PNC Merchant Services announced a new tablet-based point-of-sale system for restaurant owners/managers, Clover Station from First Data Corporation. It features high-resolution touch screen. cloud technology and allows merchants to process transactions even if the Internet connection is disrupted. It also offers its App Market, allowing new apps for download anytime with options to assign and transfer tables between servers, or to establish special pricing during happy hour. It also simplifies management duties for access to employee timecards, transaction reports and inventory management.
MoneyGram announced several operational and organizational changes to better support the Company’s corporate objectives, including its goal of reaching $2 billion in annual revenue in 2017. These actions include realigning the organizational structure and commencing a global transformation program designed to help MoneyGram lead the industry in compliance, fuel multi-channel growth and improve its cost structure. MoneyGram has made several changes to its executive committee to position the Company for continued growth. W. Alexander Holmes has been named chief operating officer, effective immediately. He will also maintain his current titles and responsibilities as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In his expanded role, Holmes will be responsible for oversight of all finance, technology and operations functions. The following executives have been named executive vice president of their respective positions and will continue to report to MoneyGram’s chairman and chief executive officer, Pamela H. Patsley: W. Alexander Hoffmann, Global Product Management and Emerging Channels; Grant Lines, Asia Pacific, South Asia and Middle East; and Peter Ohser, U.S. and Canada. The three-year global transformation program designed to strengthen MoneyGram’s competitive position consist of Enhancing compliance, Investing for growth, Reorganization and restructuring.
ams AG analog ICs and sensors announced that US-based DeviceFidelity, Inc. is using unique ams RF technology in its latest CredenSE 2.10 NFC microSD card to enable secure, certified NFC transmissions between any mobile phone and contactless payment terminals from Visa and MasterCard. DeviceFidelity CredenSE 2.10 is the world’s first NFC microSD card to successfully achieve global payment certifications from both Visa and MasterCard without requiring external booster antenna or device specific attachments. Using the AS3922 from ams, an integrated NFC front end with Active Boost technology, CredenSE achieves a typical read range of 4cm in a mobile phone’s microSD slot. The mobile phone is a notoriously difficult environment for RF and variations between phone models make it difficult to consistently achieve good performance. The stringent requirements for read range compatibility with payment terminals for payment applications cannot be met in small form factors such as SIM or microSD cards with a traditional passive NFC card emulation front end and simple planar antenna. The DeviceFidelity CredenSE 2.10 is the first commercially produced NFC microSD card that meets EMV standards using only an ultra-small antenna embedded in the card, making distribution and compatibility with hundreds of phone models possible with one easy-to-deploy microSD card. It can be used to transform any mobile device with a microSD card slot into a contactless payment device without any need for device specific external antenna or attachments. Active Boost allows for robust tag-to-reader communication at a coupling factor 100 times higher than is possible with conventional passive tag designs. The AS3922 also offers unique Antenna Auto Tuning and Q factor adjustment, which are critical to microSD, SIM and µSIM applications. The IC includes an ACLB interface for communication with the contactless interface of any Dual Interface Secure Element, and DCLB and NFC-WI interfaces for digital communication.
Fujitsu front-end solutions and Triton Systems ATMs and ATM management software announced they will offer the Fujitsu G60 bill recycling unit in the ARGO 7 ATM. The integrated solution will be on display in the Triton booth number 508 at the ATMIA 2014 US Conference in Orlando, FL. The ATMIA USA annual conference and expo is the largest ATM-focused event in the world and this year’s event marks its 15th anniversary. Triton’s ARGO 7 ATM features a color touchscreen, supports the eco-friendly option of sending SMS text, email or printed receipts, reducing each machine’s carbon footprint and resulting in cost savings over the life of the ATM. Also it can be configured with a business hours or level one safe and is EMV ready. The Fujitsu G60, with up to 1,900 notes capacity, features 4 recycling cassettes, 1 deposit cassette and 1 optional F53 loading cassette. The loading cassette increases up time and productivity by increasing capacities, start of day replenishment or providing an additional denomination when necessary.
