Founded in 1971 in Omaha, Nebraska, First Data Merchant Services (First Data) began providing processing services to the Mid-America Bankcard Association (MABA). In 1976, the organization became the first processor of Visa and MasterCard bank-issued credit cards. Over the years, it has grown and thrived, become a global technology leader in payment technology and services solutions.
In addition to its global headquarters in Atlanta, it operates in 36 countries, including the UK, and has 24,000 owner-associates. First Data is a trading name of First Data Europe Limited, which is based in Basildon, Essex, in the UK.
First Data provides secure and innovative payment technology and services to more than six million merchants and financial institutions around the world. The company also boasts that secures and processes more than 2,500 financial transactions per second for businesses in 118 countries. Needless to say, First Data is huge and its reach is wide in the payment services industry.
Additionally, First Data offers some of the must cutting-edge point of sale technology fueled by powerful analytics to cut down on fraud and learn customers’ buying habits and preferences. Its innovations in mobile payments, ecommerce and prepaid solutions, payment processing, fraud protection and authentication solutions, online banking, check guarantee and verification services, and point-of-sale (POS) services are what draws customer to this payments giant.