Cost Of 5G Cars

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If microchip supplier Qualcomm wins its case on appeal, the cost of connected cars using 5G technology will skyrocket, automakers and suppliers said in court filings on Friday (Nov. 29), Reuters reported.

Founder’s Guide to Venture Debt

The SaaS CFO

How Venture Debt Helps Founders Grow Their Businesses Many founders of SaaS businesses I speak with look only to equity to finance the start-up and early growth of their businesses. They may not be aware of, or do not appreciate the value of, venture debt financing which is complimentary to venture financing. In this guide […]. The post Founder’s Guide to Venture Debt appeared first on The SaaS CFO. Fundraising Founder Venture Debt

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How Retailers Are Gearing Up For Contactless Payments Via mPOS

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With the use of contactless payments heating up around the world, small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and their solution providers have to prepare for their acceptance. Mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) terminals that are enabled for contactless have to meet certain specifications to gain EMVCo 3.0 certification: They must, for instance, resolve issues when a payment reader’s too-powerful field strength results in damaged smartphones and cards.

The Emerging Spend Management Sector: Simplifying Your Accounting Processes

Speaker: Spencer Falbo, Principal at Kong Basile Consulting

In this webinar, Spencer Falbo, principal at Kong Basile Consulting will teach you how Spend Management can help to automate many of your processes, making your job as an accountant more efficient.

People’s Bank Of China: Hundreds Of Country’s Banks At Risk

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This past year has been difficult for Chinese banks, and the country’s central bank, People’s Bank Of China, said that about 13 percent of the country’s financial institutions were considered “high risk,” according to Bloomberg. .

MoneyGram, Wing Team Up On Cambodian Digital Wallet 

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MoneyGram has announced a partnership with Cambodian bank Wing on a digital wallet venture that will allow funds to be deposited directly into customers’ accounts. With 80 percent of our online transactions being made on a mobile device, we are looking to provide even more options for our customers using our digital platforms,” said MoneyGram President and CEO Alex Holmes.

France’s Central Bank Latest To Ponder A Digital Currency

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The First Deputy Governor of the central bank of France, Denis Beau, spoke in support of a blockchain-based settlement system that would allow for faster transfers of euros, as well as be more cost-efficient, according to a report by Yahoo! Finance.

Building The Tire Shop Of The Future With On-Demand Service

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When Zohr Co-Founder and CEO Komal Choong and Co-founder and COO Anoop Choong were in college, they would flip cars and car parts on the side. While they were buying and selling a lot of those vehicles, Komal told PYMNTS in an interview that “we realized how painful the experience was for the consumer going into a traditional tire shop or repair facility.”

PayPal Closes On GoPay Acquisition, Enters China

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For PayPal, eyeing growth and eyeing new markets, the gaze is, at least in part, turned eastward. News came Thursday (Dec. 19) that the company has closed its deal to buy a majority equity stake in China’s GoPay (the formal, official name of the company is Guofubao Information Technology Co. Ltd.).

Walmart To Expand Delivery Unlimited Program

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With an expansion of its Grocery Delivery membership option for customers, Walmart plans to grow the reach of Delivery Unlimited to 1,400 stores later this autumn. The offering allows shoppers to pay a monthly or yearly fee to get unlimited Walmart Grocery Delivery orders. Shoppers, however, can still pay a per-delivery fee without a membership, the company said in an announcement. “We’ve

MoneyGram Expands Digital Services To Hong Kong, New Zealand

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MoneyGram has announced that it’s continuing its worldwide digital expansion with greater options for its overseas customers, especially in the Asia Pacific area and New Zealand. The MoneyGram website and MoneyGram Plus Rewards program is now available to the company’s Hong Kong customers, and users in New Zealand are now able to use the MoneyGram app to send money to friends and family. .

Visa: EMV Cuts Card-Present Counterfeit Fraud By 80 Pct

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Merchants saw a drop in card-present fraud due to the increased adoption of Europay, Mastercard and Visa (EMV) chip cards, Visa said. Merchants who have upgraded to chip technology saw a decrease of 80 percent in counterfeit fraud dollars in September of 2018 when compared to September of 2015. Also, total counterfeit fraud dollars went down by 48 percent. More than 3.1

Voice Recognition Could Take A Bigger Role In Retail

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Voice recognition could soon play a bigger role in retail — especially in the world of quick service restaurants. That’s the signal sent recently by McDonald’s. The fast food operator recently announced an agreement to acquire Apprente. The company said in an announcement that the arrangement is another bold step in advancing employee- as well as customer-facing innovations while bolstering the technological capabilities of the chain.

The ROSE Metric | The Return on Your Most Important SaaS Asset

The SaaS CFO

Measuring Organizational Efficiency There are a ton of SaaS metrics measuring sales efficiency, margins, revenue, and more. These are all important metrics (depending on the stage of your business) that you should be constantly monitoring in your SaaS organization. But I have a gut feel that we are missing an important metric around organizational efficiency. […]. The post The ROSE Metric | The Return on Your Most Important SaaS Asset appeared first on The SaaS CFO.

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FTC Officials Look Into Amazon’s Use Of Market Power

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To find out if Amazon is utilizing its market power to hurt competition, a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) team of investigators has started to interview small businesses that sell items on Amazon. Multiple attorneys, as well as one economist at a minimum, have been conducting interviews that tend to last roughly an hour and a half that cover many topics, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday (Sept. 11), citing unnamed merchants.

How Video Games Are Helping Retailers Grow And Innovate

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Video games are helping to drive retail innovation and growth, and that includes the hot area of subscription commerce. Video games have changed a lot since the early days of home gaming in the late 1970s and early ’80s. The graphics improved, the games got more expensive and elaborate, and a whole lot more people from every walk of life are playing them. But for the last three decades or so, the business model did not change very much.

GoExpedi Closes $25M Funding Round Led By Top Tier

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GoExpedi , an eCommerce, supply chain and analytics startup, has raised $25 million in Series B funding led by Top Tier Capital Partners. CSL Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Bowery Capital, Blue Bear Capital and other current investors also participated in the round.

Do Grocery Stores Need Happy Hours?

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While in many places, the “best” time of day for a trip to the grocery store is a matter for debate, for some shoppers in Finland, the answer is easy. It’s between 9 p.m. and midnight – when grocery “happy hour” begins at S-market’s 900 stores around the nation, at which point grocery items that are scheduled to expire at midnight tumble into deep-discount mode.

Retailers Are Getting Smarter About Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are starting to play a bigger role in retail, foreshadowing what’s to come in the new decade of the 2020s. Walmart , for instance, hopes to reduce checkout theft by turning to cameras powered by AI, with deployments underway in some 1,000 stores.