Commerce Bank Offers New Alumni Visa

University of North Texas (UNT) alumni have a new way to show their school pride. Commerce Bank is offering a Visa ® credit card with rewards to members of the University of North Texas Alumni Association (UNTAA). The card offers reward points with unlimited earnings, as well as no annual fee. Cardholders are able to redeem points for cash back statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, or travel. Additional features and benefits include $100,000 travel insurance, emergency card replacement and cash advance, 24/7 customer service, Visa Zero Liability coverage, e-statements, and optional auto pay.

MasterCard Launches MasterPass In-App Payments

MasterCard announced MasterPass™ in-app payments, enabling consumers to make secure purchases within a mobile app. MasterPass in-app payments eliminate the need to store payment card credentials across numerous mobile apps, providing consumers with a fast and simple payment experience. Forbes Digital Commerce, Fat Zebra, MLB Advanced Media, NoQ, Starbucks Australia and Shaw Theatres Singapore are among the first app providers that will power their in-app purchasing capabilities with MasterPass.


Global processing powerhouse First Data had a busy year with nine contract extensions, a new German contract, and expanded nine partnerships. FDC also introduced three new products: Clover Station, VisionPLUS Flex, and Go Daddy Payment Solutions, plus upgraded a number of existing products. FDC also acquired Perka and took 100% ownership of JV. The Company also had three CEO’s during 2013 and received two major awards. Annual revenues also increased slightly in 2013, after two level years.

Cardholder Pricing – Effectiveness Results

While many card issuers are offering special cardholder price discounting – no fees, low interest and balance transfers to raid competitors – while raising the value prop none of these are new initiatives. Given the lowering of outstanding card loans which many have suffered during the recession, nearly $200 Billion total drop off before coming back up, we are surprised only that these and other value strategies weren’t implemented far more aggressively to reboot the card/payments business over the past five or six years.

Conference Board LEI Shows Continued Stability

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. increased 0.3% in January to 99.5 (2004 = 100), following no change in December, and a 0.9 percent increase in November. Continuing to fluctuate on a monthly basis, the LEI six-month average growth rate has been relatively stable in recent months, suggesting…

BlueSnap Releases BuyNow2

BlueSnap released BuyNow2, the next generation of hosted checkout pages that make it easy for merchants to sell their products in 180 countries, serving up localized pages in 29 languages, with 60 currencies and 110 payment types on any device. Unlike other payment solutions that place the burden of development on merchants, the pre-configured BuyNow2 checkout provides dynamically localized pages, A/B testing capabilities and instant PCI compliance, helping merchants serve customers and easily convert more shoppers to buyers worldwide.

NFC Forum Announces Software Developer Conference

The NFC Forum will hold a special event for software developers on March 21 in from all industries to discover where NFC technology and the “Internet of Things” are headed in 2014. The “Spotlight for Developers” brings together top names in mobile devices, consumer electronics, software, and wireless technology. The event showcases NFC integration in innovative new products, services, vertical markets, and software, leading to valuable new opportunities for developers. Presenters are leading authorities on smartphone platforms, including Android™, Blackberry® 10 OS, and Windows Phone. NFC in Action – a look at how NFC technology is currently improving the lives of consumers — and the bottom lines of businesses — across several industries, such as air travel & transportation, consumer electronics, and health care.

TSYS Increases Investment in Central Payment JV

TSYS announced that it has increased its stake in its Central Payment Joint Venture (CPay) from 60 percent to 75 percent. Central Payment founders Matt and Zach Hyman have committed to lead the company as Co-Managing Directors for an additional three years. Central Payment is a direct merchant acquirer servicing small- to medium-sized merchants through an Independent Sales Agent (ISA) model. Founded in 2005, Central Payment focuses on merchants in the restaurant, personal services and retail sectors. In 2012, Central Payment was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States by Inc. magazine for the fourth consecutive year.

ABnote Partners SimplyTapp on Host Card Emulation

ABnote, a leading global card manufacturer and provider of NFC and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) based solutions, announced it will integrate its existing TSM service with SimplyTapp’s Host Card Emulation (HCE) platform, creating the payment industry’s broadest offering of secure, cloud-based NFC solutions. The combined service will be hosted securely within ABnote’s certified global network of data centers, and will support both standard Secure Element (SE) cloud implementations and token based solutions. This service represents the first of its kind, allowing traditional retailers and financial institutions to compete through innovation with companies such as PayPal and Stripe. The combined HCE offering will be launched on April 1, 2014. The solution represents a two for one solution for financial institutions and retailers’ closed loop, decoupled debit, and open loop p payments. This will allow them to move into a more secure model than magnetic stripe, and at the same time satisfy mobile payment initiatives; all while leveraging existing infrastructure.

Sussex Bank selects the Fiserv Premier platform

Fiserv announced that Sussex Bank has selected the Premier(R) bank platform from Fiserv and a wide array of additional solutions. To meet increasing consumer demand for 24/7 financial services, Sussex Bank selected several self-service digital solutions, including solutions for mobile banking, remote check capture, payments and online banking. Popmoney(R) from Fiserv will enable Sussex Bank’s customers to send and receive person-to-person or social payments, while Mobile Source Capture(TM) will facilitate secure check deposits from consumers and small businesses using a smartphone camera. In addition to Premier, Business Analytics, Director, Business Process Manager, Popmoney and Mobile Source Capture, the bank selected the following innovative Fiserv solutions: Accel(TM) payments network, Business Continuity Services for disaster recovery, Branch Source Capture(TM) for check capture, CheckFree(R) RXP(R) and CheckFree(R) Small Business for bill payment and presentment, Data Vaulting(TM) for automated data backup and storage, Integrated Teller for real-time customer and account information, Mobiliti(TM) for mobile banking, Retail Online(TM) and Business Online(TM) for online banking, TransferNow(R) for online funds transfer, and WireXchange(R) for wire transfers.

Online insurer Zurich Connect takes MyBank payment method

Thanks to MyBank, the customers of Zurich Connect in Italy can now pay their insurance premiums via online and mobile banking safely and simply through their bank.
MyBank will allow to all the holders of a current account opened within many banks now enabled to acquirer via online their insurance premiums on Zurich Connect site with just a couple of clicks. By offering MyBank on its website, the online insurer provides its customers in Italy with a convenient and secure payment method based on the online banking environment they know and trust. The cooperation between Banca Sella, that offers MyBank payment option throughout GestPay Payment Gateway, and the Italian online company Zuritel, owner of Zurich Connect brand, (, has made possible for the largest insurance company in Italy to offer payments via MyBank.

ACI Strengthens UnionPay Payments

ACI Worldwide announced strengthened support for UnionPay with the ACI Interchange. This opens up new markets for financial institutions and processors by enabling support for UnionPay transactions while extending infrastructure options to include IBM System p AIX. UnionPay has issued more than 3.5 billion cards worldwide and it is projected to continue its significant growth. UnionPay cards are accepted in more than 140 countries and its growth presents a significant opportunity for financial institutions and processors facing revenue pressures or wanting to extend their commercial offerings with a growing brand. ACI Interchange already supports incoming and outgoing clearing and settlement processes for transactions underpinned by EMV and magnetic stripe payment cards for the major international schemes; this has now been extended to include UnionPay.