V + MA International Q1 GTX +12% YOY Discounting V EU

International gross transactions (GTX) for Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards grew an adjusted 11.8% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). International unadjusted GTX for credit cards increased 22.5% YOY while international unadjusted GTX for debit cards soared an unadjusted 62.4% YOY in 1Q/17, according to CardData. The data are skewed by the…

Unbankable Cannabis Industry Looks to Bitcoins & Hydroponics for Growth

The ongoing roadblock for legal marijuana enterprises has been a lack of banking options, which forces these businesses to conduct cash transactions. Therefore, the cannabis industry has identified bitcoin digital currency as an ideal solution to the numerous challenges of the ‘unbankable’ marijuana industry and is creating a proprietary bitcoin payment solution that can be…

Mastercard Gots the Goods w/Slew of New Payment APIs – Tool Box Now 40+

Mastercard has added API’s for Masterpass QR, Qkr! With Masterpass and chatbot solutions to its ever growing developer tool box to arm banks, retailers and digital providers with what they need to enable payments on new platforms. There are now more than 40 APIs focused on payments, data services and security available to developers. Mastercard…

NFC Wearables Key Driver in Global PoS Payments Accessories Vertical

The latest trend gaining momentum in the payments market is NFC in smart devices and PoS systems. The global PoS accessories market is witnessing a major shift in technology with the increasing adoption of NFC in wearable devices, such as smartwatches, smart wristbands, and smartphones. Till 2011, the contactless payment option was available for NFC-enabled…

Digital Businesses Cannot Compete w/o Local Payment Options

The First Data Local Payments solution is here providing digital businesses and their customers with access to 195 local payment options when fully implemented. With First Data’s Local Payments solution, a merchant can manage varying online payment methods through a single interface, using a single collection model. Now, a retailer can easily enable a customer…