MC AVG LAC P-TICKET

MasterCard’s (MC) Latin America Caribbean (LAC) region Purchase Dollar Volume (PDV) rose year-on-year (Y/Y) by 21.7% on a local currency basis in the first quarter (Q1/14) to US$49 billion. Based on PDV, the MC LAC region is the fastest growing region. The average purchase ticket in the MC LAC region declined 12.0% Y/Y. One-year ago it stood at US$47.06, compared to US$47.48 in Q4/13 and US$47.06 in Q1/14, according to CardData. MC has 145 million cards-in-force (CIF) currently in the LAC region, compared to 131 million in Q1/13.

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Seamless and InComm Sign

InComm has signed an agreement with Swedish Seamless that enables the digitization of the company’s vast portfolio of closed-loop stored-value cards using the mobile payment solution SEQR. InComm offers stored-value cards from more than 500 brand partners in the US. The collaboration opens up InComm’s large client base and enables stores to digitizetheir gift cards. InComm is a leading provider of cutting-edge prepaid products, services and transaction technologies to retailers, brands and consumers. SEQR is Sweden’s and Europe’s most used mobile wallet in stores and online.

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New POS MPayment redy

Samsung Electronics Australia and Community Telco Australia, the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank telecommunication subsidiary, just launched their own retail POS mobile payment solution called ‘redy’. Customers can make payments using their mobile device by simply scanning a QR code in the ‘redy’ application. The app is available in Australia to anyone who uses a compatible smartphone. It can be linked to a Bendigo Bank savings account, or to any Visa or Mastercard account. No customer information or shopping data is passed onto the merchant for security purposes.

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ADS Good Sam VISA

Alliance Data Retail Systems is buying the Good Sam Visa portfolio from Barclays Bank Delaware.The transaction is scheduled to close before the end of the third quarter. ADS further signed a long-term agreement with Good Sam Enterprises, that includes the Good Sam and Camping World branded products and services. Purchases made with the Good Sam Camping World Visa Credit Card earn Rec Rewards. Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization, with over 1.5 million members.

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Diebold and Bellco CU

Delivering a personalized, distinctive banking experience to Bellco Credit Union, Diebold, Incorporated worked in tandem with Bellco to design the credit union’s new Stapleton Branch located in Denver. The technology-based branch enables members to conduct efficient, self-service transactions on one of three deposit automation-enabled Diebold Opteva® Branch Performance Series™ in-lobby teller terminals, all the while encouraging a more personal interaction between members and branch staff.

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SafeCharge Introduces Descoping Solutions

SafeCharge International Group Limited announced that they will be introducing their unique PCI descoping solutions by sponsoring and speaking at the 9th PCI London event, the UK’s premier payment and risk summit, to be held at the Park Plaza, Victoria, London on July 1, 2014. During the conference SafeCharge will highlight PCI Descoping solutions. Praful Morar, Corporate Development and Strategy Director of SafeCharge will be presenting the topic, “The Benefits of Outsourcing PCI” at 12:10 on July 1 in the Main Plenary Hall.

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Network Q1 Profits

Visa Inc. (VS), the dominant payment card network, delivers the goods (a/k/a profits) over any other payment card network, but MasterCard (MC) continues to deliver solid results as well. During the first quarter of this year (Q1/14), net income (after tax) among the world’s two top payment card networks rose 21.2% to $2468 million, according to CardData. VS Q1/14 net income rose 25.8% to $1598 million, compared to $1407 million in the prior quarter and $1270 million in the year-ago quarter.

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SEQR Expansion

Seamless teams with The PCMS Group to expand in the US and UK. PCMS is a key point of sales provider for top tier retailers in the US and the UK. The Seamless mobile payment solution SEQR has since the launch in Sweden in 2012, been exported to three international markets: Romania, Finland and Belgium. Through the SEQR app, the user simply scans or taps a QR-code/NFC at check-out and approves the purchase by entering a PIN code. Seamless handles more than 3.1 billion transactions annually through 525,000 active sales outlets in 30 countries.

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Fintech Innovation Lab Showcases Six Startups

Fintech Innovation LabLeading-edge mobility, data analytics and credit risk solutions were among the six technology innovations demonstrated for top financial services, venture capital and technology executives at the fourth annual FinTech Innovation Lab Demo Day in New York. The Lab is a 12-week mentoring program created by Accenture (ACN) and the Partnership Fund for New York City and supported by more than a dozen of the world’s leading financial institutions to promote financial services technology (“fintech”) innovation and high tech job growth in New York City. This year’s entrepreneurs were chosen by chief technology officers from 15 participating financial institutions. The companies included Enigma, Kasisto, LMRKTS, pymetrics, RevolutionCredit and Standard Treasury. The group has spent the last 12 weeks receiving high level mentoring, product and business development advice and exposure to senior financial industry, technology and venture capital executives. The 18 previous alumni companies have raised a total of more than $76 million in financing after participating in the program since 2010.

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