CardLab Appoints New CRO

CardLab fully customized open-loop incentive and prepaid card products announced Glen Holbert has been named Chief Revenue Officer. Holbert is responsible for growing revenue by identifying new industry segments and new product innovations. He will also continue to manage the relationships with CardLab’s robust e-commerce clientele, large corporate clients and CardLab’s reseller network. Holbert joined the CardLab team in 2013 with 25 years of industry expertise, having served as Executive Vice President of Sales for Parago, a leading rebate processing company and worked with several of the nation’s leading incentive companies including MotivAction, LLC, BI Performance, Maritz Inc. and Marketing Innovators International. He holds a B.S. in Business and Marketing from Miami University.

FreedomPay Names Vice President, Technology

FreedomPay added Marc Pereira to its executive team as vice president of technology. With nearly 20 years of e-commerce and technology experience, Pereira will be responsible for overseeing, envisioning and maintaining the company’s technology infrastructure, which covers both the development process and the network infrastructure management operations. Marc will ensure that FreedomPay’s world-leading commerce platform is constructed using best practices in security, code optimization and scalability. Pereira joins FreedomPay after serving nearly 12 years in strategic executive roles at eBay Enterprises. Marc has led project teams in coordinating complex, concurrent product development initiatives, deployment and forecasting.

JetPay Payment Services Names EVP, Sales

JetPay Payment Services Appointed Jeffrey S. Tourek as Executive Vice President and National Sales leader. Jeff comes to JetPay from Heartland Payment Systems where he was Executive Director for Major Accounts. JetPay Corporation is a nationally recognized payments processor for all major payment cards, with vertically integrated services for businesses that include prepaid debit cards, payroll services and related payroll tax filing, and human resource management. JetPay offers a unique blend of hi-tech transaction processing with customizable solutions for a wide swath of business needs. JetPay Payment Services’ technology platform handles all types of payment transactions including swiped cards at the merchant, mobile payments, and large internet card-not-present businesses.

First Data Shows Weather Slows Consumer Spending

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data released its January SpendTrend analysis, compared to January 2013, tracking same-store POS data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four million U.S. merchant locations serviced by First Data. Dollar volume growth of 2.5% slowed from December’s 3.4% growth as severe winter…

First Data Names CEO Chairman

First Data payment technology announced its Board of Directors has named Frank Bisignano chairman in addition to his role as CEO. Bisignano was named chief executive officer for First Data on April 29, 2013. Since then, he has moved to rapidly reposition the company from a traditional processing business to a product and technology solutions provider to merchants and financial institutions. Under Bisignano’s leadership, initiatives to focus on clients, increase operating efficiencies and bring innovation to the fast-paced payments industry have launched successfully. Bisignano also introduced an equity ownership plan that put stock in the hands of nearly all of First Data employees. In addition, under his leadership, the company unveiled the Clover™ Station, a transformational point-of-sale solution for small and medium sized businesses.

BlueSnap upgrades its BuyNow e-commerce checkout page

BlueSnap upgraded its BuyNow hosted checkout pages enabling merchants to present a flexible, full-featured, PCI-compliant checkout page to shoppers in 180 countries without development expense or the need to commit company resources to meet PCI security standards. The new release features eye path-optimized page design, easy customization, A/B testing, mobile device support, and other enhancements to help merchants close more online sales.Online retailers that use BlueSnap’s hosted checkout pages have full access to all platform functions, including award-winning subscription management, coupon generation, catalog management and full support for both physical and digital goods as well as dynamic localization across 60 currencies, 29 languages and 110 payment methods.

