American Express this afternoon announces a new partnership with Uber and a first-of-its-kind technology integration into the Uber iOS app that allows U.S. Card Members enrolled in the Membership Rewards program to choose to earn 2x points or use points for Uber rides. This is the first time that consumers can use loyalty reward points seamlessly in-app and in real time for on-demand transportation in this way.
DFC Global Corp international diversified financial services company serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers announced at the Company’s special meeting of stockholders a majority of the outstanding shares of DFC Global common stock voted to approve the acquisition of DFC Global by an affiliate of Lone Star Funds (“Lone Star”). Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc. is acting as financial advisor to DFC Global in connection with the transaction. Pepper Hamilton LLP is acting as DFC Global’s legal advisor. Jefferies LLC is acting as lead financial advisor to Lone Star Funds and Credit Suisse Securities (USA), LLC is acting as financial advisor. Jefferies Finance LLC and Credit Suisse AG are providing debt financing commitments for the acquisition.
Venmo has developed a way to tip a favorite artist, or donating to a good cause, or other money that enables people to continue doing what matters. The new Venmo Button is a new way to accept tips, donations, and other optional payments. It’s trivial to embed on a web site, and receiving payments is just as frictionless as you’d expect from Venmo.
Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) is partnering VerifyValid electronically-delivered check payments (eChecks). This lets members to quickly and easily receive, manage and deposit VerifyValid eChecks directly into their accounts.
eChecks combine the speed and convenience of electronic payments with the safety, familiarity, and information of paper checks, and can be sent from any computer, tablet or iOS phone. eChecks are currently used by individuals and businesses, such as Grand Valley State University, one of West Michigan’s largest employers, to pay many of its vendors. Additionally, the rate of eCheck usage is increasing nationally through partnerships between VerifyValid and Deluxe Corporation. Financial institutions can offer the VerifyValid eLockbox technology using no new equipment, no software installation, and requires no maintenance or service calls. LMCU can add it to a member’s account in minutes.
Green Dot Corporation supports Visa’s recently announced designation for consumer reloadable prepaid products in the U.S. The new designation is aimed at simplifying fees, improving consumer protections and creating opportunities for cardholders to improve their financial health. Green Dot Corporation is the largest provider of reloadable prepaid debit cards in America with its products sold in more than 90,000 retail locations nationwide.To qualify for the new Visa prepaid designation, prepaid programs must meet a set of standards outlined by Visa that relate to simplified fees and transparent disclosures as well as superior consumer protections.
Intellicheck Mobilisa will exhibit at the 2014 Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC 2014), offering demonstrations of the integration of the SaaS version of its ScanINN® check-in and ID-verification software. ScanINN automates the hotel registration and reservation process and makes it faster and more efficient. The ScanINN software enables hotel personnel to scan a guest’s ID card to process the information encoded on it, quickly and automatically filling in the electronic forms stored by the hotel’s computer. Compared to manual data entry, this automated procedure not only increases productivity, but also protects against data entry errors and reduces the risk of identity theft. The Company will also offer demonstrations of a variety of different hardware options for reading ID cards, and will also demonstrate its barZapp™ app for Android, iPhone and iPad. BarZapp is an ID-checking mobile app that allows a user’s smartphone to check an ID card.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] VeriFone Systems secure electronic payment solutions announced for the three months ended April 30, 2014 net revenue of $467 million, up 9% from the year ago figure of $430 million. The second quarter financial results exceeded Verifone guidance. This comes as VeriFone approved restructuring plans in order to support its transformation…
San Francisco-based Square has unleashed Square Invoices to help sellers get paid fast with free unlimited invoices and no monthly service fee. Now sellers can accept payments in person, online in Square Market, and through Square Invoices for the same low 2.75% transaction price. Sellers can track all sales from their Square Dashboard, making it easy to manage all of their business operations from one place.
MasterCard will be a title sponsor and partner for the Wearable World In-Flight Wearable Technology Hackathon, which focuses on the connected traveler. The event will combine developers and hardware manufacturers in the wearable space taking place to create new technologies for trial on American Airlines. More than 200 developers will have a chance to work with American’s development team, hardware and API partners like MasterCard throughout the weekend to create the next killer wearable app/product. Featured MasterCard API Services that will enable developers to build mobile and wearable apps include MasterCard Location Services, Simplify Commerce, MasterPass Partner Wallet, and MoneySend. Teams will then have 30 days to develop a prototype of their technology, with finalists then selected to test out their systems on a transcontinental American Airlines flight from New York City to San Francisco aboard the new Airbus A321T. The winning team receives an incubation sponsorship with Wearable World – as well as the opportunity to pitch American Airlines Technology Group.
Reposs has been appointed the only EPoS partner for WHSmith Local using the Reposs Core EPoS Software and Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions SurePOS and TCxWave hardware. WHSmith Local needed an EPoS Solution for their franchisees that could manage product supplied by WHS retail and also manage all the other products and services that are offered by a typical news agent and convenience store. The Reposs solution included all the required features and the knowledge and experience of connecting retail to wholesale to develop the two-way electronic link to WHSmith retail. The WHSmith Local Reposs link enables the retailer to stay up to date with the products supplied by WHS retail. This includes a product file with all retail prices, delivery notes for stock deliveries, promotions and special offers, stock order processing and key sales data processing.
American Express this morning announced it will add free personal financial management tools to American Express Serve1 and Bluebird starting this summer. These tools help customers monitor their spending by automatically sorting transactions into categories such as bills, food, fun, shopping and transportation so they can easily track where their money is going. When customers log in to their Serve and Bluebird accounts, they will also be able to create budgets, set spending limits and alerts, as well as set and track financial goals.
PayCube has been building core payment processing platforms for the retail-payments community and participated in various custom software development projects for its customers beyond traditional core payment backend systems. PayCube has participated in the design, development and support of mobile payments by extending core enterprise payment, loyalty and promotion stacks to the mobile channel. PayCube has built cross platform apps using frameworks such as PhoneGap, Sencha Touch, JQuery mobile, jQT etc. that are based on HTML5 user interface systems for mobile payments development for its customers. Projects include extending core gateway and card acquiring / processing capability on mobile phones (Android, Apple and Windows) and cross linking loyalty and real-time promotions and couponing capabilities. Some of the feature sets supported by the apps developed by PayCube include LBS (Location based services), user credentials wrapped as QR code, integration with encrypted card readers using audio jack, communicating with 3rd party integrated POS systems like MICROS.