While its name probably brings to mind the concept of fast and speedy purchases, American Express used to not refer to payments at all. It was originally a high-speed delivery service back in 1850, due to the American postal service being unreliable.
The people behind American Express began to realize that most of the profit could be made by doing trans-bank deliveries. They took on more and more bank-based jobs until they were a financial delivery specialist and continued their momentum until they became the very business they once served.
Imagine...a company starting out to serve the public because the mail wasn't dependable. Oh wait! Not that difficult to believe given the mail service in my neighborhood!
Coffee out on the patio this morning. How about some ice cream with the coffee?