Chicago-based Vibes’ Catapult Wallet Manager platform now supports Apple Watch. Vibes sends more branded content (coupons, loyalty cards, etc.) to Passbook than any other tech company.
NY-based HYPR is releasing its Biometric Security Integration Kit, an end-to-end biometric security suite intended for developers and manufacturers across the ever-expanding Internet of Things (IoT). The kits are expected to ship in July in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features John Perry, Chief Executive Officer of Bluefin.
CardWeb.com’s CardData database of Company Profiles today features BitPay.
The FIS’ Clear2Pay Open Test Solutions group has been confirmed by Visa for Chip Vendor Enabled Service (CVES) to help streamline and support the deployment of EMV enabled contact and contactless payment devices in the USA.
Global discretionary spending intentions declined or remained steady in the first quarter across all lifestyle categories. While confidence across global regions remained relatively stable in the first quarter, there is considerable variation across different markets.
CT-based Galazin Products has unveiled a slim credit card sleeve that covers one lengthwise edge of any standard credit card. The new Slivver not only eliminates the need for users to physically touch germ-covered touch screens which consistently carry high levels of germs and bacteria, the material itself is antimicrobial.
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Rodrigo Vaca vice president of marketing at Zoho.
Cardtronics, the world’s largest retail ATM owner, posted total revenues of $281.9 million for the first quarter, up 15% from $245.1 million one-year ago. ATM operating revenues of $260.0 million, were up 9% from $238.1 million.
CardWeb.com’s CardData database of Company Profiles today features TransFirst.
Credit card asset quality will remain strong in 2015, although delinquencies and charge-offs are expected to end the year modestly higher than beginning of year levels. Loan growth and moderate loosening of underwriting standards will contribute to a slow reversion nearer to longer-term averages.
Despite the growth of purchase volumes, consumer leverage, as estimated by the financial obligations ratio (FOR), which measures debt service payments on mortgage debt, auto debt, consumer debt and property taxes as a percentage of disposable personal income, continued to decline, amounting to 15.27% in fourth-quarter 2014. This compares with a peak FOR of 18.09% recorded in fourth-quarter 2007 and a 35-year average of 16.51%. As interest rates rise, and consumers experience higher debt service burdens.