Other News: PYMNTS; ELAVON; EMAZZANTI; and AMEX

In Other News: PYMNTS (awards); ELAVON (ariane); EMAZZANTI (ranking); and AMEX (LGBTQ). PYMNTS – The winners of the 2016 PYMNTS/Alexa Challenge include Visa and USAA. There were 12 teams and 14 companies in a five-week competition to use Alexa and her voice-activated technology to reimagine how consumers interact with their payments and financial services solutions…

Verifone has Rough Sailing in 2Q and Will Cut Jobs & Review Weak Units

Verifone has Rough Sailing in 2Q and Will Cut Jobs & Review Weak Units

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Citing several difficult market dynamics in the second quarter, Verifone is reviewing underperforming businesses and launching a headcount restructuring. Verifone reported second quarter (2Q/16) net income nose-dived more than 80% year-on-year (YOY), with most of the growth coming from the North America segment. The recent InterCard and AJB Software Design acquisitions…

CivicPay Ready to Capture Citizen-to-Government Payments

CivicPay Ready to Capture Citizen-to-Government Payments

Accela has unveiled CivicPay on the Accela Civic Platform, enabling citizens to make payments to government agencies online in real-time. CivicPay offers residents an easier way to make payments anytime, from anywhere, and allows agencies to securely automate the process. CivicPay’s system addresses the pain points associated with traditionally time-consuming and difficult payment reconciliation processes…

Costco Begins to Accept Visa Only & New Co-Brand Takes Off

Costco Begins to Accept Visa Only & New Costco Visa Takes Off

Citi confirms it has successfully completed the acquisition and conversion of Costco’s U.S. co-brand credit card portfolio from American Express. Citi acquired in excess of $10.5 billion of credit card receivables. The new Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi and Costco Anywhere Visa Business Card by Citi are available exclusively to Costco members. The long-term…

Australian Credit Card Debt Bumps Up a Bit in April

Australian Credit Card Debt Bumps Up a Bit in April

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Australian credit card outstandings edged up by 1.4% year-on-year (YOY) in April. Credit card credit limits increased 3.3% YOY and the number of credit card accounts rose 2.8% YOY. The average balance per account in April declined 1.4% YOY to AU$3149, compared to AU$3157 for March, and AU$3194 for April 2015.

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Other Payment News: VISA; VISUALANT; BANKRATE; and ELAVON

In Other Payment News: VISA (campaign); VISUALANT (funding); BANKRATE (acquisition); and ELAVON (canada). VISA – Visa launched its most ambitious integrated global Olympic Games campaign in the company’s history. Marking a bold new direction in Visa’s marketing and communications, the “Carpool” campaign will run globally across all media channels from digital to broadcast as an…

MasterCard Speeds U.S. Merchant EMV Adoption

MasterCard Speeds U.S. Merchant EMV Adoption

MasterCard has now joined Visa in launching new initiatives to accelerate EMV adoption among U.S. merchants. The new EMV chip terminal testing and certification program covers acquirers and value-added resellers (VARs). More than 70% of all U.S.-issued MasterCard branded consumer credit cards are now chip cards. MasterCard operates a chip terminal testing and certification process…

Dragonfly Captures Malaysian Money Remittance Market

Singapore-based Dragonfly Fintech (DF), inked a deal to power the Malaysian Metro Money Exchange. The remittance market in Malaysia is about $10 billion annually. The payment and settlement solution will be implemented in partnership with BC Fintech, a Dragonfly system integrator. The solution will drive the entire remittance chain, from wholesale foreign exchange to the receipt…

Largest U.S. Retailers Remain Omnichannel Laggards

Largest U.S. Retailers Remain Omnichannel Laggards

The largest retailers continue to struggle to become omnichannel-ready. Sporting goods merchants lead the omni-ready pack, followed closely behind by mass merchants and electronics/entertainment while grocery and pharma continue to be laggards. According to the Vantiv/PYMNTS.com OmniReadi Index, the top 30% of merchants appear to be on their way to becoming OmniReadi, but the remaining…