The four major U.S. payment card networks produced a 7.7% year-on-year (Y/Y) gain in Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) during the first quarter of 2014 (Q1/14). Visa (VS), MasterCard (MC), American Express (AX) and Discover (DS) produced $1.196 trillion in U.S. GDV, compared to $1.110 trillion in the year ago quarter.
The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) was up 0.4% in April to 101.4 after a 1.0% increase in March and 0.5% increase in February. The LEI was up for the third consecutive month thanks in great part to housing and the financial market. The overall trend in the leading economic index suggests consumers will continue to spend and the economy is projected to expand.
Abu Dhabi-based First Gulf Bank has partnered with UK-based Monitise to launch new mobile banking services to consumers in the Middle East. First Gulf Bank has been a pioneer in digital banking and is convinced the future lies in mobile. Roughly 28 million consumers benefit from Montise’s patented technology to ‘bank anywhere’, ‘pay anyone’ and ‘buy anything’, accounting for $71 billion of payments, purchases and transfers annually among 3.4 billion mobile transactions.
McDonald’s Austria goes with the launch of the order-app “Quick Mac” in terms of service one step further. Order, pay, pick up: Immediately get there in just three quick steps by means of smartphone to the McDonald’s products. After selection of food in the App Payments are made via paybox, PayPal or credit card. A short time later, the order over the desired restaurant is served in a specially marked area on the counter or in McDrive.
Capital One Bank announced the appointment of Jim Gifas as Senior Vice President and Head of Treasury Management’s Product Management & Innovation Group. Gifas will lead all aspects of product management and development functions, including industry and segment strategies. Prior to joining Capital One Bank, Gifas served as Head of Treasury Solutions for RBS Citizens Bank, where he drove value for corporate clients through cash management, credit card, trade finance, and foreign exchange payment solutions. Gifas is an active member of the Payco Board of Directors for The Clearing House and the Corporate Executive Board for the Treasury Management Executive Circle. He has recently spoken at the 2013 Mobey Forum and the 2012 McKinsey & Co. Cash Management Forum on the topics of corporate mobile banking and improving the customer experience, respectively. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Iona College.
Cardlytics Card-Linked Marketing has been honored as one of the Georgia Fast 40. The Georgia Fast 40 was founded in 2008 to honor companies headquartered in the state of Georgia that are achieving sustained growth over a three-year period. This year saw the largest pool of applicants in the history of the event, with over 100 companies submitting applications, which makes this recognition even more rewarding for Cardlytics.The Georgia Fast 40 recognition event will be held on June 19, 2014 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta.
The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh announced the launch of its new mobile banking product, Dime Mobile Banking, which allows users to pay bills, transfer funds, and check on account status from the convenience of their smartphone.
In addition, the mobile deposit capability allows users to photograph their checks and then transmit the deposit to the bank through their mobile device. The free Dime Mobile Banking apps are now available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For more details, please visit our website, dime.com. Dime will move into a full-scale branch rollout and market promotion. Featuring the headline “Say ‘Hello’ to your money,” branch promotional material and signage will make a colorful splash, announcing the arrival of Dime Mobile Banking. Dime Mobile Banking is a continuation of the Bank’s strategy to extend Dime’s eBanking platform to include online banking, mobile banking, bill pay and remote deposit, and to increase remote access usage with existing customers.
Malauzai Software mobile banking SmartApps received a $6.48 million Round C investment led by Wellington Management Company. Malauzai currently supports more than 260 banks and credit unions, making advanced mobile functionality accessible to small and mid-sized community institutions. Through these institutions, SmartApps are leveraged by more than 300,000 consumers and businesses. The company has pioneered mobile features such as Picture Pay, Debit Card Management, 4-digit pin log-in and quick view of balance and transactions without the need to sign-in.Malauzai will use the investment to continue to grow the organization and expand the functionality of its SmartApps. The company also plans to deploy more resources around marketing and sales efforts to improve market presence.