American Express Support Startups, Research on Financial Inclusion

American Express, at SXSW Interactive Festival, announced several new technology initiatives to promote financial inclusion in the U.S. These include a new program from American Express Ventures to fund startups working toward financial inclusion, the establishment of a Financial Innovation Lab, and sponsorship of a documentary. The documentary will spotlight how technology and new thinking can begin to address the issues facing nearly 70 million Americans1 poorly served or excluded from the mainstream financial system. American Express showcased the trailer for Spent: Looking for Change earlier today at an intimate event at SXSW. The film, set to premiere this summer, follows a handful of hopeful Americans as they navigate their way through an antiquated financial system that can inhibit, rather than help, people’s ability to access, move and manage money as well as save for the future. The film will illustrate the seriousness of this growing problem, but also explore the many solutions emerging through technology, innovation and education.

ACI Worldwide Presents Executive Payments Summit

ACI Worldwide will be hosting “The Disruption Opportunity: A Game-Changing Perspective on Payments,” an executive payments summit in New York and London on March 12. ACI’s senior payments leaders and other esteemed industry experts will headline this executive summit that explores the opportunity for banks, retailers, billers and processors to leverage payments disruption to get ahead in the marketplace. The summit kicks off with a NASDAQ bell ringing ceremony, followed by a senior-level executive panel that will discuss payments perspectives. Phil Heasley, president and CEO, ACI Worldwide, will present the Disruption Opportunity, and Steve Forbes, editor-in-chief, Forbes Magazine and chairman, Forbes Media, will present Payments Transformation and the Global Economy.

TSYS Transforms Cardholder Experience

TSYS enhanced its online, self-servicing solution, Credit Care, to provide consumer cardholders an improved user experience and issuing banks greater administrative control. The new responsive and user-friendly design empowers TSYS clients and their customers with greater accessibility to account information. Credit Care now features a flexible user interface providing account holders easy and secure access to their accounts from any mobile device, regardless of size. Other enhancements include convenient single sign-on access from host bank websites, which saves cardholders time and eliminates the need for multiple passwords. New product features also include additional account payment options and an administrative console providing issuing banks the ability to manage the account holder experience for their unique brand and business.

NRF Issues Statement on PIN Essentials

The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan in response to Visa and MasterCard forming a new cross-industry group focused on enhancing payment system security:

“We remain insistent that U.S. retailers’ customers be given the same protections as consumers in more than 80 countries who have both a chip and a PIN securing their credit and debit cards. There is no single solution to the complex issue of criminal hacking and we know PIN and Chip is just a bridge on the long road to a safer payment system, but it is an important step in the right direction.

“We appreciate being involved in meetings with other stakeholders such as the one hosted by Visa and MasterCard last week. While we certainly agree that speed is of the essence, we don’t believe that is an obstacle to introducing PIN and Chip cards since the technology is well established and the cards are widely used around the globe.

“Easy-to-forge signatures are a virtually worthless form of authentication. Insisting on chip-and-signature cards is like installing an alarm on the front door of a home while leaving the back door wide open. It doesn’t make sense when the technology exists to secure the entire house.”

Heartland Payment Systems starts building new sales HQ

Heartland Payment announced the start of construction of its new facility in Edmond, Okla.. Heartland partnered with Bockus Payne to design the layout for the new building in Fisher Hall Office Park, which will utilize vintage raw materials. The new Heartland offices will feature “Industrial Era meets Modern Minimalist” interiors by mixing reclaimed wood and tufted leather sofas with glass front offices and exposed structural and mechanical systems. The interior design showcases 8×8 cubicles with sliding glass doors and large, open conference rooms made entirely of glass to promote high visibility among team members. Heartland will utilize its 13,000 square feet of space for general sales operations, recruiting and training programs.

Payelp Introduces ePrime Global

Payelp Global is introducing a new revolutionary new payment and business platform called ePrime Global,™ which will dramatically help the speed and security of payment transactions within the Payelp system. The platform has been in beta, but the company is transitioning into the new platform now for all future transactions. Payelp is more than just a payment service provider (currently offering over 300 global payment gateways worldwide to merchants), as the company helps online retailers and businesses earn revenue in other regions around the world through global partners and local regional offices.