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August 25, 2014

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August 30, 2013

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August 05, 2013

Headline News from PaymentsNews.com - August 5, 2013

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  • We can’t make good coffee, but we can simplify payments - VeriFone Blog - "By leveraging many of the same technologies that helped to catalyze payment innovation, combined with forward-looking products that simplify the complexity inherent in payments, VeriFone is changing the model by which its customer and partners leverage new technology while easing the burden of adoption and deployment."
  • Mobile Chat Has a Place in Every Banking App - American Banker BankThink (Simon Zhen) - "Mobile chat, which is essentially text messaging with a bank associate, is less formal than an email and less time-consuming than a phone call."
  • Tune In to TMG’s New Podcast: The Future of Payments - TMG Blog - "As new competitors and new technology permeate the payments industry, financial institutions (FIs) must look for solutions to keep their brands relevant and attractive to consumers."

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July 30, 2013

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July 19, 2011

NewComLink Secures $10 Million in Series B Funding

Newcomlink logo 140pxNewComLink, "a technology pioneer in retail credit solutions", has announced that it has received $10 million in a Series B round of financing from Austin Ventures and StarVest Partners.

“NewComLink is transforming the retail credit industry with a technology platform that brings new efficiencies to financing,” said NewComLink Co-Founder and CEO Suneet Paul, a global finance visionary who was a founding executive at Dell Financial Services and was instrumental in building it from ground zero to a large, multi-billion dollar business. “Many of today’s consumers are under-served, to the tune of tens of billions in lost retail sales each year. NewComLink unlocks value by improving consumers’ access to credit at point of need – benefiting retailers, consumers and lenders all at the same time.”

October 08, 2010

Citi Sells Private Label Credit Business to GE Capital

Citi_logo_140px.pngCiti has announced the closing of the sale of $1.6 billion in managed assets, part of its U.S. retail sales finance portfolios, to GE Capital.

Retail Partner Cards, within Citi Holdings, provides consumer and commercial credit card products and services, including private label credit cards, for national and regional retailers across the U.S. The business services more than 40 million customers and consists of managed assets of approximately $50 billion . Retail partners include The Home Depot, Shell, Macy's, Sears, and ExxonMobil, among others.

April 20, 2010

Target to Issue Proprietary Credit Cards to All New Credit Accounts

Target Corporation has announced that all new qualified credit card applicants will receive the Target Credit Card, a credit product accepted at all Target stores and Target.com. Effective April 29, 2010, Target will no longer issue the Target Visa Credit Card to new credit card applicants. Existing Target Visa Credit Card holders will not be affected. READ MORE »

December 13, 2009

A Look at Retail Private Label Credit Cards

In an article titled "The Lure of Store Credit Cards, and the Hook" in Saturday's New York Times, Tara Siegel Bernard wrote about store-branded private label credit cards.

Retailers frequently offer discounts to shoppers who agree to sign up for one of their credit cards - but Bernard writes about how consumers can lose more than those discounts if they misse a payment - or suffer a hit to their credit score as the card issuer updates the credit bureaus about the new account.

A graphic accompanying the story notes that retail cards suffer higher credit losses than mainstream credit cards - no surprise if you consider a consumer trying to decide which card to keep alive and which to "let go".

December 07, 2009

Retailers Concerned About Proposed Fed Rules re: Instant Credit at POS

In an article titled "Hurdle Emerges for Stores Pitching Credit Cards", Robin Sidel writes for the Wall Street Journal about concerns that some major retailers have with proposed Federal Reserve regulations that would "force retailers to gather more financial information from customers— including how much they earn— before giving them credit."

June 11, 2009

An Overview of Green Dot, Home Depot's Payment Strategy

We mentioned earlier this week that copies of many of the presentations from the recent Chicago Fed Payments 2009 conference are now available online.

One of the more interesting presentations is the Overview of Green Dot presentation by Steve Streit, CEO. It includes a description of how Green Dot is three companies in one: a retail packaged goods provider, a financial services provider, and the Green Dot reload network (MoneyPak).

