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March 30, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 30, 2015

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  • Contactless Card Payments enabled on Vodafone Wallet with Visa and Carta Worldwide - "Vodafone customers will soon be able to add bank cards to their Vodafone Wallet and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals, it was announced today. Following new agreements with Visa and Carta Worldwide, bank card payments via Vodafone Wallet will be enabled in European markets from the second quarter of 2015 onwards."
  • MasterCard Expands San Carlos Center of Excellence - "MasterCard today announced the expansion of its San Carlos Center of Excellence and the relocation of senior vice president of Emerging Merchants, Les Matthews, and his team to the company’s West Coast office. MasterCard will also add global communications support in San Carlos with the relocation of vice president, Worldwide Communications, Brian Gendron. The moves enhance the company’s presence on the ground in Silicon Valley – an important market for continuing to deepen MasterCard’s footprint with the tech community."
  • GTCR Announces Sale of Fundtech to DH Corporation - Aaron Cohen, Managing Director at GTCR, added: “This transaction marks another successful example of GTCR’s Leaders Strategy™, as we worked in partnership with an exceptional management team to execute this complex transformational merger. We are pleased that those efforts have resulted in building a market-leader in transaction banking software.”
  • According to New Chase Slate Credit Survey, Checking Your Credit Score Correlates to Financial Aptitude – Yet Gaps in Consumers’ Credit Health Awareness Still Exist - "The survey reveals that Americans who have previously checked their credit score consider a “good” score to be 719 on average1. This is 51 points higher than what is considered to be good by those who have never checked their score (668). What Americans may not realize is that even a score of 719 might not give them access to credit at the best rates."
  • TimesofMoney Announces Launch of 'Movit' - Talking about Movit, Avijit Nanda, Chief Executive Officer, TimesofMoney, says, “TimesofMoney has several success stories to its credit. We have engaged with international clients for Movit and in fact are in the process of deploying it in Africa currently. Since Movit’s primary delivery channel is the mobile phone, it gives a huge thrust to the financial inclusion agenda of governments in emerging economies of India, Asia & Africa where there is an ever-increasing mobile penetration.”
  • Powa Technologies and Merchant e-Solutions Partner to Support POS Application Developers’ Go-To-Market Strategies - “PowaPOS has a unique position in the tablet-based payments market right now. Its fully integrated hardware and universal OS support makes it particularly attractive to POS software developers and to us,” said Tom Bell, CEO, Merchant e-Solutions. “By partnering together, we’ll be able to provide developers with the best payments processing and hardware solutions on the market today.”

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March 09, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 9, 2015

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  • PayLease and Ocius to Combine - “Ocius is the forerunner in convergent billing solutions and their products are the perfect complement to the PayLease payment platform,” said PayLease CEO, Dave Dutch. “Our combined companies will bring best-in-class solutions to streamline our clients’ intensive AR and AP needs. We are excited to join forces with Ocius and bring these businesses together.” Dutch added.

  • NMI Launches Payments Enablement Platform for VARs and ISVs - “The days of reselling third-party payment gateway services or referring merchants to payment gateways are over,” said Roy Banks, chief executive officer for NMI. “Our payments enablement platform enables ISOs, VARs and ISVs to offer their own branded payment gateway, while meeting the payment processing needs of their merchant customers,” added Banks. “They gain relationship control to enhance customer experience and brand equity. Plus, they own more of the revenue opportunity without having to worry about third-party competition,” continued Banks.

  • Seamless Distribution AB: SEQR Launches Market-Leading Cashback Reward Program and Connects the Service to Consumers’ Bank Accounts - “This reward program is far more attractive than what the card companies offer, with no fees or strings attached. It is very attractive financially. SEQR can also be connected straight to your bank account, making it even easier to use. This is how we are actively driving the change towards the smartphone replacing the wallet, ” says Peter Fredell, CEO of Seamless, the provider of SEQR.


