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Here, on these archive pages, you'll find all of the articles on Payments News for Payroll Cards listed in date sequence beginning with the most recent article at the top of the page.

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June 08, 2016

Headline News from - June 8, 2016


  • Stripe en France - "Today, we’re happy to remove the beta label and to make Stripe available to tout le monde in France."
  • Amazon Plans $3 Billion Investment in India - Wall St. Journal - "The announcement brings Amazon’s total planned investment in India to $5 billion, since it announced a $2 billion infusion in 2014."
  • CurrentC beta test ending on June 28; further efforts postponed - - "CurrentC, the Apple Pay competitor put forth by the MCX consortium, will soon end its beta test. Accounts will be closed on June 28, and all upcoming releases of CurrentC will be postponed indefinitely."
  • Here is the future of Apple Pay - ComputerWorld - "Apple’s Apple Pay plans reach far beyond what we know today. Apple will expand in multiple directions as it attempts to boost adoption of its service."
  • The Indian start-up that may sideswipe Apple Pay - CNBC - "While most competitors (including Apple) operate on the consumer side, he said Ezetap is single-minded. "Our job is to help bring merchants into the mobile internet world." "


  • Singapore Payments Companies Selected for Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator - "“Regularly collaborating with startups on a wide range of technologies through the Startup Accelerator helps Wells Fargo explore big ideas outside our walls and industry for our customers’ benefit,” says Steve Ellis, head of Wells Fargo’s Innovation Group, which serves as the catalyst for transformational change across Wells Fargo. “We’re excited to invest in Alpha Payments Cloud and Jewel Paymentech through our Startup Accelerator."
  • NRF Says Overturning Dodd-Frank Would Reinstitute Price Fixing by Card Companies - “Protecting bank profit margins at the expense of competition is not sound public policy and it will harm merchants and consumers. The financial services industry attempted to get Congress to reject transparency and competition in 2010 and again in 2011. Both efforts failed. On behalf of retailers and their customers, NRF will fight for free and open markets.”
  • More Americans Turning to Payroll Cards – Here’s Why - “Not only do employers save money by cutting the administrative costs associated with distributing paper checks, but employees also save time and money by promptly receiving their wages on pay day and avoiding check cashing fees."


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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here:!

January 07, 2016

Headline News from - January 7, 2016


  • MasterCard embeds payment in devices - Chain Store Age - "This collaboration builds upon MasterCard’s October 2015 introduction of the Commerce for Every Device program to enable any consumer gadget, accessory or wearable to become a payment device."
  • Five Fintech Trends for 2016 - BBVA Blog - "The blockchain infrastructure was reinforced in 2015, with strengthening involving mining, exchanges, wallets and processors. 2016 is about innovating on top of it."



  • Payments in Portland (OR) - Join us Thursday, January 28th from 5:30-7:30 PM to hang out with your colleagues and competitors to discuss all things payments! We'll have appetizers, Oregon beer and wine. For the first time, Payments in Portland is including a short topical briefing - this month on "B2B Payments - Promise and Problems." If you have a Portland payments presence and something to say on B2B payments, let us know! RSVP HERE!


Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here:!

