Feeds

Visa to devs: Please take contents of our wallet

Make shopping fun like first-person-shooters to repel PayPal, Google

High performance access to file storage

Buying stuff online should be so fast and fun that it resembles the experience offered by first-person shooters, in which as soon as one acquires a tool it is possible to start using it.

That's the professional opinion of Greg Storey, head of Visa's V.me service for Asia-Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Speaking in Sydney at the GeoNext conference, Storey said online shopping is mostly broken, as credit card payments take too long and are too complicated. That's good news for PayPal and has meant the likes of Google and Amazon have entered the payments industry. Visa thinks most such efforts can be dismissed.

PayPal, Storey said, has “laid a path for us to follow” and Visa will do so happily, knowing that it will not only satisfy consumers but put price pressure on its rival.

Google, he said, doesn't have the hard core banking background to make it as safe, in reality or punters' perceptions, as banks and those like Visa who have worked with banks for long periods of time.

“Google will be disruptive and that will be fun to you,” Storey said, “but they don't care about making money from payment. They just want to do a better job of winning consumer focus” and therefore serving more ads.

Visa's response is a platform called V.me, that it is hoped will eventually offer payments, loyalty schemes, rewards, coupons, comparison shopping, financial management and more, all delivered to the point of sale or mobile device.

The hope relies on developers, a group Storey said Visa has never previously courted, but will now do so vigorously so that vendors of e-commerce software tool up to bake V.me into their products. While Visa itself will of course be nourished by any success it enjoys, Storey thinks consumers will also enjoy the change, as he said a “very dated and simplistic approach was taken” towards the design of today's online payment system, resulting in most requiring six steps and over forty data fields to make a payment. Storey hopes to reduce that to two steps and four fields. If only fragging the average level boss was so easy. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.