Equens + Worldline

Worldline and Equens are getting married. Equens is a prominent European payment services provider, headquartered in Utrecht, Netherlands, with €305 million 2015 revenue. Equens Worldline Company will become the largest pan-European financial processor, targeting 2016 revenue of € 700 million and OMDA of € 120 million, managing approximatively 100 million payment cards and employing 3,000 experts in payment.

ZipLine m-Pay

FL-based ZipLine, a provider of mobile and card-based merchant branded payment (ACH) solutions, recently gained industry accolades for its cutting-edge mobile payments technology. ZipLine’s ‘mPay’ mobile solutions platform is a low-cost payment program built on the existing architecture used for merchant branded debit cards.

SAA & Ecobank

South African Airways (SAA), Africa’s most awarded airline has sealed a deal with Ecobank Ghana for the launch of a co-branded SAA Voyager Gold and Platinum MasterCard Credit Cards. The deal also includes Nedbank, Ecobank’s alliance partner.

Heartland Secure

Heartland Payment Systems is removing card data from the payment transaction, providing restaurateurs with protection against point-of-sale (POS) intrusions, insider misuse, and other common sources of data fraud by eliminating the opportunity for criminals to capture and monetize card data.

Debit Code of Conduct

The new Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada says merchants cannot be forced to accept credit card companies’ debit products, often with higher acceptance costs, if they accept the credit offerings. Also, merchants have the ability to steer customers to lower costs options, like Interac Debit, through discounting.

SIX Payments 2014

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.