Visa Mastercard CIF Up 8% YOY Driven by Costco Card Conversions

U.S. cards-in-force (CIF) for Visa and Mastercard payment cards (credit & debit) increased 7.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the third quarter (3Q/16), according to CardData.com. U.S. credit cards increased 11.2% YOY while CIF for debit cards rose 5.1% YOY, in 3Q/16. There are were 1249 million Visa and Mastercard payment cards in circulation in the U.S.…

Opal Smart Card Ticketing System Future-Proofed for Open Loop Payments

Cubic is launching a trial, in early 2017, of an open loop payments ticketing technology to Sydney, Australia’s largest city. Cubic Transportation Systems inked a contract worth US$7.6 million, or AU$10.2 million, from Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) for the trial. The trial will allow Sydney commuters of participating payment schemes to tap their…

Real Consumer Transaction Analysis Confirms Holiday Spending Up 9% YOY

The best consumer spending analysis, based on actual consumer transactions rather than surveys or speculation, for Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shows overall spending growth was up 9.0% year-over-year (YOY), compared to 9.4% in 2015 and 3.5% in 2014. The First Data SpendTrend also showed the total share of eCommerce spending has gone up…

UQUID’s Altcoin Debit Card Captures 40+ Cryptocurrencies

Altcoin fans can now use their favorite cryptocurrencies to load a virtual VISA card, thanks to UQUID. In a world’s first, users can spend over 40 different cryptocurrencies on mobile top ups, bill payments, pharmacy and food vouchers, transportation tickets, wi-fi recharges, and PIN-less calls. UQUID’s VISA debit card is also the first in the…

MasterCard Harnesses AI for the 1st Time to Reduce False Declines

Mastercard unveiled Decision Intelligence solution utilizing artificial intelligence technology to help financial institutions increase the accuracy of real-time approvals of genuine transactions and reduce false declines.  This is the first use of AI being implemented on a global scale directly on the Mastercard network. Current decision-scoring products are focused primarily on risk assessment, working within…

BankAxept Certifies Norway Eika Cards w/INTERAC Flash Technology

Eika Alliance, one of the largest players in the Norwegian financial market, with almost a million customers, has partnered with Oberthur Technologies to launch of the first dual payment card certified by BankAxept. This is the first step for an acceleration of the rollout of contactless payment in Norway. OT’s dual payments card leverages INTERAC…

Three Myanmar CB MPU-JCB Debit Cards Begin Issuance in December

Myanmar-based Co-Operative Bank (CB Bank) Myanmar Payment Union Public Co.(MPU), and JCB International Co. (JCBI), inked a deal to enable CB Bank to start issuing a JCB debit card in December. The CB MPU-JCB Co-Brand Card combines the MPU brand and JCB brand. Cardmembers can use MPU’s nation-wide merchant network in Myanmar and JCB’s international…

WorldPay Contactless Card Tins & Thyngs Styckers & Poppy Appeal

Worldpay, Thyngs and NatWest have partnered with The Royal British Legion to make it easier to donate to the Poppy Appeal by using the latest payment technology, in a trial taking place across 13 NatWest branches. With many people no longer carrying cash, two new collection tins have been adapted to allow people to pickup…

Small Business Debit Usage is an Untapped Gold Mine for Issuers

A new report found nearly half of small businesses use business debit, creating both a strong user base and an opportunity to grow for debit issuers. However, use of personal demand deposit accounts (DDAs) and debit products persists, even among larger small businesses. Converting additional businesses to debit may be harder than it should be.…