In today’s CardFlash News Que: VISA (Movember); American Express (Presido); SYNCHRONY (DoD); and REPORTLINKER (Europe).
VISA – Visa Canada is partnering with The Movember Foundation to support fundraisers and bring ‘Mo fun’ to this year’s Movember campaign. Leveraging its sponsorship of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), Visa has developed a unique digital campaign to help ‘Mo Bros’ raise more funds for men’s health. The campaign offers fundraisers the opportunity to enlist the support of NHL®players Patrice Bergeron, Jonathan Bernier, Duncan Keith and James van Riemsdyk in their fundraising efforts through customizable videos, memes and audio clips. Visa is also donating an additional $10 to Movember for donations at Movember.com using Visa Checkout.
AMERICAN EXPRESS – The Presidio Institute and American Express have launched o Leaderosity, a new online leadership development learning platform targeting social impact leaders. To-date, American Express has contributed $1 million to the development of the platform. Leaderosity also received generous funding from the Kresge Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
SYNCHRONY “Synchrony Financial announced its participation in the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership. Dr. Jill Biden launched the Military Spouse Employment Partnership in 2011 to serve spouses from all military services.
REPORTLINKER – In Europe, online shoppers show varying preferences for payment methods used when making purchases over the Internet. In countries such as the UK, France, Spain, Italy and the Nordics, card payments have a clear lead. This trend in Western Europe is disrupted by a few exceptions only, including Germany where invoice and direct debits accounted for a larger share of online sales than credit cards in 2014, and the Netherlands where local banking method iDEAL holds more than half of the market. On the other hand, alternative payment methods dominate in some emerging markets in Eastern Europe. In the Czech Republic and Belarus, over half of online shoppers paid by cash on delivery in 2014, while in Poland online bank transfer was in the lead, followed by cash, and in Hungary more than two thirds of online purchases were paid for on delivery, either by card or in cash. In Russia, the largest market in the sub-region, card payments overtook cash on delivery as the payment method most used by online shoppers in 2014, but cash still ranks second and is followed by various alternative methods such as E-Money or use of payment terminals