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August 16, 2012

Discover Brings Google Wallet to Its Cardmembers

Discover logo 140pxDiscover has announced Discover announced that it is partnering with Google to allow its cardmembers to save their credit card directly into Google Wallet by logging into the online Account Center at discover.com/googlewallet.
“Our cardholders regularly use their Discover card to make purchases and payments online, in-store and now more frequently through their mobile devices,” said Sanjay Gosalia, Director of Mobile at Discover. “By offering the ability to join Google Wallet through our Account Center, Discover is providing our cardmembers with even greater flexibility and convenience when it comes to paying for their purchases.”

"We’re excited to partner with Discover to make it even easier for cardmembers to pay for their purchases,” said Robin Dua, Head of Product Management, Google Wallet. “By providing a simple way for cardholders to securely add their credit card to Google Wallet directly from the Discover website, we’re extending the opportunity to pay with Discover through Google Wallet at hundreds of thousands of merchants."

Google says that Discover is the first issuer to launch an implementation of its new Save to Wallet API for Payment Cards.

Square Introduces Simple Monthly Pricing for Merchants

Square logo 140pxSquare as announced new simple pricing for small businesses - a flat $275 monthly fee for merchants who process up to $250,000 per year and for transactions up to $400 in value.
“For 62 years, merchants have suffered complicated, expensive processing fees. Square is the first company to rethink electronic payment pricing with the merchant in mind. We are giving merchants affordable, predictable pricing, ” said Square CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey. “With one monthly price, merchants know that the sales they’ve processed in a day is the same amount deposited in the bank.”

Doing the math, Square's new flat fee pricing will save fees for merchants who do over $100,000 annually in swipe payment volume as compared to its standard 2.75%/swipe fee. For example, a merchant doing $200,000/year will have an effective discount rate of 1.375%. Manually-entered card transactions are not included in the flat fee - they continue to be priced at 3.5% + 15 cents per transactions.

August 15, 2012

Retailers Form Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) to Deliver Mobile Wallet

Mcx logo 140x60pxA group of the merchants announced that it has formed Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX), a new company dedicated to offering consumers a versatile mobile-commerce experience that will combine the convenience of paying at the register with customizable offers.
“MCX will leverage mobile technology to give consumers a faster and more convenient shopping experience while eliminating unnecessary costs for all stakeholders,” said Mike Cook, corporate vice president and assistant treasurer, Wal-Mart. “The MCX platform will employ secure technology to deliver an efficiency-enhancing mobile solution available to all merchant categories, including retail stores, casual dining, petroleum and e-commerce.”

The initial group of MCX merchants "serve nearly every smartphone-enabled American and account for approximately $1 trillion in annual sales." The MDX website is located at www.mcx.com. The mcx.com domain is registered to First Data.

Payments Views - So You Want to Start a Payments Company?

GP Logo Horizontal 140pxA great friend of Glenbrook’s is Broox Peterson, formerly Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Visa International and currently in private practice. In 2006, Broox wrote a great article that we shared on Payments News about regulatory implications that entrepreneurs may want to consider when building a new payments company - something that, in our experience, entrepreneurs do not always fully understand or appreciate. He’s just updated that article to reflect some recent changes – and we’re delighted to be able to share the updated version on Payments Views!

Consumers' Use of Prepaid Cards: A Transaction-Based Analysis

Fed Philidelphia logoThe Payment Cards Center of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has published a discussion paper by Stephanie M. Wilshusen, Robert M. Hunt, and James van Opstal of the Payment Cards Center and Rachel Schneider of the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI).
The Payment Cards Center and CFSI conducted this research project to develop a better understanding of how consumers use prepaid cards by examining their transaction behavior and the issuer revenue and cardholder costs generated by those transactions. Using data provided by Meta Payment Systems, this study focuses on open-loop reloadable prepaid cards and presents an analysis of more than 280 million transactions made on more than 3 million prepaid cards issued by Meta Payment Systems over a six-year period in over a dozen programs.
The paper, along with an executive summary, a list of key findings, and FAQs, is available here.

