Vendorcom, the cards & payments community, is a membership organisation which represents key stakeholders in the cards and payments industry in Europe. Its primary aims are to promote innovation, create a platform for thought leadership, provide a forum for knowledge sharing and issues resolution for its members and encourage capability development across the cards & payments industry.
Since its inception in 2003, Vendorcom has supported the cards & payments industry by providing a coherent and representative voice and by acting as a single point of authoritative and credible information for its members. In addition, it ensures that decisions made by industry influencers take into account the issues and concerns of solution providers who, in turn, collaborate constructively with existing working bodies in the cards & payments industry.
Almost 100 companies are full members of Vendorcom in Europe and take advantage of all the community has to offer. In addition there are over 500 companies including card schemes, acquiring banks, QSAs, consultancies, systems vendors and merchants who have participated in the community’s quarterly thought leadership conferences and special interest groups in the past 12 months. In total, more than 1600 organisations in the cards & payments industry are involved in our Community in Europe.
Vendorcom promotes innovation by enabling emerging businesses in the cards & payments industry to access the latest information on industry standards, business requirements, and opportunities for collaboration on market-led initiatives. Vendorcom actively promotes new businesses whose products and services will extend the solutions offered to merchants and enhance the capability of the cards & payments sector.
In our quarterly thought leadership conferences organisations have the opportunity to offer challenging, educational and inspirational presentations on areas where they are leading the market, whilst other leading influencers from across the industry provide insights into exciting new initiatives.
Through our Special Interest Areas, whether online on the Vendorcom Interactive Zone (VIZ) or in our regular Special Interest Groups (SIGs), members are provided with an opportunity to develop a common understanding on mainstream industry topics.
Bringing industry experts together around the table at our SIGs and Working Groups, supports the early resolution of industry wide, standards based issues through collaboration and ensures a proactive and pragmatic approach to the development of the standards which govern our industry.
Activities, such as seminars, workshops and training courses, encourage our members to constantly seek to better their ability to deal with the ever changing demands of our industry and to promote a desire and determination to ensure that best practice is applied across all that we do. This currently focuses on promoting best practice in marketing and communication, recruitment and employee development, and solutions development.
Bringing together the members of the community offers an invaluable opportunity for individuals to network with like-minded peers, initiating partnerships and collaborative approaches that might otherwise not take place.
THOUGHT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES
As part of Vendorcom’s thought leadership and knowledge sharing programme, the Community runs quarterly conferences covering the strategic, structural and global/regional trends and initiatives in the industry. They are primarily aimed at ensuring all stakeholders in the industry have visibility of what’s new and what is driving the future direction of the industry.
Members and delegates at quarterly conferences have the opportunity to hear from the principal influencers and standards-setting bodies, as well as organisations whose innovative approaches provide challenging, informative and inspirational insights.
Delegates can be assured that Vendorcom Conferences are not a forum for sales/lead generation by solutions suppliers but rather, a source of independent, authoritative, coherent information on which to base their cards and payments business strategy.
SPECIAL INTEREST AREAS
To meet Vendorcom’s objective of equipping the industry to deal with the challenges it faces when new standards and initiatives are introduced, the Community has created a series of Special Interest Areas to provide the opportunity for knowledge sharing and issues resolution on specific areas.
Special Interest Areas cover a range of Community activities, central to which is our wide range of Special Interest Groups. These meet periodically – usually every 3-4 months – with formats ranging from topical seminars and knowledge sharing workshops, to thought leaders’ round tables and detailed technical workshops.
Also within the scope of Vendorcom’s Special Interest Areas is the Vendorcom Interactive Zone (VIZ). This is the Community’s online forum providing a platform for knowledge sharing, a forum for discussing pressing issues, a repository for authoritative content, and a source of news on each of the Community’s Special Interest Areas. SIAs are structured in four main groups as outlined below. These form the basis for the Community’s ‘single-issue’ membership model.
- CNP & CNP Fraud
- Contactless, NFC & Mobile
- Customer Present Fraud
- Disability Matters
- Future Payments
- Payment Terminals & UPT
- PCI & Payment Security
- Prepaid & Stored Value
- SEPA & Payment Services Directive
- Testing & Accreditation
- Fuel & Forecourt Payments
- Public Sector Payments
- Travel, Transport & Ticketing
- Product Development
- Middle East