[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The unemployment rate declined from 7.0 percent to 6.7% in December, while total nonfarm payroll employment edged up (+74,000). The total number of unemployed persons declined by 490,000 to 10.4 million in December, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 6.7%. The number of unemployed persons and the…
BillingTree® today announced a suite of new solutions that allow auto finance companies to expand mobile payment options to consumers, and to manage and extend customer relationships beyond their initial purchase through digital marketing promotions and value-added customer service. BillingTree’s mobile payment and lifecycle management solution enables customers to view and pay their bills by scanning a QR code from their smart phone and instantly access their account information and payment options. Lifecycle communications features allow auto lenders to automatically identify and execute upsell, cross-sell and promotional marketing opportunities to online and mobile customers based on their buying behavior. Both solutions are supported by BillingTree’s partnership with ZNAP™, a mobile payment and business automation platform provider.
Fiserv, Inc. this morning announced it has added several innovative features to its flagship CheckFree(R) RXP(R) electronic bill payment service, incorporating gamification principles to make the bill payment process more intuitive and engaging. The addition of three game-inspired elements – a progress bar, tutorial elements and a gradual introduction of more advanced capabilities – is designed to boost adoption and use of electronic bill payment among online banking users. A number of changes have been made to restructure the CheckFree RXP user interface to deliver a cleaner, more modern and intuitive user experience. Several gamification techniques – taking elements of electronic games, such as how they flow or how they are designed, and applying them to non-game applications – were used in order to instill confidence in the user during their first interaction with the product.
Paymetric payment management has launched XiVerify Fraud Management Solution. For merchants looking to expand their online business while protecting themselves and their customers with a strategic fraud management services provider, Paymetric’s solution offers a securely integrated solution that maintains PCI compliance. Paymetric has partnered with industry leading fraud management solution providers to create XiVerify, its new securely integrated offering. Merchants can select the fraud management services provider of their choice and customize the solution to meet their specific needs, while Paymetric promotes a secure environment by removing all credit card data from the merchant environment. XiSecure On-Demand For Cardholder Data, Paymetric’s tokenization solution, offers companies the opportunity to eliminate the transmission and storage of sensitive cardholder data, which radically improves data security while minimizing the scope, effort and financial burden of PCI compliance.
Paydiant white-label mobile payments announced the grant of a new patent from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). U.S. Patent No. 8,632,000, granted on January 21, 2014, describes approaches for using a mobile device to conduct transactions at automated teller machines (ATMs). The solution enables consumers to use their smartphones, instead of their debit or credit cards, to withdraw cash from ATMs, enhancing the consumer mobile banking experience while also supporting financial institution loyalty. And because it is software-only, it can be deployed without installing additional hardware on ATMs. The Paydiant solution enables the user to get cash simply by scanning a QR code displayed on the ATM with their smartphone. The Paydiant solution also increases security by eliminating the risks associated with card skimming and PIN theft at the ATM. An ATM code or token is obtained by a mobile device and used to associate an end user and their payment accounts to a transaction at an ATM. Users can pre-stage cash withdrawals on their smartphone and then identify themselves at the ATM by scanning the transaction specific QR code that signals the ATM to dispense cash via an encrypted connection to the cloud.
SmartMetric patented payment card technology and in-card biometric products created a sub-micro operating system for nano-computers. The SmartMetric Intelligent Card OS is an operating system that unlocks new possibilities for software and app development for a payment card-sized device that has broad functionality, comparable to a smartphone or tablet. SmartMetric’s operating system is designed to run on the SmartMetric intelligent card, which combines biometrics with patented nano-computing technology, the world’s smallest fingerprint reader, an internal ARM 9 processor, processing power equal that of a PC, and up to 128 gigabytes of memory, matching the maximum memory capacity of current iPads.
MoneyGram is offering convenient and affordable payment solutions for customers and insurance providers, working with some of the largest U.S. insurance companies to accept cash payments for premiums at more than 38,000 U.S. bill pay agent locations including CVS, ACE Cash Express, Albertsons and Walmart. Currently, MoneyGram is accepting payments for more than 200 health care companies. The health care provider will inform its customers if payments can be made through MoneyGram. MoneyGram offers same day and next day payment options.
Paysafecard prepaid payment provider released an update of its free paysafecard app. The redesigned app offers additional features which enable customers to search for points of sale and to control their spending faster and easier than ever before. The augmented reality function 360° paysafecard shows the user sales outlets that are close to the current location. Finding the nearest outlet is therefore easier than ever before – and the app also adds an element of fun with its interactive search function. The outstanding display of 360° paysafecard allows customers to find the next point of sale in an intuitive way. In addition to the augmented reality function 360° paysafecard, the app offers many other innovative features such as the practical charging function via QR code and mobile access to the online account my paysafecard.
Fiserv announced today that South Carolina State Federal Credit Union (SCU) has selected an integrated suite of payment solutions including debit and credit card processing, the Accel™ debit payments network, UChoose Rewards® and Risk OfficeSM, to enhance the member experience and improve operational efficiency. SCU has been using DNA from Fiserv since 2006. Fiserv provides comprehensive integrated solutions for credit unions which include account processing, bill pay, online banking and a full suite of credit, debit and prepaid solutions, including a flexible loyalty rewards program and fraud risk solutions for cards. Fiserv also offers card personalization, 24-hour call centers and extensive training, marketing and implementation support.
2Checkout online payments has launched a program to rescue merchants recently abandoned by WePay. WePay recently announced their decision to retire their hosted checkout option and force customers to adopt their APIs instead. 2Checkout continues to offer merchants a hosted payments solution, and has set up a convenient landing page for former WePay customers to learn more. Hosted checkouts offer an intuitive and agile way for merchants to jump into online retailing without the hassle of formatting pages of website code.
T-Mobile US, Inc. today announced the company is extending its Un-carrier consumer movement to personal finance – transforming smartphones into personal money managers that can free people from excessive fees they often pay to use their own money. Mobile Money helps counter that trend with the combination of a simple, smartphone money management application designed for use with a re-loadable T-Mobile Visa® Prepaid Card that offers many reduced fee or $0 cost services for registered T-Mobile wireless customers. With Mobile Money, registered T-Mobile wireless customers pay $0 for things they do every day. No charge for activation, monthly maintenance, in-network ATM withdrawals, or for replacing lost or stolen cards. No minimum balances required. No more worrying about overdraft fees. And no unnecessary trips to the bank or a check casheri.
The consumer price index (CPI) has declined a record 130 basis points in the fourth quarter this year from 2011, despite persistent unemployment as well as rising fuel and food prices.However, it is up 20 basis points from one-year ago. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the year-over-year unadjusted CPI came in at 0.96%, which the BLS rounds to 1.0%, down from 1.18% last month. RAM Research predicts the CPI will decline to 1.5% by the end of December.