China’s UnionPay International and Bank of China Singapore Branch are teaming to issue the first UnionPay platinum debit card in Singapore. Previously, Bank of China Singapore Branch had issued quite a few UnionPay credit card products.
Eight out of ten global shoppers’ purchase decisions are now informed by a digital device, with consumers saying they are smarter shoppers and getting more value than before. However, though in-store sales still account for more than nine-tenths of all retail spending, the result is a more focused in-store shopper buying from a narrower list of unique stores than in years past.
MasterCard’s (MC) Asia Pacific – Middle East – Africa (APMEA) region Q2/15 FX-adjusted Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) is expected to dip to 14.6% for the third quarter, according to RAM Research. MC’s APMEA region Q2/15 FX-adjusted PDV rose year-on-year (YOY) by 15.4% in the second quarter, according to CardData.
A new MasterCard study reveals digital wallets are the main topic of discussion online when it comes to payments innovation in some of the world’s biggest emerging markets including India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria and the UAE.
Travelers staying at COMO Hotels and Resorts’ 13 luxury properties across Asia, Australia, Europe and the Caribbean can make a lasting difference to local communities simply by using a MasterCard card to settle their bills.
Singapore has launched China UnionPay’s (CUP) QuickPass acceptance at merchants for daily purchase, such as catering stores and supermarkets. It is the first time that UnionPay QuickPass service extends to the Southeast Asia market which is frequently visited by tourists.
Xoom has launched a money transfer service to Singapore. Xoom customers can now send money online to bank accounts in Singapore via their U.S. bank accounts, credit cards or debit cards.
Consumers across Southeast Asia and Greater China cited identity theft and ATM-related fraud as the top two security concerns when it comes to electronic payments. About 42% of consumers in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore Thailand, and Vietnam) were most concerned with ATM-related fraud such as a stolen card, card cloning or skimming. In the Greater China markets (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), this figure was 31%.
MasterCard’s (MC) Asia Pacific – Middle East – Africa (APMEA) region Q2/15 FX-adjusted Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (YOY) by 15.4%, but down sharply from Q2/14’s 17.6% YOY gain. But a nice rebound from the past four quarters says CardData.
MasterCard announced the appointment of two Co-Presidents for the Asia/Pacific region – Ling Hai and Ari Sarker; as well the creation of two sub-regions – North East Asia and Australasia (NEAA) and South East Asia and South Asia (SEASA). The new sub-regions are in recognition of the growing importance of Asia/Pacific as a whole as it houses two of the region’s biggest markets – China and India – and reflects a more focused approach for these diverse markets.
MasterPass has been gaining momentum driven by the increasing trend among consumers in using it for smaller ticket, everyday payments. MasterCard has also seen a surge in transaction volumes, with a monthly compound average growth rate of 38% for MasterPass transactions in Asia/Pacific for 2014.
Visa’s (VS) Asia Pacific (AP) region Q1/15 Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) rose year-on-year (YOY) by 9.0%, but down sharply from Q1/14’s 11.6% YOY currency adjusted gain. However, there was a sequential gain for VS AP from 8.0%.