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Mastercard – VocaLink Deal Passes Crucial Regulatory Test

by April 19th, 2017

On Tuesday, 11 April 2017, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that proposed steps by Mastercard International Inc and VocaLinkHoldings Ltd had adequately addressed competition questions relating to Mastercard’s planned acquisition of VocaLink. The decision clears the way for the GBP700 million deal to close in the coming weeks. Once completed, the acquisition […]

Personal Credit Cards – Global Outlook

by January 23rd, 2017

Personal credit cards are a crucial payment method for consumers. Worldwide, personal credit card transactions comprise over one-third of all non-commercial card payments and have seen strong growth in recent years. Credit cards are expected to continue to gain share over the next five years, reaping additional market share from the ongoing transition away from […]

Apple Pay Japan – Apple Looks to Ride Japanese Trains to Success

by September 9th, 2016

Apple held its annual fall event this Wednesday, September 7th 2016. While the iPhone continues to headline Apple’s fall events, Wednesday’s presentation also spent considerable time focused on an important country for Apple and its mobile devices – Japan. The big announcement for the Japanese market came when Apple unveiled that it would be extending […]

Trends in Appliances, Cookware and Homewares from the International Home and Housewares Show 2016

by and March 17th, 2016

  The desire to develop cooking skills and to entertain is a large trend that was apparent at the International Home and Housewares show 2016. Cooking is no longer considered to be a chore, and is considered a skill. Therefore, consumers are seeking ascetically pleasing barware, colorful ovenware products and unique home ware pieces. Consumers […]