Net Element Obtains $10 Million Credit

Net Element, Inc., a technology-driven group specializing in mobile payments and value-added transactional services in emerging countries and in the United States, is pleased to announce that the Company completed the closing of a $10 Million credit facility from the payments industry-leading lender, RBL Capital Group, LLC. This closing represents the second funding in the $30 million financing round that was announced by the Company on April 22, 2014.

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MC CANADA Q1

MasterCard’s (MC) Canada region Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) by 9.0% on a local currency basis in the first quarter (Q1/14) to US$27 billion. The average purchase ticket in MC Canada region has declined 9.5% Y/Y. One-year ago it stood at US$88.82, compared to US$85.11 in Q4/13 and US$80.36 in Q1/14, according to CardData. MC’ Cash Dollar Volume (CDV) was down sharply by 9.7% on a local currency basis in Q1/14 to US$2 billion. MC has 56 million cards-in-force (CIF) currently in the Canada region, compared to 50 million in Q1/13, about the same as Visa.

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SBI & Accenture

State Bank of India (SBI), the nation’s largest bank, has launched six digital branches across the country, as part of a pioneering program to offer next generation banking solutions to India’s growing mobile phone and internet-savvy customer base. SBI aims to transform the customer experience by delivering world-class service through all of its customer channels. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 293,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries.

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BitPay Partners With Newegg

Newegg announced a partnership with BitPay to accept bitcoin payments on Newegg.com (#NeweggBitcoin). The company’s more than 25 million registered customers can now pay for more than 10.5 million products including electronics, computers, game consoles and household items using bitcoin through BitPay. Newegg’s acceptance of bitcoin payments adds yet another convenient and secure way for its customers to fulfill their e-shopping needs.

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CyberSource Q1

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Billable transactions for Visa’s payment management company, CyberSource, grew 16% year-on-year (Y/Y) in the first quarter (Q1/14) to 1.85 billion, according to CardData. While the growth rate is solid, it has been edging down sequentially since peaking at 27% in the second quarter (Q2/13) of last year. Over 400,000 businesses worldwide…

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MC APMEA Q1

MasterCard’s (MC) Asia Pacific – Middle East – Africa (APMEA) region Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) 18.6% on a local currency basis in the first quarter (Q1/14) to US$202 billion. The average purchase ticket in MC APMEA region has declined 5.1% Y/Y. One-year ago it stood at US$96.79, compared to US$93.74 in Q4/13 and US$91.86 in Q1/14, according to CardData. The decline is presumably related to the growth of lower tickets in the MEA portion of the region. MC has 423 million cards-in-force (CIF) currently in the APMEA region.

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R.K. Hammer Hits 25-Year Milestone

Internationally-known payments industry advisor, R.K. Hammer, has reached its quarter century mark, providing value-added card solutions to financial institutions in the U.S. and in 50 countries abroad. Company Founder and CEO, Bob Hammer, noted, “To have provided essential card advisory solutions to so many successful organizations along the way is very gratifying and humbling to us. Equally important is to have worked for decades with such talented global card executives and their teams on best practices helping them achieve higher levels of card member satisfaction and financial performance.”

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MoneyGram Opens Social Media Command Center

The MoneyGram Command Center is the first of its kind in the industry, offering insight into customer needs and market dynamics by monitoring and analyzing online comments in real time. The command center is an important step toward achieving MoneyGram’s vision of providing consumers with innovative options for moving money. Earlier this year, MoneyGram announced its goal to generate 15% to 20% of money transfer revenue from self-service channels in 2017. To reach this objective, the company will expand self-service to more markets, implement user enhancements, improve back-end processes and market more aggressively in self-service channels. The new command center will support these initiatives as more consumers turn to online, kiosk, and other self-service options.

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First Data Appoints New CMO

Gretchen H. Garrigues has joined First Data as chief marketing officer to lead the company’s global marketing efforts. Garrigues comes to First Data with a deep financial services background and leadership skills developed over a long career with GE Capital. She served as senior managing director of global strategic marketing, responsible for strategic planning, new product development, market intelligence and customer insights. SHe also served as a foreign trade officer for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service based in Paris, after running a successful startup venture providing language training and translation services across Europe.

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Global Card Fraud

A global fraud study of more than 6,100 consumers across 20 countries revealed that one in four consumers is a victim of card fraud in the last five years. The consumer survey found the U.A.E. has the highest rate of fraud overall at 44% and Sweden has the lowest at 10%. The study, conducted by ACI Worldwide and Aite Group, also highlighted that 23% of consumers changed financial institutions due to dissatisfaction after experiencing fraud.

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