More than half of online retailers expect their holiday sales to increase at least 15% over last year. The “2008 eHoliday Study,” conducted by Shopzilla for Shop.org, also found that 78% plan to offer free shipping at some point during the holiday season, consistent with last yearâs levels. Many retailers have beefed-up their Website features to improve the customer experience. Other findings: consumers acknowledge that 24-hour shopping convenience is one of the main reasons why they choose to buy online (58.6% this year vs. 58.5% last year). Shoppersâ other top reasons for buying online instead of in stores include not wanting to fight crowds (41.1%), easy price comparisons (36.4%), and free shipping (33.3%). Also, nearly one in four shoppers (23.1%) says they are spending more online due to high gas prices, more than double the number which said the same last year (9.0%).Details
NJ-based processor, Heartland Payment Systems, reported that total revenues for the third quarter rose 20% to $425 million, compared to 3Q/07. Total transaction processing volume jumped 42% to $20.0 billion. Net revenues in the third quarter were $119.3 million, an increase of 47.9% compared to the third quarter of 2007. Excluding
Network Services, net revenue was up 14.3% to $92.2 million. PBY notes that transaction processing volume and net revenue growth reflect a solid increase in the size and profitability of new merchants
added, offset by a 2% decline in same store sales. The Company adjusted its guidance for fiscal 2008. For the year, it expects net revenue (total revenues less interchange, dues and assessments) to grow
by 15 – 16% organically, to between $349 and $352 million. For complete details on Heartland’s latest performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com](http://www.carddata.com)).
HEARTLAND PAYMENT SYSTEMS REVENUES
3Q/07: $355 million
4Q/07: $342 million
1Q/08: $340 million
2Q/08: $395 million
3Q/08: $425 million
Source: CardData (http://www.carddata.com)
A new report from Aite Group reveals that 41% of U.S. small businesses prefer to interact with their
banks via the online channel. The report examines the
key issues currently challenging the online small-business banking
strategies of large U.S. banks, and provides insight into their plans for overcoming
them. Additionally, 81% of large banks rate their small-business customer’s
level of trust in online banking as “high to very high,” compared to the 33% that
felt this way 24 months ago. These are numbers that banks cannot afford to ignore,
and the online channel is one which banks should strive to fully leverage. Most
banks, however, currently limit small-business options by serving them on consumer
solutions, and do not yet have fully developed online offerings for these
customers. Of the banks surveyed, 53% are seeing much
greater customer retention as a result of migrating their small-business
customers from a retail banking platform over to a business banking platform, while
50% are seeing a greater number of both products and 47% see advanced online
capabilities used as a result of migration.
NFC provider ViVOtech has launched the “ViVOpay Kiosk II” contactless payment reader for the kiosk, transit
turnstile, bus validator and ticketing markets. “ViVOpay Kiosk II” is a flexible contactless reader that is comprised
of a compact controller module and a customer-facing contactless antenna
module for easy integration into a new customer facing self-service
system. It features a weather-proof customer-facing antenna
that allows it to be used in self-ordering kiosk systems across a wide
variety of industries including parking meters, ticket
validation/payment machines, transit turnstile systems, airport self
check-in systems, on buses ticket acceptance machines, and many more.
ViVOpay Kiosk II also enables self service systems to accept
transactions from NFC mobile phone for payments, ticketing, promotions,
and coupons redemption applications.
As predicted in Monday’s CardFlash, consumer bankruptcy filings topped 100,000 in October. The latest statistics from the American Bankruptcy Institute and the National Bankruptcy Research Center show a consumer filing total of 106,266 in October, a 20% sequential increase and up 40% over October of last year. The October figure represents the first time that bankruptcies have topped 100,000 since the “Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act” went into effect in October 2005. So far this year consumer filings have hit 880,076. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, filings in the 12-month period ending June 30th neared the one million mark. The 967,831 bankruptcy cases filed represent a 29% increase over the prior 12-month period. Of the total filings 64% were Chapter 7 filings. Consumer filings for the same 12-month period, totaled 934,009, up 28% from the 727,167 bankruptcies filed in the 12-month period ending June 30, 2007.
Jan 08: 66,050
Feb 08: 76,120
Mar 08: 86,165
Apr 08: 92,291
May 08: 91,214
Jun 08: 82,770
Jul 08: 94,124
Aug 08: 96,413
Sep 08: 88,663
Oct 08: 106,266
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)
PA-based wireless cashless transaction specialist USA Technologies reports that its gross profit for the third calendar quarter soared 74% to $0.9 million, from the same quarter a year ago.