October 21, 2015

Headline News from - October 21, 2015

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  • Visa Launches New Platform to Help Card Issuers Market and Grow Their Business - "Visa Inc. today announced the launch of Visa Integrated Marketing Solutions (VIMS), a card marketing platform designed to help small to medium-sized issuers optimize their marketing efforts. The VIMS platform enables the development and execution of key marketing services across the customer lifecycle – from acquiring new customers to cardholder retention."
  • W3C Starts Web Payments Standards Work to Streamline the Online "Check-Out" Process - "The industry has looked to digital wallets as a way to improve security and usability, as well as to support marketing initiatives. And yet, users have not yet wholeheartedly embraced them," said W3C CEO Dr. Jeff Jaffe. "We believe that one reason for this is that the digital wallet market is fragmented and providers use incompatible programming interfaces."
  • Diebold Software Innovation Slashes Fraud Exposure Through Secure Onboarding To Digital Payments - "SimplyTapp believes extending consumer relationships through mobile devices is critical to the future of banking," said Doug Yeager, SimplyTapp chief executive officer and co-founder. "Together with Diebold's secure self-service technology and our leading Cloud Token Solution, the need for highly secure authentication and card onboarding can now be fully realized at the convenience and familiarity of a bank's ATM."
  • Synchrony Financial Launches CarCareONE Mobile App to Deliver Account Servicing, Store Locator Functionality, and Special Offers to Millions of Cardholders’ Smartphones - “Our CarCareONE app offers a new platform for our automotive merchants to engage with their customers wherever they are,” said Glenn Marino, executive vice president & CEO of Synchrony Financial’s Payment Solutions platform. “We know that financing is an important consideration for drivers dealing with an unexpected repair or routine maintenance, and this innovative app provides CarCareONE cardholders a useful tool to manage their account, locate services for all their auto maintenance needs, and find valuable offers from our network of retailers and service shops across the country.”
  • Buy With Affirm, Pay in Monthly Installments Now Available to 3dcart eCommerce Merchants - “Installments aren't just a slick way for consumers to temporarily defer payment," said Levchin. "It’s how Affirm helps eTailers boost sales and consumers, who may not have credit cards or who choose not to use them, pay for their purchases in a way that best matches their monthly budgets."
  • Intuit and Fundbox Partner to Tackle #1 Pain Point Faced by Small Businesses: Cash Flow - Fundbox CEO Eyal Shinar added, “We are thrilled to become a more deeply embedded solution within Intuit’s QuickBooks ecosystem - we know millions of SMBs will benefit from this partnership.
  • SumUp Expands To U.S. With Launch Of EMV Card Terminal - "It's a perfect time to bring SumUp to the U.S. The shift to EMV chip cards puts more costly fraud liability on stores without chip terminals -- but only half of small businesses are even aware of EMV liability," said Daniel Klein, CEO of SumUp. "EMV is the norm around the world, and SumUp is the platform of choice for EMV transactions in 14 countries today. We are here to help U.S. merchants and partners such as cash register vendors to transition quickly and securely to EMV, by making payments as easy as possible for their customers."
  • Discover Financial Services Joins Banking Industry Architecture Network - "Discover Financial Services recently joined the Banking Industry Architecture Network, a not-for-profit industry standards association, to leverage a banking-industry-specific framework and standard messaging to speed the delivery of new products and services."

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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Do you have news to share? Tell us here:!

January 27, 2015

Headline News from - January 27, 2015

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  • USA Technologies Announces Support for Apple Pay - "This immediately adds approximately 200,000 Apple Pay acceptance points to the growing list of locations officially supporting Apple Pay, bringing the advanced mobile payments service to owners and operators of coffee brewers, vending machines, kiosks, laundry equipment, parking pay stations and other self-serve appliances."
  • Blackhawk Network Announces Launch of Blackhawk Engagement Solutions - "Blackhawk Network is a leader in providing unique and easily accessible prepaid and egift content. It was natural for us to extend our solutions beyond retail with the incentives marketplace where we meet needs of consumers, employees and business partners," said Talbott Roche, Blackhawk Network's president.
  • Digital River Expands in India Through a Partnership with Ecommerce Provider Net Distribution Services - “Ecommerce is evolving at a rapid pace in India,” said Ajay Miglani, chief executive officer of NDS. “We are very excited to be working with Digital River to deliver a high-performance ecommerce solution to the market and accelerate our clients’ online expansion plans.”
  • New Publication Establishes Guidelines for Evolving Payroll Card Industry - “A high-quality card can help hard-working Americans plan for the future and take control of their financial health,” said Jennifer Tescher, President & CEO, CFSI. “We are pleased that MasterCard and Visa are putting our Compass Guide to Payroll Cards into practice, and we look forward to working with them to ensure consumers have access to the high-quality products they need.”
  • Western Union Offers Apple Pay™ as New Pay-In Option for Money Transfer Customers - “Our customers have an expectation of using mobile technology to make money transfer service and product accessibility easier. Western Union is rising to the occasion as we harness our system with modifications to link cash and digital transfers between retail locations, mobile phones, prepaid cards, online and traditional bank accounts and ATMs,” said David Thompson, Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Technology and Chief Information Officer.
  • TCF Bank Now Offering Apple Pay Integration with Debit and Credit Cards - “Consumers want fast, convenient and secure ways to pay for purchases,” said Mark Jeter, Managing Director of Branch Banking at TCF Bank. “With Apple Pay, TCF Bank customers now can make payments at thousands of participating retailers or when they make in-app purchases with the confidence that their personal and financial information is protected.”
  • TSYS and Banco CSF S.A. Extend Payments Agreement - "TSYS supports Carrefour’s 12 million hybrid and private-label cards in circulation in Brazil on its market-leading TS Prime® processing solution. The Carrefour portfolio has grown 64% since the Carrefour and TSYS card program began in 2012."
  • Prosper Marketplace Acquires American HealthCare Lending - “This acquisition is an important part of our strategy to grow awareness and expand our product offerings and capabilities into new vertical markets,” said Aaron Vermut, CEO, Prosper Marketplace.

