16 JAN 2014
Non-Cash Payments Are Growing
Driven by both economic and behavioral changes, non-cash payments continue to grow quickly both globally and regionally. Underlying an ongoing global shift toward non-cash payments, First Data believes that the relative popularity and growth of different types of payments reflect the nuances of individual markets.
14 JAN 2014
Shoppers Step Up Retail Spending in December
With no time to procrastinate due to the shortened holiday shopping season, shoppers stepped out in full force last month boosting dollar volume growth to a healthy 6.1%.
13 JAN 2014
Half the Planet is Unbanked
As hard as it is to imagine, 50 percent of adults worldwide are considered “unbanked” – meaning they do not have a formal banking relationship.
16 DEC 2013
Eight Things to Look for in a Merchant Cash Advance Provider
12 DEC 2013
Spending Growth Slows Despite Strong Holiday Retail Sales
Shoppers were more modest in their spending at the beginning of November, but by month’s end they were ready to take advantage of holiday deals.
09 DEC 2013
Black Friday Loses Its Luster
Black Friday kicked off on Gray Thursday once again this year, though it was clearly a more wide-spread event among retailers.
09 DEC 2013
Merchant Cash Advances: Convenient, Fast, Effective.
In a typical cash advance, merchants receive a lump-sum payment of one to four times their average monthly card volume. The provider and merchant agree on a percentage of daily card sales or a fixed daily payment that will be collected from the merchant as repayment for the advance.
19 NOV 2013
Cooler Temperatures Drive Sales of Seasonal Merchandise
Consumers managed to hold on to their early holiday spirit last month despite the government shutdown, which forced thousands of federal employees to be involuntarily furloughed for weeks.
13 NOV 2013
Gift Cards are a Gift to Retailers, Too!
Gift cards attract new customers. 4% of gift card recipients report that they have never or rarely visited the store for which they received a gift card.
24 OCT 2013
First Data Wins Best Global Prepaid Gift Programme Award
The Prepaid Awards celebrated the top payments programmes at the Lancaster London Hotel Oct. 2, 2013 and recognized First Data with the Best Global Prepaid Gift Programme, based on the work with Walmart and their flagship, closed-loop gift card programme.
11 OCT 2013
Perspective: Shoppers Tightened Spending Budgets in September
After splurging on the kids in August, consumers pulled back in spending in September.
07 OCT 2013
Perspective: First Data Announces Founding Membership in CardLinx, Card-Linked Application Interoperability Association
We join companies such as Cardspring, Microsoft, Bank of America, Deem, Facebook, Linkable Networks, LivingSocial, MasterCard and Affinity Solutions to establish a new interoperability organization that will enhance the consumer experience with local commerce, loyalty and card-linked offers.