Tuesday , January 26, 2021

Credit Cards

Debit Card Growth Outpaces Credit Cards and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/25/21

Growing numbers of consumers continue to grab their debit cards when shopping, with the overall U.S. spend made with debit cards up 25% for the week ending Jan. 17, compared to the week of Jan. 19, 2020, according to the PSCU Tracking Transaction Trends report issued Monday. Credit card spend was up …

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Rellevate To Power Richard Petty Gift Cards and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/22/21

Fintech Rellevate Inc. announced a multiyear licensing and distribution agreement with Richard Petty Motorsports for gift and reward cards depicting NASCAR icon Richard Petty. The cards will be issued by Sutton Bank.CommentSold, a 3-year-old social e-commerce site, said it added 2,000 merchants in 2020 and saw record growth in gross merchandise value …

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Discover Posts Volume Gains for Its Payments Properties But Logs an Overall Revenue Drop

Discover Financial Services reported mixed results Thursday for the fourth quarter of 2020. Despite a 4% decline year-over-year in revenue, which totaled $2.82 billion, Discover’s net income rose 13% to $799 million.  Payment Services volume totaled $70.1 billion, up 6% year-over-year, with all four legs that comprise the division—the Discover …

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A Look at the Dark Web Shows How Thieves Market Payment Data—And the Prices They Get

Much has been written over the years about the seemingly unending succession of data breaches involving credit card and other personal payment data. But little is known about the so-called dark Web, the sites where these data thieves set up shop to sell what they’ve pilfered. It turns out these …

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Restaurant Volume Dips and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/20/21

Transaction volume for hotels and restaurants fell between 40% and 50% in December compared to December 2019, according to numbers released by payments provider Shift4 Payments Inc. Retail and e-commerce businesses, on the other hand, saw a year-over-year increase in volume last month for the first time since the pandemic set in.Xformative …

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Givingli Picks Blackhawk for Digital Gift Cards and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/15/21

Givingli Inc., an app provider for virtual greeting cards and gifts, will use the Blackhawk Network platform to allow app users to send digital gift cards.Gateway NMI outlined its 2021 ambitions, including launching a tap-on-phone solution that will build on its recent partnership with Mastercard Inc.’s Cloud Tap on Phone.Gamber-Johnson LLC, a maker of mounting …

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More Debit Card Use Translates Into More Debit-Based Returns, PSCU Data Finds

The holiday shopping season may be over, but the holiday returns are coming in at full force. Data from PSCU, a credit union service organization, showcases the impact the rise in e-commerce spending is having on returns. Return purchases using debit cards were up 76.2% for the week ending Jan. …

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COMMENTARY: PCI And EMVCo Have No Business Setting Standards

Standards are the prerogative of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for most industries around the world. According to ISO, “ISO standards are internationally agreed by experts” and “should be thought of as a formula that describes the best way of doing something.”  Unfortunately, the roles of ISO and its …

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Walmart’s Fintech Startup Is Expected to Pack A Potent, Low-Cost Punch

Unlike many fintech startups, Walmart’s Inc.’s new financial company is expected to be a formidable player right out of the gate. The retail giant unveiled plans late Monday to partner with Ribbit Capital to create a fintech that will provide what Walmart describes as “modern, innovative, and affordable financial solutions.” …

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Another Bank Joins TCH Real Time Payments and other Digital Transactions News briefs from 1/12/21

Wells River Bank has agreed to join the Real Time Payments network operated by The Clearing House Payments Co. LLC. The bank will connect to the network through the Shazam EFT network’s Shazam Pay faster-payments gateway.Payments provider Lightspeed POS Inc. launched its Lightspeed Supplier Network, a platform aimed at North American merchants to …

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