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January 12, 2015

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - January 12, 2015

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  • MasterCard Reaches Deal with Russia - Wall St. Journal - "MasterCard and Russia’s national payment system agreed on Dec. 30 to gradually move the processing of the U.S. company’s transactions within Russia under the roof of its Russian counterpart, the central bank said."
  • Alibaba Pays to Play in India - Wall St. Journal - "The Indian company’s prize asset is Paytm, a mobile-payments platform, which also runs an online marketplace in India that matches merchants to shoppers, similar to Alibaba’s business model in China."
  • Level Money has joined Capital One - Level Money Blog - "Much younger and nimbler than any other top bank, Capital One is a founder-led company on a mission to transform the way banking is done. Taking a technology-based, consumer-centric focus to banking is core to what Capital One does, and on that team we found a deep passion for solving old problems in a new way."
  • PayPal Credit Expansion Now Lets Merchants Set Terms, Including Option For Interest-Free Payments - TechCrunch - "PayPal Credit is expanding its support for monthly payments with an option for retailers that allows them to decide on the number of months and interest rates that work best for their customers."
  • Why Tort Liability Won’t Produce Good Cybersecurity - Steptoe Cyberblog (Stewart Baker) - "In the end I doubt that liabilities to issuing banks will drive much cybersecurity either, not because the claims are low — they’re more likely to be in the $50 per card range — but because establishing liability will not be all that easy and because things like tokenization will likely prove much cheaper than improving security.)"
  • SWIFT appoints new Chief Technology and Chief Operations Officers - SWIFT - "SWIFT announces the appointment of Craig Young as Chief Technology Officer and Marcel Bronmans as Chief Operations Officer. Both Young and Bronmans will sit on SWIFT's Executive Committee and report directly to CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt."

On the Wires:

  • Heartland First to Offer Comprehensive Merchant Breach Warranty - "Heartland’s breach warranty is offered at no charge to its Heartland Secure™ merchants in the first year and can be extended for $8.33 per month per card-entry device. To be covered under the warranty, a merchant must have a Heartland Secure-certified device and process payments through Heartland on that device."
  • Verifone Offers Merchants a Single mPOS Payment Terminal to Support All Major Smart Device Options - “The prospect of having to purchase new mPOS devices for sales associates when smartphones and tablets are upgraded has been a major inhibitor to mPOS investment among retailers,” said Mark Shockley, senior vice president of Mobile Solutions for Verifone. “Verifone’s single, modular solution will offer the ultimate in mPOS flexibility, allowing it to persist across changes in devices, even if somebody wants to make a complete switch from one OS to another.”
  • Vantiv Certifies Verifone’s Secure Commerce Architecture - “Vantiv’s certification of SCA from Verifone combined with Point-to-Point Encryption ensures many more merchants can significantly reduce their exposure to large scale payment data breaches, and further reduce the complexity associated with EMV certification,” said Rob McMillon, vice president of Product Security for Verifone.
  • Bank of America Launches National Advertising Campaign for Preferred Rewards - “When we spoke to our clients to find out what they valued most from a rewards program, they clearly said they seek everyday rewards and benefits that they would actually use,” said David Dintenfass, Global Wealth and Investment Management and Consumer Marketing executive at Bank of America.
  • NCR Unveils a New ‘Grab and Go’ Self-Checkout Solution - "Whether in the supermarket or at a convenience, department, specialty or DIY retailer, there is a large amount of checkout traffic that can be handled with this card-only, small footprint solution,” says Dusty Lutz, general manager self-checkout solutions at NCR Retail. “This technology is ideally designed for ‘grab-and-go’ convenience for driving more revenue and convenience during peak shopping hours.”
  • FreedomPay Announces PCI-Validated Point-to-Point Encryption And EMV Support Through Newly Enhanced Microsoft Azure - “The FreedomPay Commerce Platform on Azure offers customers security, scalability and access to real-time data,” said Christopher Kronenthal, Chief Technology Officer at FreedomPay. “Microsoft has enabled FreedomPay to deploy one of the industry’s most comprehensive payment security standards and transactional data services to merchants embracing a real-time retail ecosystem.”
  • BMO Launches iPad App with Integrated Access to Banking and Self-Directed Investing - "With one streamlined login, customers can easily manage their personal banking and self-directed investing with the added benefit of a personal financial management tool," said Cesar Rainusso, Vice-President, Digital Channels, BMO Financial Group.

