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Money: people love and hate to talk about it. They want to make it, they want to use it, and they love having it, but when it comes to actually thinking about it, how we get it, how we use and how it helps or hurt us—that's when people start to ask questions.

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Know the Rules to Break the Rules in 2019: Mastercard Podcast's Second Season is Ready

Fortune Favors the Bold helps break assumptions about money.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

Money: people love and hate to talk about it. They want to make it, they want to use it, and they love having it, but when it comes to actually thinking about it, how we get it, how we use and how it helps or hurt us—that's when people start to ask questions.

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Mastercard Names Donald Chesnut as Chief Experience Officer

In this newly created role, Chestnut will lead a team that supports the organization's delivery of the best consumer payment experience.

Mastercard announced on Jan. 4 that Donald Chesnut will join the company as its first chief experience officer, effective January 14, 2019.

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Mastercard: Forging New Paths Toward More Inclusive Growth and Opportunity for All

By focusing on inclusion, we can help displaced people and the communities that welcome them achieve financial resilience and opportunity.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

This week in New York, the UN Member States voted in favor of the Global Compact on Refugees. The integration of the world's 25.4 million refugees into new communities is a topic that touches nations all over the world, but one that is also fraught with controversy and tension.

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Mastercard and Next Retail Concepts Upgrade Online Shopping Just in Time for the Holidays

Consumers can now shop for exclusive products from Fred Segal using proprietary technology from Next Retail Concepts.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

The days of mindlessly scrolling through pages of products while shopping online are over thanks to a new ecommerce experience from Mastercard and Next Retail Concepts. The innovative digital environment lets shoppers browse and buy just like they are in a physical store—across any browser.

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Mastercard: 'Tis the Season for Growth

Mastercard SpendingPulse forecasts a big holiday shopping season.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

By Steven Sadove

It's shaping up to be one heck of a holiday shopping season. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which provides insights into overall retail spending trends, is forecasting a banner year for online and in-store commerce across all payment types.

Total retail sales (excluding automotive) are expected to grow 5 percent and e-commerce at 20 percent over last year.

Between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, you can expect overall U.S. retail sales (excluding automotive) to come in 50 percent higher than 10 years ago—and 19 percent higher than just five years ago.

Ecommerce sales this season should be especially strong, up 104 percent for the entire season compared to five years ago.

What can you expect as the holiday shopping season gets into full swing on Thanksgiving? Here's a closer look at some of the forecast insights from Mastercard SpendingPulse.

The more the merrier this Thanksgiving weekend

Pass the gravy. Holiday buyers are really going to be loading up their plates—with overall sales on Thanksgiving weekend up 19 percent compared to five years ago and eCommerce up 137 percent. And they have an entire buffet of options for engagement.

The way consumers buy—and make buying decisions—is changing. In-store shopping, online purchasing, and blended experiences, such as "buy online/pick up in store" are all on the menu. In particular, commerce via social media platforms and other emerging business models are reshaping the face of marketing and sales. Consumers are looking at what's in their pockets, and they're finding their phones as well as their wallets, with about 80 percent of purchase decisions being affected by mobile.

Two big days: the 23rd and the 23rd

Mastercard SpendingPulse forecasts that Sunday, Dec. 23, will see about the same sales volume as Black Friday, Nov. 23.

And brace for a big finish as we head toward the New Year

According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, the country will spend more than $60 billion on retail purchases during the Friday-through-Sunday final weekend before Christmas. That's 50 percent more than a decade ago—and 19 percent more than just five years ago.

More to unwrap for the holidays

The holidays are just getting started, and there's a lot more to discover and celebrate about this season's expected retail activity.

City Possible: Mastercard Launches Global Network for Urban Co-Development

Convening cities to collaborate on common challenges –Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard to run learning exchange for city CIOs.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

As urban leaders from around the world gather for Smart City Expo World Congress this week in Barcelona, Mastercard today launched a unique global network for urban co-development. As part of its City Possible program, Mastercard is connecting cities with academia and businesses to identify common challenges that can be best addressed through collaboration.

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Mastercard and Accion Partner to Unlock Growth for Millions of Underserved Microbusinesses Around the World

Micro-merchants, such as grocers and 'mom and pop' stores, operate largely in cash rather than safe and secure digitally-enabled transactions.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

Mastercard and global non-profit Accion announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to bring their worldwide networks and resources together to transform millions of underserved micro and small businesses around the world. Through insights, innovations and investments, the organizations will power microbusinesses to successfully operate in, and benefit from, the digital economy, leading to greater financial inclusion, economic growth and job creation.

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Mastercard Debuts Priceless Experiences for Fans at the League of Legends 2018 World Championship

"Mastercard Nexus" Pop-up Experience Announced; Music Performances Confirmed for the Finals Opening Ceremony Presented by Mastercard.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

Mastercard's first activation of the World Championship comes to life through The Mastercard® Nexus, a League of Legends-themed experiential pop-up in the Gangnam Gu neighborhood of Seoul. The 2018 World Championship Finals will kick off in Incheon with the "Finals Opening Ceremony presented by Mastercard," which will include a performance of the 2018 Worlds anthem 'RISE' featuring The Glitch Mob, Mako, The Word Alive, and Bobby of iKON. There will also be a special performance debut of a new Riot produced song featuring Madison Beer, Miyeon and Soyeon of (G)I-DLE, and Jaira Burns.

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Mastercard: New Partnership Aims to Make Payments More Sustainable

Mastercard, Gemalto, Giesecke+Devrient and IDEMIA commit to develop environmentally friendly cards.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

For many years, the idea of going green in payments has been limited to linking purchases and accounts with donations to environmental causes and carbon offsets. These programs have had an impact in terms of awareness and raising much-needed funds. Now, there's an opportunity to put these efforts into action across a broader part of the payments industry.

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Signing Off: Mastercard Moves Beyond Signatures Worldwide

Mastercard is the first network to make signatures optional on the card and in the store.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

As advancements in technology and security change how people pay and verify their identity, Mastercard announced that cardholder signatures will now be optional, both on the card and on receipts.

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Mastercard: Here's Why You Should 'Make It a (Lunch) Date' on 10/10

Our dine-out day on October 10 offers the perfect opportunity to skip your sad desk lunch, dine out with a friend or colleague and support cancer research.

Originally Published by Mastercard.

You may have seen that Mastercard is partnering with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) to 'Make It a Date' on Wednesday, October 10, building on the more than $41 million we donated to support cancer research since 2010. Actress, producer and SU2C ambassador Mindy Kaling helped us launch the 24-hour dining campaign in honor of SU2C's 10-year anniversary. The beauty of this year's collaboration is that we're making it easy to donate via the simple act of dining out on October 10 for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and anything in between.

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