In today’s CardFlash News Que: SHOPKEEP (SSBI); WEX (Evolution1); FIS (InfoShare Conference); and PYMNTS (R2).
SHOPKEEP “ShopKeep released the Q1 2015 ShopKeep Small Business Index (SSBI). The SSBI, which draws upon insights gathered from a survey of 1,480 ShopKeep merchants as well as first quarter same-store sales data, reveals that small businesses are growing, and by all accounts, are the strongest they’ve been in recent years. Following a strong holiday season, survey respondents reported their highest revenue and optimism to date. Ninety-six percent of business owners are confident about the current state of their businesses, versus the current US average of 65%, and 97% of respondents expressed optimism about the success of their businesses one year from now. Notably, revenue increased for 75% of ShopKeep merchants over the last six months and 90% of respondents anticipate revenue to continue growing over the next six months.
WEX ” Evolution1 – a WEX Company – a leading provider of cloud-based, consumer-directed healthcare and defined contribution payments and technology solutions – will kick off Partner Conference 2015 at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. The eighth annual go-to industry event has drawn record attendance again this year, growing 20 percent over last year.
FIS – FIS announced its annual InfoShare Conference. Taking place April 21-24 in Orlando, Fla., InfoShare will demonstrate many of FIS’ newest banking and payments innovations and thought leadership, educate community bank executives on risk and information security best practices, and provide deep networking opportunities.
PYMNTS – PYMNTS.com and IDG World Expo announced the launch of R2 | Retail Reinvention 2015 (r2summit.com) on August 3-5, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. The 2-day program is the first to connect leading retailers, merchants, financial institutions, innovators, investors, analysts and disruptors across the entire retail, payments and commerce ecosystem. The goal is to provide a content rich experience that will allow these stakeholders to build the partnerships necessary to navigate the current wave of tech disruption and chart the future of retail technology.