International (excluding the USA) Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) for Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) debit cards rose 5.7% year-on-year (Y/Y) in the first quarter (Q1/14). MC’s growth in Q1/14 international debit cards GDV growth outpaced VS by 16-to-1 margin, according to CardData. However, VS still controls nearly two thirds of the international debit card GDV market.
Visa Inc.and FIFA’s exclusive Financial Services partner for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, today shared its global FIFA World Cup activation program, which will enhance the sporting experience for millions of fans, clients and partners in 104 countries worldwide. Engaging film and print spots featuring Nobel Peace Laureates, alongside dynamic and interactive social engagement programs, and a seamless in-stadium payment technology experience, enables fans at the tournament, or anywhere in the world, to be part of the FIFA World Cup celebration.
San Francisco-based Square has unleashed Square Invoices to help sellers get paid fast with free unlimited invoices and no monthly service fee. Now sellers can accept payments in person, online in Square Market, and through Square Invoices for the same low 2.75% transaction price. Sellers can track all sales from their Square Dashboard, making it easy to manage all of their business operations from one place.
SEEKING REAL “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY!” Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Dolby® Laboratories and Visa Signature are joining forces for a nationwide MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY””GUARDIANS OF GOOD contest in conjunction with the August 1, 2014 release of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper. MARVEL’S “GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY””GUARDIANS OF GOOD invites real “Guardians of the Galaxy,” young men and women (ages 14-18) from across the United States, to share their stories of how they are bettering their communities through service, science or innovation, and gives them the opportunity to connect with a galaxy of Peer Guides”who are already doing great things”to learn from their successes. Entries will be accepted between June 11, 2014 and June 29, 2014.GUARDIANS OF GOOD INNOVATION & SERVICE SUMMIT is scheduled to include presenters from NASA/JPL, speaking on the monitoring and protection of Earth through asteroid detection and Earth-observing satellites and ensuring the safety of Mars spacecraft during a comet encounter, Disney Imagineers, generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS®, Discovery Science Center, & Disney Global Community Outreach.
Green Dot Corporation today announced it has named Joshua Goines as General Manager of GoBank. GoBank is Green Dot’s award-winning, FDIC-insured checking account offering and in this position, Joshua will be responsible for GoBank’s overall strategy and operations.
Credorax appointed Joshua R. Floum to its board, who will bring to the role 30 years’ experience in financial services, payments, advanced technologies, governance and risk initiatives to further facilitate Credorax’s growing business and increasing market share worldwide. Floum served as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Visa, Inc., reporting to Visa Inc.’s Chief Executive Officer and serving on its Executive Committee. Floum was instrumental in guiding Visa through its merger and birth as a global public company, which represented one of the largest IPOs in US history. Floum devised the company’s “retrospective responsibility” plan, which shielded the new organisation from legacy legal liabilities and built Visa’s legal and government relations departments to global world-class scale.
Google Wallet Instant Buy makes checkout on mobile sites and Android apps easier and help shoppers speed through the purchase process and is now available through iOS apps. Merchants and developers selling physical goods and services can use Instant Buy for easy integration that works with existing payment processors and secure payments with 24/7 fraud monitoring. There are no Google fees and merchants can simplify their mobile checkout. Select early partners, including B&H, Eat24, Fancy, Newegg, Sionic Mobile and Wish, to integrate Instant Buy into their iOS apps. We are excited to open the Instant Buy iOS API and welcome more developers to sign up today.
Bongo International, announces that they are the first in their field to accept decentralized P2P currency, Bitcoin. The move to accept Bitcoin confirms Bongo’s innovative approach to international eCommerce. Bongo International currently supports over 60 payment options including VISA, MasterCard, American Express, V Pay, Union Pay and more in addition to the newly introduced Bitcoin.
Capital One is piloting a new free service that helps its customers identify unnoticed or potentially unwanted charges. Capital One Second Look(SM) goes beyond traditional fraud detection for Capital One card customers, flagging potentially duplicate charges, auto-renewing subscriptions and increases in recurring charges that are commonly overlooked. Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels.
Sequent Software announced it has received a United States patent for its technology that turns apps into wallets. Patent number 8,745,716 recognizes Sequent’s ability to manage security and control usage of credit, debit and other secure credentials stored on mobile devices and allows managed access to those credentials by mobile apps for transactions in the physical environment.
Expedia.com today announced it is now accepting bitcoin as a form of payment for hotel purchases. Offering travelers another way to book online, customers can now shop from the world-class inventory of a vast array of hotels available on Expedia.com, and for the first time ever beginning today, easily pay for their hotel accommodations using bitcoin.
First Data Corporation, the global leader in payment technology and services solutions, today released its First Data SpendTrend® analysis for May 1, 2014 through May 30, 2014, compared to May 2, 2013 through May 31, 2013. SpendTrend tracks same-store point-of-sale data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four million merchant locations serviced by First Data. Spending growth of 4.2%, compared to April’s 4.1%, and the average ticket growth of 1.2 % in May gained steam against April’s 0.5% growth, was driven by May’s warm weather, which specifically spurred spending on travel and home improvement.