Square appointed David Viniar to its Board of Directors, where he will also serve as Audit Committee Chairman. Viniar was most recently Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Goldman Sachs, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors. After receiving a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Viniar joined Goldman Sachs in 1980, where he amassed over 30 years of experience. He became the CFO in 1999 and served in that capacity for over 13 years. He was also the head of the Operations, Technology, Finance and Services Division. Viniar is a former Trustee of Union College, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree.
Fiserv released a white paper that offers financial institutions insight on how to develop a comprehensive enterprise mobile alerts platform to boost customer engagement and meet regulatory requirements related to customer notifications. The paper discusses consumer use of alerts, considerations for building an alerts platform and strategies for deployment in phases and across channels. The white paper, “Enterprise Alerts: The Superhighway to Delighting Customers with Timely, Relevant and Actionable Information,” can be downloaded at www.fiserv.com/enterprise-alerts. An enterprise alert system, or a “superhighway” of two-way informational flow, should be seamlessly integrated with all banking channels to support information access and management reporting. The “Enterprise Alerts” white paper outlines considerations for building and rolling out an enterprise alerts platform, as well as best processes for supporting alerts across channels.
FIS banking and payments technology is set to showcase at the BAI Retail Delivery Conference its Mobile Wallet with Cardless Cash Access. This allows users to not only pay using their smart phones, but also withdraw money from an ATM from a mobile device. It also will showcase its newest touch-enabled customer interaction solution, FIS TouchPoint Connect suite, integrated with the Microsoft platform to offer best-in-class, branch of the future capabilities that help financial institutions bridge the gap between the traditional branch and the evolving branch model. TouchPoint Connect’s highly intuitive, touch-enabled interface brings a new dimension to the branch with its customer facing user interface that can be deployed as a kiosk or tablet solution. After authenticating the customer via an ATM/Debit card, online banking ID, or QR code, TouchPoint Connect enables customers to view account summary and detailed account information, receive and act on targeted offers, and perform self-service functions such as check orders, address change, funds transfer, lost card, and stop payments.
FIS released a comprehensive banking behavior study showing consumers who transfer money person-to-person want to make those transactions immediate; and, while young consumers are more likely to be among the early adopters of real-time payments, most importantly, they want the process to be convenient and easily accessible. Conducted Ipsos Vantis, on behalf of FIS, the market research indicated consumer sentiments and potential economic value for banks that instantly authorize transactions in four key market groups: outbound foreign money transfer users, account-to-account (A2A) transfer users, person-to-person (P2P) payment users and online bill payers. Faster payment was rated as being important by 80 percent of outbound foreign money transfer users, because it provides both senders and recipients with peace of mind. The majority (58 percent) of A2A users also want to be able to transfer their money between accounts quickly and a large percentage (41 percent) of P2P users want recipients to be able to access funds immediately. Potential adopters of outbound foreign money transfer and P2P real-time payments most often want to use real-time applications to send money — as gifts, payments, for emergencies and more — to family members and friends.
Green Dot and Walmart announced have expanded the line of Walmart MoneyCard reloadable prepaid debit cards to include six new card types designed to meet the needs of their growing customer base. The Walmart prepaid debit card portfolio now includes nine cards and include Mobile Web Registration; Check Cashing Reloads Account Alerts; Gas Discounts; Pharmacy Discounts; Merchant Funded Offers; Purchase Protection / Assurance (Visa and MasterCard); and Walmart MoneyCard Portfolio.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union posted 3Q/13 revenues down 1% from the year ago period and were flat on a constant currency basis. Consumer-to-consumer (C2C) revenues declined 2%, or 1% constant currency, as transaction gains were offset by the impact of previously implemented price reductions in certain corridors. Western Union branded C2C transactions increased…
WorldPay US payments acquirer has earned the American Express EMV payment processing certification.In conjunction with the earlier completion of VISA and MasterCard EMV certification, this reinforces WorldPay’s ability to assist its current and prospective clients with the inevitable migration to chip cards in the US. The card payment networks establish individual requirements for EMV implementation and define the testing processes to certify against these requirements. WorldPay is working closely with Discover on certifying to their EMV requirements.
U.S. Bank announced the full market launch of its Travel VirtualPay product, following a successful pilot program. The bank is the first payment provider in North America to deliver a truly integrated travel payment and reconciliation tool that replaces manual central billing of hotel charges with single-use virtual account numbers. Travel managers can identify and track a booking from the time of reservation through final settlement and audit. The tool integrates directly with their current travel supplier or agency, allowing them to easily request a virtual account for each booking and consolidating all transaction data into one location. When a supplier charges the account, an automated reconciliation process accurately matches traveler and transaction, triggering immediate payment.
First Data ecommerce and payment processing acquired Perka smart loyalty program for undisclosed terms. The First Data subsidiary continues to operate autonomously as an innovative entrepreneurial company led by its current management and product development team. Perka is a mobile marketing and consumer loyalty platform that helps small to medium-sized merchants engage their customers with location-based smartphone apps. The Perka Punchcard service and Perka Flexpoints for retail stores and sit-down restaurants deliver sustainable and highly personal marketing and incentive programs to consumers. The cloud-hosted platform features merchant-validated transactions, triggered offers, mobile messaging, and retail customer relationship data for the merchant.
Ingenico posted 3Q/13 9 months ending revenue of EUR1.004 billion, up 17% from the year ago figure, and quarterly revenue of EUR348 million thanks to performance across all geographies and segments. Also, from the year figure, Growth momentum in North America was up 40%; growth acceleration in Transactions services due to Ogone’s successful integration was up 15%; and full-year guidance raised for revenue and profitability. Also Organic growth was above 12% and revenue exceeded the EUR1 billion threshold in nine months for the first time ever.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data 3Q/13 consolidated revenue is up 1% by $38 million to $2.7 billion while adjusted revenue was $1.7 billion, also up 1%, from the year ago period. The revenue spike was thanks in great part to a $32 million increase in reimbursable debit network fees, postage and other. For the…
Samsung Electronics expands consumer offerings available through Samsung Wallet, a practical and easy-to-use mobile app for storing tickets, boarding passes, membership cards, coupons, and more, with the addition of new partnerships across several industries-including transportation, coupons and hospitality. New partners like American Express, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines, Amtrak, Valpak, eGifter, Gyft, Yowza, SpotOn, Agoda, HRS, Opodo and Thrillcall are joining the Samsung Wallet ecosystem, which includes partners previously announced at the Mobile World Congress 2013 – Walgreens, Expedia, Belly, Lufthansa, and Hotels.com. Samsung Wallet is available for download on the Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy Note®, Galaxy Note® II and Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung Apps (http://apps.samsung.com) or Google Play.