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December 17, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 17, 2014

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  • ChowNow Becomes The First Online Ordering Platform To Integrate Apple Pay - "The addition of Apple Pay benefits both restaurants and their customers. Rather than manually inputting their credit card number and billing address, customers with an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or the forthcoming Apple Watch, can complete their order simply by using their fingerprint. As a result of the added convenience and security, restaurants should see increased order volumes, and hence a more profitable to-go business."
  • ID Insight Debuts Next-Generation Address Verification - "Safe2Ship processes addresses to ensure each is a valid and legitimate delivery point, verifies the customer’s identifying information using ID Insight’s consolidated databases of billions of records, and identifies and appends the best address if the customer does not reside at the address provided."
  • A New Way to Pay with Commerce Bank Credit and Debit Cards Using Apple Pay - “Apple Pay is a significant step forward in mobile payments and we are happy to be able to offer this feature to our customers,” said Carl Bradbury, Commerce Bank director of consumer card products. “With Apple Pay, our customers will now have the option to make purchases both securely and conveniently in stores and within apps with the latest iPhones and iPads.”
  • Mint Streamlines Bill-Paying With New Mint Bills - “Mint has historically served as a rear-view mirror for personal finances, providing consumers a look back at their money,” said Barry Saik, senior vice president and general manager of Intuit’s Consumer Ecosystem Group. “Today, we’re taking a more forward-looking approach, helping people to anticipate and accomplish must-do financial tasks, such as paying bills, so they can feel confident and in control of their money.”
  • Global Payments and Bank of the Philippine Islands Form Strategic Joint Venture - "We are delighted to enter into this partnership with BPI in the Philippines, one of our fastest growing markets," said Jeff Sloan, Chief Executive Officer of Global Payments. "This joint venture highlights our strategy to drive accelerating growth by expanding direct distribution in Asia. It will also allow us to add significant merchants to our existing business in the Philippines, further leverage our technological strengths and provide superior product and service offerings to BPI customers in a highly attractive market," Sloan continued.

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December 16, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - December 16, 2014

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  • Banks: Park-n-Fly Online Card Breach - Krebs on Security - "...Park-n-Fly said it recently engaged multiple outside security firms to investigate breach claims made by financial institutions, but so far has been unable to find a breach of its systems."
  • Mobile rewards gain stature as currency for airlines - Mobile Commerce Daily - “Last month, we began offering our MileagePlus X mobile app to a test group of members, enabling them to use their mobile devices to earn miles when making purchases at certain stores.”
  • Dozens More Companies Sign Up for Apple Pay - New York Times - "On Tuesday, Apple announced that in recent weeks the company had signed up dozens more banks, retail stores and start-ups to adopt Apple Pay..."
  • Samsung in Talks to Launch Apple Pay Competitor - Re/code.net - "It is not yet clear if Samsung has reached a deal with the startup, Burlington, Massachusetts-based LoopPay. One source said the deal could still fall apart. A prototype of the payments system working on a Samsung phone has been created, the other source said."
  • Australian Regulator: Bitcoin is Not a Financial Product - CoinDesk - "Digital currencies are not a financial product and operators do not need licenses to trade or hold them, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has said."

