U.S. Credit Cards-in-Force (CIF) among the Top 4 issuers were slipped 0.5% year-on-year (YOY) at the end of the third quarter, down 1.1 million (estimated) cards to 229.9 million cards.
On again, off again, but now UnionPay has buddied up to bring Apple Pay into China. In a few months China UnionPay cardholders will be able to add their bank cards to Apple Pay on iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad.
While demand for funding by SME’s (small mid-sized enterprises) is down, new research reveals an increase in access from alternative business financing options. Bank loan financing currently has only a 35% financing success rate and is driving alternative sources.
Seoul-based Bluebird has unleashed five brand new products on the payments market. The new gizmos include the EF500, EF500R, ET100, RT100, and MT280.
Samsung Pay has corralled another 19 issuers including support for eligible PNC Visa credit and debit cards and KeyBank MasterCard credit and debit cards.
HomeSend, the international payment and money transfer hub, has launched live remittance services for Johannesburg-based Hello Paisa, a South African money transfer operator.
Vodafone Romania has teamed with the digital money transfer service WorldRemit. Through Vodafone M-Pesa, WorldRemit customers can now send instant money transfers to any Vodafone customer in Romania.
The new CvvPlus real-time, dual-factor, out-of-band, fraud prevention solution authenticates cardholders conducting Card-Not-Present (CNP) transactions. This is the first product from FL-based Tender Armor.
Square reported total revenue of $892.8 million for the nine month period ending with the close of the third quarter (3Q/15), a 49% year-on-year (YOY) increase over the same period in 2014.
London-based Masabi, a specialist in mobile ticketing and innovative fare collection for transportation, snagged a $12 million funding round.
The number of Chinese consumers shopping U.S. brands online over the holiday season has increased 7 times over last year. Total sales from China-based consumers purchasing U.S. products through Alipay ePass increased 15 times versus last year.
GA-based acquirer TSYS reported a solid third quarter as total revenues hit $707.9 million, an increase of 14.8% over the prior year. Net income soared by 43.3% year-on-year (YOY) from $85.2 million in 3Q/14 to $122.1 million in 3Q/15.