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26
Nov

Where will you shop on Black Friday?


It’s probably difficult, if not totally impossible, to find someone who doesn’t like a good deal. That doesn’t necessarily mean you like shopping, but it sure smooths out the rough edges if you can save money and still find the goods that you’re looking for.

Shopping on Black Friday has graduated from being the new kid on the block to a legitimate national pastime. Stores open earlier and earlier, the online deals get better and better and the crowds get larger and larger. It’s hard to miss Black Friday anymore.

That prompted Xoom to find out more. So the global money transfer giant decided to conduct an exclusive survey of its FilAm customers and ask this question: ‘Where will you shop on Black Friday?’

As it turns out, the answers were basically ‘everywhere.’

Some 34 percent of the respondents in the survey said they will shop in stores while 23 percent said they would shop both in stores and online. And 12 percent answered that they would do their Black Friday shopping online only. Meanwhile, 31 percent said they didn’t have any plans to shop at all on Black Friday.

24
Nov

Xoom Launches Cross-Border Bill Pay – Pay Bills Online, in Your Home Country, From the U.S.

Xoom Bill Pay – pay your loved one’s bills so they don’t have to

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 21, 2014 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM), a leading digital money transfer provider, has officially launched Xoom Bill Pay, a cutting edge technology platform that transforms cross-border bill payments, allowing people to pay their loved ones bills online.  Xoom Bill Pay has launched with cross-border bill pay to Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic.

“Xoom Bill Pay is completely changing the way cross-border bills get paid to Mexico and other countries, by providing a new and innovative experience for customers to pay bills in just a few clicks or taps,” said Bobby Aitkenhead, Vice President of Xoom Bill Pay. “Now, immigrants can easily pay their loved ones bills online, from the United States. This helps Xoom customers save their loved ones from the hassle and risk of paying their bills in person.”

“Xoom Bill Pay helps its customers take even better care of family members back home, with the same quality service and great experience they have with Xoom Money Transfer,” added Aikenhead.  “Xoom Bill Pay shows customers accurate account balances in real-time, and then they can pay a bill —or multiple bills—instantly.”  The fee is $2.99 per bill paid.

Xoom Bill Pay allows customers to pay electricity, telephone, internet, cable, water and gas bills, from their mobile phone, tablet or computer. Currently, the service will facilitate payments to the most important utility providers in each country, including CFE, the sole energy provider in Mexico, TELMEX, the primary telephone provider in Mexico, and the CDEEE Group of Energy Companies, the sole energy provider in the Dominican Republic.  Others include, Claro, Energuate, Gigacable, Movistar, Telefonica, Tigo, Tricomm, and more.

One Xoom customer, Concepción Salinas, has already enjoyed the security, speed and reliability of Xoom Bill Pay.  “My mom is 70 years old and lives alone,” Salinas said. “In the past, I had to send money for her to pay the bills.  My mom has to go pick it up, then stand in line and go to each separate company to pay bills. With Xoom Bill Pay, my mom now doesn’t have to go out in the street. I don’t put her at risk.”

The ability to query account balances in real-time, using only an account number is a key differentiating feature of Xoom Bill Pay.  This is crucial because:

  • Senders have more visibility into their recipients’ expenses
  • It’s difficult for senders and recipients to access bill receipts in a timely manner
  • Many utilities in developing countries don’t allow partial payments
  • Many utilities disconnect service after a single missed payment

“We believe Xoom Bill Pay is revolutionary for paying bills in developing countries, where it’s very difficult for senders and beneficiaries to access bill receipts in a timely manner, and also hard to have good visibility over recipients’ expenses.” said Aitkenhead.  “In the past, money transfer recipients had to spend hours out of their day traveling to a bill pay retailer, just to stand in line, fill out forms and hand cash over the counter to pay for telephone usage or electricity.  This is now a thing of the past as we have transformed the process by allowing customers to pay the bills cross-border on behalf of their family in an easy and efficient way.”

In 2015, Xoom plans to roll out bill pay services to other Xoom countries, including the Philippines, India, Vietnam, Panama and countries in South America.

