CardConnect Acquires SmartPay

CardConnect payment processing announced its acquisition of SmartPay online billing tool developed by Onsharp, an interactive agency that designs, builds and supports web-based technology solutions. The SmartPay enterprise billing tool gives a business’s customers the ability to receive, view and pay their bills online, eliminating the need for paper invoices. The tool is particularly beneficial for businesses that rely on invoicing – such as law firms, hospitals and manufacturers – and are looking for a way to streamline the process.

First Data Shows Spending Climbs in July

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data Corporation electronic commerce and payment processing released its “SpendTrend” analysis for July, compared to July 3-31, 2012, tracking changes in same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks. July’s dollar volume growth of 7.7% marked a 12-month high and an uptick from…

MoneyGram Foundation Awards $250,000 to Eight Organizations

MoneyGram distributed its first grants awarded through the MoneyGram Foundation. The Foundation, launched late last year, was established with a mission to help children around the world gain access to educational facilities and learning resources. The MoneyGram Foundation believes that education is at the heart of better economic opportunities, healthier families, and individual freedom and empowerment. Through the Foundation, MoneyGram grants funds to worthy organizations working to give children the best education possible. The MoneyGram Foundation chose eight organizations from hundreds of applicants. The programs span the globe, impacting thousands of children in six different countries and exemplifying the Foundation’s guiding principle of “inspiring minds and improving lives.” Currently, MoneyGram funds the Foundation through a monetary gift and access to in-kind resources. Recognizing the enormous need around the world for access to basic education, the Foundation plans to expand its funding support through contributions from others later this year.

VeriFone Enables ePayment in NYC For-Hire Vehicles

VeriFone Systems will begin installing payment systems for the new class of for-hire vehicles (FHVs) established to increase service to upper Manhattan and the New York City outer boroughs. New York City’s “Five Borough Taxi” plan enables the city to sell 6,000 street hail livery permits a year for three years. The new class of FHVs will be green in color and permitted to accept street hails north of East 96th street and north of West 110th street in Manhattan, and all of the other boroughs excluding the airports. VeriFone payment systems are now available to the new green FHV drivers who are required to have installed a Livery Passenger Enhancement Program (LPEP) approved integrated hardware and software system that includes a credit card acceptance device, a GPS unit, a driver information screen, and a passenger information screen enabled with an ADA-compliant payments system for the visually impaired.

CashStar to Provide Retailers mPayments & Loyalty Tips

CashStar will present at this week’s Financial Mobility Summit in Las Vegas. Addressing the steps retailers can take to navigate a crowded field to realize success in mobile payments and loyalty, attendees will leave with the ability to apply lessons-learned to their mobile marketing strategies and will gain an understanding of the power of branded currency to deepen customer relationships and increase retail sales in-store, online, and via mobile. CashStar will provide retailers the practical roadmap for transforming gift cards to mobile payment cards, and mobile apps to branded wallets. Joined by executives from Clutch and, Cornfield will explain how the convergence of gift cards, offers and loyalty programs will enable retailers and brands to influence and capture a greater share of consumer spending, increase frequency and loyalty, combat showrooming, and more.

Bluefin Payment Systems to Introduce P2P Encryption

Bluefin Payment Systems is set to introduce a PCI-validated Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) solution validated through qualified P2PE assessor, 403 Labs, LLC, in 4Q/13. The PCI P2PE Standard requires a PCI-approved point-of-interaction device (POI) and HSM (hardware security module) key management; software solutions are not currently eligible for P2PE validation. Bluefin’s P2PE technology can be implemented in retail POS systems, in call centers, and in mobile devices and will interface with the company’s PayConex platform. This provides security features such as tokenization, end-to-end encryption (E2EE) and transparent redirection.

JetPay to Change of NASDAQ Ticker Symbol

JetPay announced it will change its NASDAQ ticker symbol to “JTPY” effective at the start of today’s trading (prior NASDAQ common stock symbol: “UBPS”). JetPay Corporation (formerly Universal Business Payment Solutions Acquisition Corporation) (“JetPay” or the “Company”) is making this change to reflect the Company’s name change to JetPay Corporation, announced on August 1, 2013. JetPay provides a vertically integrated set of solutions that meet business needs for card acceptance, processing, payroll, tax and other financial transactions. JetPay also offers card-based solutions for our customers’ employees to conveniently receive and spend their pay.

Swiff Chip & PIN Approves Visa Ready Solution

Swiff mobility payment received approval for its Chip & PIN solution for use with Visa payments through the Visa Ready Program. The Swiff mobile payment Chip & PIN terminals will alleviate payment barriers for merchants, acquirers and customers by displacing cash and checks with mobile payment acceptance. This new step in the partnership between Swiff and Visa follows the announcement by Visa Inc. on June 5th, that Swiff had been selected as one of the leading mPOS providers to join the Visa Ready Program. The program is designed to provide innovators with an easy way to collaborate with Visa and gives merchants and consumers the peace-of-mind they need when transacting with a mobile phone.

Datacard Changes 35-Year HQ Location

Datacard Group announced that the company will relocate its corporate headquarters from Minnetonka to Shakopee, Minn. Datacard Group has outgrown the 35-year-old headquarters location in Minnetonka and wants to maintain its headquarters presence in the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. After extensively researching areas that would fit their growth now and in the future, the company is confirming that they have chosen to buy and renovate a 370,000-square-foot facility at 1187 Park Place in Shakopee. The move is planned to take place in 2014.

USA Technologies Launches Livery POS Solution

USA Technologies officially launched ePortGOTM an end-to-end cashless payment, dispatch and navigation solution designed to simplify and economize the daily processes of today’s taxi and for-hire vehicle businesses while accommodating the increasing demand for secure, in-vehicle credit/debit card acceptance. ePortGO is an integrated system that enables credit/debit card fare payment, trip management, recordkeeping, vehicle dispatching, navigation, and other features all in one easy and cost-effective solution. ePortGO is also designed to be flexible; operators can start out with the standard service for metered or unmetered vehicles or opt for the Premium service that integrates dispatch, navigation and other features, such as a consumer mobile app displaying the operator’s personalized brand.

Blackbaud MobilePay Launches mPayments Solution

Blackbaud released Blackbaud MobilePay mobile credit card processing application that is integrated with the company’s payment processing services. Blackbaud MobilePay is now available in the Apple® App Store and the Android® Play Store to nonprofits in the United States using Blackbaud Merchant Services. Blackbaud clients receive up to two complimentary Blackbaud MobilePay card readers. Nonprofits can accept credit and debit card payments anywhere within minutes. Once logged in to the MobilePay app on an iPhone®, iPad® or Android® device, users simply enter the amount, the payee’s email, swipe the card and obtain a signature. A personalized email receipt is sent after each transaction.

Prepaid Visa RushCard Debuts New TV Commercials

RushCard debuted its newest television commercials this week, which feature company co-founder and social entrepreneur Russell Simmons in a variety of unexpected cameo roles. The 60-second spots for RushCard will air on cable networks nationwide and reflect the company’s new branding, developed in conjunction with the brand’s 10-year anniversary. RushCard will air two TV spots on cable networks nationwide throughout 2013. The first spot features Russell Simmons secretly posed as a doorman, tipping his hat to a RushCard cardholder on her way into the bustling city streets. The second spot subtly portrays Russell Simmons as the cab driver for a RushCard cardholder traveling in the backseat. In both spots Russell Simmons’ cameo illustrates how RushCard supports customers in their everyday financial lives.