On the Wires:

  • Adyen Raises $250 Million in Funding to Accelerate Growth of Its Global Payments Platform - “Adyen is at the forefront of a rapidly globalizing payments market with tremendous growth potential,” said Jonathan Korngold, managing director and global head of General Atlantic’s Financial Services Sector. He continued, “In addition to exponential growth in e-commerce, we are also seeing a rise in consumer demand for integrated experiences across in-store and online shopping. Considering the inherent opportunities in both of these trends, we believe that Adyen is well-positioned to extend its position as the leading global payments solution in the years to come.”
  • First Data and Verifone Partner to Combat Consumer Payment Data Theft - "While EMV acceptance in the marketplace will strengthen data protection, it creates a burden on merchants and those that serve them,” said Guy Chiarello, president of First Data. “This partnership with Verifone furthers our objective of working with the leading payment technology providers to benefit merchants and their customers.”
  • EMV Chip Technology Is the Future of U.S. Payments: Get the Facts in New EMV Migration Forum Infographic - "The Forum developed this resource to be a high-level, easy-to-read visual guide to the must-know facts about chip technology and the U.S. migration. We think this will be a particularly useful aid for payment stakeholders in building their own educational materials on chip payments."
  • ShopKeep Apple Pay & Chip Card Reader Available Now - "ShopKeep’s new reader offers independent business owners the latest in payment technology and additional security features for each credit card transaction. The device, powered by Ingenico Mobile Solutions, the leading mobile commerce platform provider, connects to the ShopKeep register app via Bluetooth. It retails for $249, and for a limited time, new customers will receive a free reader upon signing up for a ShopKeep account."
  • NCR Silver POS Integrates with LevelUp to Provide Merchants with New Payment Option - "NCR Silver merchants can activate the LevelUp application as a payment option in their POS system. Once activated, customers pay by scanning unique QR codes generated by the LevelUp app during checkout."
  • Time Inc. Partners with Coinbase to Become the First Major Magazine Publisher to Accept Bitcoin Payments - "Time Inc. joins a growing list of businesses, such as Overstock.com, Google and Expedia, partnering with Coinbase to integrate bitcoin into their customer payment options."
  • Elavon and Union Bank Extend Alliance Relationship - “Merchant Services is an important offering that helps our customers grow their businesses,” said Brian Milton, managing director of Retail Home Equity, Credit Card and Merchant Services for Union Bank. “By combining our banking expertise with Elavon's premier payment-processing network, our customers have a one-stop solution for all of their banking and payment-processing needs.”
  • Apple's® iBeacon™ Technology Made Simple for Retailers, App Developers and Consumers with New BeaconStream End-to-End Solution - "By offering intelligent software and better beacons, we've made it easy for every part of the ecosystem to generate and experience the magical moments that iBeacon technology delivers," said Venkat Nallapati, CEO, BeaconStream. "Our breakthrough solution removes the complexity of implementing real-world interactions with consumers and offers superior features to enhance and track return-on-investment."

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October 24, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - October 24, 2014

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September 17, 2014

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August 21, 2014

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August 19, 2014

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August 18, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 18, 2014

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  • Hostility in Payments - LinkedIn (Scott Loftesness) - "The recent entry of Amazon.com into the small merchant mobile POS card acceptance market may signal the last phase of increasing hostility in the US merchant acquiring segment of the card payments business."
  • Host Card Emulation 101 (White Paper) - Smart Card Alliance - "This white paper was developed by the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council to provide an educational resource on host card emulation (HCE), describing what it is, how it’s used, how it compares with the secure element (SE)-based card emulation approach, what key considerations are for payment applications, and what security aspects should be considered for HCE-enabled applications."
  • Banks, Retailers Speed Up Drive to Add Chips to Credit, Debit Cards - Wall St. Journal - "Although the cards still have a magnetic strip on the back to be used at merchants that haven't upgraded their technology, the computer chips don't work with a swipe at the register. Instead, shoppers slide the card into the bottom of the terminal and leave it there while the purchase is processed."
  • Three Trends That Will Make A Difference In Mobile Payments - TechCrunch (Alberto Jimenez) - "Those with a history in the mobile payments industry know that it has been a slow (and mostly disappointing) journey."
  • Coinbase Acquires Blockr.io, Welcomes New Staff - Coinbase Blog - "Today, we’re excited to announce that Coinbase has acquired Blockr.io. As part of the acquisition, we’re able to welcome two of its exceptionally talented employees to the Coinbase team: software engineer Sašo Matojina and designer Samo Drole."
  • CFPB Warning Ignores Bitcoin’s Consumer Protections - CoinDesk (Jon Matonis) - "While we should definitely heed the risks within a digital currency environment, just as we heed the risks inherent with physical money, we should be equally aware of the additional financial protections provided by bitcoin that are so critical for maintaining a free society."
  • How Bitcoin might transform international payments — a lifeline for millions - VentureBeat - "Remittance payments are a lifeline. ... Many of the financial institutions that move money back and forth charge exorbitant fees to keep that lifeline open—sometimes ten percent or more."

