Acculynk Acquires PayLeap, Forges New Division

Acculynk has acquired PayLeap e-commerce payment gateway platform and merchant services ISO to form Acculynk “Direct.” Providing an acquirer with the ability to offer Internet PIN debit to small and mid-market merchants, Acculynk Direct will provide full service payment processing and payment gateway solutions to small and mid-size merchants, and a full affiliate program to partners and resellers. Additionally, Acculynk Direct plans to provide a full suite of developer-oriented tools to provide simple integration of the service into mobile merchant applications and e-commerce sites. PayLeap brings to the table fraud management tools, tokenized cardholder data vault, hosted payments page, online secure checkout, recurring payments, and a co-branded virtual terminal.

EMVCo and NFC Forum Synchronise Contactless Standards

EMVCo and the NFC Forum will optimise the development and testing process of NFC mobile devices for vendors, aligning specifications and cross-recognition. This will offer benefits to stakeholders involved in EMV-related NFC use cases and products in the contactless payments industry by reducing product time-to-market and decreasing certification costs. Activity will focus on Level 1 functionality, which covers contactless communication protocol. Initial efforts will centre on outlining the scope of work and the specifications to be covered. These efforts will be followed by a gap analysis to identify and examine specification differences, agree on specification updates where necessary and how agreed amendments will be collectively managed.

Invapay Implements Earthport Remittance

Invapay payment aggregator selected Earthport cross-border payments service provider to deliver a fully automated cross-border international payments service. With this, Invapay will leverage Earthport’s payment platform to provide an end-to-end solution that enables a ‘one-stop shop’ for international supplier payments offering greater efficiencies and cost savings. Invapay is a regulated provider of procurement and electronic payment services connecting corporate buyers and vendors worldwide to settle cross-border payments without having to develop individual relationships with overseas banks. With Earthport’s international reach and payment automation capabilities Invapay can now provide an end-to-end automated procure-and-pay solution.

Virtual Piggy Sees Growth in-Step With Payments Industry

Virtual Piggy’s safe e-commerce solution for youth under 18 is attractively positioned to benefit from increasing interest in payment platforms. This is as E-commerce continues to see a healthy level of growth, particularly with increasing innovations in mobile payments and growth in mobile-commerce projected to be $10 billion (Internet Retailer). It also due in part to parents having initiated lawsuits against industry leaders, such as Apple and Facebook, contesting payment transactions entered into by children, exposing potential liabilities in delivering products and services to children. Virtual Piggy- rather than displace existing payment systems- enhances many current commerce platforms to leverage an attractive Under 18 segment and should therefore see quick adoption.

Boy Scouts Deploy VeriFone POS for Fundraising

The Dan Beard Council of the Boy Scouts of America is the latest to implement “SAIL” by VeriFone to improve troop fundraising efforts for its annual Popcorn Sale. The Dan Beard Council is distributing SAIL card readers to individual troop leaders who sign up for the program. Those troop leaders are able to instantly sign up for merchant accounts and to assign multiple users to the account so that parents of individual scouts can run card transactions on iOS and Android devices, as well as handle voided sales and refunds, without access to account administrator functions. Each troop leader will receive a free SAIL card reader that can be used across multiple devices that utilize the SAIL mobile app; troop leaders can also request up to 10 additional readers to distribute to parents.

MCR Integrates GETI Gift and Loyalty Programs

My Clear Reports payments technology provider announced its MCR virtual business center has integrated gift and loyalty programs from Global eTelecom (GETI). MCR gives merchants anytime, anywhere access to the payment solutions, services and tools they want and need to help them manage and grow their businesses effectively from a single, integrated website and access to sophisticated custom reporting on payments data, as well as PCI compliance certification. An online marketplace offers ready access to merchant cash advances, online bill payments, prepaid business cards, and more to drive sales and facilitate money management. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software for tracking, soliciting and communicating with customers via email and text messaging sales campaigns, plus business templates and forms, financial calculators, marketing tips, discounts on business and personal products and services are also part of the MCR integrated suite, with more capabilities being added on a frequent and continual basis.

Economic Confidence Lowest 2012 Level

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor hit its lowest 2012 level in August, down 0.7 points from July to 88.6, showing the third consecutive monthly increase in those convinced the economy is getting worse. Those perceiving the U.S. economy as poor having leveled out from June to July, 56% ranked the economy…

ORCC Opens New Office to Tap Payments Industry Recruits

Online Resources Corporation financial technology services opened its Metro Atlanta office with the focus to gain the capacity to recruit local payments professionals. This as ORCC announced its one-year anniversary of its India office and the addition of 80 new employees. Both new offices will increase the capabilities and delivery options of its banking and bill pay solutions, further solidifying the company as a technology leader in the digital financial space within the U.S. and global markets.

TSYS JV Recognized for Top Growth

TSYS JV partner, Central Payment Co., has been named one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States by Inc. magazine for the third consecutive year. Inc. ranked Central Payment as number 1,562 in its annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. This ranking places Central Payment in the top third of all companies ranked and positions it as the 89th-fastest growing company within the financial services industry. TSYS announced its JV with Central Payment, in which its holds 60%. Its focus is on payment processing for merchants in the restaurant, personal services and retail sectors through TSYS technology.

Newly Launched PaidThx Set to go Live

The newly-established PaidThx social payment network is set to make its public debut. Allowing users to replace their cash and checkbooks with their smartphones on Android and iOS smartphone applications, the PaidThx social payment network also lets customers transfer money with friends, family, and their favorite organizations quickly and easily. It lets users can send and receive money with all of their contacts, no matter where they bank using a smartphone, computer, or popular social media sites.

Datacard Group to Address Mobile and Contactless Conference

Datacard Group secure ID and card personalization solutions announced Sebastien Tormos, director of mobile solutions business development for Datacard Group, will be speaking at the Mobile and Contactless Payments 2012 conference on September 25-27 in Australia. Tormos has extensive international experience in product and business development. He has led numerous initiatives in Datacard Group, and has most recently been focused on the financial and mobile payments industry. Prior to joining Datacard Group, he helped pioneer the development of smart card solutions in the financial and telecom sectors in Europe.

Gaming/Online Dating Popular on mopay

mopay payment solutions for online merchants released its customer study on consumers’ spending behavior using direct carrier billing, indicating over 50% of direct-to-carrier billing purchases were made by returning customers and revealed new findings about purchases made in the gaming and online dating industries. With high conversion rates compared to other payment methods, mopay converts between 52-63% of all first-time customers within a six-month timeframe. It also shows every one of the major mobile payments’ industries saw an increase in spending average. From slight increases in online gaming (around 10 percent) and leveling off at around $4.50 USD, to drastic increases in social communities of almost 40 percent, passing $5 USD in 2011. Meanwhile, online dating with direct-to-carrier billing spending averaged over $6.50 and is growing by 25%.