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August 05, 2014

Headline News from - August 5, 2014

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  • Newegg Adds Visa Checkout to Streamline the Shopping Experience - “Visa Checkout is a great service that helps our customers make their purchases on Newegg quickly and conveniently,” said Soren Mills, Chief Marketing Officer of Newegg North America. “It removes much of the tedium inherent to the online checkout process, especially for our customers who like to shop on mobile devices.”
  • Citi to Source $2.5 Billion to “Power Africa” - Jim Cowles, CEO of Citi for the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region, said, “We are proud to be a partner in this phenomenal project, an initiative to double the number of people who have access to electricity across Africa. Citi has a unique footprint in Africa and a commitment to enabling progress on the Continent through our technical expertise, financing and risk mitigation tools.”
  • Paychex Announces Payroll Card Solution for Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses - "NetSpend ... will serve as the exclusive program manager and processor for the Skylight PayOptions Program. BofI Federal Bank, Member FDIC, issues the Skylight ONE Prepaid MasterCard."

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February 20, 2014

Headline News from - February 20, 2014

The Kindle edition of our book "Payments Systems in the U.S. - Second Edition" - is now available in the Kindle Store as well as in an iBooks version for your iPad or Mac in the iBooks Store. The ebook versions are priced at US$9.99.

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January 14, 2014

Headline News from - January 14, 2014

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December 13, 2013

MasterCard Introduces New Standards for Payroll Cards

MasterCard logo 140pxMasterCard has announced new standards it says are designed to help employees take full advantage of the benefits of having their paycheck electronically deposited onto payroll cards.

The new standards require employers and payroll card providers to offer cardholders greater insight on these programs through educational resources and increased transparency of any fees. Additionally, the standards ensure that employees have a fee-free way to access their pay and check available balances.

Payroll cards serve as one way to bring the traditionally underserved into the financial mainstream,” said Ron Hynes, group executive, Global Prepaid Solutions, MasterCard.

“These standards will help ensure that employees not only understand the choices available, but allow them to take advantage of benefits like direct deposit, online shopping and bill payment that have not been traditionally available to them.”

All new MasterCard payroll card programs will need to meet these standards as of July 1, 2014. Existing programs will have until October 1, 2014 to make any necessary adjustments.

October 18, 2013

Headline News from - October 18, 2013

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Updates from Glenbrook:

  • Looking for consulting help from Glenbrook? Let us know your needs here - and we'll get right back to you!
  • Join us for our Glenbrook Payments Boot Camp on October 23rd/24th in New York City!
  • Glenbrook's Elizabeth McQuerry will be speaking at this year's NACHA Global Payments Forum on October 17-18 in New York City. She'll be speaking on the topic "Mobile Payments, Interoperability & Faster Funds Transfer". Elizabeth will also be speaking on New Payments Regulation in Brazil at the International Money Transmitter Conference in Miami 4-7, 2013.
  • Glenbrook's Carol Coye Benson will be speaking at this year's American Bankers Association Annual Convention on October 20-22 in New Orleans. She'll be participating in a panel discussion on The Future of the Payments Industry.
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Note: Headline News is compiled by Glenbrook Partners. Throughout the day, as we spot interesting developments, this post is updated. Find something interesting to share? Tell us about it:!