On the Wires:

  • Simon And Blackhawk Network Expand Relationship With Enhanced Visa Simon Giftcard - "Blackhawk's product gives us access to more consumer demanded features and the new deal will allow consumers to have the added convenience of buying our newly branded Simon Giftcard at participating Blackhawk distribution locations nationwide."
  • Navicure Launches New Patient Payment Platform - “To continue to thrive, healthcare organizations must collect patient payments at or near the time of service and no longer rely solely on patient statements, which can come months after care and long after the patient remembers what procedures were performed."

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August 04, 2014

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July 29, 2014

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July 15, 2014

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May 14, 2014

American Express Expands OptBlue Merchant Acquirer Program

Amex logo 140pxAmerican Express has announced the expansion of OptBlue, its new merchant acquiring program that extends U.S. small merchant acceptance coverage for its cards.

Amex reports there are now 10 participating acquirers in OptBlue, five of which are among the top 10 in the United States. New to the program are: First Data, EVO, Merchant e-Solutions and First American Payments Systems. The program was announced at American Express’ Financial Community meeting earlier this year with Vantiv, Global Payments, Heartland Payment Systems, Worldpay, Transfirst and JetPay as the first participants. Participating acquirers will provide a full one-stop servicing solution for American Express Card® acceptance to eligible U.S. small merchants.

OptBlue is part of American Express’ ongoing commitment to enhance the U.S. small merchant experience and is an evolution of our acquiring business,” said Ed Jay, Executive Vice President, Merchant Services - Americas, American Express.

“The program will help deliver a smart and easy solution for U.S. small merchants to enjoy the benefits of American Express Card acceptance while making it convenient for consumers to Shop Small® year round.”

With OptBlue, participating acquirers can offer U.S. small merchants the benefit of a single statement, one settlement process, and one contact for all the major card brands. Acquirers determine merchant pricing in addition to providing payment processing and servicing. OptBlue will help expand American Express’ U.S. small merchant coverage, providing consumers more payment options at local businesses. American Express continues to receive the same transactional information it does today, allowing OptBlue merchants to benefit from the valuable tools, services and marketing that the Company delivers to small merchants. OptBlue is limited to eligible U.S. small merchants that have a projected American Express charge volume of less than $1 million per year.

May 13, 2014

Vantiv to Acquire Mercury Payment Systems from Silver Lake

Vantiv logo 140pxVantiv has announced an agreement to acquire Mercury Payment Systems, LLC for an aggregate price of $1.65 billion. Mercury is a payment technology and service leader whose solutions are embedded into point-of-sale software applications and brought to market through their dealer and developer partners. Mercury is currently majority-owned by Silver Lake.

The emergence of integrated payment technology at the point-of-sale delivers a differentiated merchant experience and creates a highly-efficient, cloud-based delivery model for customer acquisition and retention,” said Charles Drucker, president and chief executive officer of Vantiv.

“By combining Mercury’s distribution network and innovative solutions with Vantiv’s technology platform and products, we are developing a payments eco-system that allows us to serve these clients in new and exciting ways. Bringing the companies together will dramatically enhance our distribution and technology capabilities to serve a number of large and growing industry verticals.”

