New research also reveals debit cards with the Visa brand continued to account for the most purchase transactions with a share of 35.50%, followed by Visa credit cards with 20.02%, and MasterCard credit cards with 13.14%. According to The Nilson Report, MasterCard debit cards posted a 13.13% share, UnionPay credit cards with 6.79%, UnionPay debit…
Fraud losses incurred by banks and merchants on all credit, debit, and prepaid general purpose and private label payment cards issued worldwide reached $16.31 billion last year when global card volume totaled $28.844 trillion. This means that for every $100 in volume, 5.65¢ was fraudulent.
In today’s CardFlash News Que: USAEPAY (Shopify): NILSON (commercial cards); USAEPAY (Shopify) and HEARTLAND (emaginePOS).
General purpose and private label credit, debit, and prepaid cards generated $5.165 trillion in payments for goods and services in 2014. Processing fees, including interchange paid by U.S. merchants to handle that business, were $78.09 billion, up from $72.44 billion in 2013 when fees were $4.768 trillion.
Total household debt in the U.S. was $13.512 trillion at the end of 2014 and credit cards accounted for 6.52% or $881.57 billion. The ratio of credit card debt to household debt was highest in 1996 at 10.05%.
Purchase volume at merchants for general purpose-type consumer and commercial credit, debit, and prepaid cards issued in the U.S. totaled $4.910 trillion, up 8.4% over 2013.
AIB Merchant Services became the first Irish merchant acquirer to add the Chinese card UnionPay to its list of available card schemes, which will provide Irish businesses and retailers the ability to accept transactions made using UnionPay debit and credit cards. Acceptance of the Chinese UnionPay card will enable Irish businesses to tap into the immense spending power of Chinese visitors to Ireland. Currently there are almost as many UnionPay cards globally in circulation as the two leading payment cards combined and UnionPay is projected to grow 51 per cent by 2017. AIBMS believes Irish merchants are poised to increase business from the Chinese tourist trade.
TSYS Merchant Solutions announced its partnership with Navy Federal Credit Union designed to provide Navy Federal’s merchant members with the ability to accept credit and debit cards as payments for their goods and services. TSYS Merchant Solutions, a wholly owned affiliate of TSYS (TSS), is ranked as the seventh largest merchant acquirer in the U.S. by number of active merchant outlets according to The Nilson Report. Navy Federal members will now have access to world-class payment acceptance and marketing solutions, including competitive comparison dashboards, mobile, tablet, e-commerce and retail point-of- sale solutions, along with 24/7 customer and technical support.
ACI Worldwide announced strengthened support for UnionPay with the ACI Interchange. This opens up new markets for financial institutions and processors by enabling support for UnionPay transactions while extending infrastructure options to include IBM System p AIX. UnionPay has issued more than 3.5 billion cards worldwide and it is projected to continue its significant growth. UnionPay cards are accepted in more than 140 countries and its growth presents a significant opportunity for financial institutions and processors facing revenue pressures or wanting to extend their commercial offerings with a growing brand. ACI Interchange already supports incoming and outgoing clearing and settlement processes for transactions underpinned by EMV and magnetic stripe payment cards for the major international schemes; this has now been extended to include UnionPay.
Acculynk announced that the European Patent Office granted Acculynk patent protection for the company’s propriety process for PIN based authentication over the Internet. The patent protects the mechanisms and processes behind Acculynk’s innovative PaySecure® product, a software-only service that allows consumers to pay for online purchases with their debit card and bank-issued PIN. Acculynk is the only global payment gateway that brings e-Commerce merchants PIN authenticated payments for debit or credit cards across some of the largest markets in the world. Currently the PaySecure solution is supported in 3 of the 5 largest PIN debit markets: USA, India and China. Globally Acculynk supports over two billion bank issued cards in its network.
Mercury Payment Systems, LLC, today announced the launch of Mercury StoreCard™, a gift, rewards, mobile payments and promotions card all in one. Consumers can use the Mercury StoreCard as a gift card or a reloadable stored-value card to earn cash back loyalty rewards on every StoreCard purchase. The Mercury StoreCard can also be converted into a digital gift card via Apple® Passbook® or an Android marketplace app, allowing consumers to pay for purchases with either their physical card or smartphones, creating mobile payment convenience. Consumers can also use their smartphones to view their Mercury StoreCard’s balances, manually or automatically reload their cards, send custom-printed gift cards to their family and friends, and share promotional gift cards via social media.
Acculynk is now offering U.S. merchants the capability to accept China’s Union Pay PIN debit cards on their Chinese websites using the PaySecure International graphical PIN pad for UPOP authentication. U.S. e-commerce merchants interested in tapping into the large number of consumers in China must be able to accept Chinese payment methods, as well as authenticate a Chinese cardholder in order to make the sale. PaySecure International provides U.S. merchants the ability to accept and authenticate Union Pay cards with the same PaySecure PIN pad used for internet PIN debit transactions with U.S. cardholders. Airbnb, the world’s leading marketplace for booking, discovering, and listing unique spaces around the world, will be the first U.S.-based merchant to leverage PaySecure International to access the more than 3 billion UnionPay PIN debit cardholders. Chinese customers can now use their UnionPay debit cards to secure accommodations at one of Airbnb’s 300,000 listings worldwide.