July 15, 2013

Headline News from - July 15, 2013

On the web:

  • Remember Citigroup - Simon Johnson - "On Thursday of last week, four senators unveiled the 21st Century Glass-Steagall Act. The pushback from people representing the megabanks was immediate but also completely lame…"
  • New E-Commerce Strategies Threaten UPS, FedEx - Reuters - "Major U.S. retailers are experimenting with new e-commerce strategies that could dent demand for package delivery services…"
  • The Internet Archive Rescues Bitcoiners From Banking Oblivion - - "…when Hockenhull needed somewhere to turn, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle gave him the means to keep his company alive. Since then, the IAFCU has taken on a half-dozen Bitcoin businesses, such as BitBox, giving them a critical link to the U.S. financial system."
  • News and Notes from the 2013 CNP Expo - "The first edition is a highlight package featuring some of the most noted executives in the card-not-present space…"
  • The 6 weirdest alternative currency stories ever - CoinDesk - "The world of alternative currencies brings with it a host of scammers, stealers and black market sellers. They bring a bad name to decentralized systems like bitcoin."

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July 01, 2013

Headline News from - July 1, 2013

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  • Intuit Announces Next Phase of Structural Moves; Organizational Foundation Now in Place - "The divestiture of Intuit Financial Services reflects Intuit’s strong commitment to intensify its focus on small business and consumer tax. As a result, the company signed a definitive agreement to sell IFS to Thoma Bravo for $1.025 billion, pending regulatory review."
  • Thoma Bravo to Acquire Intuit’s Financial Services Business - "Thoma Bravo’s acquisition of IFS is consistent with our strategy of buying great technology franchises with significant recurring revenue,” said Orlando Bravo, managing partner at Thoma Bravo."
  • TSYS Completes Acquisition of NetSpend - "This is a transformational day for everyone at TSYS and NetSpend, as this deal brings together two companies with a shared vision and purpose that focuses on meeting the needs of people. It also takes TSYS closer to the consumer than we have ever been before..."

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September 26, 2011

September 03, 2009

A Note about Check Cards

Back in the early days of debit cards in the early 1990's, Visa pioneered the term Check Card for its debit card product.

More recently, it's been emphasizing Visa Debit as the product's name - transitioning away from the original Check Card branding.

Ironically, today's Wall St. Journal had a headline that read "Wal-Mart to Pay Via Check Cards". No, not via Visa Check Cards - but, rather, MasterCard Debit Cards.

Walmart Launches Electronic Pay Program with MasterCard, First Data

FirstData_logo-140px.jpgWalmart, MasterCard Worldwide and First Data have announced a "new, more sustainable payroll program designed to reduce the number of paper paychecks and pay stubs distributed each year to Walmart and Sam’s Club associates in the U.S. In order to benefit both associates and the environment, the electronic pay program will include the deployment of the Money Network™ MasterCard Paycard® and electronic pay stubs, which will cut down on paper consumption and provide associates easier access to their wages." READ MORE »

March 03, 2009

Urban Trust Bank, First Data Partner to Offer Prepaid Cards

First Data and Urban Trust Bank have announced that Urban Trust Bank will offer the Money Network payroll card and related prepaid products to businesses and consumers. READ MORE »

December 23, 2008

RBS WorldPay Announces Compromise of Data Security

In a press release titled "RBS WorldPay Announces Compromise of Data Security and Outlines Steps to Mitigate Risk", RBS WorldPay (formerly RBS Lynk), the U.S. payment processing arm of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, announced that its computer system had been improperly accessed by an unauthorized party in early November.

According to more information provided on the RBS Worldpay web site, "the issue affected pre-paid cardholders and other individuals. Approximately 100 payroll cards have been used in a fraudulent manner and those cards have been de-activated. Our internal security professionals and outside experts are working with federal and state law enforcement authorities in an investigation of this event."

June 20, 2008

Summer Youth Workers to Be Paid with Visa Payroll Debit Cards

The Washington D.C. Department of Employment Services will be paying young participants in its summer jobs program via JPMorgan-issued Visa payroll debit cards. The agency says it has deployed the payroll card program as a means to provide its young workers with a safe, convenient, and dependable alternative to payroll checks, as well as reduce the costs and time associated with issuing paper payroll checks. READ MORE »

May 13, 2008

Chase Payroll Card for Nursefinders Provides Daily Salary Payments

In an economic environment where many workers are feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living, Nursefinders Inc., one of the nation’s largest healthcare staffing providers, has announced that it is offering daily salary payments to temporary employees who have registered at no cost for a Chase Payroll Card. Upon completion of a daily work shift, an employee’s payroll card account is credited with salary payment as quickly as two hours after an approved time card is submitted. READ MORE »

March 27, 2008

Transcard Mobile Provides On-Demand Payroll Statements

Transcard, a provider of prepaid debit card solutions branded with Discover Network, MasterCard and STAR associations, has announced 'the introduction of Transcard Mobile, one of the industry’s first applications built specifically for payroll card members. This new platform enables Transcard payroll card members, a majority of which have text-enabled cell phones, to access full account activity and functions via their cell phones.'


