AmEx Intros Mobile Loyalty Points Program

The American Express Membership Rewards program launched Mobile Gift Cards, allowing Cardmembers to use Membership Rewards points for smartphone-enabled gift cards and use them instantly to pay with their smartphones, currently available at eight different major retailers. This also allows Cardmembers to use Mobile Gift Cards to pay for items online or over the phone. Cardmembers log into their Membership Rewards account by using the American Express app or visiting AmericanExpress.com from a smartphone; browse the Mobile Gift Card catalog and use points for the desired gift card; select the gift card in the account’s Gift Card Wallet; and select “tap to pay” from a smartphone. Cardmembers may need to enter the 4-digit security code from the front of their American Express Card, and the 3-digit security code on the back of the Card.

Aviso Launches Payment Messaging Gateway

Aviso announced the launch of “Novate” payment messaging app, designed to work collaboratively with existing legacy payment systems to provide the flexibility and functionality that existing systems may lack and protect the huge investment made in the technology. The first customer to install “Novate” is using it to add China Union Pay and JCB payment network interfaces to their existing payment switch. Now Solutions developed by Aviso facsilitate over 30 acquiring banks and 45,000 merchants to process more than 750 million transactions annually. Aviso is continuing to add functionality to both its real time and back office capability with the initial product roadmap being focused on transaction acquiring and multi-channel POS capability.

PayEase Partners CyberSource on Fraud Prevention

PayEase signed a new agreement with CyberSource, a Visa company for the provision of fraud management services to protect Chinese domestic online payments. For CyberSource, the agreement builds on a business relationship with PayEase, started back in 2009 when PayEase became the first mainland China payment service provider (PSP) to use CyberSource’s Decision Manager for cross-border transactions. The significance of this expanded deal is that it will cover PayEase’s domestic China business — another first. PayEase is one of the leading PSPs in China, with offices worldwide. It essentially provides a service and goods purchase confirmation platform that delivers immediately following the completion of the payment, anywhere, anytime throughout China.

Consumer Credit Outstanding Down M/M, Up Q/Q

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the total outstanding revolving US consumer credit having spiked 5.9% in August, it witnessed a 4.1% decline September. With growth of 5% since the year ago period, outstanding consumer credit has seen growth of 2% since the July figure, according to the Federal Reserve. Down from the August figure of…

VeriFone Launches Dynamic EMV Platform

VeriFone Systems made available its “Sail EMV” platform allowing banks and acquirers to quickly provide smartphone and tablet-based chip-and-PIN card payments solutions to small and medium-sized merchants. This offers a complete solution to expand their product portfolios with custom-branded services that enable mobile merchants to accept chip-and-PIN payments and payment adapters designed to meet industry security requirements. It also includes mobile phone SDK’s for easy integration with iOS and Android mobile platforms and a secure transaction management system leveraging VeriFone’s Point Gateway payment-as-a-service global infrastructure, adding to VeriFone’s suite of chip-and-PIN enabled smartphone and tablet solutions, including PAYware Mobile Enterprise hardware and VeriFone GlobalBay mobile software that is already being deployed globally with larger retailers. The “SAIL EMV” solution contains all of the building blocks that banks and processors need to build a custom branded experience.

MasterCard to Host Dialogue on Financial Inclusion

MasterCard research now confirms the economy, health care, and taxes are in the for front for American consumers, 2/3 of whom feel the 88 million Americans lacking access to basic financial services agree it’s an issue to be addressed. When asked how financial inclusion would factor in determining their vote, about one-third of Americans interviewed said it would be important. The vote importance is higher among males ages 18-54 with 41% stating that financial inclusion would be important as well as unmarried Americans with 42% considering the issue important. MasterCard is subsequently hosting a Financial Inclusion Dialogue as part of its Cashless Conversations Series on November 13th, hosting experts across financial services, non-governmental organizations to discuss strategies and share best practices for increasing financial inclusion.

Western Union Prepaid Cards Available at 7400 Family Dollar Stores

Western Union prepaid cards are now available at more than 7,400 Family Dollar locations in 45 states, offering the award-winning Western Union® Gold Card MasterCard and the Western Union® Telemundo MasterCard to customers. Both of the cards can be used anywhere debit MasterCard is accepted, including at ATMs and for online shopping and can be reloaded at more than 60,000 retail locations, including Family Dollar stores and 46,000 Western Union Agent locations throughout the U.S. Cardholders can also receive funds on their card via payroll or government benefits direct deposit; a Western Union Money Transfer directly onto the card; or transferring money to the card from a bank account.

KashFlow Names New Vice Chairman

KashFlow cloud-based accounting software company has appointed seasoned software CEO Raj Patel as Vice Chairman. Following 5 years as CEO of global business software company, Exact, Raj has been working with KashFlow for the past nine months in an advisory position and bought an equity stake in the accounting software business. The support for the Executive team that Raj will bring will allow Founder and CEO Duane Jackson more time to investment in youth startup projects.

VeriFone Partners Fujitsu on mPOS Solution

VeriFone and Fujitsu have partnered to offer retailers sophisticated mobile retailing solutions powered by VeriFone GlobalBay and integrated with the Fujitsu GlobalSTORE solution. The co-branded solutions provide Fujitsu retail customers with a sophisticated mobile POS, enabling retailers to serve consumers from anywhere in the store. Retailers are looking to mobile solutions to increase revenue, improve store operations and enhance the consumer shopping experience. Retailers are relying on their trusted partners to help them make sense of and capitalize on this new world of mobile.

BMW Group Financial Relaunches BMW Credit Card program

BMW Bank of North America is re-launching a new, three-tiered BMW Credit Card program with an expanded Visa credit card collection. The BMW Card, the BMW Signature Card and the BMW Ultimate Card – issued by the BMW Bank targets existing cardholders, introducing them to the new program and, where applicable, inviting them to upgrade to another tier, all without changing their account numbers. Cardholders will have access to a range of premium reward redemption options developed from customer feedback and realigned with the BMW brand, including enhanced point earnings and a broader array of redemption levels.

Consumer Confidence at Five-Year High on Spending Monitor

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor increased 6.8 points from September to October, the largest one-month increase in the history of the Monitor. The percent of consumers rating the U.S. economy as good or excellent increased to 18 percent in October, up 5 percentage points from September 2012 and 11 percentage points…