Dublin-based Alpha Payments Cloud has won the Channel Award category at the prestigious Merchant Payment Ecosystem (MPE) Awards.
U.S. bank credit card active accounts (accounts with sales activity) grew 16.8% year-on-year (Y/Y) and 13.4% quarter-to-quarter (Q-Q) in 2014. This comes despite the slight erosion in gross accounts of 1% by Chase, Bank of America and Citibank last year.
MasterCard (MC) Canada’s Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) 10.5%, on a local currency basis, in the fourth quarter (Q4/14). Growth exploded in the fourth quarter despite surveys showing Canadians reined in their wallets for the holiday season.
It is likely American Express will continue to lose U.S. marketshare to Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) in the first quarter, with MC doing the most damage, according to forecaster RAM Research. The AmEx erosion will continue throughout 2015 and will be impacted in the second quarter of 2016 when AmEx ends the Costco card, which accounts for 10% of AmEx Cards-in-Force (CIF).
Travelex and Austin, TX-based Rev Worldwide have unveiled the launch of The Travelex NiHao Card, a reloadable prepaid travel card in association with UnionPay International. The Nihao Card launch in Hong Kong marks the first Rev processed UnionPay card.