G&D Launches mWallet NFC Solution

Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) is introducing SmartTrust Portigo mobile wallet solution for NFC services and beyond which brings all the functions of an electronic wallet onto a common platform. Portigo is a framework that allows the deployment of various services. These services put not only various payment media, such as debit and credit cards, but also ID cards, loyalty cards, public transport tickets, and access keys for buildings and vehicles in the electronic wallet. Customers can use the applications for these services securely and conveniently from their smartphones. This creates brand new business opportunities for mobile network operators and suppliers of the abovementioned services, for instance banks. SmartTrust Portigo from Giesecke & Devrient will replace traditional wallets.

Dynamics Launches New Payments Solution

UMB Bank in alliance with Dynamics launched the “ePlate” credit card to allow brands, retailers, non-profit organizations or entertainers the opportunity to offer consumers a unique reward, or experience, they can only earn by using an ePlate credit card. When a company becomes an “ePlate Experience” Provider, they expose consumers to a “rewards offer” that goes above and beyond what any other company is doing. Currently, companies and organizations with traditional rewards cards offer consumers the opportunity to earn “things.” But with ePlate, they can reward consumers with unique experiences which create a better way for brands to build loyalty and a priceless connection with the consumer.

Epson Printer of Choice for Groupon POS

Epson America pos solutions, announced that Groupon has selected Epson receipt printers for its recently launched Breadcrumb POS system, an easy-to-use, powerful and affordable solution that runs on iPads for restaurants, bars and cafes. Epson’s most popular food service receipt printers, both the TM-U220 and the TM-T88V, will be available to businesses that order Breadcrumb.

NCS Prepared for IRS Acceptance of Electronic Signature

National Credit-reporting System announced the expected fulfillment of the IRS’ commitment towards e-Signature of the 4506-T. The electronic execution method will improve efficiencies for multiple industries, including mortgage finance, credit card and insurance utilizing the company’s solutions, such as TRV (R) Services in evaluation of a consumer’s ability to pay. According to an IRS communication this week to participants in its income verification service, beginning January 2013, the IRS looks to allow taxpayers the ability to execute a 4506-T for tax return transcripts using e-signature technology. Consumer satisfaction is expected to rise as the 4506-T may now be bundled with disclosures eligible for execution using electronic signature.

Elavon & 41st Parameter Partner on Fraud Prevention

Elavon and 41st Parameter online fraud detection and prevention announced agreements whereby Elavon will offer its clients 41st Parameter’s “FraudNet” hosted fraud prevention solution. Elavon selected 41st Parameter’s FraudNet solution on the basis of its fraud detection results and extremely low false positive rates, in conjunction with its over eight years of continuous innovation, fraud expertise and a proven track record of servicing the world’s top banks, travel and ecommerce organizations.

Chase Lifestyle Index Shows Consumer Spending Up

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Chase released its 3Q/12 “Freedom Lifestyle Index” quarterly barometer of consumer trends based on aggregated Chase Freedom cardholder spending data. Indicating overall cardholder spending was up 4% from the year ago period, the Index shows spending was strong in food, back-to-school, and outdoor/leisure expenditures. From 2Q/12, overall spending was up 1%…

G&D Introduces All Encompassing mWallet

Giesecke & Devrient is launching its “SmartTrust Portigo” mwallet solution for NFC services, putting debit and credit cards, ID cards, loyalty cards, public transport tickets, and access keys for buildings and vehicles in one electronic wallet. When users download software called Wallet Client onto their smartphones, they establish a connection to a secure element and to the Wallet Manager, which is provided in the mobile network by the Wallet Issuer. The Wallet Manager allows the Wallet Issuer to conveniently deploy services provided by various NFC service providers and supply them to their customers, who can simply download the corresponding widgets onto their smartphones.

Target to Sell Credit Card Portfolio to TD Bank

Target reached an agreement to sell its entire consumer credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group, currently assessed at a gross value of approximately $5.9 billion. The two companies entered into a seven-year program agreement under which TD will underwrite, fund and own future Target Credit Card and Target Visa receivables. The agreement applies to Target’s U.S. credit card operations and stipulates Target will maintain the current deep integration between its financial services operations and its retail operations. The agreement does not have any impact on Target’s 5% REDcard Rewards program. Target team members will continue to provide all servicing for Target Credit Card and Target Visa accounts. The portfolio sale and program agreement are designed to have minimal impact on Target’s current cardholders, guests and the Target team members who support financial products and services. Target expects to deploy proceeds from the sale in a manner that will preserve its strong investment-grade credit ratings. Specifically, the company expects to apply approximately 90 percent of net transaction proceeds to reduce the company’s net debt position, with the remainder applied to share repurchase over time.

Clear2Pay and Backbase Combine Interface

Clear2Pay payment solutions for financial institutions and Backbase software specialists are set to conduct a joint demonstration at Sibos 2012 of a Payments 2020 customer experience ‘inside the bank’. This will offer users of the Clear2Pay payments technology a compelling user interface that matches the level of agility and sophistication that the Backbase technology brings to thousands of retail and business bank customers around the world. Clear2Pay and Backbase started discussions when it became obvious for Clear2Pay that the user experience should not be limited to the bank’s customers. Thousands of banks and payment providers’ staff around the world work with Clear2Pay’s applications on a daily basis and they too want a user experience that gives them what they need, how they want it and relevant to their work task, location and device.

USA Tech Ranked 5th for U.S., 30th Worldwide 2011 POS Shipments

USA Technologies has been ranked as one of the top five shippers of POS terminals in the United States. The Nilson Report, a leading source of research on consumer payment systems worldwide, again ranked USAT 5th among the leading POS shippers in the United States for calendar year 2011. On a worldwide basis, USAT was ranked 30th. In addition to ePort EDGE and ePort G8 POS terminals, USAT’s PCI-compliant, cashless payments technology portfolio also includes QuickConnect™, an API Web service, all of which integrate with ePort Connect®, USAT’s comprehensive service platform designed specifically for small-ticket, self-service unattended retail locations such as vending and kiosk.

U.S. Bancorp 3Q/12 Total Revenue Up 8% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] U.S. Bancorp posted a 3Q/12 net income of $1,474 million thanks in part to $2.4 billion of lines related to new credit card accounts. With this, total net revenue was up 8% from the year ago quarter and 2.2% from the previous quarter. Also helpful to annual growth were net charge-offs…

Visa Board Elects New CEO

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Visa Board of Directors has elected Charles W. Scharf, formerly CEO, Retail Financial Services with JPMorgan Chase, to succeed Joseph W. Saunders as CEO. He also is a former director of Visa. The Board also intends to appoint a new non-executive independent chairperson with the retirement of the current chair…