AmEx & Sam’s Club

After failing to come to terms with Costco in March for a contract renewal beyond 2016, American Express has inked Sam’s Club for card acceptance as of October1st. The membership warehouse club serves 500,000 small business owners every day and offers tons of opportunities for AmEx despite Sam’s razor thin profit margins.

Irish Spending Aug

Irish consumer spending continued to increase at a sharp pace during August as household expenditure rose +5.6% year-on-year (YOY). However, it was slightly weaker than the +6.1% expansion recorded in the previous month but still the joint-second fastest in the 12 months of the series so far.

MasterPass Europe

MasterPass. the digital payment solution, is now accepted in 24 countries around the world, with recent additions including Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Turkey. Since its 2013 launch, MasterPass has increasingly been making shopping easier for shoppers and retailers.

NACHA eWallet Initiative

The Electronic Payments Association says its Payments Innovation Alliance has launched a Mobile Wallet Initiative to enable stakeholder companies and the broader mobile wallet community to leverage an “open” acceptance platform that includes support for retailer- and bank-branded mobile wallets for electronic payments.

Agiliance PCI DSS

Agiliance Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) 3.1 Content Pack has been released. Based on the new PCI DSS 3.1 information security standard, this new content pack provides organizations that handle cardholder information for major debit, credit, prepaid, e-purse, ATM, and point-of-sales cards, with packaged intelligence and best practices to tighten controls and reduce the risk of data breaches and fraud.

INRIX + ParkMe

WA-based INRIX has completed the acquisition of ParkMe, a Santa Monica, CA company that helps consumers find parking, make reservations and mobile payments worldwide. This deal makes INRIX the preferred provider of parking information and services to leading automakers, transportation agencies and drivers around the world.