The increase primarily driven by an increase in the profit margin of its “ePort” equipment sales and the result of lower production costs. Total revenues for 3Q/08 were flat at $3.4 million. During the quarter, the Company processed approximately 4.7 million transactions totaling more than $11.6 million, compared to approximately 1.8 million transactions totaling more than $7.3 million in the same period of the prior year. This represents an increase of 161% in transaction volume and 59% in dollars processed. USAT currently has more than 42,000 customer connected devices on its USALive Network as compared with 24,000 a year ago. The Company has agreements with AT&T, Honeywell, Blackboard, MasterCard and others. For complete details on USAT’s third quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com](http://www.carddata.com)).
First Data and Atlanta-based prepaid card provider InComm have mutually agreed to
terminate the planned acquisition of InComm but have signed a distribution agreement.
First Data and InComm will continue to support their joint customers with prepaid card
processing, program management and a distribution network that allows
First Data and its merchants to sell prepaid products in InComm prepaid
card malls. InComm provides marketing, distributing and technology
innovation of stored-value gift and prepaid products.
MI-based debt collector Asset Acceptance Capital reported that third quarter revenues increased 11% to $59.4 million. Net income for the quarter was $3.0 million, compared to a net loss of $1.7 million for 3Q/07. Purchased receivable revenues rose 12% to $58.1 million for the third quarter. During the quarter, the Company used $36.0 million to purchase charged-off consumer debt portfolios with a face value of $725.8 million, for a blended rate of 4.96% of face value. AACC says that its dollars invested in purchasing consumer debt portfolios returned to more normalized levels during the quarter. However, with the financial markets in turmoil, the Company was selective in its approach to purchasing during the third quarter, but expects there will be additional supply and better pricing in the next 12 to 18 months. For complete details on AACC’s third quarter performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com](http://www.carddata.com)).
Asset Acceptance Capital Revenues
3Q/07: $52.6 million
4Q/07: $62.2 million
1Q/08: $64.4 million
2Q/08: $56.5 million
3Q/08: $59.4 million
Source: CardData (www.carddata.com)
Gift card discounter ABC Gift Cards offers giftcards discounted up to
20% for major retailers just in time for the holidays.
www.ABCGiftCards.com has established a secure secondary market to buy,
sell, and trade gift cards, and has a diverse selection
of discounted gift cards from over 100 major retailers.
ABC Gift Cards deal directly with the customer. They do not list other
cards. Instead, paying top dollar, they purchase all the cards
themselves, verify the validity extensively, and only then do they sell
them to customers. All sellers have to be a verified member of “PAYPAL”
or undergo a security check and offer an instant trading option.
Customers can exchange their gift
cards for other merchantâs in ABCâs vast inventory for a small
transaction fee. ABC is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, is a
verified member of
PayPal, and Google Checkout.
CO-OP Financial Services has released âCO-OP Revelationâ which features “Usage Analytics”, allowing
credit unions view, analyze and manage card usage information on all its members.
Cardholder behavior can be determined based on merchant type, network, and type of transaction.
CO-OP Financial Services has also licensed Saylent Technologiesâ “Y-Debit” card
portfolio optimization solution as the platform for “CO-OP Revelation”. “Usage Analytics Plus”
and “Business Analytics”, two additional tiers of “CO-OP Revelation” which enable even greater usage segmentation and further enhance
targeted marketing, are scheduled to be launched in the very near future.
ViVOtech’s provisioning software has been deployed for Latin America’s first Visa “payWave”-enabled
NFC-based mobile payment pilot with hundreds of merchants that have
installed the ViVOpay 5000 contactless payment readers in Guatemala.
ViVOtech’s readers and NFC provisioning software were deployed in the
mobile Visa payWave pilot launched by Visa Inc., in partnership with
Compania de Procesamiento de Medios de Pago de Guatemala (known as
Visanet Guatemala), Banco Industrial, and Banco Uno and is expected to
last 6 months. Mobile payments will be available to more than 200 Visa
cardholders whose credit card data will be migrated onto the cell phone,
allowing them to use the Visa payWave feature.
INSIDE Contactless announced that demand for the “MicroPass” intelligent payment platform has passed
the 100-million unit mark in 2008, with production doubling in the
second half of the year since reaching 50 million units in May 2008.
The new “MicroPass 4001” and “5001” intelligent payment platform is designed to power open
standard contactless and dual-interface bank card payments along with
other value-added applications in all global regions and make it easy for contactless card manufacturers, system
integrators, technology consulting firms, card issuers, payment system
providers and others to develop and deploy new, high-performance, highly
secure applications. More than 25 card
manufacturer products powered by “MicroPass” are available for immediate
bank card issuer adoption and “MicroPass” is approved within multiple cards products by Visa, MasterCard and
Discover Network, including all required functional, analog, performance
and security requirements compliance.