The number of credit card users using their cards as a transactional tool rather than as a form of debt has been rising this year. Furthermore, for the first time in more than a year credit card delinquencies headed south in 2014 by 16 basis points (bps) and remain well below their 15-year average of 3.82%. Only 2.44% of all credit card accounts were more than 30 days past due in the first three months of this year.
Diebold and Wincor Nixdorf form a new association to establish industry-wide norms in the form of agreed technical standards for secure ATMs and ATM components. The aim of the association is for banks and other users to be able to draw on a uniform set of readily available and thoroughly reviewed solutions if they so choose. Both companies are looking to institutional operators – primarily banks and IT service providers – global ATM manufacturers and their suppliers to join the new association.
MICROS Systems, which is being acquired by Oracle, teams with Elavon to integrate their respective gateway and security products to deliver encryption and tokenization for the hotel and food and beverage industries. Teaming MICROS Payment Gateway and Elavon’s Fusebox gateway is a major breakthrough for the hospitality industry .
The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) announced the first ever ATM operator to be internationally certified after completing the industry’s new professional online operational training. Amy Coulson, Operations Manager with Pueblo Bank & Trust, has been awarded the industry endorsed International Certificate for ATM Operators to become the first certified ATM Operator since the training launched earlier this year. The courses offered are online, represent job-specific training for ATM operators and have been developed by ATMIA on an international level for all ATM operators/owners irrespective of which regional, national or global markets they operate ATMs in. Participation in the ATM Operator training is user-friendly, with all courses automatically tracked electronically via ATMIA’s website.
SecureNet has named Matt Odirakallumkal senior vice president of risk management. Here he will oversee the improvement of SecureNet’s merchant experience, including automated underwriting and boarding, and the simplifying of SecureNet’s online merchant application. He will also be responsible for increasing the speed at which new customers are onboarded. Matt will lead the underwriting and risk divisions at SecureNet.Matt has nearly 25 years of experience in the financial services and credit industries. In his previous role at Braintree, Matt led the development of the company’s underwriting and risk management strategy which included streamlined merchant boarding, establishment of underwriting/risk policies and procedures as well as the implementation their risk management system. He has served with Braintree and as director of US credit for Moneris Solutions.
The Minnesota Twins are suing Visa and MasterCard, alleging the associations gouge fan ticket purchases when they use their credit card. Alleging unfair, uncompetitive “swipe fees” hurt small merchants, cost jobs and raise the price of everything and can run as high as 4% of a purchase, the Team asserts these fees add up fast to around $50 billion a year for the banks, with profit margins of thousands of percent. Every merchant large and small in the country has to pay these fees because Visa and MasterCard control the vast majority of the market for credit and debit cards, according to the team. The Twins had joined thousands of merchants and service companies in suing Visa and MasterCard in a class-action lawsuit. But like many other companies, they dropped out and have now filed their own suit to end the anti-competitive abuses of the credit-card industry.
Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager system been interfaced to the Visa Mobile Gateway to enable the first mobile phone application for contactless payments in the Greek market. First Data Hellas selected Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager, which includes an EMV Scripting engine, to enable remote over-the-air management of the settings within the Visa mobile payWave EMV application installed in a custom SIM. Aconite solutions insulate banks and service providers from the complexity of the transition to mobile payments by making it a natural extension of their existing card issuing and management capabilities.
Card Cells unveils its latest extension, Card Cells Concierge, developed to help customers easily create custom plastic cards on-demand for gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, business cards and more. Card Cells Concierge provides custom plastic card printing, manufacturing and design for gift cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, business cards and more.
ADS’ BrandLoyalty business launches promotional loyalty programs with top high-frequency retailers across Europe and Asia, including Italy, France, Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia and Taiwan. Two new partnerships also mark BrandLoyalty’s expansion into the key consumer markets of Russia and China.
Ecomdash announced today it is now integrated with the ecommerce platform, Magento. The newest integration makes it easier for Magento customers to manage inventory, sales orders and shipping across multiple marketplaces. Ecomdash automatically syncs sales orders and inventory levels between Magento storefronts and channels including Amazon, eBay and Etsy. The web-based software application gives online sellers a complete view of business operations from a centralized dashboard.
International (excluding the USA) Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) for Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) credit cards rose 6.3% year-on-year (Y/Y) in the first quarter (Q1/14). MC’s growth in international credit cards GDV outpaced VS by 280 basis points (bps), according to CardData. During Q1/14 VS and MC produced $892 billion in international credit card GDV, compared to $968 billion in the prior quarter and $839 billion one-year ago.
Wallaby Financial mobile and web-based credit card optimization has named Scott Grimes as its Senior Vice President, Risk and Operations.He will oversee all risk, corporate compliance, data security, and operations for the fast growing financial services company. This newly created role is in response to Wallaby’s emergence as a leader in credit card optimization solutions. Mr. Grimes is a risk management professional with over twenty years experience in fraud, AML and compliance functions. He was previously Vice President, Risk Management at Green Dot Corporation from 2007 to 2013. Prior to joining Green Dot, Mr. Grimes also served in senior executive roles focused on risk and compliance at Target Corporation and Capital One Financial Corporation.