About Xoom
Xoom is a leading digital money transfer provider that enables consumers in the United States to send money and pay bills around the world in a secure, fast and cost-effective way, using their mobile phone, tablet or computer. During the 12 months ended September 30, 2014, Xoom’s more than 1.2 million active customers sent approximately $6.5 billion to family and friends. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 relating to, among other things, expectations, plans, and prospects for Xoom, including, but not limited to, its expectations regarding its expansion into new markets, ability to improve the way people around the world pay their bills and market demand for bill pay and money transfer products. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of Xoom’s management as of the date of this press release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made in this press release are based on information available to Xoom as of the date thereof, and Xoom disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements: the evolving nature of the industry in which Xoom operates; its failure to attract new customers or retain existing customers; economic, political or regulatory factors beyond its control, in the U.S. or in countries to which its customers transfer money and pay bills; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; competitive pricing and marketing strategies by competitors; the adoption of competing technologies that supplant its services; the failure of partners to disburse funds according to Xoom’s instructions; declines in customer confidence in its business or in money transfer providers generally; potential breaches of its security systems; and other risks and uncertainties.

For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, please refer to the risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including but not limited to Xoom’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and any subsequently filed reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. All documents are available through the SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval system (“EDGAR”) at www.sec.gov or Xoom’s website at www.xoom.com.

24
Nov

Xoom lanza “Pago de facturas transfronterizo” – Pague facturas en línea de su país de origen, desde los EE.UU.

Xoom Bill Pay – pague las facturas de sus seres queridos, para que ellos no tengan que hacerlo.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 21 de noviembre de 2014 – Xoom Corporation (NASDAQ: XOOM) un proveedor líder de transferencias digitales de dinero, ha lanzado oficialmente Xoom Bill Pay, una plataforma con tecnología de vanguardia que transforma los pagos internacionales de facturas, permitiendo que las personas paguen en línea, las facturas de sus seres queridos. Xoom Bill Pay se ha lanzado con pagos transfronterizos a México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua y la República Dominicana.

“Xoom Bill Pay está cambiando completamente el modo de pagar facturas en México y otros países, al ofrecer una experiencia nueva e innovadora para que nuestros clientes paguen facturas con pocos clics o toques de pantalla”, dijo Bobby Aitkenhead, Vicepresidente de Xoom Bill Pay. “Ahora, nuestros clientes pueden pagar las facturas de sus seres queridos, desde los Estados Unidos. Esto le evita las molestias y riesgos a sus seres queridos de pagar sus facturas personalmente”.

“Xoom Bill Pay ayuda a nuestros clientes a cuidar mejor a sus familiares y amigos allá en casa, con el mismo servicio de calidad y excelente experiencia que han tenido con envíos de dinero con Xoom”, añadió Aitkenhead. “Xoom Bill Pay les muestra a nuestros clientes los saldos correctos de las cuentas en tiempo real y, pueden pagar una factura – o varias facturas – al instante. La tarifa es de $2.99 por factura pagada.

Xoom Bill Pay le permite a los clientes pagar facturas de electricidad, teléfono, Internet, cable, agua y gas, desde su celular, su tableta o su computadora. Actualmente, el servicio facilita pagos a los más importantes proveedores de servicios públicos en cada país, incluyendo a CFE, el único proveedor de energía en México, TELMEX, el principal proveedor de telefonía en México y, el Grupo de Empresas de Energía CDEEE, el único proveedor de energía en la República Dominicana. Otras empresas son: Claro, Energuate, Gigacable, Movistar, Telefónica, Tigo, Tricomm y, varias más.

Una clienta de Xoom, Concepción Salinas, ya ha disfrutado la seguridad, velocidad y confiabilidad de Xoom Bill Pay. “Mi mamá tiene 70 años y vive sola”, dijo Salinas. “Anteriormente, tenía que enviarle dinero para que ella pagara las facturas. Mi mamá tenía que ir a recoger el dinero y, luego hacer una fila en cada una de las empresas para pagar las facturas. Con Xoom Bill Pay, mi mamá no tiene que salir a la calle y, así no la pongo en riesgo”.

