First Data will support its clients’ integration of Apple Pay, which is transforming mobile payments with an easy, secure and private way to pay, when it launches in the UK next month.
First Data has improved its TransArmor Solution for small businesses. It incorporates several security and compliance products into one multi-layered, comprehensive solution.
Thanks to First Data’s latest solution, business owners can access and use information that can not only help them anticipate those down cycles, but do something about it. First Data and LocalVox brings to small and medium-sized businesses the ability to combine powerful analytics from First Data’s InsighticsSM solution with LocalVox’s multi-channel targeted marketing solution. LocalVox’s marketing automation platform operates across every channel SMBs use to touch their customers – email, social, search and mobile – to ensure a consistent and compelling overall customer experience that drives in-store behaviors. The LocalVox partnership is an investment made by First Data Ventures, which is investing in and partnering with innovators in a number of areas, such as payments, marketing, customer loyalty, security, mobile and solutions that support the next generation of commerce.
First Data Corporation today announced the commercial integration of its Perka™ Mobile Loyalty Solution. Its apps are now available through First Data distribution systems. Extending far beyond traditional couponing, newspaper and yellow page ads, or old-fashioned paper loyalty cards, Perka, the most recent offering from First Data Small Business Solutions, is a cloud-based customer loyalty solution that connects businesses to their customers using location-based apps and mobile phones. Acquired by First Data last October, Perka, now a wholly-owned subsidiary, was named one of 2013’s most innovative companies by Fast Company. It helps SMB owners maintain profitable and long-term relationships with their customers by providing a sustainable and highly personalized incentive program.
First Data has received commitments to purchase approximately $3.5 billion of its common equity in a private placement to strengthen the company’s balance sheet through repaying portions of its debt. The $3.5 billion comprising the private placement announced today includes $1.5 billion from existing investors and $2.0 billion from new investors, including a diverse group of pension funds, mutual funds, asset managers and wealthy individuals. KKR provided approximately $1.2 billion, including $500 million from its 2006 Fund and $700 million from its balance sheet. Upon close of the transaction, KKR’s balance sheet will have approximately $1.0 billion invested in First Data’s equity, through general partner and limited partner interests.
First Data announced its Board of Directors has named Joseph J. Plumeri vice chairman. Plumeri was appointed to the First Data Board of Directors and as a senior advisor to KKR in August 2013. Since then he also has been serving as senior advisor to First Data Chairman and CEO Frank Bisignano, and as the head of First Data’s client delivery, innovation and marketing organization. He will continue in these roles.Since joining First Data, Plumeri has played a pivotal role in the company’s transformation from a transaction processor to a payments technology company and solutions provider to merchants and financial institutions. Plumeri has spearheaded company-wide efforts to become more client-centric, including realigning how the company delivers solutions to and serves its global and strategic accounts, national merchants and enterprise clients, financial institutions, small business clients, bank partners and agents and ISO clients. Plumeri was chairman and chief executive officer of Willis Group Holdings, plc before joining First Data. Appointed in 2000,
First Data payment technology announced its Board of Directors has named Frank Bisignano chairman in addition to his role as CEO. Bisignano was named chief executive officer for First Data on April 29, 2013. Since then, he has moved to rapidly reposition the company from a traditional processing business to a product and technology solutions provider to merchants and financial institutions. Under Bisignano’s leadership, initiatives to focus on clients, increase operating efficiencies and bring innovation to the fast-paced payments industry have launched successfully. Bisignano also introduced an equity ownership plan that put stock in the hands of nearly all of First Data employees. In addition, under his leadership, the company unveiled the Clover™ Station, a transformational point-of-sale solution for small and medium sized businesses.
First Data 3Q/13 consolidated revenue is up 1% by $38 million to $2.7 billion while adjusted revenue was $1.7 billion, also up 1%, from the year ago period. The revenue spike was thanks in great part to a $32 million increase in reimbursable debit network fees, postage and other. For the third quarter, the net…
First Data electronic commerce and payment processing appointed Marc Overton co-General Manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Head of the regions Retail Payments Solutions (RPS) business. He joins First Data from EE, the company that runs Orange and T-Mobile in the UK, where he held the position of Vice President of Wholesale and Machine 2 Machine (M2M). Prior to this, Overton held senior roles at leading mobile and telecommunications companies including Orange, Wanadoo and Three (Hutchison 3G). Overton’s appointment follows First Data’s unveiling of its Clover™ Station earlier this month at Money2020 in Las Vegas. The next generation POS and business management solution, developed for small and mid-sized businesses, is powered by intuitive, cloud-hosted software that comes with everything a business owner needs in one convenient package.
First Data at Money2020 unveiled its “Clover Station” POS and business management solution for merchants. With the security and reliability of a terminal coupled with the flexibility of a cloud-based POS, Clover Station is the first solution to meet the complete spectrum of small to medium-sized business owners’ needs. First Data and Clover Network partnered to jointly develop the “Clover Station,” powered by intuitive, cloud-hosted software that comes with everything a business owner needs in one convenient package and is ready to work right out of the box. With its small footprint and state-of-the-art design, Clover Station hardware won’t take up a lot of space on a merchant’s counter, but will have a big impact on how they service their customers. First Data piloted the Clover POS solution with hundreds of small businesses in several U.S. cities. Feedback from the pilot indicated that business owners valued the benefits of the Clover solution through streamlined business operations and more time to interact with their customers. Clover Station will be made available to Bank of America Merchant Services small business customers by the end of 2013.