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Ainsley Ward

Technodazzle

I was reading an article a few days ago on the plateau of ebook reader sales and the slow retreat back to paper (here), and of course this lead my thoughts back to our own industry – particularly the...

06 Jun 2016
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Ainsley Ward

Let's all go rob a bank

If I walk into a shop, pick up any item and then walk out again, the chances are that store security will stop me and I'll probably end up in court pretty soon. Likewise if I walked into a bank branch...

23 Dec 2015
Ainsley Ward

Belgium's Banks give Maestro borders

A press release by FEBELFIN (Belgian financial services association) yesterday (here in Dutch) states that from 17 Jan 2011 Belgian Maestro cards can no longer be used outside of continental Europe. ...

10 Nov 2010
Ainsley Ward

European Union can see into the future...

Just tracking a press release on the Europa portal and saw that they are releasing press releases in the future... The link takes you to a press release on the Spanish Presidency site that will be pub...

22 Jan 2010
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Ainsley Ward

Are RFID tags the new chewing gum?

I appreciate that this is probably my first foray into Hyacinth Bucket territory, but I've noticed recently that there's been a new addition to the street litter here in Brussels. As the number of cig...

02 Dec 2009
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Ainsley Ward

MasterCard using the credit crisis to close European HQ?

The moderately recent IPOs of MasterCard and Visa have had a profoundly different effect on the two companies presence in Europe. While Visa seperated out it's EU business into an independent associat...

03 Sep 2009
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Ainsley Ward

Post-apocalyptic new capitalism - from a Xmas conversation

Strange things happen once the mince pies start to settle, just after you've finished seething at the Queen's speech and set the kids up with the latest Disney. This year a cousin and I began to debat...

05 Jan 2009
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Ainsley Ward

Strange things afoot in the POS world...

When I worked for a terminal vendor a few years ago, I made a prediction that the market would quickly consolidate down to a few (probably 3) big players - and that they'd most likely be VeriFone, Hyp...

12 Feb 2008
Trends in Financial Services