Clear2Pay Acquirer Test Suite validated by OSCar Consortium

Clear2Pay’s “OSCar Acquirer Test Suite” has been validated in application of the certification process defined by the Open Standard for Cards (OSCar) Consortium. The certification process was executed by PayCert on behalf of the OSCar Consortium. OSCar is the international initiative that aims to facilitate and speed up the implementation of the SEPA Cards Standards in the point-of-sale terminal-to-acquirer domain, based on SEPA FAST and EPAS. More specifically, the consortium’s main objectives are to ensure that point-of-sale devices and acquirer systems work together seamlessly. Clear2Pay’s Oscar Acquirer Test Solution enables acquiring banks in the SEPA zone to verify whether their implementations are conform to the functional SEPA standards.

State of Credit Report

As the nation emerges from the recession, which groups of Americans are faring the best when it comes to credit and debt and who is faring the worst? Experian’s Fourth Annual State of Credit study shows that Millennials are facing the biggest challenges when it comes to credit and how they are managing their debt. With the lowest number of bankcards (1.57) of all of the generations and a low total debt of $2,682 on those cards compared with other generations, one would assume that they are managing their debt wisely, but with high utilization1 as compared to their individual credit card limits, average debt2 of $23,332 and high incidences of late payments, it seems this generation is not entering this phase of life with positive credit behavior, which attributes to their low average credit score of 628.

NRF Holiday Spending

Positive retail sales numbers in the month of October point to a good holiday sales season ahead. According to the National Retail Federation October retail sales, excluding automobiles, gas stations and restaurants, increased 2.5 percent seasonally adjusted over September, and 4.2 percent unadjusted from 2012. In October, NRF released its holiday sales forecast, which indicated a 3.9 percent increase in sales over 2012. NRF believes that holiday sales will reach $602.1 billion this year.

Allpay Card Services Selects Datacard Group Card Personalization

Datacard Group announced allpay Card Services, an established and fast-growing independent card bureau and manufacturer based in the U.K., has selected the Datacard® MX Series Platform for its next-generation card personalization and delivery solutions – optimizing its client services offerings with highly personalized cards and carriers. Utilizing the Datacard® MX6100™ card issuance system with the Artista® VHD retransfer color printing module, allpay Card Services will be issuing bank and prepaid cards with personalized and unique card designs; as well as the MXD™ card delivery system for full-color card carriers that can be printed on-demand. This eliminates the need for predesigned card and carrier stock and ultimately reduces inventory costs.

Popmoney Awarded

Fiserv, Inc. announced that its Popmoney(R) person-to-person (P2P) payments service has taken top honors at both the Mobile Money Global Awards and the Mobile Excellence Awards. Both awards recognized the potential of Popmoney to transform personal payment habits as consumers move away from paper-based cash and check payments toward electronic payments initiated via email or text, as well as the service’s powerful delivery model via a network of 2,000 U.S. banks and credit unions and Popmoney.com.

Payday Lender Fined By CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took its first enforcement action against a payday lender by ordering Cash America International, Inc. to refund consumers for robo-signing court documents in debt collection lawsuits. The CFPB also found that Cash America – one of the largest short-term, small-dollar lenders in the country – violated the Military Lending Act by illegally overcharging servicemembers and their families. Cash America will pay up to $14 million in refunds to consumers and it will pay a $5 million fine for these violations and for destroying records in advance of the Bureau’s examination.

Acculynk Gateway Allows Chinese Union Pay PIN Acceptance

Acculynk is now offering U.S. merchants the capability to accept China’s Union Pay PIN debit cards on their Chinese websites using the PaySecure International graphical PIN pad for UPOP authentication. U.S. e-commerce merchants interested in tapping into the large number of consumers in China must be able to accept Chinese payment methods, as well as authenticate a Chinese cardholder in order to make the sale. PaySecure International provides U.S. merchants the ability to accept and authenticate Union Pay cards with the same PaySecure PIN pad used for internet PIN debit transactions with U.S. cardholders. Airbnb, the world’s leading marketplace for booking, discovering, and listing unique spaces around the world, will be the first U.S.-based merchant to leverage PaySecure International to access the more than 3 billion UnionPay PIN debit cardholders. Chinese customers can now use their UnionPay debit cards to secure accommodations at one of Airbnb’s 300,000 listings worldwide.

CPI Card Group SCA-Certified

CPI Card Group EMV and commercial card production received recognition in a new member program from the Smart Card Alliance called the Center of Excellence. The Smart Card Alliance Center of Excellence is a new recognition established by the Alliance in 2013 to acknowledge member companies who reach the highest level of active participation in the Smart Card Alliance. Inclusion in this elite level is directly related to a number of accomplishments and involvement companies have demonstrated in 2012-2013, including: Industry Council recognition for Honor Roll membership or Top Contributor to one or more of the Alliance’s Industry Councils; council officer position elected by peers; LEAP/CSCIP training and certification; corporate CSCIP training and certification participation; and supporting membership in the EMV Migration Forum.

ProPay Deploys Secure Donation Process

ProPay, a TSYS company, will provide nonprofits and organizations using Little Green Light LLC (LGL) online donation solutions with simple, secure and complete end-to-end payment processing services. So far in 2013, there has been a 21-percent increase in online donations in the U.S.*, and the trend is expected to continue in 2014. This growth will dynamically impact the need for processing and administration solutions in the donations space. With this new technology, nonprofits will be able to create customizable “donate now” forms for one-time and recurring donations via all major credit cards ” both U.S. and international ” as well as ACH transactions from U.S. banks.

Evo Payments International Acquires Encore Group

Evo Payments International acquired the Encore Group. The Encore Group, consisting of existing EVO strategic partners Encore Payment Systems, Prodigy Payment Systems and Momentum Payment Systems, is headquartered in Addison, Texas and provides payment processing solutions to small and medium sized businesses located throughout the United States and Canada. EVO has grown significantly by introducing leading payment solutions to the market, as well as acquiring domestic and international businesses. The Encore acquisition enables EVO to leverage Encore’s proven North American sales distribution strategies to drive further growth in EVO’s new international markets.

Outstanding Consumer Credit Continues Growth

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the total outstanding revolving US consumer credit up 5.25% in September from last year to an adjusted $846B from 842.5B, the continued defenestration of positive momentum continues in 2013. Continuing to grow, the September revolving credit outstanding is still not as high as the 2008 figure of $1trillion and is…

VeriFone to Enhance Payment Operations for French Outfit

VeriFone Systems has been awarded a comprehensive managed payment services contract by Réseau Clubs Bouygues Telecom, the consumer retail affiliate of Bouygues Telecom, one of France’s largest fixed-mobile operators. VeriFone will provide its managed services software”PAYware Wynid”as well as helpdesk support, gateway services and VX 820 advanced PIN acceptance devices that support all types of electronic transactions. VeriFone’s VX 820 PIN pads will help Réseau Clubs Bouygues Telecom engage customers and drive revenues by delivering targeted promotional and branding messages to customers during checkout through the devices’ color touch screen. PAYware Wynid will consolidate and route all electronic payments made at each of Réseau Clubs Bouygues Telecom’s 400 retail stores through a single gateway that utilizes VeriFone’s encryption and tokenization services and is hosted in a PCI DSS validated hosting center.