Jumio online and mobile payments made available its Fastfill service that automates key entry of personal customer information in mobile apps, providing a faster and more convenient way for consumers to open accounts, complete web registration forms, and remove friction from the check-out process. Fastfill provides value to any business with a mobile app and a process that requires the customer to provide personal data in order to establish a relationship or transaction. Through its patented use of computer vision technology, Jumio offers on-the-go customers a faster and more convenient way to complete a sign-up or checkout. With Jumio’s technology embedded, businesses such as financial services providers, retailers, travel-related services, among others, have dramatically improved their transaction completion rates, while creating a differentiated and superior user experience in their apps. Benefits include worldwide coverage, easy Integration, secure standards, fast transactions and a customisable and comprehensive cross platform.
Competition among banks to gain new customers, and campaigns to replace low-value cash transactions with card payments, have driven significant levels of card issuance and rising card usage in Europe, according to RBR’s new report “Payment Cards Issuing and Acquiring Europe 2014”. A 20% rise in the number of cards in circulation between 2008 and 2012 (to reach 1.4 billion) was by far surpassed by a 40% increase in payments over the same period, as consumers used their cards more frequently for everyday purchases.
Gross dollar volume (GDV) for Visa and MasterCard, among the Latin American Caribbean countries (LAC), rose a mere 6.1% last year, better than the 5.8% growth rate in 2012, but significantly lower than the 24% gains in 2010 and 2011. Visa holds a 76% share of the LAC GDV market and grew 4.4% in 2013 to hit $1,078 billion. MasterCard was up 12.2% last year, rising to $340 billion. Over the past five years Visa’s LAC GDV jumped 69.4% and MasterCard soared by 90%.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MoneyGram posted 4Q/13 and FY/13 revenue, both up 10% on the previous year. Total 4Q revenue was $385.8 million, an increase over the prior year of 9 percent on a reported basis and 8 percent in constant currency. Money transfer revenue increased to $340.0 million, representing growth of 11 percent over…
Vodafone and MoneyGram announced their partnership allowing consumers to transfer funds directly from around 200 countries to the millions of users of M-Pesa. The agreement will allow consumers who visit MoneyGram’s 334,000 agents across the globe to send funds directly to M-Pesa accounts. MoneyGram customers can also transfer money to an M-Pesa user through moneygram.com or via a mobile app, available on iPhone, Android and Windows 8 phones. M-Pesa – which allows customers to pay bills and withdraw, transfer and deposit money easily – is now available in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Fiji, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.
Revel Systems today announced a new Bitcoin integration that makes accepting Bitcoin easier than ever. Users of the Revel POS can now accept bitcoins as payment, giving their customers even more ways to pay. Revel is currently the only major point-of-sale platform that has embraced Bitcoin as a payment option for enterprise and small businesses. Revel Systems is announcing a new Bitcoin integration, making it even easier for Revel POS users to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. Revel is working with Bitcoin wallet provider Coinbase to provide a hardware/software solution that allows users to seamlessly accept Bitcoin into the current Revel iPad POS. The Revel app has already been submitted to the Android® store, and an iOS app has been submitted to the Apple® app store.
ScanSource® POS & Barcode is pleased to announce that it has expanded its relationship with Motorola Solutions. Through this expanded relationship, ScanSource POS and Barcode will now offer Motorola Solutions’ Industrial Mobile Computing (IMC) products (formerly known as Psion). By offering these products, ScanSource resellers will have access to Motorola Solutions’ complete enterprise portfolio, including mobile computing products that are designed for extreme work environments. Motorola Solutions’ IMC solutions include vehicle-mount products, non-incendive devices that safely operate in hazardous areas found in a number of applications, rugged handheld mobile computers, and enterprise handheld PDAs.
One of the best ways for card issuing credit unions and other financial institutions to augment their organic/branch card sales growth is to offer agent member card programs to other, usually smaller, financial institutions. The sponsoring organization provides the card expertise and management and all card member services (“3 C’s”) while the agent institution generates new applicant/card accounts. Agents are often selected and offered varying rewards based upon size, number of member households served, number of branches, geographic territory served, and card sales technology they have available at their branches, and thus resources for new card growth potential. The greater potential for growth, the greater fee income that is usually offered.