In today’s CardFlash News Que: AMERICAN EXPRESS (Sam’s Club); VISA CANADA (Foundation); SYNCHRONY (Graber); and EPC (Phoenix).
AMERICAN EXPRESS – American Express Cards are now accepted at the more than 650 Sam’s Club locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club is the eighth largest U.S. retailer and a leading membership warehouse club for small businesses and consumers. In conjunction with the launch of Card acceptance, American Express is providing a special offer to eligible Card Members for use at Sam’s Club locations from October 1-31. Card Members can receive a one-time $25 statement credit after they use an enrolled, eligible American Express Card to spend $45 or more on a new Sam’s Club membership in-store.
VISA CANADA – Visa Canada and The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation teamed up for a pilot project that enables the first contactless donations in Canadian fundraising history using a standalone smartphone. Armed with Mobeewave technology-enabled phones backed by Global Payments, Foundation staff is collecting donations from players re-registering for next year’s tournament at the annual Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer tournament at Toronto’s Woodbine Race Track.
SYNCHRONY – Synchrony Financial, a premier consumer financial services company with 80 years of retail heritage, announced a new, multi-year agreement to offer a credit card program for consumers to finance Graber blinds, shades, shutters and draperies.
EPC – A survey, conducted in September 2015 by Phoenix Marketing International and sponsored by the Electronic Payments Coalition, asked nearly 2,000 consumers about price changes they have observed at a variety of retailers. The survey found continued evidence that most shoppers are not experiencing a price decrease at the point-of-sale. Supermarket shoppers were the most likely to report price increases – with 72 percent saying that supermarket prices have increased over the past year. Other categories with more than half of consumers reporting price increases included restaurants and drug stores or pharmacies.