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Tap-N-Go America

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Mar 09, 2019


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On your way to an important meeting, you rush down to the subway. After fumbling for your wallet, you unsuccessfully swipe your MTA card multiple times before the payment is accepted – only to see the train’s doors slam shut.

If this experience sounds familiar, you’ll be pleased to hear that New York’s MTA is recognizing that payments are causing far too much friction for riders. As soon as this spring, riders of NYC subways will be able to tap a contactless bank card or mobile wallet at turnstiles. The development portends a future of contactless payments in the U.S.

However, contactless is old news internationally. In Australia, the UK, Canada and South Korea, for example, contactless cards account for more than 20% of all retail transactions. In the U.S., contactless payments are less than 1%.

Why has the U.S. lagged behind in contactless payments?

The short answer is that cards in America have been burdened with technical debt. In order to have contactless, you need a chip with a small NFC (near-field-communication) antenna. In the U.S., the card networks have only been pushing cards with chips for a few years. It’s been slow going to get merchants and card issuers (primarily banks) on board.

However, we may be reaching a tipping point where more opportunities for contactless payments are opening up and lame excuses like "I did not have the correct change, Mr. Vader" will be met with "you are part of the rebel alliance and a common fare dodger...take her away"

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TAP-N-GO AMERICA


Coming soon: A world without cash - As soon as this spring, riders of NYC subways and buses will be able to tap a contactless bank card or mobile wallet at turnstiles. The developments portend a future of contactless payments that is already commonplace outside the U.S. Read more

17% of the population would struggle to cope in a cashless society, review finds - The FT digs into recent report that says the UK’s cash system is on “the verge of collapse” and bank branch closures are “the tip of the iceberg”. The report states that 17% of the population would struggle to cope in a cashless society. Read more

INDUSTRY NEWS


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Raisin acquires German banking provider MHB Bank - MHB provides Raisin with account management and customer identification, as well as powering transactions and services that require an underlying bank license. Read more

Omidyar spins off Flourish - Omidyar Network, the impact investment firm created by Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar, is spinning off its fintech investment practice into a new firm called Flourish. Flourish is initially managing $500m in AUM - including a $200m portfolio and $300m in fresh capital. Read more

FINANCINGS


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