PayPal Continues to Rock ’n Roll as Q4 PTX & TPV Top 20% YOY

PayPal continues to gain market share as total payment volume (TPV) soared 22% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/16). However, the transaction margin declined 340 basis points (bps) in the quarter, compared to 4Q/15, according to CardData. During 2016, PayPal added 18 million active accounts, reflecting double digit YOY growth. Transaction revenues for 4Q/16…

Sales Made on Smartphones Up 65% YOY as Retailers Embrace 2017 mRevolution

A new study shows 2016 direct online sales totaled an estimated 11.6% of total U.S. retail sales of $394 billion, but digital touchpoints actually impacted an estimated 49% of total U.S. retail sales. According to The State of Retailing Online 2017: Key Metrics, Business Objectives and Mobile by the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org division and…

Payment Solutions for the Cannabis Industry Ready to Explode

Regulated cannabis sales in North America totaled $6.9 billion in 2016, a 30% increase from the previous year, and sales are projected to grow to $21.6 billion by the year 2021, which represents a 26% compound annual growth rate. Voters in four states – California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine, voted legalize recreational Cannabis this November.…

Biometric Authentication is Unstoppable in Replacing Passwords

A new research report says biometrics will take over passwords the next ten years. The Mercator Advisory Group titled Biometrics: A Market Forecast for Consumer Adoption provides predictions out to 2025 for the penetration of the U.S. market by mobile devices that implement the hardware required to support biometrics, the market availability of persistent biometrics…

China and Jack Ma Take Over U.S.-Based MoneyGram & its P2P Services

MoneyGram, a provider of innovative money transfer services, and Ant Financial Services Group, one of the leading digital financial services providers and parent company of Alipay, a global mobile payment platform, inked a deal to merge. The transaction will connect MoneyGram’s money transfer network of 2.4 billion bank and mobile accounts and 350,000 physical locations…

Cost-Optimization Levers Helps Buyers of Network Payment Services

The global network payment services market is expected to witness momentous growth at a CAGR of 7.7% over the next five years due to the widespread adoption of digital payment solutions by not just businesses and consumers, but also the government, banks, and financial institutions. The research report titled ‘Global Network Payment Services Market: Procurement Intelligence…

Synchrony Inks Belk Credit Cards with Retailer Rewards

Synchrony Financial, and Belk, a private department store company, inked a multi-year renewal of Synchrony Financial’s consumer financing program. Belk operates department stores in 16 Southern states as well as belk.com and offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes, and accessories. Synchrony Financial has provided a consumer financing program…

Discover Cuts Back on Card Marketing – Q4 Profits Rise 13%

While not exploding, Discover’s (DFS) credit card portfolio continues to stay in positive territory. Year-on-year (YOY) growth in the fourth quarter (4Q/16) profits increased double digits reflecting a decline in marketing expenses for credit card marketing, according to CardData. Discover’s total revenue rose 6.9% YOY to $2358 million for 4Q/16, compared to $2301 million in…