WARSAW, June 26, 2012 – First Data Corporation , a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, this month received one of the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Market Pearl 2012 awards from Wiadomosci Handlowe, a Polish retail news magazine. The ‘FMCG Market Pearl’ was awarded to First Data in the technical equipment category for the successful rollout of its Vx510 z PP 1000 SE contactless terminal.
Winners of the Wiadomosci Handlowe award are decided by retailers who vote for the payment technology solutions with the most development potential.
The contactless payments market in Poland is growing rapidly. First Data and its First Data Polcard brand continue to contribute to the development of contactless payments use among Polish consumers. This latest award reflects First Data’s contactless market leadership.
“We are honoured to win the ‘FMCG Market Pearl 2012’,” said Janusz Diemko, Managing Director of First Data in Poland. “The prize is particularly important to us, since it was awarded by retailers and recognises the most significant and innovative market solutions. Their appreciation for our terminal is a good sign for contactless technology and its success in Poland, which we believe to date has been unique on an international scale.”
According to First Data’s latest report on payment trends in Poland, cardholders and retailers are enthusiastic about contactless payments. The number of contactless payments processed by First Data in Poland has grown from just 500,000 in October 2011 to almost 1 million in March 2012 and contactless transaction volumes continue to grow at a double-digit percentage rate monthly.
Jakub Kiwior, Director at Visa in Poland, commented: “The award for First Data demonstrates consumers’ growing confidence in contactless payments in Poland, one of Visa’s largest contactless markets in Europe. High-quality equipment, including terminals, plays a key role in building that confidence. Visa Europe congratulates First Data on its ‘FMCG Market Pearl 2012’ award.”
Michal Skowronek, Managing Director of MasterCard in Poland, commented: “Contactless payments are an important, dynamically growing part of the payments market. As a pioneer of contactless payments, MasterCard believes that effective technology systems, including those created by First Data, constitute one of the key elements of further industry growth.”
Around the world, every second of every day, First Data makes payment transactions secure, fast and easy for merchants, financial institutions and their customers. First Data leverages its vast product portfolio and expertise to drive customer revenue and profitability. Whether the choice of payment is by debit or credit card, gift card, check or mobile phone, online or at the checkout counter, First Data takes every opportunity to go beyond the transaction.
Olga Małecka, First Data
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