Retailer-Specific Mobile Apps an Important Means of Consumer Engagement

Retailer-Specific Mobile Apps an Important Means of Consumer Engagement

Retailer-specific mobile apps have become an important means of consumer engagement. They have been downloaded by a majority (53%) of smartphone users, and 42% have used them in the past 30 days, according to "Private Label Credit Cards in the U.S., 10th Edition."


How Does It Feel To Be Affluent In An Age Of Inequality?

How Does It Feel To Be Affluent In An Age Of Inequality?

A recent Packaged Facts report ("Affluent Consumers: Demographic Patterns and Spending Trends, 7th Edition", October 2017) reveals that an ongoing change in consumer values is a major part of the evolving mindset of upper-income consumers in an age of inequality


Latinos hold the key to growth

Latinos hold the key to growth

Marketers and retailers have long recognized the exceptional role Hispanic consumers play in their growth strategies. Sheer numbers are one reason. Yet, Hispanics embody far more than just an extraordinarily fast-growing population segment of the American population. They now represent a market with outsize spending power that will only continue to grow in the future.


The truth of the consumer banking matter

The truth of the consumer banking matter

Myths, half truths, falsehoods. Consumer banking in the modern era is fraught with as many unfortunate misconceptions as it is growth opportunities. In this blog, Packaged Facts sorts fact from fiction and sheds light on how important this segment of the financial services still is to Americans of all ages.


What’s in your (digital) wallet?

What’s in your (digital) wallet?

This blog is based on the report Mobile Payments in the U.S. View the abstract and table of contents here.

Aug. 10 - Take a peek at your wallet or purse and what do you see? A little cash? A driver’s license? Employee ID and insurance cards? Some lint? And, of course, a nice mix of payment cards?

For a card issuer, it all comes down to where their card stands in your wallet: is it your primary card, the one that sits at the top of your wallet-the one you grab the most when paying? For many i...


Millennials: Unbanked but bankable?

Millennials: Unbanked but bankable?

Packaged Facts is your trusted source for market research on the financial services industry. We cover topics ranging from financial services for small businesses to debit & credit cards to mobile payments. See our full catalog of related reports here.

June 27 - Survey analysis performed for Packaged Facts’ Underbanked and Unbanked Consumers report suggests a clear general trend away from having checking and savings accounts at traditional banking institutions even while consumers eschewing th...


China UnionPay’s commercial card growth strategy: First Asia, then the world!

China UnionPay’s commercial card growth strategy: First Asia, then the world!

This blog is based on the Packaged Facts report Commercial Payment Cards: U.S. and Global Market Trends, 9th Edition. Find out more by clicking here.

March 1 - Despite the recent slowdown in the Chinese economy and forecasts for tapering growth ahead, homegrown payment network China UnionPay (CUP) remains poised for robust growth both domestically and abroad. At a macro level, China’s two-speed economy emphasizes a shift away from investment and manufacturing and toward consumption and service...


The card fades into the background

The card fades into the background

This blog is based on the Packaged Facts report Private Label Credit Cards in the U.S., 9th Edition. Purchase a copy by Dec. 1 and receive 5% off with promo code PFPLCC1015.

The movement to virtual private label cards housed within retailer mobile apps foretells the eventual demise of the physical card:

Already, more than 30% of private label card issuer and program manager Alliance Data Systems’ private label card purchase value is made via card-not-present transactions. More broadly, retai...


For commercial payment cards, globalization is good business-but competition is increasing

For commercial payment cards, globalization is good business-but competition is increasing

Globalization is occurring at a rapid pace, requiring increased simplification and control over employer payments and expenses across multiple countries. Among payment providers (networks and card issuers alike), this has undoubtedly caused growing pains, as they struggle to craft solutions sophisticated and robust enough to meet global challenges of many stripes-regulatory and operational hurdles among them.

But in plain English, it also means payments expansion-following the arc of global gr...


Millennial adults increasingly seek alternatives to traditional banking

Millennial adults increasingly seek alternatives to traditional banking

While consumers historically underserved by mainstream financial services industry are often referred to as unbanked or underbanked, young adults are quickly joining their ranks. In Unbanked and Underbanked Consumers in the U.S., 3rd Edition , Packaged Facts found that the percentage of 18-24s who self-identify as unbanked has grown by almost 25% during 2005-2013. This jump has likely been influenced by recession-driven unemployment and wage trends that have disproportionately affected younger e...