Future of Payments Key: Unlocking the Socio-Economic Ecosystem

The socio-economic ecosystem that empowers people to share accommodation, transportation, buying or selling of goods, on-demand professional services and sharing or renting of goods is experiencing an extraordinary level of growth, transforming the fundamental way industries operate and people experience a variety of things. A new Mastercard white paper identified three inter-related themes around which…

JCB and BlueSnap Expand SEPA Payments in Europe via Separate Deals

BlueSnap unveiled SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area) Direct Debit enabling customers to make cashless payments in euros across country borders for online checkout, invoice payments and marketplaces. Meanwhile, iSignthis inked a direct License Agreement to process JCB transactions in the SEPA. BlueSnap’s platform is designed for frictionless payment experiences and merchants that implement SEPA Direct Debit…

Top 4 U.S. Issuers Siphon Card Outstandings from AXP – Q1 YOY Double-Digits

U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Top 4 U.S.  issuers gained 9.6% in the first quarter (1Q/17) year-on-year (YOY) to $396.7 billion. The YOY growth rate is down 130 basis points (bps), compared to the prior quarter, in line with historic seasonal patterns, according to CardData. The gain was largely driven by Citibank, as…

Bitcoin ATMs Deployed in a Commercial Bank – a First in LAC

Cryptobuyer, a leading cryptocurrency and Latin American (LAC) digital asset specialist, Cryptobuyer, is the first company to install Bitcoin ATMs (BTMs) in a commercial bank. Two of its BTMs are now installed in the premises of Banistmo Bank’s headquarters. The installation of BTMs followed the recently-concluded Panamanian Association of Fintech event. Cryptobuyer was one of the…

Recurring Payment Failure Drives eSubscription Payments Involuntary Churn

In the e-business world losing existing customers to involuntary churn is the quiet culprit of profit loss, since it costs two times more to acquire a new subscriber than to keep an existing one. Recurring payment failure is the primary cause of involuntary churn, driven by insufficient funds, credit card limits, credit card expiration or replacement,…

FLEETCOR Creates President of Global Fuel Cards

FLEETCOR Technologies has ankled Steve Greene to President of Global Fuel Cards, a newly-created position for the company. His appointment is effective immediately, and he will be based at the FLEETCOR global headquarters in Norcross, Georgia. Greene will be responsible for developing and executing the growth strategy for FLEETCOR’s global fuel card product line. In his…

JCB Expands Issuance & Acceptance in Sri Lanka via LankaPay & NCS

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has inked a partnership with Japan’s JCB to establish the National Card Scheme (NCS) to introduce the issuance of LankaPay-JCB co-branded cards and to jointly promote the acceptance of such cards with JCB payment solutions. By integrating JCB payment solutions to LankaPay participant members and leveraging the planned interconnection…

Processors Not Fintech Startups Most Likely to Disrupt the Payments Industry

While all new technologies will be important to their business in the next two years, the majority of CFOs say they are most concerned with mobile payments and mobile capabilities to manage and approve payments (55%), with blockchain a close second (54%), followed by cloud payments (48%) and data mining (46%). Despite the buzz around…

Bankers Behind the Eight Ball on Formal Payments Strategy

Nearly nine of 10 bankers admit their bank does not have a formal payments strategy. Of those, only 46% have plans to develop a formal payments strategy. Furthermore, 36% of respondents characterize their bank’s approach to payments strategy as “fast follower,” while 54% said their bank takes a “wait and see” approach. Only 3% consider…