March 13, 2008

JPMorgan, Kelly Services Win Best Payroll Card Program Award

JPMorgan and its customer Kelly Services received the Best Payroll Card Program Award last week at the second annual Prepaid Card Expo in Las Vegas. Kelly Services has been offering the Chase Payroll Card program to its temporary employees since 2004. Kelly deployed the payroll card as a means to provide its temporary employees with a safe, convenient, and dependable alternative to payroll checks, as well as reduce the costs and time associated with issuing paper payroll checks.


November 08, 2007

TransCard Provides Cards for Hotel Employee Payroll

Transcard has announced a strategic alliance with Choice Hotels International, a lodging franchisors with ten hotel brands operating in the United States and 37 countries and territories, to provide prepaid stored-value card solutions to hotel franchisees and their employee base. According to the company, "the cards enable Choice Hotels franchise owners to pay their employees electronically, and in turn potentially improve employee retention."


June 11, 2007

Discover, First Data Partner on Discover Network Payroll Cards

Discover Financial Services has announced an agreement with First Data Corp. to issue Discover Network payroll cards provided by Money Network Financial, a First Data Company. Money Network will issue the Discover Network branded payroll cards and handle card administration.


May 14, 2007

Coinstar to Offer Money Network Pay Card Through Coinstar Kiosks

Coinstar and First Data Corp. have announced an agreement between Money Network Financial LLC, a First Data company, and Coinstar E-Payment Services Inc., a Coinstar company, to offer the Money Network Pay Card through select Coinstar kiosks.


May 03, 2007

Visa, ADP to Expand Adoption of Visa Payroll Cards

Visa USA has announced a five-year agreement with ADP Employer Services to offer Visa-branded payroll cards to its clients. According to Visa, "the agreement reflects the two industry leaders’ commitment to grow prepaid card solutions that offer convenience and cost savings for businesses and their employees. The Visa branded ADP Total Pay card is issued by a number of Visa member financial institutions."


February 20, 2007

Debit Cards For Immigrants

Erika Hayasaki writes for the Los Angeles Times about the Sigo card - a prepaid MasterCard debit card designed for immigrants. Sigo cards are Issued by MetaBank and marketed by IDT Stored Value Services. More information about Sigo is available on their website.

December 30, 2006

A Look At SiGo

In an article titled 'Immigrants Wary of Banks Put Faith in New Card", Steven Greenhouse writes for the New York Times about SiGo, a prepaid MasterCard debit card issued by MetaBank and distributed by IDT Stored Value Systems. Greenhouse reports that cards are an "ideal tool for 30 million workers, both foreign-born and native, who lack bank accounts and often face high check-cashing fees and frustrating obstacles in paying bills."

December 20, 2006

Bankrate Looks At Payroll Cards

In an article titled 'Payroll cards offer convenience at lower cost", James A. Ambrosio writes for about the advantages of payroll cards - particularly for the unbanked.

November 06, 2006

Distributing Prepaid Cards Through Worker Centers

The Center for Financial Services Innovation has posted a new paper titled "Distributing Prepaid Cards Through Worker Centers: A Gateway to Asset Building for Low-Income Households" (PDF) by Katy Jacob, Janice Fine and Lauren Leimbach.


August 28, 2006

Western Growers Moves From Paychecks To Payroll Cards

Western Growers has announced they are partnering with Bank of America and Visa to offer a payroll solution that will help member companies reduce expenses and provide more convenience and flexibility to their employees by offering the CashPay Visa payroll card to their employees. CashPay Visa allows employees to avoid the fees associated with check-cashing services.


August 24, 2006

Payroll Card Accounts Covered By Reg E

The Federal Reserve Board has announced its approval of a final rule to provide that payroll card accounts are covered by the Board's consumer protection regulation governing electronic fund transfers.

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