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Today In Payments: Olympics Delay To Spark Marathon To Recoup Sunk Costs; FinTech Veteran Dan Henry Tapped To Lead Green Dot

In today’s top payments news, postponement of the Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the loss of billions of dollars, and branchless bank Green Dot tapped Dan Henry to step in as CEO.

FinTech Veteran Dan Henry Tapped To Lead Green Dot

Dan Henry will step in as the new president and CEO of branchless bank and FinTech Green Dot. He will also join the board of directors.

Olympics Delay to Spark Marathon To Recoup Sunk Costs

With the postponement of the Olympics until at least summer of 2021, there is likely to be a race to recoup lost costs — for Japan, the city of Tokyo, sponsors and the athletes.

As Deliveroo Surges, Regulators Question Amazon Merger

As food delivery companies are surging in the U.K. in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, a proposed merger between Amazon and Deliveroo is under even more scrutiny. The U.K. Competition and Markets Authority says the merger could hurt competition in the sector. The watchdog also needs to figure out how to move forward against the companies, especially since workers have been designated as essential by the government.

Life Inside America On Lockdown

Two weeks into lockdown, brick-and-mortar purchases are down 73.3 percent, but digital purchases aren’t necessarily picking up the slack. What would it take to close this gap? For the Navigating COVID-19 Pandemic Brief: Life On Lockdown Edition, PYMNTS surveyed 1,923 about how COVID-19 has transformed the way Americans shop, pay and live — and what they need to be comfortable getting back to business as usual.

How Banks Can Tap Trust As Their Foundation For Innovation

Two things that modern consumers want from any entity that handles their banking needs are physical branches and confidence that firms won’t misuse private data. Barry Baird, head of payments capability and delivery at TD Bank, tells Karen Webster in last week’s live virtual event, “How We Bank,” that those are both areas where traditional banks beat both tech giant contenders and challenger banks. See what you missed.

Unemployment Figures Set The Wrong Type Of Record 

In coronavirus economic news, initial jobless claims spiked up to a seasonally adjusted 3.28 million for the week ending March 21, according to the Department of Labor — the highest number of initial jobless claims since the department began keeping count in 1967.

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LATEST PYMNTS REPORT: MARCH 2020 B2B API TRACKER  

B2B APIs aren’t just for large enterprises anymore — middle-market firms and SMBs now realize their potential for enabling low-cost access to real-time payments and account data. But those capabilities are only the tip of the API iceberg, says HSBC global head of liquidity and cash management Diane Reyes. In this month’s B2B API Tracker, Reyes explains how the next wave of banking APIs could fight payments fraud and proactively alert middle-market treasurers to investment opportunities.

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