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February 14, 2013

Pageonce Introduces Local SMB Bill Payment Service

Pageonce logo 140x60pxPageonce has introduced the capability to pay individuals and small businesses through its new Pay Anyone service. "In addition to supporting thousands of national and regional bills, Pageonce now allows users to pay local bills such as rent, gardeners, piano teachers, pre-schools, sports teams, and more."

Visa Launches Mobile Money Managed Service

Visa logo 60pxhVisa announced the launch of a new plug-and-play mobile money platform that will make it easy and cost-efficient for financial institutions and mobile operators to offer mobile financial services to consumers.
The global platform is the world’s first bank-grade managed service for mobile money – meaning it allows Visa to host and fully manage all aspects of a mobile money program on behalf of the provider, from user interface design to consumer enrollment, transactions processing, authorization, clearing and settlement. The new service can enable domestic-only or globally interoperable mobile money services.

The new platform is built on Fundamo’s technology, the mobile money technology acquired by Visa in 2011.

February 13, 2013

Gilbarco Working with PayPal to Simplify Paying at the Pump

PayPal logo 140x60pxGilbarco Veeder-Root announced that it is working with PayPal on digital payment and other mobile solutions to be offered to Gilbarco customers worldwide.
“Our customers recognize PayPal as a global leader in digital payment, and we are excited to work with them on this innovative payment solution and to collaborate on a number of other retail initiatives,” said Mike Schulte, President of Gilbarco North America. "The PayPal mobile solution will be a cornerstone of our suite of retail applications."

Gilbarco's technology is used by 19 of the top 20 convenience store operators in the U.S. Don Kingsborough, PayPal vice president for retail services, blogged about the partnership here.

February 12, 2013

First Data Releases January 2013 SpendTrend

First data logo 140x60px First Data has released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for the full month of January 2013 compared to January 2012.
Dollar volume growth improved to 6.2% versus 4.0% in December as consumer spending bounced back despite the payroll tax increase. Improved retail spending was a large contributor to this growth. Retailers experienced a healthy rebound in spending as consumers increased discretionary spending during the start of the year. Retail dollar volume growth was the highest growth seen since August 2012.

SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations.

Cardlytics to Make Consumer Offers and Rewards Available via Facebook

Cardlytics logo 140px Cardlytics has announced that their service will be expanded to allow consumers to opt-in to receiving offers and rewards via Facebook.
“Extending our reward program to Facebook is a really exciting development,” said Jason Brooks, U.K. managing director of Cardlytics. “This functionality will increase engagement between banks and their customers. Now banks have an option to interact with their customers in new media like Facebook, without compromising any principles on security and data protection.”

The new capability will allow partner banks to deploy a Facebook App that integrates with the Cardlytics reward platform. The App will let consumers privately see their offers and rewards while using Facebook.

American Express Announces "Tweet to Buy" Capability

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express announced a new social commerce experience that turns Twitter #hashtags into online purchases from Amazon, Sony, Urban Zen and Xbox 360.
"Based on the initial success of Amex Sync for offers, we know there is significant power in combining our assets with Twitter's platform to bring value to Cardmembers and merchants," said Leslie Berland, Senior Vice President, Digital Partnerships and Development at American Express. "Now, we're leveraging our unique technology and closed-loop network to introduce a seamless solution that redefines what's possible in the world of social commerce."

See sync.americanexpress.com/twitter for more details.

February 11, 2013

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