Vantiv said that the acquisition of Mercury accelerates Vantiv’s growth in the integrated payments space, which is expected to increase significantly over the next several years to potentially represent over 30% of total payments volume by 20171. The transaction results in a combination of leading technology, distribution and scale, which along with Vantiv’s presence in online and omni-channel commerce, significantly increases Vantiv’s penetration into high-growth channels.

May 01, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - May 1, 2014

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  • Merchants and Billers: Leverage = Options x Time! - PaymentsViews.com (Jay DeWitt) - "The solution to these situations simple: figure out when your acquirer contract expires, and get it on your planning calendar so you’re teed up to begin negotiations 6-12 months before contract term."
  • In Bitcoin Debate, Larry Summers Sides with the History of Change - Wall St. Journal Moneybeat - "To Mr. Summers, the potential contained in bitcoin’s breakthrough technology, with its fast, low-cost system for confirming transactions, is demonstrated by problems with the current multi-layered system for domestic and global fund transfers."
  • Payment Innovation Is Not Enough For Retail - TechCrunch (Dax Desilva) - "Commerce is all about bringing the right product to the right shopper at the right time, but the payment only addresses the close. To differentiate, merchants need to focus on innovating everything else that happens long before we reach the register..."
  • The death of cash? Debit card use surges - Telegraph (UK) - "Plastic and automated payments are now the most popular method of payment by both volume and size of transactions, according to current account data published by Halifax."
  • HCE vs. BLE: Which has the bigger in-store potential? - Mobile Commerce Daily - "While both NFC and BLE are likely to bring some important innovations to the in-store experience, they also have their limitations."
  • EMV is Not a Panacea for Transaction Security - Verifone Blog (Jeff Wakefield) - "Yes, EMV is more secure than mag-stripe technology, and when fully rolled out it will do a good job of reducing card fraud. But until mag-stripes are eliminated from cards; mag-stripe readers are no longer in use, and until merchants completely eliminate usable data from their environments, EMV will remain a “better option,” but it won’t prevent the theft of cardholder entirely."
  • ‘Dark Wallet’ Is About to Make Bitcoin Money Laundering Easier Than Ever - Wired - "On Thursday, a collective of politically radical coders that calls itself unSystem plans to release the first version of Dark Wallet: a bitcoin application designed to protect its users’ identities far more strongly..."

On the Wires:

  • Chase Launches Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature Business Credit Card for Small Business Owners On the Go - "Chase Card Services and Marriott Rewards® today announced the launch of the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature® Business Credit Card designed for small business owners who travel frequently for business or pleasure. With the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, small business owners have the ability to earn accelerated Marriott Reward points on all purchases, accumulate free night stays, and receive automatic Silver Elite Status once they become a cardholder."
  • MasterCard Incorporated Reports First-Quarter 2014 Financial Results - "The company reported net income of $870 million, up 14%, and earnings per diluted share of $0.73, up 18%, in each case versus the year-ago period."
  • Worldpay announces strategic acquisition of Cobre Bem Tecnologia - "Worldpay Group today announced that it has acquired Cobre Bem Tecnologia, a leading provider of payment solutions in Latin America, for an undisclosed amount. With this transaction, Worldpay’s eCommerce division will further strengthen its global reach, giving its customers access to a wide range of payment products in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Mexico."
  • Qualcomm Establishes Retail Solutions Subsidiary as Standalone Company -- Gimbal, Inc. - "The QRS team has made tremendous progress with the Gimbal technology platform and I am excited to continue leading this group as CEO of Gimbal, Inc.," said Rocco Fabiano, current president of QRS. "I am eager to continue working with this team under a new corporate structure that will permit the business to respond quickly to this rapidly evolving ecosystem."
  • Wells Fargo Commercial Cards Are Europe-Bound - "In a related announcement, Wells Fargo said all new USD WellsOne® Commercial Cards will be embedded with microprocessor chips defined by E.M.V. (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) standards. In addition, Wells Fargo has begun migrating all of its existing cardholders over in advance of the October 2015 deadline in the United States."
  • Wells Fargo Launches Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM - "Wells Fargo Works for Small Business provides wide-ranging support for business owners throughout the U.S. to help them build knowledge, access capital and expand their community of support. Wells Fargo Works for Small Business encompasses the company’s commitment to helping small businesses grow."

