Citi cardholders can now pay bills with reward points

Citi cardholders can use ThankYou® Points for their bill payments. Citi ThankYou® Rewards members can earn ThankYou Points across their Citi banking and credit card relationship and use these points to pay virtually any bill online including phone, cable and electricity. Citi ThankYou Rewards members can use their ThankYou Points – and their ThankYou enrolled consumer checking account – to pay bills online.

Visa / MasterCard Q1 US GDV

General purpose payment card activity on the world’s two largest networks rose 7.6% year-on-year (Y/Y), but down 1.8% quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q) in the first quarter of this year (Q1/2014). The Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) reported by Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) for Q1/2014 came in at slightly over $1 trillion, compared to $1028 billion in the prior quarter and $933 billion in the year ago quarter.

U.S. Bank Exec Selected for Distinguished Payments Professional Award

Pamela Joseph, vice chair at U.S. Bancorp and head of the company’s payment services division, was recently honored by the Electronic Transaction Association with the 2014 Distinguished Payments Professional Award. Joseph is recognized not only for her business acumen but as a thought leader on the role financial institution play in the evolving payments industry. In addition to her daily business activity, Joseph leads the Women Leaders in Action (WLA), a women’s resource group uniting women across U.S. Bank Payment Services with a mission to provide support for community-based programs. The Distinguished Payments Professional award is intended to recognize an industry leader, acknowledged trend-setter, role model, and positive contributor to the efficacy and overall image of the industry.

Visa / MasterCard Q1 Delinquency

Credit quality for VISA and MasterCards (V/M) issued by the top four U.S. bank credit card issuers continues to improve. The 30+ day delinquency rate in the first quarter declined 16 basis points from the prior quarter and 52 basis points from one-year ago. According to CardData, the average 30+ delinquency rate among the top U.S. issuers for the first quarter stood at 2.64%, compared to 3.16% for Q1/2013 and 2.80% for the final quarter of 2013.

CHARGE Anywhere mPOS Solutions Now Visa Ready

CHARGE Anywhere mPOS solutions have been approved by the Visa Ready Program. The Visa Ready Partner Program for mPOS is designed to help device manufacturers, application developers, merchants and acquirers to build and implement a reliable, convenient, and secure mobile point of sale experience. CHARGE Anywhere’s mobile payment application with Chip & PIN and magnetic stripe transaction capture meet Visa’s requirements. CHARGE Anywhere’s mobile solutions feature a PCI-validated secure mobile payment application, point-to-point encryption, and payment gateway services.

EVERTEC Reports First-Quarter 2014 Results

EVERTEC posted 1Q/14 total revenue of $87.2 million with an adjusted net income up 16% to $32.0 million from the year ago period. Revenue was flat compared with the year ago period of $87.3 million. Merchant Acquiring net revenue was $19.3 million, an increase of 10% compared with $17.5 million in the prior year. Revenue growth in the quarter was predominantly driven by an increase in transaction volumes.

i2C Appoints Global Prepaid GM, International

i2c payment processing announced that Scott Salmon has joined the company as General Manager, International to lead i2c’s continued growth in Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa (APCEMEA). Salmon brings over 25 years of business experience to this strategic role, including more than 20 years in payments and prepaid. He was Head of the Visa Prepaid Products division for the past five years. Prior to that he oversaw Visa’s San Francisco-based Global Prepaid Market Development team. Before Visa, Mr. Salmon was engaged in a variety of consulting and product management roles in the retail banking sector.

BPC Banking Technologies Announces New Partnership

BPC Banking Open System payment solutions for the global financial industry signed a new agreement with HP. BPC has been selected by HP as one of its strategic high performance payments solution worldwide and under the terms of the agreement, BPC’s SmartVista payments solution will be offered by HP on an outsourced basis to its customers worldwide. SmartVista is a scalable, secure and integrated suite of sophisticated applications covering every aspect of electronic payments processing. Using a visionary design to deliver unrivalled flexibility SmartVista also provides high performance authorization switching and routing, full ATM and POS management, comprehensive card management, advanced fraud prevention, loyalty program definition and management, card personalization and production. SmartVista also provides flexible billing and merchant management, integrated internet and mobile banking.

Cardlytics to Speak at Big Data Week Atlanta

Cardlytics Card-Linked Marketing will be speaking at Big Data Week Atlanta. Marketing Research is facing both a challenge and an opportunity as Big Data technologies have entered the field, bringing new approaches to gaining customer insights and understanding consumer behavior. This informative roundtable discussion ” which brings together thought leaders and industry experts from technology companies, research firms, and academia ” will discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities in the research field. Big Data Week global platforms brings together a global community of data scientists, data technologies, data visionaries, and data businesses spanning six major commercial, financial, social, and technological sectors.

USA Technologies Recognized by Frost & Sullivan

USA Technologies wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions has been awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2014 North American Customer Value Leadership Award in Financial Services and Retail M2M Communications. Based on Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practice Research findings, each year Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively create value for its customers with a focus on improving the return on the investment that customers make in its services or products. The award recognizes USA Technologies’ inordinate focus on enhancing the value that its customers receive, beyond simply good customer service, leading to improved customer retention and, ultimately, customer base expansion.

INSIDE Secure Launches New EMV-ready MicroPass Solution for US Payment Cards

INSIDE Secure announced the availability of its new EMV-ready MicroPass® solution for US contact and dual interface payment cards. Primarily developed for the US Payment market to foster the success of the payment card migration from magstripe to EMV chip based on cost and interoperability. MicroPass features an optimized operating system (OS) to fit into the smallest possible silicon area, while delivering the highest security level in the industry, Discover, Mastercard and VISA pre-installed and optimized personalization timing (6 times faster than competition) in order to speed-up the personalization equipment yield, and decrease cost. PIN and data sharing in case of multiple applications in the same card, in order to avoid data loading redundancies during personalization, while supporting a user friendly experience to the cardholder (a unique PIN).