ORCC Partners with Truaxis to Help Banks Deliver StatementRewards

Online resources logoOnline Resources Corporation (ORCC) announced it has partnered with Truaxis, a service provider that leverages transaction data to help financial institutions deliver personalized rewards, loyalty incentives and other services to their customers.
"StatementRewards gives financial institutions a way to differentiate themselves in the market while continuing to deliver great value and service to their customers,” said Schwark Satyavolu, CEO and co-founder of Truaxis. “Our personalized services deliver a cost-effective rewards program alternative that allows institutions to decrease customer churn, attract new banking customers and increase earnings potential all while helping customers save thousands of dollars each year.”

USA Technologies Enters Mobile POS Acceptance Market

USATechnologies logo 140x60pxUSA Technologies has announced the introduction of 'ePort Mobile', a mobile acceptance solution that gives retailers and other merchants the ability to accept credit and debit cards “on the go” through USAT’s turnkey ePort Connect service platform.
USA Technologies Chairman and CEO, Stephen P. Herbert, commented: “USA Technologies’ leadership position in the industry was predominately built by making it easy for traditionally cash-based businesses to go cashless by offering a seamless, secure and turnkey way to accept cashless payments. ePort Mobile is a natural extension of that value proposition. ePort Mobile customers will be able to benefit from the same high level of service USAT is known for, while having access to all the sales and margin-building benefits a mobile cashless payment system can provide.”

Text2Pay Launches Frictionless 'Tap2Pay' Mobile Web Payment Experience

Text2pay logo 140x60px Text2Pay announced that is now enabling 1-Tap mobile billing for merchants selling virtual goods and services on mobile device. Director of Text2Pay, Mark Reiken, says Tap2Pay uses an identification process to recognize the user’s phone number, so the user will not have to input any information such as a password or PIN authentication. More info and a video demonstration are at www.tap2pay.com.

Onebip Launches “Transparent Authentication” ISP Billing for SFR in France

Onebip logo 140x60pxOnebip, the mobile payment division of Neomobile, announced it has launched a new “Transparent Authentication” capability for ISP Billing on SFR’s new platform.
ISP Billing is available for selling any kind of digital content, such as access to social network and dating sites, premium subscription to online news and media, access to audio and video streaming, premium content downloads, and virtual goods. Single transactions can be made up to 30 euros while recurring payments are also available on this system, with weekly transaction up to 7,5 euros and monthly transactions up to 30 euros.

August 14, 2012

WePay Gives Partners Complete Control of the Checkout Experience

Wepay logo 143pxWePay announced that it is giving partners the ability to completely control the checkout experience for their users through enhanced tokenization.
"We built the WePay API in the same spirit as we built our consumer-facing tools, which make it super easy for small businesses and individuals to start accepting payments online," said Bill Clerico, WePay CEO and co-founder. "Our API now allows third-party platforms to integrate WePay payment services into their applications, so that their users can start accepting payments just as easily. Shopping cart providers, website builders, and crowdfunding platforms, for example, can create accounts and facilitate payments for their users through our API."

The company also announced new pricing that brings it into line with other online payment enablers.

Bank of America Launches Online and Mobile Cash Back Deals Nationwide

BankofAmerica logo 140px Bank of America has announced national availability of its online and mobile cash back deals program, BankAmeriDeals.
“Our customers continue to tell us how important it is to save money while they shop,” said Aditya Bhasin, Consumer Marketing and Online and Mobile executive. “And we understand that consumers are busier and savvier than ever, which is why we’re making it easy for customers to earn cash back while they’re online or on the go.”
The program is free for Online Banking and Mobile Banking customers.

Guardian Analytics Unveils Behavior-based Fraud Solution for ACH

GuardianAnalytics logo 150pxGuardian Analytics has announced FraudMAP ACH, a new product that automatically analyzes ACH batches and transactions and prioritizes the highest risk payments for review.
"With ACH transaction volumes growing and criminals more eloquently tampering with ACH files, financial institutions are expending significant resources monitoring for fraudulent transactions and in many cases failing," said Craig Priess, founder and vice president of Products and Business Development at Guardian Analytics. "This is not a sustainable model. FraudMAP ACH fundamentally changes both the manner in which and how successfully a financial institution manages ACH payments risk."

August 13, 2012

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