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March 19, 2014

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March 11, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - March 11, 2014

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  • Starbucks CEO on mobile payments - Fox News - "Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on the success and expansion of the company’s mobile payment platform."
  • Why I'm Joining PayPal - PayPal Forward Blog (Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal) - "Part of my role at PayPal will be to help small businesses and entrepreneurs understand online commerce and payments."
  • A Deeper Look at Uber’s Dynamic Pricing Model - Above the Crowd (Bill Gurley) - "So why does Uber’s dynamic pricing even exist? The answer lies in understanding that Uber is fundamentally a marketplace, where supply is controlled not by the company but by the legion of independent contractors and transportation providers with whom they work."
  • Decentralizing Identity - Continuations (Albert Wenger) - "It is still early days for all of this, but the potential for these emerging decentralized identity systems is to further push power to the people and away from central authorities."
  • Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: A Critical Insight - IBM Academy of Technology TechNotes - "Bitcoin allows you to transfer economic value to any individual, anywhere in the world, without the involvement or approval of a third party, at minimal cost. This architecture is unlike any payment sys-tem that has previously existed. We are now observing a proliferation of new entrants building on its insights."
  • Top 50 credit unions grow in the face of new regulations - SNL Financial - "After several years of growth, the nation's credit unions saw the first drop in aggregate net income since 2008."
  • McDonald’s Sweden takes mobile payments to the next level - Mobile Commerce Daily - "The technology is being powered by Seamless’ SEQR mobile wallet solution."
  • How Banks Should Respond to the New Players in Payments - Bank Systems & Technology - "Silicon Valley Bank has taken a different approach to new payments players, by using its unique position in the “cradle of innovation” to incubate payments startups in partnership with MasterCard, Reekita Grewal shared."
  • Millennials see banks as irrelevant | Scratch - "This turned out to be a longer post than I expected. The catalyst was the millennial belief in irrelevance of banks. This is not to be ignored or ignored at your banks peril."

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February 03, 2014

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - February 3, 2014

The second edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S." has just been published. It's available in print from Amazon.com and in an ebook version for your iPad.

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January 06, 2014

Georgia Department of Banking and Finance Finalizes Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Bank Rules

140px Flag of Georgia U S state svgLast month, the state of Georgia Department of Banking and Finance published new rules in response to earlier legislation - the Georgia Merchant Acquirer Limited Purpose Bank Act, O.C.G.A. § 7-9-1 et seq.

Under the new rules, "a corporation, organized solely under the laws of Georgia, that performs or seeks to perform merchant acquiring activities or settlement activities may apply to the Department for an MALPB (merchant acquirer limited purpose bank) charter."

The new rules became effective on December 23, 2013.

November 11, 2013

First Data Merchant Solutions Achieves UK Payment Institution Status

First data logo 140x60pxFirst Data Merchant Solutions, First Data’s direct-to-market payment acceptance business, has announced that it has become a UK Payment Institution after successfully achieving independent membership of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as well as the MasterCard and Visa card schemes. As a UK Payment Institution, First Data Merchant Solutions says it is now able "to provide payment acceptance facilities independently and without sponsorship from a bank partner."

Raj Sond, General Manager of First Data Merchant Solutions, commented:

Achieving UK Payment Institution status is great news for First Data Merchant Solutions and its clients. Not only does it lay the groundwork for further expansion in the retail payments space, it gives us greater agility as a business to bring new products to market, leverage our extensive industry relationships and work with an even broader range of merchants in the region.”

