TSYS announced Philip W. Tomlinson decided to retire as CEO. In his place, M. Troy Woods has been elected by the TSYS board of directors as president, CEO, effective July 31, 2014. Tomlinson will continue to serve as executive chairman of the board of TSYS until the 2015 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Woods started his career at Columbus Bank and Trust Company in 1970, working part time in the bankcard department and eventually becoming a vice president. He left the company in 1977 to become senior vice president of consumer lending for AmSouth Bank in Birmingham, Ala. Woods rejoined TSYS in 1987 and directed the company’s international expansion, strategic planning, major client negotiations and the company’s launch of TS2. Most recently, he guided the company’s diversification strategy into faster growing areas of payments as TSYS moved beyond its roots as a third-party processor for bank issuers and merchant acquirers.
SIMalliance has highlighted that future growth of the NFC ecosystem and NFC-based applications, resulting from host card emulation (HCE), is likely to expedite SIM-based NFC payment deployments and create opportunities for mobile network operators (MNOs) to ‘address the security and authentication gaps in HCE*’.SIMalliance published a paper in April 2014, titled ‘Secure Element Deployment & Host Card Emulation’. It explores both the advantages and the limitations of HCE, providing insights and assessments on a broad range of related topics, including the investment risks for early adopters, the security fallibilities of Android 4.4, the scale of the HCE-NFC certification challenge and the prohibitive barriers to HCE acceptance in global transport and ticketing systems.
National Futures Association (NFA) announced that its Board approved a ban on the use of credit cards to fund retail forex and futures accounts. Although NFA’s proposed rule prohibits the use of credit cards to fund both futures and retail forex accounts, NFA determined through its study that futures commission merchants currently don’t permit this practice. This prohibition is a direct result of an extensive study by NFA of forex dealer members’ business practices. NFA looked at more than 15,000 retail forex accounts and noted that an overwhelming amount of these accounts were funded by small retail customers using a credit card or borrowed funds, and a majority of these accounts were unprofitable.
The cost of providing rewards on Discover cards is rising three times faster than the income earned from interchange/discount revenues, according to CardData. As one of the top U.S. credit card issuers Discover is renowned for its generous cardholder reward programs, including its new “it” card.
Raphaels Bank Card Services has appointed Emily Utton Senior Relationship Manager and Alex Reddish as Relationship Manager. The appointments round off a rapid period of growth for the Raphaels Bank Card Services team which has tripled in size in just 18 months. Emily Utton has joined Raphaels Bank after five years at Paypoint, where she was an Account Manager, looking after the energy sector. Prior to that, she was Account Manager at the Home Retail Group. Although Emily is new to prepaid, she has extensive experience as a relationship manager in the payments industry. Joining Emily, Alex Reddish has joined the team as Relationship Manager, moving after two years as Relationship Manager at Ukash. He has a long family history in prepaid and did his final dissertation, at Roehampton University, on the future of prepaid. Meanwhile, Janet Johnston has expanded her role as Head of Operations to include Relationship Management. Janet has been with Raphaels for three years, initially heading up Operations.
Fiserv announced today that United Credit Union has selected the CUnify account processing platform from Fiserv. United will add CheckFree RXP from Fiserv and the Popmoney person-to-person (P2P) payment service. United chose CUnify for its reliability and state-of-the-art relational database foundation to streamline workflows, improve overall performance and provide seamless payments integration. The changing payment preferences of the members at United indicated the need for electronic personal payments capabilities. New to members, United will offer the ability to make person-to-person payments via Popmoney, which was selected for its security and ease of use. Following implementation, members will have the ability to securely send, receive and request money to/from individuals for purposes such as making a last-minute rent payment, sending money to a family member in an emergency, or paying a small business or service provider upon completion of a project.
CoinVoxis selecting BitPay as its official wallet and payment processor. Coinvox nonpartisan digital donation platform for political organizations, is integrating with BitPay in an effort to define the new landscape in which digital currencies such as Bitcoin can be used for political campaign elections. BitPay will allow CoinVox to expand into the future beyond the midterm elections and into international politics and causes. CoinVox is now open for business to candidates and organizations interested in soliciting and accepting digital currency through its platform.
Tripwire risk-based security and compliance management solutions, announced Ken Westin, security researcher for Tripwire, will present at ToorCamp 2014. Westin has researched how organized crime rings, including those with connections to Russian and Eastern European groups, generate revenue through credit card theft. These groups profit through shoplifting, identity theft credit card skimming and other forms of fraud. Westin will discuss several cybercriminal cases he helped crack and attendees will learn key elements of the credit card black market. the connection between credit cards and the exploit market and how stolen credit cards fuel other forms of retail fraud.
Simple account now offer a better banking experience with quick and easy money transfers. Moving money to External Accounts takes just one business day. Some banks charge a fee for transferring your money to external accounts, and only offer accelerated transfers at a premium. External transfers to and from Simple will remain free for customers, who can quickly link a new External Account in our iOS or web apps to schedule transfers from web, iOS, and Android apps.
payLo by Virgin Mobile will offer customers an affordable choice for domestic unlimited voice or unlimited texting at just $20 per month exclusively at Walmart. With affordable devices and value-driven monthly plans, payLo offers customers two exclusive $20/month offers. payLo provides a reliable and affordable wireless phone that helps them to be responsible wireless consumers”without breaking the bank and without a contract. Walmart customers can also choose the existing $30 Talk & Text plan or the $40 Unlimited Talk & Text plan. Additional minutes, messages and data will be available at existing rates of $0.10/min, $0.15 for text messages, $0.25 for picture messages and $1.50/MB for web access.
Digital River is set to host a free webinar to help businesses learn how to drive online revenue growth with Google Shopping, formerly known as Google Product Listing Ads (PLAs). The webinar, “The Power of Google Shopping,” is now open for registration (http://driv.ws/2d) now. The webinar will be led by Mahmood Khan, senior program manager for strategic marketing at Digital River. Mahmood will be joined by a guest speaker from a multi-national branded manufacturer. Working with Digital River, this branded manufacturer launched a Google Shopping campaign that drove an 115 percent increase in quarter-over-quarter online revenue.
First Data introduced its Insightics solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), offering them cloud-based software for big data behind payment transactions. This ultimately allows them to monitor key business metrics affecting their business, better understand customers to engage effectively, and derive more value from marketing and loyalty programs to grow revenue. Many small business owners struggle to get a timely and measurable view into their key business drivers, and may not know what their best days and times of the week are, how many new versus repeat customers they received in a week, if repeat customers tend to spend more than new customers, how far their highest spending customers traveled to reach them, and when they have a lackluster sales day, can see if it is happening to similar businesses.