We're at the point of no return now (not that you could return anyway, unless you had some sort of time machine) as we're over halfway through 2013! Where exactly did all that time go?
So, as a little roundup for the end of H1, here are the ten most popular posts on Total Payments that you may well have missed!
Time to get back up to speed.
Mobile point-of-sale platforms are an ideal cost-effective solution, especially for small to mid-sized merchants and independent businesses in Asia that accept credit and debit payments.
Here's a quick guide to the leading mPOS solutions providers who have ventured into Asia and how you can make the most of this lucrative market.
It's hard to tell exactly what mobile bank users actually want from their smartphones, but with the mobile banking revolution steadily on the rise, it's about time we all found out what they're thinking.
Thankfully, prediction analysts FICO has put together a wonderful infographic detailing what mobile banking customers actually think and want from their mobile banking services.
After the reports of Marks and Spencer customers, along with Pret A Manger ones, inadvertendly having their contcatless enabled cards charge when they were inexplicably nowhere near the NFC reader, ConsultHyperion director and payments guru, Dave Birch, set out to find the truth behind the whole ordeal.
The future of payments is hard for anyone to predict, but with the payments landscape changing, what could the future hold? In the â€˜50s and â€˜60s plastic quickly became popular and now it seems that digital payments could be the future.
A Dubai street survey by Gemalto reveals that UAE citizens have an overwhelming appetite for contactless technologies through their bank cards and directly from their mobile phones. The enthusiasm extends beyond the replacement of cash and encompasses a whole host of other applications including public transport, loyalty schemes and e-tickets for music and sporting events.
Mobile money is big business, people are making more and more payments through mobile money services and are paying for goods and transferring money between each other with ease. While mobile payments are most definitely here to stay, Google foresaw the future two years ago stating that they would "make your phone your wallet." Finally, it looks as if Google could have found a way around the restrictions levied onto them from manufacturers and phones without NFC devices.
China is a fast-growing market and its mobile commerce infrastructure is on target to explode in 2014, pushing it into territories beyond what even the US is capable of – thus providing an incredibly lucrative market for mobile payments platforms.
Having tracked social media conversations about the world of mobile payments, this study finds that there's a high volume of interest in adopting mobile payments. That said, there's also a lot of confusion over the wide array of choices available, along with scepticism over security and widespread adoption. Perhaps a more unified method is best for the customer?
Who do you turn for your mobile, contactless and card payment blogging fix? Naturally, Total Payments is your first port of call – so we'll spare you the expense of seeing us at the top of the list and instead put out the ten people in Europe who have the biggest clout in the world of payments blogging and information.
Seeing as the start of 2013 heralded a smorgasbord of posts declaring what 2013 will hold for the payments industry, we decided to have a crack at it ourselves. Now you can revisit and see just how accurate we were. You'll laugh, you'll cry (probably with laughter), but ultimately you'll come away enriched.