CO-OP Financial Services to Kickoff mCard Controls

CO-OP Financial Services (, a credit union service organization, plans to introduce mobile card controls and alerts capabilities that allow members to set card controls based on their preferences, such as transaction type, merchant, location and payment thresholds. Members of credit unions will also be able to perform specific self-service functions, including balance inquiries and fund transfers. Card control and alert technology protects the cardholder as well as the credit union when a card is used in a way that’s inconsistent with the user-identified parameters. Controls can be set by the cardholder so that specific types of transactions are immediately denied and the cardholder is alerted about any potentially fraudulent use. Soon, credit unions will be able to offer their members new ways to more fully manage card use and security.

AmEx Tops at Hack The High Street Challenge

Hack The High Street was hosted by Birdback, a card-linking and retail technology startup, in partnership with Vendorcom and was sponsored by American Express. Each retailer highlighted some of the latest innovations taking place within their verticals and some challenges they are facing as retailers with high street presence. These included topics around the importance of sustainability, improving customer experience in-store, improving click and collect and the retail experience as a whole. Following the keynotes 15 teams were formed, which worked tirelessly through the weekend to build their products from the ground up and present before a panel of judges. The team from American Express was awarded first place for its interactive advertising product that would work based on facial recognition and adjusted its content and message depending on the viewers’ physical distant from the advertisement.

Square Takes Out Stops on Merchant Limits

Square has eliminated holds and deposit limits on manually entered transactions in the U.S. Funds from both swiped and non-swiped payments will be deposited in merchants’ bank accounts within 1-2 business days, a crucial advantage for local sellers who typically don’t take payments in person, such as caterers and contractors. The move is an important step to further remove barriers to growth for local businesses, and makes Square an industry leader in eliminating deposit limits and related holds for customers. Removing deposit limits and related holds is the latest step by Square to upend financial norms and make running and growing a business easier than ever for merchants.

SumAll Deploys MasterCard eCommerce Analytics

SumAll partnered Simplify Commerce by MasterCard, allowing its merchant clients to accept e-commerce and mobile commerce payments in a matter of minutes. SumAll’s data visualization service is unique in the world of SaaS (Software as a Service) and now serves more than 100,000 companies from small and medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies. At its heart, SumAll connects data to provide real-time correlations as to what is driving revenue and marketing efforts. The service lets operators leverage their data to make better business decisions, improve sales, increase customer service and maximize their profitability. Adding Simplify Commerce™ by MasterCard to SumAll’s services offers a new dimension to the company’s powerful range of online and offline data partners that, when analyzed together, allow SumAll users to gain unparalleled marketing and business insights.

Western Union CFO Steps Down

Western Union announced Scott T. Scheirman, Executive VP and CFO, will be leaving the company on February 28, 2014. He is to serve as a senior advisor to the Company while a search is conducted with internal and external candidates. Raj K. Agrawal, Executive VP and President of Western Union Business Solutions, will serve as Interim CFO. Agrawal has served as an Executive Vice President of the Company since November 2011, and President, Western Union Business Solutions since August 2011. Mr. Agrawal served as General Manager, Western Union Business Solutions, since November 2010, and as Senior Vice President of Finance, from August 2010 to November 2010.

Isis Launches Latest mWallet

Isis’ latest Mobile Wallet is now available to consumers for download in the Google Play app store and at thousands of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless retail stores nationwide. The Isis Mobile Wallet allows customers to pay at contactless payment terminals, and to save money through special offers and loyalty cards at participating merchants – all from their Isis Ready® smartphone. The Isis Mobile Wallet allows consumers to shop and pay using their mobile phone, by securely storing virtual versions of a customer’s participating credit or prepaid cards, as well as coupons and merchant loyalty cards. To use the Isis Mobile Wallet, customers simply select a payment card and tap their smartphone on the point-of-sale terminal. The redesigned Isis Mobile Wallet features a simplified user interface with a clean, white background and easy-to-navigate toolbars. Isis Mobile Wallet users can get 20 percent back every time they tap to pay using their American Express Serve Account for up to $200 in statement credits.

NCR Announces Silver 3.0 POS

NCR released its NCR Silver POS for iPad, offering support for multiple locations to scale to meet the needs of retail shops, cafes, bakeries, restaurants or any small business that is expanding. With easy-to-use tools and reports, owners can manage items across all their sites, see a consolidated view of site sales data, and still easily navigate to individual locations for site-level details. Small business owners get more control with the ability to set user roles like Cashier or Manager and to assign permissions so they can grant or limit access to functions such as price override, discounts, returns, voids and tip adjustments. NCR Small Business has introduced Silver Sidewalk a customer community portal where NCR Silver customers can interact with each other, explore product features, search the knowledge base, find helpful tips and get assistance from the Customer Care team.

Virtual Piggy Partners Payelp Payment Platform

Virtual Piggy partnered with Payelp Global e-commerce and business development platform, currently used by companies such as Valve, Riot Games, Skype, Apple iTunes, and PayPal. Their payment service processes over 446,000 transactions per minute and is available in over 74 countries on 300 different payment gateways. Virtual Piggy will integrate directly into the Payelp framework. Virtual Piggy is the only COPPA-compliant payment technology designed to allow retailers and game publishers to reach under 18 consumers in a safe, legal and effective manner. The award-winning technology serves as a family wallet that is available online or via mobile, and is 100% free to use. Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 18 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within a parental controlled environment.

iPayment Posts Flat 3Q/13 Processing Volume

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] iPayment posted a total 3Q/13 transaction processing volume of $5.6 billion, flat from the year ago period, and 87.1 million in transaction, up 0.5% from the year ago figure. Total revenues decreased by 0.5% to $167.8 million for the third quarter of 2013 from the year ago figure of $168.6 million,…

Fonetic Announces Dodd-Frank Biometrics Compliance Solution

Fonetic integrated voice biometrics capabilities into its Dodd-Frank Trading Record Keeping Compliance Solution, offering the first solution provider to utilize voice biometrics to enhance bank compliance with Dodd-Frank Title VII mandates. Fonetic’s solution captures, indexes, analyzes and extracts relevant unstructured data from all voice, email and chat interactions to create a fully-searchable database of all communications pertaining to a bank’s traders and trades. By adding biometric voice analysis, Fonetic empowers banks to verify a caller’s identity, track their interactions, and authenticate transactions based on their unique voiceprint. With even the smallest voice sample, Fonetic can scan millions of calls and cross-match voiceprints with other known criteria – such as call content – to identify the caller. Once identified, the caller’s voice becomes searchable data that banks can use to facilitate regulatory inquiries or quickly identify inappropriate trading behaviors.

PayAnywhere Enhances mPOS App for Android

PayAnywhere mPOS solutions made available its PayAnywhere 2.0 solution for Android and its “PayAnywhere Inside” online merchant portal. The app works with the free PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader, which plugs into the audio jack of a supported Android device, giving merchants a safe and simple way to accept credit and debit card payments directly from their Android phone or tablet. With the lowest rates in the industry – just 2.69% per swiped transaction, regardless of card type (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express), and next day funding for merchants’ transactions, PayAnywhere is the payment industry’s preeminent business-grade, “pay-as-you-go” mPOS solution. Advancements to the improved solution include a simple sign on, a more dynamic user interface, cross-platform syncing and upgraded reporting.