Overall, parents anticipate spending an average of $1,239 this back-to-school season, up 8% from 2014, and up 24% since 2011. Technology for classroom use is a significant contributor to the added costs, with 82% saying their children use tech for learning (vs. 77% in 2014), including the following:
There are universal truths about the technology and safety behind electronic payments, in contrast to everyday misperceptions. MasterCard has traced some common myths about cashless payment solutions, and has ‘busted’ them with the truth, to help provide peace of mind.
American Express has become the first major U.S. Corporate Card portfolio to be activated for Apple Pay. American Express added Apple Pay for Consumer Cards and OPEN Small Business Cards in late 2014.
Visa and MasterCard U.S. debit card gross dollar volume (GDV) rose 6.2% year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter to $649 billion. Over the past four quarters Visa and MasterCard have racked $1.822 trillion in U.S. debit card GDV, according to CardData.
U.S. credit card outstandings end-of-period (EOP) among the Big 6 issuers rose by a mere 2.3% year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter to $474.5 billion. Capital One (+11.0%) and American Express (+6.9%) YOY led the pack, with Discover (+4.2%), while Chase was flat, BofA (-0.6%) and Citibank (-4.2%), cleaned up the rear, according to CardData.
Target, the nation’s most innovative retailer, will start testing beacon technology in 50 of its stores nationwide. With beacon technology, the company says it will be able to send information about deals as well as recommendations directly to consumers’ smartphones, provided they opt in to receive these alerts.
BitPay has nailed several partnerships with payments companies from around the globe. During the first half of 2015, the company has signed deals with PSPs Payfirma, Sonic Payments, BillPro, Kadu, OpenPay, and Ixopay. These payments companies are based on three continents and, in total, serve more than 100 countries.
SNAP card benefits are being extended to Wisconsin and New Mexico thanks to FL-based FIS. More than 205,000 households in New Mexico are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and more than 450,000 households in Wisconsin receive benefits via SNAP or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) – both federal programs created to provide support to individuals and families.
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Steve Hicks, Director of Business Development at PaymentCollect.
FICO has introduced FICO Consumer Fraud Control, a new solution for banks that enables their cardholders to configure card usage controls and transactional alerts via the bank’s mobile app.
CardWeb.com’s CardConferences today features the PayThink Conference at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
Pipestone System, an agricultural organization based in Minnesota, now uses the reloadable BlazePays Visa Prepaid Card managed by Capital Prepaid Services for payroll.