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Juniper Insights are a subscriber only download. Published every week, they summarise the news we feel will have the largest impact on the market. 
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Juniper Insights - Walmart Strengthens Japanese Presence

Juniper Insights - Walmart Strengthens Japanese Presence

December 2018
Walmart has launched its first eCommerce store for Japanese consumers. The ‘Walmart Rakuten Ichiba Store’, the latest product in its partnership with Japanese eRetailer Rakuten, is located on the Rakuten Ichiba internet shopping mall.

At the outset, the store will initially offer approximately 1,200 products from a diverse range of leading brands. Orders will be fulfilled in the US and air freighted directly to Japanese customers, while shipping costs will be included in the advertised product price.
Juniper Insights - BT Bans Huawei Infrastructure and Equipment from its 5G Core Networks in the UK

Juniper Insights - BT Bans Huawei Infrastructure and Equipment from its 5G Core Networks in the UK

December 2018
BT announced that it will not use Huawei’s 5G equipment and networking infrastructure in its 5G core networks.

Following the acquisition of EE in 2015, the company also announced plans to remove Huawei’s equipment in EE’s EPCs (Evolved Packet Cores) for 3G and 4G networks over the next 2 years. However, BT has confirmed it plana to use Huawei equipment in other areas of the network, such as at the edge.
Juniper Insights - T-Mobile US Launches Mobile Banking ‘T-Mobile Money’, Powered by BankMobile

Juniper Insights - T-Mobile US Launches Mobile Banking ‘T-Mobile Money’, Powered by BankMobile

November 2018
T-Mobile US has launched T-Mobile Money, a checking (current) account service for T-Mobile customers, rolling out on a limited basis. The mobile app is now available for iOS and Android.

The service comes with FDIC insurance for balances up to $250,000, a Mastercard debit card and the ability to send paper checks directly from a smartphone app. T-Mobile Money will also support Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and Google Pay. The service is powered by BankMobile, owned by Customers Bank.
Juniper Insights - Santander, BBVA Join EU Blockchain Forum

Juniper Insights - Santander, BBVA Join EU Blockchain Forum

November 2018
Several leading European banks, including Santander and BBVA, have been invited to participate in a blockchain forum organised by the EU (European Union), with the aim of exploring the potential of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to transform digital services at a global level.

The initiative has been named IABTA (the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications) and will be formally launched during the first quarter of 2019. It will seek to promote blockchain interoperability, as well as developing sector specific guidelines, protocols and promoting EU standards.
Juniper Insights - BPCE to Sell Fidor Bank Following ‘Cultural Conflict’

Juniper Insights - BPCE to Sell Fidor Bank Following ‘Cultural Conflict’

November 2018
News emerged earlier this week that BPCE and Fidor Bank are reportedly headed for a split; BPCE acquired Fidor in summer 2016 to enhance its digital transformation efforts. Matthias Kröner, founder and CEO of Fidor has said that there is a ‘cultural conflict’ between BPCE and Fidor, which follows a recent decision by BPCE not to roll out Fidor in France and focus on its existing digital brands.
Juniper Insights - Announcement: Ford to acquire eScooter firm, Spin for $40 million

Juniper Insights - Announcement: Ford to acquire eScooter firm, Spin for $40 million

November 2018
Ford is buying electric eScooter company, Spin, for a reported $40 million. Ford has previously undergone trials of personal vehicle rental schemes in Purdue University in Indiana, US, in 2016. In the same year, Ford acquired Chariot, a mobility solutions provider, and has been running a bike sharing scheme in San Francisco since 2016. Ford’s Smart Mobility division has made previous investment into mobility solutions, including Autonomic, a software developer who is working to connect the automotive industry with wider public transport networks.
Juniper Insights - Announcement: IBM to Acquire Red Hat for $34 billion

Juniper Insights - Announcement: IBM to Acquire Red Hat for $34 billion

November 2018
IBM has announced that they would be acquiring open source cloud software provider Red Hat for $34 billion, around 30% of IBM’s market capitalisation as of 1st November. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has described the move as ‘game-changing’, whereas Red Hat considers it a strong opportunity to scale both its business and the use of enterprise open source software.
Juniper Insights - Cathay Pacific Announces Major Data Breach

Juniper Insights - Cathay Pacific Announces Major Data Breach

October 2018
Hong-Kong based international airline Cathay Pacific has announced that approximately 9.4 million customer data records have been accessed by cybercriminals.

The breach, which occurred in March this year, included passport and ID card data as well as names, date of births, addresses and route information. Additionally, the company reported that a limited number of payment card details were compromised.
Juniper Insights - In-Store Contactless Payments Overtake Chip & PIN in the UK

Juniper Insights - In-Store Contactless Payments Overtake Chip & PIN in the UK

October 2018
In-store contactless card payments in the UK exceeded Chip & PIN payments for the first time in 2018, claimed payment processing company Worldpay.

During the period June 2017-June 2018, the company claims that contactless usage jumped 30% y-o-y to become the ‘most popular’ card payment mechanism in the UK.
Juniper Insights - Klarna Raises 20 Million from H and M to Build Financing and Payment Services

Juniper Insights - Klarna Raises 20 Million from H and M to Build Financing and Payment Services

October 2018
Klarna, a Swedish payments start-up, announced on the 8th October 2018 that it had raised $20 million and entered into a partnership with fashion retailer H&M, to build an enhanced omnichannel payment experience for H&M customers, as well as powering the H&M Club Loyalty Scheme.
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