2Checkout Offers Instant Underwriting to Merchants

2Checkout now offers online retailers the ability to apply for their new merchant accounts online and be underwritten and approved instantly. No other bank or payments processor enables a merchant to start selling as quickly. A new merchant can go from application to live payment processing in seconds, versus the industry norm of weeks. 2Checkout is a global payments processor that lets online retailers accept credit cards, debit cards, PayPal, and recurring billing in 26 currencies and 15 languages. In addition to processing payments with PCI Level 1 compliance, 2Checkout also protects merchants by passing all transactions through their proprietary fraud review. 2Checkout also gives merchants options for hosted checkout, APIs for direct website integration, turnkey implementation with more than 100 shopping carts, and free mobile and tablet apps for monitoring and managing sales.

Higher One Acheives Validated Oracle Integration

Higher One announced from the floor of the Alliance HEUG conference (booth 706) it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of Higher One Payment Processing with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.0. Higher One provides payment processing to campuses across the country. For institutions, these services can offer assurance that transactions will occur in real-time and within the strictest of security standards, all through a proven integration. To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers. This proven strategy can assure institutions that they can rely on Higher One’s virtually seamless processing of payments made by students and parents, including online, on-campus, international and mobile payments.

EMVCo Publishes Tokenisation Framework

EMV Payment Tokenisation Specification – Technical Framework v1.0 has been published by EMVCo. The technical document – which will be of interest to all industry participants including merchants, acquirers, card issuers and new payment entrants engaged in the mobile and digital secure payment ecosystem – is designed to allow market implementers to develop interoperable tokenisation solutions. EMVCo, which is collectively owned by American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, UnionPay and Visa, announced that it would expand its scope to lead the payments industry in its work to standardise tokenisation in January 2014. The new specification will help provide the payments community with a consistent, secure and globally interoperable environment to make digital payments when using a mobile handset, tablet, personal computer or other smart device. This will encourage industry efficiencies and security enhancements for digital commerce. The new specification from EMVCo will maintain compatibility with the current payment infrastructure and will be complementary to the existing EMV Chip Specifications to ensure consistency across all payment environments. Moving forward, EMVCo will actively solicit Associate, Subscriber and public feedback to support enhancements and inclusion of additional use cases. The specification framework will evolve with industry input collected to broaden its applicability and relevance to marketplace needs.

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.

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.

Western Union 4Q/13 Revenue Flat Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union reported 4Q/13 financial results with flat revenues from the year ago period. Consumer-to-consumer (C2C) revenues declined 1%, flat on a constant currency. Total C2C transactions increased 9% in the fourth quarter, driven primarily by continued traction from the pricing investments which the Company began to implement in the fourth…