JCB Expands Issuance & Acceptance in Sri Lanka via LankaPay & NCS

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has inked a partnership with Japan’s JCB to establish the National Card Scheme (NCS) to introduce the issuance of LankaPay-JCB co-branded cards and to jointly promote the acceptance of such cards with JCB payment solutions. By integrating JCB payment solutions to LankaPay participant members and leveraging the planned interconnection…

Bankers Behind the Eight Ball on Formal Payments Strategy

Nearly nine of 10 bankers admit their bank does not have a formal payments strategy. Of those, only 46% have plans to develop a formal payments strategy. Furthermore, 36% of respondents characterize their bank’s approach to payments strategy as “fast follower,” while 54% said their bank takes a “wait and see” approach. Only 3% consider…

AmEx Costco Loss Fuels Top 4 V/MA Issuers Q1 GDV YOY Growth

U.S. Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) among the top four bank credit card issuers, rose an estimated 19.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter (1Q/17). The strong growth was driven by Citibank and its Costco portfolio acquired from American Express early last year, according to CardData. The top four U.S. issuers racked up an estimated $351.3…

Visa + MC Intl Q1 GAC +8% YOY — A/P Region Most Robust

Visa and Mastercard international gross (open) payment card accounts (GAC) for the first quarter (1Q/17) grew an adjusted 7.5% year-on-year (YOY). International credit GAC was up 14.5% YOY and international debit GAC soared 33.2% in 1Q/17, both unadjusted, according to CardData. Visa began including Visa Europe in its operational performance reports as of 3Q/16. Visa…