Seamless Revenues Up 39% YOY; Struggling with SEQR

Seamless Revenues Up 39% YOY; Struggling with SEQR

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Sweden-based Seamless posted fourth quarter (4Q/15) net revenue of SEK 78.9 million, an increase of 39.2% year-on-year (YOY). Net revenues for SEQR business division rose 7.3% YOY to SEK 2.05 million. The Seamless operating loss declined from SEK 50.8 million in 4Q/14 to SEK 32.8 million for 4Q/15. The SEQR operating…

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CARD Act Produces Unintended Consequences for Lower Scores

CARD Act Produces Unintended Consequences for Lower Scores

New research suggests risk-based pricing stemming from the CARD Act (2009) and Fed 2008 credit card rule-makings have produced a 50% drop in annual credit card originations to lower-risk-score Americans. The new study by a senior fellow and a research associate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, also…

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MCPS Ankles New SVP/CIO & Opens New Ops Center

MCPS Ankles New SVP/CIO & Opens New Ops Center

TX-based Merchants’ Choice Payment Solutions (MCPS), a/k/a Delta Card Services has ankled Robin Laskowski for the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. MCPS also announced the opening of their new 30,000 square foot operations center. Before joining Merchants’ Choice, Ms. Laswkowski held the position of Client Solutions Director & Sales for SmartDog…

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Top 4 Issuers Eke Out US CIF Growth Thanks to COF

Top 4 Issuers Eke Out US CIF Growth Thanks to COF

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Credit Cards-in-Force (CIF) among the Top 4 issuers edged up by a mere 1.0% year-on-year (YOY) at the end of the fourth quarter (4Q/15) to a largely estimated 232.9 million cards.  
Capital One blew the other three top issuers away in the fourth quarter, as the only issuer with positive…

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Turbulent Presidential Campaign Impacts U.S. Biz Optimism

Turbulent Presidential Campaign Impacts U.S. Biz Optimism

Less than one-half of U.S. businesses are optimistic about the future. The dim outlook is tied to factors like the turbulent presidential campaign and the “will they or won’t they” Federal Reserve. According to the first quarter 2016 results of the Grant Thornton International Business Report, throughout the world, businesses are more pessimistic, with only…

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Verifone Point Classic & Revel iPad POS Integrated

Verifone Point Classic & Revel iPad POS Integrated

Verifone Point Classic has been integrated with Revel Systems’ iPad Point of Sale (POS) to simplify EMV acceptance and payment management for merchants. By seamlessly integrating with Verifone Point Classic, Revel allows its clients the choice to have their payment systems managed by Verifone. Combining world-class hardware and services into a flexible and robust managed…

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USAT Riding High in Self-Serve NFC Small Ticket Payments

USAT Riding High in Self-Serve NFC Small Ticket Payments

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PA-based small-ticket, self-serve specialist, USA Technologies (USAT), posted fourth calendar quarter (4Q/15) total revenue of $18.5 million, a year-over-year (YOY) increase of 44.5%. Net income sunk to a net loss of $874,000 in 4Q/15. At the end of the fourth quarter USAT had 369,000 connections, up 28% YOY. In 3Q/15 USAT reported…

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Blesh to Support Google's EID Beacon Frame Type

Blesh to Support Google’s EID Beacon Frame Type

San Francisco-based Blesh will fully support Google’s Eddystone Ephemeral Identifiers (EID), the new privacy/security Eddystone beacon frame type. Eddystone-EID begins the next chapter in the Eddystone beacon standard announced in July 2015 as an open, scalable Bluetooth low energy (BLE) beacon format. Signals broadcast by these Eddystone-EID beacons rotate and change frequently, allowing only authorized…

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V+M U.S. Credit+Debit Cash Transactions +2.0% YOY

V+M U.S. Credit+Debit Cash Transactions +2.0% YOY

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Cash transactions (CTX) for Visa and MasterCard U.S. credit and debit cards in the U.S. grew by 2.0% year-on-year (YOY) in the fourth quarter (4Q/15). U.S. 4Q/15 credit card cash transactions were up 8.3% YOY, while U.S. debit card CTX increased 1.9%. Visa’s 4Q/15 CTX for U.S. credit cards was up…

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Self-Scanning Solutions Market to Grow 10% CAGR

Self-Scanning Solutions Market to Grow 10% CAGR

The global market for handheld self-scanning/shopping solutions (hardware, software, and services) is expected to grow at a CAGR of 10% to $92M by 2020. According to a new report from VDC Research handheld self-scanning/shopping solutions are dedicated handheld barcode scanners with integrated screens and mobile self-scanning applications for consumer smartphones that are used for consumer…

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