MasterCard has launched a unique six-month partnership program for startups including Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Latin America, as well as in Canada. Start Path Global builds on Start Path’s efforts over the past 18 months having provided a variety of operational support, partnership, or investment for over 40 startups developing the next generation of commerce solutions, including Nymi, ZenCard, BillHop and Gone.
U.S. Bank’s Elavon reports it will be the provider-of-choice for EMV, Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) and tokenization technology for athenahealth, a provider of cloud-based services and mobile applications for medical groups and health systems.
Purchase dollar volume (PDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) in the U.S. is growing 7.6% year-on-year (YOY) in Q2/15 reaching a record $1205 billion. It is expected PDV for Q3/15 will also hit a record $1301 billion, according to RAM Research.
Global purchase transactions (PTX) for Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards, excluding Visa Europe, soared 12.6% year-on-year (YOY) in the second quarter (Q2/15) and 8.6% sequentially. It is expected the same growth rate will apply for the third quarter says RAM Research.
Tokyo-based JCB is has adopted the popular Japanese robot cat Doraemon character as its new branding strategy in the Vietnam market. JCB will use Doraemon as the brand image character for promotion and brand advertisement in Vietnam until October 1, 2017.
Riyad Bank, one of Saudi Arabia’s top financial institutions, is migrating its entire portfolio to Gemalto’s Clarista Contactless EMV card, powered with the industry-standard MULTOS operating system. This is the country’s first contactless payment method.
P97 Networks says its P97’s PetroZone Mobile Commerce and Digital Marketing Platform has been certified to integrate with Verifone’s cloud-based POS and site management software solutions”providing gas stations and convenience stores a combined, fully integrated solution for mobile payment acceptance in-store and at the pump.