SIX Payment Services saw online transaction volumes rise in 2014 alongside constant increases in traditional card payments using credit and debit cards at the point of sale. The range and volume of payment transactions made online, in high street stores and through a variety of other locations offering goods and services continued to expand in tandem with technical innovations. Mobile wallets, which became a hot topic in 2014, are likely to gain momentum in 2015 with the launch of Apple Pay. We also anticipate that NFC payments (near field communication) and omni-channel solutions will effectively remove the dividing line between online and offline activities. SIX Payment Services saw global transaction volumes increase 10%, rising from 1.195 billion in 2013 to 1.315 billion in 2014. The total transaction volume (MSV) amounted to EUR 57.5 billion. Almost half the transactions (48%) came from the international business of SIX. The number of cards processed increased by 2% to 25.7 million in 2014.
Miami-based Net Element’s Aptito released version 2.3 of its cloud-based mPOS platform. Aptito’s all-in-one restaurant and bar POS and business management software gives restaurants the tools to reduce payroll costs, improve efficiency, and increase customer satisfaction.
U.S. credit card outstandings, among the Big 6 credit card issuers, rose a measly 2.3% year-on-year (Y/Y) for the fourth quarter to $486.8 billion. American Express (AXP) and Capital One (COF) lead the pack with 7.2% and 6.0% increases, respectively.
There is little doubt Apple Pay has set the stage for mobile payments as iPhone unit sales hit 74.5 million in the fourth quarter. Apple Pay currently accounts for two out of every three dollars spent in contactless payments over the top three payment networks.
MN-based TCF Bank announced the availability of Apple Pay for its debit and credit cards. TCF has 382 branches in Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona and South Dakota, providing retail and commercial banking services.
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Atlanta-based Sionic Mobile has reached 50,000 diverse shops, restaurants and retail locations nationwide where consumers can pay with a Sionic Mobile app on their smartphones and tablets. And there is more in the works.
Culver City, CA-based Lootsie, a startup loyalty and rewards platform for mobile apps, has snagged $3.5 million in seed funding. Since launching in 2012, the company has partnered with major retailers, brands and developers including SOL REPUBLIC, Manduka, Sevenlogics and All Shook Apps.
Austin-based Mozido has ankled Ron Hynes, the former executive vice president of global prepaid solutions at MasterCard Worldwide, as President Global Markets.
Barclaycard US is going all out to capture the Super Bowl fever with its NFL Extra Points Visa credit card. The exclusive card is offering free Super Bowl tickets and access to NFL experiences.
London-based Tuxedo Money Solutions and Silicon Valley-based i2c have signed a processing agreement for the global prepaid and emerging payments sectors.
By 2020, global mobile biometric market revenues will reach $33.3 billion annually. This includes 4.76 billion biometrically enabled smart mobile devices generating $6 billion in biometric sensor revenue, 4 billion biometric app downloads generating $20 billion in annual revenues from direct purchase and software development fees, and 825 billion biometrically secured payment and non-payment transactions generating $6.8 billion in authentication fees.