The PULSE network remains the key driver of payments transaction volume for Discover Financial Services (DFS), growing 5% year-on-year (Y/Y) in the first quarter (Q1/2014) to $41.9 billion, representing 54% of Discover’s network total volume. Overall, DFS’ network volume is up 4% Y/Y to $77.38 billion. The most robust payments business for DFS is its Network Partners segment, up 6% Y/Y in Q1/2014, followed by the Proprietary segment, up 3%. However, DFS continues to struggle with its Diners Club international segment, which slipped down 2% Y/Y in Q1/2014.
Average credit card APRs are down .1% from the April figure to 15.01% after averaging a meager .04% change over the past year. This continues the downward momentum seen throughout the early months of 2014. This also follows a relatively lengthy period of APR stagnation since the holiday months.
China UnionPay International (UPI) has inked a cooperation deal with Beijing-based China International Travel Service (CITS) to offer special perks to China UnionPay cardholders traveling abroad. Under the CITS agreement cardholders who purchase the outbound travel products of CITS with a UnionPay card (with a card number starting with 62) and purchase with a UnionPay card at the designated destinations overseas during the trip can not only be exempted from the currency conversion fee equal to 1% to 2% of the transaction amount, but also receive a special reward valued up to 6% of the transaction amount.
INSIDE Secure announced the availability of its new EMV-ready MicroPass® solution for US contact and dual interface payment cards. Primarily developed for the US Payment market to foster the success of the payment card migration from magstripe to EMV chip based on cost and interoperability. MicroPass features an optimized operating system (OS) to fit into the smallest possible silicon area, while delivering the highest security level in the industry, Discover, Mastercard and VISA pre-installed and optimized personalization timing (6 times faster than competition) in order to speed-up the personalization equipment yield, and decrease cost. PIN and data sharing in case of multiple applications in the same card, in order to avoid data loading redundancies during personalization, while supporting a user friendly experience to the cardholder (a unique PIN).
VeriFone nominated former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan I. Schwartz as a board member at the company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders scheduled for June 17, 2014. Additionally, the company announced that both Dr. Leslie Denend, a board member and current board chairman, and board member Jeff Stiefler, will not stand for re-election. If elected, current board member Alex W. (Pete) Hart will assume the role of board chairman. Schwartz has broad technology expertise, and brings extensive operational and strategic experience as a chief executive officer to the VeriFone board. He is currently president and CEO of CareZone, Inc., a mobile application for family caregivers, which he co-founded in 2010.
American Express announced its intent to open its fifth Centurion Lounge in Miami International Airport (MIA). American Express will open an approximately 8000 square foot Centurion Lounge at Miami International Airport. The Lounge will feature locally-inspired cuisine and cocktails from award-winning talent, a spa with complimentary treatments and a family room. Card Members will enjoy access to high-speed Wi-Fi, personal computers and noise-buffering workspaces. More details on the culinary team and specific menu offerings will be available closer to the opening of the Lounge.
MasterCard announced opening an accelerator program in Europe , led by MasterCard Labs), to help startups achieve scale. Mastercard will listen to the individual needs of each startup, understanding their business goals, and ultimately, helping them get to scale faster and more effectively than they would have on their own.
ChannelAdvisor cloud-based e-commerce solutions will co-host a webinar with Yahoo titled ” Deconstructing Digital Daily Habits: A Deeper Understanding of How Gen Y/Z Affects Online Advertising ” to educate retailers on how to best attract and retain customers in today’s evolving world of digital media and mobile. Sheridan Orr, ChannelAdvisor’s senior manager, product marketing, and Edwin Wong, Yahoo’s senior director of B2B strategic research and insights, will discuss the latest trends and outcomes of a Yahoo study. The research reveals why daily habits matter for Gen Y/Z and how macro trends are influencing the lives, behaviors, and shopping patterns of the largest online buying community.
BorrowersFirst has secured equity and debt funding from SF Capital Group. BorrowersFirst solutions include Connected Credit for fast, friendly, transparent, responsive service, Custom credit scoring and an advanced lending platform can easily integrate into partner or corporate sites. This makes it easier for consumers to “connect to credit” at home, at work, and even through their jobs, as BorrowersFirst customizes employee lending initiatives with large employers.
Viseca now relies on Axway Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution, a part of the Axway 5 Suite, to control its data flows and manage associated business processes to ensure all credit card information moves through its infrastructure in a highly secure way. Viseca is one of the largest Swiss credit card and prepaid card issuers for MasterCard and Visa. The company issues cards at the request of banks and corporate customers, and manages all of the processes including authorization, clearing and settlement, and fraud protection. Given the sensitivity of the transactions, Viseca has to ensure absolute data integrity and security by establishing a data safe to protect cardholder master data. Axway MFT solution, including Axway Gateway and Axway Transfer CFT, offers a single platform handling multiple protocols and complete control over all data flows with a new level of visibility required for MFT governance.
Fime expanded its services to offer PCI PTS allowing FIME to not only provide functional compliance for payment brand specifications, but also perform security evaluation for payment terminals and mPOS solutions against the PCI PTS requirements set by the PCI Security Standards Council. The service, in partnership with EWA-Canada, a laboratory accredited by the PCI Security Standards Council, will offer terminal manufacturers the security expertise required to achieve PCI PTS compliance. This includes source code and product design review, vulnerability analysis and penetration testing before products are formally approved by the PCI Security Standards Council FIME can also deliver testing for payment devices against Australian Payment Clearing Association (APCA) requirements and confirm that mPOS solutions meet the specifications outlined in the Visa Ready Program for mPOS.