Another interesting presentation is Payment Strategy at Home Depot by Dwaine Kimmet, VP Home Depot Financial Services. Kimmet clearly lays out the retailer's payment priorities - and frustrations with increased interchange costs saying that, since 2002, Home Depot "has not seen value created by these new, higher fees." He goes on to describe the private label card approach that Home Depot's adopted which has become its lowest cost credit tender type.

There are lots of other interesting presentations from this recent conference - available here.

February 09, 2009

US Private Label Credit Card Losses Over 10 Percent

Credit losses on private label credit card portfolios in the US reached 10.51% in January according to a New York Times report by Tara Siegel Bernard. She writes: "While private label cards account for only about 11 percent of all credit card loans outstanding, their troubles offer a window into the deteriorating finances of some of the most distressed Americans."

January 05, 2009

Shell Launches Saver Card Based on Electronic Check

Shell Oil Products US has announced it has launched the Shell Saver Card - saying it is "the first gasoline retailer to make an electronic check payment method available to consumers nationally. This latest Shell payment option provides consumers with a convenient way to pay for purchases with a direct link to a checking account and savings on each gallon of fuel pumped at Shell stations." READ MORE »

September 03, 2008

Retail Credit Cards: New Interest In An Old Topic

Mercator Advisory Group has announced a new report titled "Retail Credit Cards: New Interest In An Old Topic" that "examines the venerable world of private label and co-branded retailer credit cards, and the market forces that are shaping this segment. The vast majority of retailers have turned their programs over to third party issuers, but these retailers' interest in payments as a sales enabler and relationship building tools have never been higher. And with more payment vehicles and providers at their disposal, retailers increasingly focus on developing their optimal payments strategy." READ MORE »

August 04, 2008

Wells Fargo Jewelry Advantage Credit Card

Wells Fargo Financial National Bank, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company, has launched a new revolving consumer credit card program for the jewelry industry called Wells Fargo Jewelry Advantage. The new credit card program offers "jewelry retailers prompt, automated decisions and easy-to-use online processing and reporting." READ MORE »

June 26, 2008

GE's Credit Card Business Seems Unattractive to Potential Buyers

In an article titled "Nobody's Snapping Up GE's Plastic", Robin Sidel writes for the Wall St. Journal about GE's efforts to sell its $30 billion credit card business because of potential buyer concerns about consumers' ability to repay their credit card debts. In particular, there's concern that GE's private label portfolio could rank lower in consumers' payment hierarchy when times are tough.

November 30, 2007

A Look at Private Label vs. Co-Brand Cards from Retailers

In an article titled 'Target card or Target Visa? Which is better?', Gregory Taggart of Bankrate.com takes a look and compares private label cards vs. co-brand cards - both from retailers.

October 07, 2007

Citi's Unexpected Cards Irk Customers

Bruce Mohl writes for the Boston Globe about Citi's recent mailing of 3.5 million MasterCards to Macy's private label customers whose accounts have been inactive.

August 31, 2007

GE Money to Purchase Chevron’s Proprietary Consumer Credit Card Business

GE Money has announced an agreement to purchase the proprietary consumer credit card business from Chevron Corporation subsidiaries, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and Chevron Credit Bank, N.A. GE Money Bank will own and operate the Chevron- and Texaco-branded consumer credit cards.

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July 17, 2007

Some Thoughts re: Capital One's Decoupled Debit Card

Broox Peterson shares some of his thoughts in a commentary reflecting on Capital One's recent introduction of a new "decoupled debit" card program.

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July 02, 2007

A Look at Private Label Credit Cards

Alan Wolf reports for TWICE (This Week in Consumer Electronics) about private label credit cards - interviewing Brian Hughes, managing director of client development and marketing, HSBC Card and Retail Services, Lou Pagliarini, sales VP, GE Money, and Dan Abbott, president, Wells Fargo Financial Retail Services.

June 21, 2007

Sheetz Testing Branded Capital One Decoupled Debit Cards

QSR Magazine is reporting that Sheetz has begun "testing an innovative new program that provides debit card customers with rewards similar to those available to credit customers — The Sheetz Debitz MasterCard" with Capital One. Rewards are available on purchases at both Sheetz as well as anywhere else MasterCard is accepted. This is the first merchant using Capital One's recently announced "Decoupled Debit" product that we've come across.

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