La posibilidad de consultar los saldos de las cuentas en tiempo real, usando solamente un número de cuenta, es una característica diferenciadora de Xoom Bill Pay. Esto es crucial, porque:

  • Los clientes que envian dinero tienen mejor información sobre los gastos de sus seres queridos
  • Es difícil que los clientes en Estados Unidos y los paises de Latinoamericanos tengan acceso a los recibos de pago oportunamente
  • Muchas empresas de servicios públicos en los países en desarrollo, no permiten pagos parciales
  • Muchas empresas de servicios desconectan el servicio con una sóla factura no pagada

“Creemos que Xoom Bill Pay es una forma revolucionaria de pagar facturas en países en desarrollo, donde es muy difícil que las personas que envian dinero y sus beneficiarios tengan acceso a las facturas oportunamente.  Ademas es difícil para los que envian dinero tener información sobre los gastos de sus beneficiarios”, dijo Aitkenhead “Anteriormente, los destinatarios de envíos de dinero tenían que gastar horas trasladándose a una empresa de pago de facturas, hacer fila, llenar formularios y, pasar efectivo sobre el mostrador para pagar por el uso del teléfono o la electricidad. Esto es ahora algo del pasado, ya que hemos transformado el proceso al permitirles a los clientes que paguen las facturas a través de las fronteras, a nombre de sus familiares, de un modo fácil y eficiente”.

Xoom planea extender el servicio de pago de facturas en el 2015, a otros países Xoom, incluyendo Filipinas, India, Vietnam, Panamá y, otros países en Sur América.

Acerca de Xoom
Xoom es un proveedor líder de transferencias digitales de dinero que les facilita a los consumidores en los Estados Unidos, el envío de dinero y el pago de facturas alrededor del mundo. de manera segura, rápida y económica, usando su celular, su tableta o su computadora. Durante el periodo de 12 meses terminado el 30 de septiembre de 2014, los más de 1.2 millones de clientes activos de Xoom, enviaron aproximadamente $6,500 millones a familiares y amigos. La compañía tiene sus oficinas principales en San Francisco y se puede visitar en línea en www.xoom.com.

Declaraciones a futuro

Este comunicado de prensa contiene declaraciones a futuro, según lo establecido en el Artículo 27A de la Securities Act de 1933 y del Artículo 21E de la Securities Exchange Act de 1934, relacionados entre otras cosas con las expectativas, planes y prospectos de Xoom incluyendo, pero sin limitarse a, sus expectativas relacionadas con su expansión a nuevos mercados, capacidad de mejorar la manera como la gente alrededor del mundo paga sus facturas y, la demanda mundial de productos para pago de facturas y transferencias de dinero. Estas declaraciones a futuro se basan en las expectativas y convicciones actuales de la gerencia de Xoom en la fecha de este comunicado de prensa y, están sometidas a algunos riesgos e incertidumbres que podrían ocasionar que los resultados reales sean materialmente diferentes de los descritos en las declaraciones a futuro. Todas las declaraciones a futuro hechas en este comunicado de prensa, se basan en información disponible para Xoom en esta fecha y, Xoom renuncia a cualquier obligación de actualizar estas declaraciones a futuro.

Los siguientes factores en particular y, entre otros, pueden ocasionar que los resultados sean materialmente distintos de los expresados o implícitos en estas declaraciones a futuro: la naturaleza evolutiva de la industria en la cual opera Xoom; su insuficiencia para atraer nuevos clientes o, para retener a los clientes actuales; factores económicos, políticos o reguladores, fuera de su control, en EE.UU. o en países hacia los cuales sus clientes transfieren dinero y donde pagan facturas; fluctuaciones en tasas de cambio de divisas; precios competitivos y estrategias de mercadeo de los competidores; la implementación de tecnologías que sustituyan sus servicios; fallas por parte de los socios para desembolsar el dinero según instrucciones de Xoom; disminución de la confianza de los clientes en sus negocios o con los proveedores de transferencias de dinero en general,; violaciones posibles a su sistema de seguridad y, otros riesgos e incertidumbres.

