2Checkout announced today they have closed on the final tranche of a $60 million investment round, led by Chicago Growth Partners and Trident Capital with participation by management and strategic individuals. Having bootstrapped its way to profitable growth, 2Checkout has become one of the world’s leading e-commerce payment providers. 2Checkout, founded in 1999, serves more than 22,000 merchants worldwide. 2Checkout’s payment processing service is used by merchants to sell to every visitor to their website, regardless of the visitor’s country of origin.
First quarter End-of-Period (EOP) outstandings for the big four U.S. Visa and MasterCard credit card issuers declined 2.0% Year-on-Year (Y/Y) and 5.3% Quarter-on-Quarter (Q/Q). The sequential decline reflects the seasonality of the U.S. bank credit card business, but the Y/Y decline is noteworthy. All of the top issuers: Chase, Bank of America, Capital One and Citibank, posted Y/Y and Q/Q declines in Q1 EOP outstandings.
American Express (AmEx) reported first quarter (Q1) billed business for the Japan, Asia Pacific & Australia (JAPA) region increased 6% year-on-year (Y/Y). In Latin America and Canada (LACC) region billed business declined 1% while the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region rose 11%. Overall, the international card billed business rose 2% to $31.9 billion in Q1.
Digital River Commerce-as-a-Service solutions expanded Digital River SMB Payments solution into the United Kingdom (U.K.). The solution offers small and medium enterprises, commerce providers, systems integrators and developers turn-key access to credit card processing capabilities for Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards in Euros and Pound Sterling. The SMB solution already supports more than 17,000 merchants and partners in Canada. Platform-agnostic and built on an open architecture for easy integration, the Digital River SMB Payments solution offers several benefits for companies conducting business in the U.K.
Quick Fuel has partnered with Comdata to provide its fleet customers with one of the fastest and most secure means of fueling available. Quick Fuel recently purchased Comdata’s fuel site controller, known as SmartSight, for all of its retail locations and added Comdata’s SmartQ™ radio frequency identification (RFID)-based technology to offer an extra level of speed and security to the fuel transaction process. In addition to processing transactions quickly, SmartSight processes fueling transactions securely as well. The card reader equipment meets industry security standards, while an integrated camera function allows site owners to view customer images as the card is swiped to identify potentially fraudulent users when necessary.
Springboard Retail announced The Pink Stores Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores has launched mPOS as part of a major store transformation project. In The Pink’s eight stores are located in Massachusetts with flagship stores on Newbury Street in Boston and on Nantucket Island. They piloted the project in their Boston store where they removed the cash wrap and stationary POS terminals went 100% mobile. They are using Apple’s iPads and iPad minis powered by Springboard Retail. The results from the first 11 days of In The Pink’s rollout of mPOS reveal a 24.5% increase in sales over the same period in this store a year ago. Transaction count was up 6.5%, transaction value was up 17%, units per transaction was up 12% and total units sold was up 19%. In The Pink repurposed 48 square feet of floor space and reclaimed full floor to ceiling use of 6.5 feet of prime wall space. The Nantucket store is next to undergo the transformation.
Singular Payments announced today that industry expert Marty Hilber has joined the company as its General Manager, overseeing day-to-day business operations. Charles Yancey, Founder & President of Singular Payments, and Vaden Landers, Chairman & Managing Partner, noted that Hilber’s appointment was necessitated by the significant growth and expansion the business has experienced resulting from the signing of numerous strategic partnerships, as well as the launch of various new product development initiatives.
Optimal Payments Plc announced that it has successfully reached a five-year agreement to provide its NETBANX® payment service to Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) for its online gaming service PlayOLG.ca. NETBANX was selected as the winning solution after a comprehensive and competitive procurement process. PlayOLG will offer regulated online interactive lottery, casino and video poker games to residents of Ontario. Through the five-year agreement, the NETBANX service will be embedded in the PlayOLG website to provide payment options, as well as delivering real-time fraud and risk prevention and mitigation services.
Vesta Corporation announced the launch of vSafe, a new payment gateway that eliminates the cost of transaction fraud for e-commerce and m-commerce merchants. Leveraging Vesta’s proprietary and patented fraud technology modeled on over one billion electronic payments, vSafe evaluates orders using business-specific models that maximize real-time transaction acceptance and isolate merchants from transaction fraud. In addition, the quick-to-deploy API features full-service global payment capabilities and data protection features designed to significantly reduce PCI compliance requirements.
UOL BoaCompra and Ubisoft today announced a partnership to grow the company’s portfolio of PC online games across Latin America and Southern Europe. UOL BoaCompra will now support Ubisoft’s growth throughout Latin America, Portugal, Spain and Turkey by allowing gamers greater access with the local payment methods they use most.
Nok Nok Labs announced that Samsung and PayPal have selected the company’s NNL™ S3 Authentication Suite to enable the new mobile payment system introduced at Mobile World Congress. The next Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone will enable seamless and secure mobile payments via an integrated Fingerprint Sensor (FPS). The S3 Suite from Nok Nok Labs allows both Samsung and PayPal to provide a simpler, more secure mobile shopping experience, leveraging the emerging FIDO™ standards.The NNL™Multifactor Client (MFAC) Mobile Edition (also called the “NNL FingerPrint Passport”) allows the Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Sensor to connect securely to online services, and will help Samsung enable users to authenticate any FIDO Ready™application with the existing security capabilities of their device. PayPal has deployed the NNL™ Multifactor Authentication Server (MFAS) to provide a unified and flexible authentication infrastructure that communicates securely with the NNL client on the Galaxy S5. Both Nok Nok™ products are FIDO Ready, meaning they have been certified by the FIDO Alliance.
2Checkout appointed Shawn Budde as CEO. Bringing with him over 25 years experience, Budde has held executive roles at Citibank and Capital One; data analytics experience at Sears Holdings; and as co-founder and President at ZestFinance, a VC-backed technology company. Budde earned a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. At ZestFinance, Mr. Budde teamed with Google’s former CIO to reinvent lending methods by using large-scale data analysis and machine learning to lower the cost of credit for the highest risk customers. At 2Checkout, Budde plans to apply similar approaches on a global scale to help the company accelerate its market expansion in online payments.