First Data Announces May Consumer Spending Trends

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data SpendTrend analysis for May 1-31, 2013 compared to May 1-31, 2012, tracking same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations, showed dollar volume growth increased 6.0% in May compared to April’s 5.1% growth. The warmer weather across the…

Ogone Upgrades Online Fraud Protection

Ogone global online payment services specialist upgraded its on-line fraud protection package with the latest detection technology tools and launched a new product, Ogone “Fraud Expert.” Merchants are being offered improved protection against online fraudsters which features the added benefit of helping those merchants increase their online payment revenues by reducing the rejection of legitimate transactions and the costs relating to automatic or manual checks. This provides them with the ability to relax the automatic transaction blocking criteria, while, at the same time, benefiting from an ‘expert safety net’ of a second level of protection for any transaction identified as “dubious”. Ogone Fraud Expert comprises of: a set of over 20,000 control rules configured and maintained by Ogone’s specialist fraud experts, device fingerprinting for detecting suspect behaviour, a pooled knowledge database, industry specific templates and finally, the option of outsourcing on demand transaction reviews to a group of permanently available (24/7/365) fraud experts for investigation.

Vasco Launches Credit Card Authentication Device

VASCO Data Security International software security announced a new addition to its DIGIPASS e-signature portfolio with DIGIPASS 280. Offering strong authentication in a convenient slim design, DIGIPASS 280 provides a comprehensive transaction data signing and authentication solution that banks and other organizations can use to effectively combat Internet fraud by replacing static or paper-based password systems with dynamic one-time passwords (OTPs) and e-signatures that are calculated with DIGIPASS algorithms. DIGIPASS 280 supports up to four different native time-based applications: two OTP and two e-signature applications. The OTP-applications generate strong dynamic passwords with a limited validity. With a push on the button, DIGIPASS 280 displays an OTP each time a user wants to remotely log on to an application, website or network. The two applications each use their own cryptographic secret to calculate the OTPs which greatly enhances security.

Consumer Delinquencies Plummet

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The improving health of U.S. consumers, according to the latest index results from Fitch Ratings, has seen delinquencies plunge to new lows. In conjunction with a five-year high for consumer confidence in May, U.S. consumers continue to chip away at their debt, which impacts credit card ABS performance. Fitch anticipates stability…

Cardlytics’ Card Marketing Gain Latest Client

Cardlytics Card-Linked Marketing announced its platform has been deployed by San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU) to provide targeted rewards to their members in San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties. SDCCU implemented the platform through an ongoing partnership between Cardlytics and Fiserv, which provides SDCCU with Corillian Online, the industry’s leading online banking solution. Relevant offers are now presented on each member’s checking account detail page within the credit union’s secure online banking platform – achieved by leveraging information about previous purchases. There are no coupons or promotion codes required and no member data leaves the credit union’s secure environment.

Fifth Third Bank Launches Stand Up To Cancer Debit Card

Fifth Third Bank announced the launch of the Fifth Third Stand Up To Cancer Debit MasterCard. Stand Up To Cancer is a groundbreaking initiative that facilitates scientific collaboration to accelerate innovative cancer research and bring new therapies to patients quickly. The Fifth Third Stand Up To Cancer Debit Card is now available through any of the Bank’s more than 1,300 banking centers and can be used everywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted. A portion of the annual fee and every qualifying card purchase will support Stand Up To Cancer.

Rototype Launches Cashless ATM

Rototype International unveiled its new ATM, the CJD 8000 Cashless ATM. Rototype’s innovation enables banks to tap into this business segment by enabling a new cashless payment transaction using existing ATM networks. With this, every merchant’s sales transactions will translate into direct deposits into their operating account – thus reducing the need of handling physical cash. Banks will eliminate cash replenishment headaches and reduce non-interest generating cash in traditional ATMs. Banks can provide the Rototype cashless ATM facilities surcharge free to the merchants’ customers while managing their business operating accounts. This strategic partnership reduces the barriers to entry for these merchants in order to conduct cashless transactions in their business.

PayAnywhere mPOS Partners US Boy Scouts

PayAnywhere mPOS solutions announced the PayAnywhere app and credit card reader have been selected and deployed as the mobile credit card processing solution of choice to support CAMP MASTERS Popcorn sales across the U.S. Boy Scout Councils and Units selling CAMP MASTERS Popcorn will be able to boost sales and capture transactions from customers who may not have cash readily available. CAMP MASTERS Popcorn has partnered with PayAnywhere to make mobile credit card processing a key component in the sales process, integrating it throughout the entire program for Scouts selling in front of stores as well as Scouts selling door to door in neighborhoods. The PayAnywhere mobile credit card reader is a small accessory that plugs into the audio jack of smartphones and tablets, transforming them into mobile payment terminals that can swipe credit cards to securely process payments. PayAnywhere is used today by merchants ranging from billion dollar enterprises to the weekend neighborhood garage sale.

German American Implements ACI Banking Platform

ACI Worldwide (ACIW) banking and payment systems announced that German American Bancorp will expand its online service offerings to business customers. With the ACI Enterprise Banker solution, German American will offer business customers a single, fully-integrated platform that delivers a seamless front-end experience and enables use by a broad range of users. German American’s solution will be managed by the ACI On Demand team from ACI’s world-class data center, ensuring maximum availability and business continuity for the bank’s growing online business customer base.

Credit Outstanding Hits Highest Point Since January

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the total outstanding revolving US consumer credit down 2.4% in March to an adjusted $846B, it erased all positive momentum in April, springing to the highest outstanding total to $849.8B. Although rather stagnant against recent months, April revolving credit outstanding is way down from the year ago figure of $862.3B-…

TravelCenters Announces Rewards Program Enhancements

TravelCenters of America operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has added a new rewards level to its UltraONE Driver Rewards Program. The new ‘Ultimate Platinum’ level, the highest rewards level, rewards professional driver members with an UltraONE Ultimate Platinum Leather Jacket when they earn 20,000 UltraONE Points each year for three consecutive years. Professional drivers earn UltraONE Points by swiping their member card at all TA and Petro locations for purchases of diesel fuel, truck repairs and identified promotional items. Points can be redeemed in TA and Petro travel stores, truck service facilities and restaurants. UltraONE members will qualify for the Ultimate Platinum Leather Jacket by earning 20,000 or more UltraONE Points during either 2012, 2013, and 2014, or 2013, 2014, and 2015. Complete program rules are at