Para ver un examen detallado de éstas y otras declaraciones de precaución, por favor revise los factores de riesgo analizados en presentaciones a la U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), incluyendo pero sin limitarse a Reporte Anual de Xoom en formulario 10-K, para el año terminado el 31 de diciembre de 2013 y, otros reportes presentados posteriormente en formularios 10-Q y 8-K. Todos los documentos están disponibles a través del sistema Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval (“EDGAR”), en www.sec.gov o, en el sitio web de Xoom, www.xoom.com

14
Nov

Square and Xoom Team with Latino Startup Alliance to Award Latina-Owned Businesses in California

Latina Entrepreneurs are Invited to Enter the Soy Empresaria Business Plan Competition

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., November 14, 2014 – Latino Startup Alliance, Square, and Xoom today announced the launch of Soy Empresaria, a program to give Latina entrepreneurs in California the opportunity to win $10,000 in financial support and mentorship.

“Every entrepreneur should have access to tools and resources to start, run, and grow their business so they can compete on the merit of their ideas and work,” said Ricardo Reyes, Vice President of Brand at Square. “Soy Empresaria honors Latina entrepreneurs and the impact they make on their communities.”

Soy Empresaria will recognize the three leading Latina business-owners in California at an event at Square’s headquarters where each will be awarded a $10,000 prize. Each of the winners will also receive coaching from notable executives from Square, Xoom, and the Latino Startup Alliance.

“Xoom is happy to be teaming up with Square and Latino Startup Alliance to provide hardworking Latina entrepreneurs with the opportunity to grow their business. Today, Latina business owners who send money home can do so in seconds with the Xoom App, and use the time saved to focus on their business,” said Theresa Pasinosky, Senior Director of Brand at Xoom.

“At Latino Startup Alliance, our goal is to help Latino tech entrepreneurs gain access to the resources, capital, and networks they need to succeed. That is why we are excited to announce the launch of Soy Empresaria, in partnership with Square and Xoom. Together, we want to celebrate and support the growth of Latina-owned small businesses in California,” said Deldelp Medina, president of the Latino Startup Alliance.

Business plan submissions must be made by 11:59 PM on December 14, 2014 to qualify. For more information on how to submit a business plan for Soy Empresaria, and for rules and regulations, visit www.latinabiz.soy. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #SoyEmpresaria.

Media Contacts:

Latino Startup Alliance:
Deldelp Medina
deldelp@latinostartupalliance.org

Square:
Johnny Brackett
brackett@squareup.com

Xoom:
Robin Carr
415-660-1239
robin.carr@xoom.com

14
Nov

Square y Xoom se asocian con Latino Startup Alliance para premiar a empresas de propiedad de latinas en California.

Las empresarias latinas están invitadas a participar en la competencia de planes de negocios Soy Empresaria.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Noviembre 14 de 2014 – Latino Startup Alliance, Square y Xoom anunciaron hoy el lanzamiento de “Soy Empresaria”, un programa para darles a las empresarias latinas en California, la oportunidad de recibir $10,000 en apoyo financiero y tutoría.

“Cada empresario debe tener acceso a herramientas y recursos para iniciar, poner en marcha y hacer crecer sus empresas, de modo que puedan competir con la calidad de sus ideas y su trabajo”, dijo Ricardo Reyes, Vicepresidente de Marca de Square. “Soy Empresaria” honra a las empresarias latinas y su influencia en la comunidad”.

Soy Empresaria hará un reconocimiento a las tres más destacadas latinas propietarias de empresas, en un evento en la sede social de Square, durante el cual, cada una recibirá un premio de $10,000. Cada una de las ganadoras también recibirá tutoría de notables ejecutivos de Square, Xoom y Latino Startup Alliance.