First Data has also announced a new agreement with Diners Club International that will enable First Data Merchant Solutions clients to accept all cards on the Discover Global Network including Diners Club and Discover transactions. Discover Global Network is comprised of Discover Card, Diners Club International, BC Global Card, DinaCard and Rupay.

Established in the UK in 2002 the business was re-branded in 2011 to First Data Merchant Solutions, creating FDC's first ‘direct to market’ merchant acquiring business outside of North America.

October 30, 2013

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September 11, 2013

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September 09, 2013

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September 04, 2013

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August 26, 2013

TSYS to Support PayPal's Expansion to Physical POS

Tsys logo 140pxTSYS has announced it has entered into an agreement with Discover to process PayPal payment transactions within the contiguous United States.

“We are extremely pleased to support PayPal’s expansion into more physical merchant locations. We believe PayPal provides merchants and consumers more choices and helps reach new consumers at the point of sale, relying on our robust payment transaction processing platforms, as well as other value-added products and services,” said Mark Pyke, president of TSYS’ Merchant Services segment.

“We anticipate the addition of PayPal as an added benefit to both merchants and consumers.”

According to TSYS, "PayPal offers consumers several advantages, one of which is that PayPal can serve as a single source to access customers’ credit or debit cards, bank accounts, PayPal balances, or Bill Me Later payment methods all stored in their PayPal accounts at a point-of-sale terminal."

August 13, 2013

Chase Checkout Introduced by Chase Paymentech

ChasePaymentech logo 140pxChase Paymentech has announced the launch of “Chase Checkout” – a set of solutions to help merchants accept payments however they do business: in store, online or on the go. Merchants can now securely and efficiently accept card payments from their smartphones with the new Chase Mobile Checkout app for Apple iOS or Android and an encrypted card reader.

“We are always looking for ways to help merchants grow their businesses and Chase Checkout does just this by enabling clients to accept payments however they operate,” said Dan Charron, president of Chase Paymentech.

“Chase Checkout is a ‘one-stop shop’ for small-business owners: one agreement, one system, one statement and one trusted merchant services’ relationship to manage.”

Chase says that Checkout gives merchants the convenience of working with one trusted provider – with integrated reporting, 24/7 live U.S.-based customer support and a commitment to security– when they accept payments via:
  • Mobile Checkout: When merchants accept mobile payments with Chase Paymentech, they can process credit and signature debit card payments and gift card transactions in any location within the United States. Merchants have transaction level access to monitor and process voids and returns from their smartphones. Merchants can view sales and transaction summaries from the Mobile Checkout app after the payments have been processed. Additionally, they can create a catalog of item descriptions and images and email or text digital receipts. The use of signature capture and the location of the point of sale on the digital receipt helps minimize fraud and chargebacks. Finally, merchants’ customer data is protected in transit with point-to-point encryption.
  • Retail Checkout: In retail settings, Chase Paymentech’s Future Proof Terminal helps merchants accept both traditional and emerging forms of payment such as EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) chip-enabled cards, NFC-enabled (near field communications) mobile wallets and other contactless payments. Also, through iTerminal®, businesses and professional service firms such as accounting, law and medical, can use their existing computers to accept payments, helping them save on traditional start-up equipment costs.
  • Online Checkout: Chase Paymentech offers e-commerce merchants, and merchants who accept telephone orders, a suite of PCI-compliant and easy-to-use web-based payment processing options accessible with a merchant’s existing computer. These options require no additional hardware and integrate seamlessly with merchants’ shopping cart functionality, catalog creation and inventory management.

Chase says that its Mobile Checkout card reader is "battle-tested for real-world use. The device, which fits securely in the audio port of Apple and Android-enabled smartphones, features the recognizable Chase octagon and includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery so it does not drain the smartphone’s power supply. Having an integrated battery also increases the likelihood of positive card reads on the first swipe, and since hardware encryption is performed in the device, personal information is not stored within the smartphone."

July 31, 2013

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July 25, 2013

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July 23, 2013

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