In today’s CardFlash News Que: NEXTSUITE (GBT); SESAMES (awards); FIS (India); and NCR (Crotia).
Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards (credit + debit) globally rose 9.8% on a currency adjusted basis (FX). MasterCard led the pack with a 12.1% year-on-year (YOY) global GDV (FX) increase, according to CardData.
First Data reported its Merchant Solutions segment revenue for Q1/15 was $888 million, up 4% year-on-year (YOY), adversely impacted by 1% due to the sale of Electronic Funds Source (EFS). Merchant acquiring revenue increased 6% YOY due to transaction growth and revenue from the Company’s merchant suite of solutions.
All Colruyt Group stores in Belgium have begun accepting the mobile payment service SEQR. This includes close to 500 stores at Colruyt, Okay, Bio-Planet, Cru, Dreamland and Dream Baby and affiliated independent Spar stores.
Australian Post and UnionPay International have launched the “Load & Go China” CNY and AUD UnionPay chip card. The new prepaid card is available at Australia Post’s more than 4000 outlets.
New Wallet unveiled a new Apple Watch app which will alert you when your keys or wallet are left behind or lost. New Wallet is an all-in-one wallet phone case and key tracker.
A payments platform for gold is now out of beta testing and really to launch globally except in the USA. Toronto-based BitGold has unveiled the BitGold platform, a software service connecting free vault storage with payment networks.
Rochester-based Case has introduced a bitcoin wallet which is the approximate size of a credit card. Case works with Celery to allow its users to exchange U.S. currency for bitcoin or bitcoin to U.S. currency.
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Robert Wilkins, Chief Executive Officer of Ziftr.
Advanced predictive analytics delivered at various touch points in a true omni-channel solution is now a reality. Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions and SAS have come together to bring visualization and predictive analytics to the retail industry.
CardWeb.com’s CardPixes database of more than 7,000 images today features the Virgin Australia Velocity Visa.
San Francisco-based Boku has buddied with MT2 to bring direct carrier billing to Google Play for Zain subscribers in Saudi Arabia. This benefit is particularly important in Saudi Arabia, where only 17% of consumers have a credit card and only 46% have any kind of bank account.