[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. credit card gross dollar volume (GDV) is poised to drop around 120 basis points in the fourth quarter due to rocky retail sales. After a terrible 2008 and 2009, holiday retail sales volume are slowly crawling back. This year fourth quarter credit card GDV is projected to grow 6.5%, compared…
FIS earned best-in-class mobile awards from two leading analyst group, named 2013 Best in Class Mobile Banking Vendor Overall by Javelin Strategy & Research and Best in Class ranks from CEB TowerGroup in the areas of Customer Experience, Interface Development and Integration & Management in its Mobile Banking Solutions Technology Analysis report. FIS Mobile received Javelin’s highest honor, winning Best in Class overall from its 2013 survey and was voted No. 1 in Top 3 Mobile Banking Vendor Standards and Customized Solutions and No. 1 in Top 3 Mobile Banking Standard Solution. It was ranked based on best in class in customer experience, interface development and integration management.
Paymetric announced that Gil Friedman as its new CFO, bringing to the role more than 17 years of senior financial experience. He spent five years with NexTraq, a Francisco Partners company, where he was Executive Vice President and CFO and led the sale of the company to Fleetcor Technologies in late 2013. His background also includes senior level roles with Amdocs and Polycom. Additionally, Friedman’s career experience includes a $55M IPO and eight M&A transactions ranging from $8M to $350M. Paymetric’s end-to-end offering combines proven expertise in payment processes with best-in-class ERP integration solutions to improve return on ePayment card acceptance, reduce barriers and scope of PCI compliance, and lower the total cost of ownership for payment processing.
Allied Payment Network online and mobile bill payment services partnered ACI Worldwide to offer same-day bill payment capabilities through Allied’s mobile photo bill pay solution, Picture Pay. Picture Pay will integrate with the ACI Bill Payment Engine and proprietary Biller Endpoint Network (BEN), an electronic biller network that delivers millions of payments to more than 9,000 electronic biller endpoints each month. By seamlessly integrating with the ACI Bill Payment Engine, Picture Pay’s end users now have the added convenience of a same-day payment option to immediately process a bill payment.
American Express agreed to settle two putative antitrust class actions filed by U.S. merchants that challenged the company’s Card acceptance agreements. The settlement agreement will address certain merchant concerns, while helping to ensure that American Express Card Members are treated fairly at the point of sale. It will also limit the Company’s exposure to future legal claims. The first lawsuit, In re American Express Anti-Steering Rules Antitrust Litigation, challenges the Non-Discrimination Provisions in the company’s merchant contracts. The lawsuit dates back to 2006 and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The second lawsuit, In re Marcus Corporation, challenges American Express’ Honor All Cards Provisions. This lawsuit dates back to 2004 and is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. American Express will reimburse the class plaintiffs’ costs of notifying merchants of the settlement up to $2 million and will provide an additional $2 million fund for plaintiffs to communicate to merchants about the terms of the settlement.
USA Technologies announced that the U.S. Patent Office has granted its 87th patent. U.S. Patent 8,596,529, titled Interactive Interface Effectuated Vending, adds to the collection of intellectual property USAT has accumulated over a number of years as self-serve retail markets, such as vending, transition from cash-only to cashless and other value-added offerings enabled by a connected technology platform.
eBay completed its acquisition of Braintree payment platform of approximately $800 million in cash. Braintree will now operate as a separate service within PayPal under the leadership of Braintree CEO Bill Ready, who will report to PayPal President David Marcus and has joined PayPal’s executive staff. eBay anticipates the acquisition will have an immaterial impact to PayPal’s 2013 net total payment volume. eBay expects that definitional differences between PayPal’s net total payment volume and Braintree’s projected $12 billion payment volume for 2013, approximately one-third of which is expected to be driven by mobile payments, will lead to a significant portion of Braintree’s payment volume not being additive to PayPal’s net total payment volume and treated instead like PayPal’s payment gateway business, with only the revenue being recorded.
MBNA has launched a new, free Smartphone Card Services app as part of the continued evolution of the way it provides services to customers. It will offer a viewing a summary of account information such as balance and payment information. It will also allow the user to make a debit card payment, view their PIN and recent transactions.
Bluefin Payment financial technology provider of cloud-based integrated payment solutions for independent software vendors (ISVs), announced they have partnered with a premier international payment platform provider to expand their US and Canadian presence to include international payment processing in early 2014. Bluefin’s innovative and proprietary PayConex platform will now support e-commerce and mail order/telephone order (MOTO) payments in 52 countries across six continents in 187 currencies. Bluefin secures the cloud with a security suite that includes tokenization, transparent redirect, and end-to-end encryption (E2EE). ISVs and SaaS providers integrate PayConex directly into their software, providing their customers a seamless payment experience while extending the functionality and value of their software.
Fiserv announced that its Mobiliti solution received the highest score for a customizable solution in the Javelin Strategy & Research 2013-2014 Mobile Banking Vendor Scorecard. Based on an evaluation of security, mobile platform support, product features and emerging capabilities, this marks the third year that Fiserv has been a top ranked mobile banking solution provider in the report. Fiserv was rated highly across all four areas of evaluation for customizable solutions, particularly the features category. The features category analyzed money monitoring and advanced money movement capabilities available through the solution, as well as user ratings, reviews, partnerships and clients. The Javelin report noted that adoption of mobile banking continues to grow rapidly, as does its importance to consumers, which underscores the value of selecting a leading mobile banking provider. In a positive sign, only 31 percent of non-mobile bankers said they were skeptical of mobile banking’s value, down from 40 percent in 2012.
Geezeo, web-based, data-driven marketing platforms to financial institutions announced West-Aircomm Federal Credit Union will integrate Geezeo’s PFM product into its online banking platform. The credit union will be provided with a fully integrated, white label PFM solution, and will benefit from Geezeo’s unique data-driven engagement banking platform. Geezeo is a proven pioneer in enabling financial institutions to deliver relevant messaging from within the online banking environment and beyond.
Capital One has signed a three-year financing services agreement with BRP US Inc. “BRP”. This new relationship reinforces Capital One’s commitment to building its private label credit card business. The contract covers revolving financing for BRP’s Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft and Can-Am all-terrain vehicles, side-by-side vehicles and Spyder roadsters sold by BRP dealers in the United States.