CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Fábio Lenza, Vice-President of Individuals at Caixa Econômica Federal.
MasterCard Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) has launched an enhanced suite of travel benefits for Platinum MasterCard and MasterCard Black cardholders. The new MasterCard Travel Services includes personal planning assistance, preferential treatment and savings/benefits/upgrades.
NCR’s Aloha Table service point-of-sale (POS) software has landed another world famous restaurant chain. Jamie’s Italian has opted to use POS system in its first site in São Paulo. The global chain is also using NCR Pulse Real Time to manage its newest facility.
Brazil’s CAIXA, the largest public bank in Latin America, and TIM have introduced a prepaid mobile money account that will enable the over one million TIM subscribers to pay bills, transfer money and top up phones using their own mobile phones, in addition to making purchases using a MasterCard card.
Brazil’s Itaú has inked a new 20-year agreement with MasterCard. As part of the agreement, Itaú and MasterCard will establish and operate a new electronic payments network in Brazil.
On a non-currency adjusted basis, Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) in the Latin America Caribbean (LAC) region for Visa and MasterCard payment cards rose 1.8% Year-on-Year (YOY) in Q4. However, on an adjusted currency basis Visa was up 15.2% YOY and MasterCard grew 22.2% YOY in Q4/14 in the LAC region.
Amsterdam-based Gemalto has deployed more than one million Optelio contactless EMV cards in a year for Banco Santander Brasil, through Santander Universities.
Banco do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (Banrisul) has deployed Gemalto’s Ezio Multi-Channel Authentication Solution to secure its expanding mBanking services.
The financial services arm of Carrefour in Brazil has inked a deal though 2014 with TSYS. TSYS supports Carrefour’s 12 million hybrid and private-label cards in circulation in Brazil.
With the help of MasterCard and Commerce Bank, FL-based Sustain:Green has created a new biodegradable MasterCard rewards program for cardholders with carbon offsets for their everyday purchases to help fund Mata no Peito rainforest preservation projects in Brazil.
A common trend emerging in Latin America (LAC) is increased use of mobile devices for payment in online shopping, with close to a quarter of online payment users already having paid with smartphone at least once.
Visa’s (VS) Latin America Caribbean (LAC) region Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) by 14.5%, on a local currency basis, in the third quarter (Q3/14) to US$105 billion, compared to US$101 billion in the prior quarter, and compared to $98 billion one-year ago.