Xoom está feliz de haberse unido a Square y a Latino Startup Alliance para ofrecer a las muy trabajadoras empresarias latinas, la oportunidad de hacer crecer sus empresas. Hoy en día, las latinas dueñas de empresas que envían dinero a casa, lo pueden hacer en segundos con la App de Xoom y, el tiempo que ahorran lo pueden dedicar a concentrarse en su empresa”, dijo Theresa Pasinosky, Directora Senior de Marca Global de Xoom.

“En Latino Startup Alliance, nuestra meta es la de ayudar a los latinos empresarios en tecnología a tener acceso a los recursos, capital y redes que necesitan para triunfar. Por eso, estamos emocionados de anunciar el lanzamiento de Soy Empresaria, en asocio de Square y Xoom. Juntos, queremos celebrar y apoyar el crecimiento de las pequeñas empresas propiedad de latinas en California”, dijo Deldelp Medina, Presidente de Latino Startup Alliance.

Para ver más información sobre la manera en enviar su plan de negocio para Soy Empresaria y, las reglas y normas, visite www.latinabiz.soy. Los planes de negocio deben ser enviados antes de las 11:59 PM del 14 de diciembre de 2014, para ser aceptados.  Participe en la conversación en Facebook y Twitter usando el hashtag #SoyEmpresaria.

Media Contacts:

Latino Startup Alliance:
Deldelp Medina
deldelp@latinostartupalliance.org

Square:
Johnny Brackett
brackett@squareup.com

Xoom:
Robin Carr
415-660-1239
robin.carr@xoom.com

12
Nov

Where do you typically eat lunch?

Let’s talk about food, probably one of the more popular topics to discuss. Specifically, let’s talk about lunch. Eating lunch isn’t just a way to fill your tank, it can also be a welcome break from work, it represents the daily transition from morning to afternoon, it’s a good time to socialize or it’s simply an opportunity to eat the kind of food you enjoy.

But where do you eat your lunch? Xoom was interested in that question, so the money transfer business conducted a survey of its FilAm customers to find out. What Xoom discovered was a revealing cross-section of lunch-time locales.

The majority of respondents, 54 percent of those surveyed, said they eat lunch at home. Those in office settings weighed in, too. A full 17 percent answered the question by saying they at their desk at work and following closely behind, 16 percent said they eat their lunch in the office cafeteria or the lunch room. And 9 percent of those who took part in the survey said they eat their lunch in restaurants. Bon appétit.

10
Nov

Do you enjoy watching commercials on TV?

Holding the TV remote control is a position of power. Everybody knows that. Having the TV remote control device in your hands means the place where you’re parked on the sofa represents the current seat of authority.

Yes, you can change the television channel, although politeness dictates that it’s usually nice to ask anyone else in the room if they mind. But there’s also something else you can do with the remote control. You can mute the sound. It might be wise to ask for permission to do that as well.

On the other hand, if you do mute the sound, you can’t watch the TV commercials. Now that’s a subject that interested Xoom. The money transfer business powerhouse conducted an exclusive survey of its FilAm customers and simply asked if they enjoy watching commercials on television.

The most popular response was ‘sometimes,’ given by 53 percent of those who answered the survey while 25 percent said they did not watch the TV commercials and 22 percent said that they did indeed watch the commercials.

6
Nov

Do you watch Filipino teleseryes?

Everyone has their own tastes in television shows, which can take you anywhere from sports to news to entertainment to specials and so many more. That’s one of the great things about having options, so you can choose your favorite. And there’s one particular genre of TV shows that have endured for a very long time. That would be the soap opera, or to the Filipino community, the Philippine drama, or teleseryes.

We already know that the teleseryes, which are aired in prime time, can bring some of the highest advertising rates in Philippine television. So they are lucrative.

But are they really popular with the FilAm audience? Xoom wanted to find out. So Xoom, a leader in the global money transfer business, decided to conduct an exclusive survey of its FilAm customers and get the answer. Xoom asked the question ‘Do you watch Filipino teleseryes?’

Let’s just say the teleseryes are popular. A majority of the respondents, a full 60 per cent, said they did indeed watch teleseryes. Meanwhile, 40 percent of those who answered the survey said they do not watch Filipino teleseryes.