Monday , June 18, 2018

Jim Daly

Jim Daly joined Digital Transactions in 2006 after covering payments and merchant acquiring at Thomson Media’s Credit Card Management, Credit Card News, and CardLine publications. Before that, he was a reporter and editor at the daily Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis.

Cardlytics Prepares for a Potential Tripling of Its Active User Base by 2019’s End

Cardlytics Inc. is building its infrastructure to support as many as 200 million monthly active users of its merchant-funded rewards program by the end of 2019, more than three times the 60 million it currently has, company executives said Thursday. The big expansion comes as Cardlytics’ grows its business with …

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U.S. Worldpay Merchants Begin Migration to Vantiv Platform

Worldpay Inc. reported Thursday that the integration of its predecessor companies, U.S.-based Vantiv Inc. and United Kingdom-based Worldpay Group plc, continued apace in the first quarter, and that revenues on a combined basis grew 12% year-over-year. The 115,000 merchants served by pre-merger Worldpay’s Atlanta-based U.S. operation are moving to Vantiv’s …

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Global Payments Goes Camping in Its Quest for New Integrated-Payments Partners

Merchant acquirer Global Payments Inc. is teaming up with yet another company owned by private-equity firm Vista Equity Partners as it looks for new opportunities to integrate payment processing with software providers serving a wide range of businesses. Last week, Atlanta-based Global announced a deal with RA Outdoors LLC, which …

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An Airline Group Is Developing a Payment System That Would Bypass the Card Networks

An airline trade group has teamed up with Germany’s Deutsche Bank to develop a payment system that would bypass the credit card networks, potentially saving users billions in interchange. The proposal comes from the International Air Transport Association, which says it has 280 members representing 83% of air traffic. The …

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The Economic Winds Blow Mastercard’s Way, Lifting Purchase Volumes and Profits

Strong consumer spending and a benign world economy worked in Mastercard Inc.’s favor in the first quarter, lifting the network’s U.S. purchase volume by nearly 11% and profits by over 30%. The No. 2 payment card network by volume on Wednesday reported that U.S. purchase volume rose 11% to $359 …

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After an Initial Hit, PNC Bank Cuts Its Zelle P2P Fraud

PNC Bank customers like Zelle, but fraudsters liked the person-to-person payments service a little too much after PNC rolled it out last July, according to a bank  executive. Paul Trozzo, senior vice president and product group manager, on Tuesday dubbed Zelle “very successful” for the Pittsburgh-based bank, a unit of The …

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Regulators and Competition Push Banks To Embrace Open APIs, Potentially Changing Payments

With a push from regulators and competitive forces, banks are stepping up their development of application programming interfaces to enhance their payment and other financial services. APIs, which provide links so that disparate software systems, such as those at a bank and a financial-technology company that wants to offer services …

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Discover’s Network Volumes Grow; Company Eyes ‘Non-Traditional’ Ways To Keep Growth Up

Dollar volume in Discover Financial Services’s Payment Services unit rose 19% in the first quarter to $56.1 billion, led by a resurgent Pulse debit network where volume jumped 20%. Pulse, one of the nation’s largest electronic funds transfer networks, has been rebounding in recent quarters have a long period of …

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Visa Checkout’s Future: Secure in the Short Term, Cloudy in the Long Term

Visa Inc. isn’t about to pull the plug on Visa Checkout, but judging from comments Visa’s top executives made Wednesday, the online and mobile-payment service’s long-term outlook looks quite iffy. The future of both Visa Checkout and Mastercard Inc.’s Masterpass equivalent was called into question last week when The Wall …

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Cayan Lifts Merchant Revenues for TSYS; Helgeson Gets an ‘Expanded Role’

Boosted by its $1.05 billion acquisition of the big independent sales organization and merchant processor Cayan LLC in January, payment processor Total System Services Inc. (TSYS) saw its merchant revenues rise nearly 22% in the first quarter. TSYS’s Merchant Solutions segment posted net revenues of $317.4 million, a 21.8% increase …

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