Welcome to the Five at Five, your late look at the day’s payments and commerce news. Today’s coverage includes the newest sales figures from the National Retail Federation (NRF), along with two stories about new revenue paths for Amazon. Citigroup has let go of a payments executive, and initial coin offering (ICO) exit scams are taking a toll.
Retail sales are expected to rise by at least 4.5 percent over 2017, compared to the 3.8 percent to 4.4 percent range that was projected earlier in the year.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) may be the driver of growth for the eCommerce giant now, but Piper Jaffray predicts that, in three years’ time, advertising will bring in more revenue for Amazon.
With Amazon’s new invoicing service, companies get a credit for selling their merchandise on Amazon accounts. However, buyers don’t have to actually make a payment when they hit the buy button. Instead, they’re invoiced and have the option to have an extended payment due date.
The CEO of global cards and consumer services will leave the bank as part of executive reshuffling, as Citigroup is overhauling the executives in its global consumer banking businesses.
Based on new research from Diar, a blockchain intelligence firm, close to $100 million in cryptocurrency has been stolen via initial coin offering (ICO) exit scams.