Inconsistent Consumer Spending Changes With the Times

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the Total outstanding revolving US consumer credit having leaped 11.2% in May since the year ago figure, it was down again in June by 5.1%, according to the Federal Reserve. Down from the May figure of $870.2 billion to $864.6 billion, outstanding revolving US consumer credit compares to the year…

TapBase Launches iPhone Payment & Wallet Apps

TapBase kicked off its “TapPay” and “TapWallet” mobile apps on the iPhone for its Tap mobile payments, loyalty and rewards platform. The “TapPay” app was designed and developed with significant input from small businesses and the functionality extends far beyond the payment processing available from existing mobile payment systems. The TapWallet application allows consumers to securely store and carry payment card information as well as loyalty and membership cards. When a bill arrives, the customer selects a payment card, signs the transaction on their phone and authorizes the payment. The merchant is notified that the transaction is complete and is provided with a copy of the receipt.

Diners Club Inks New Franchise Agreement

Diners Club International and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) plans to introduce a new Diners Club International franchise, With this, ICBC will operate as the first full franchise in China and is responsible for both the Diners Club brand and business in issuing and acquiring. Diners Club International is accepted in more than 185 countries and territories, in millions of merchant locations and in more than 845,000 ATMs and cash access locations all over the world.

American Airlines Deploys Acculynk Secure Payment

American Airlines has implemented “PaySecure” from Acculynk’s Internet PIN debit-enabling product to secure customers transaction and offer Internet PIN debit for all online consumers. Travelers who use their debit cards to make purchases on will have the option to enter their PIN on PaySecure’s graphical PIN-pad. The transaction is processed as a normal PIN debit card transaction. Acculynk’s PaySecure® technology encrypts each PIN so that it is never transmitted as an actual, numerical PIN. Acculynk transmits the PIN directly to the Electronic Funds Transfer network, which in turn sends it to the bank for approval. The PIN is never stored by or Acculynk.

GE Capital and Sam’s Club Extend Credit Card Program

GE Capital Retail Bank and Sam’s Club membership warehouse club forged multi-year agreement through which the Sam’s Club credit card program will be available to GE Advantage and Business Members. GE Capital’s Retail Finance business, the operating entity that provides financial solutions to retailers to help grow their customer sales, will continue to manage the Sam’s Club relationship and service the account. The financing program is available at more than 600 Sam’s Club locations across the United States and Puerto Rico and can be used at Wal-Mart stores, as well as for online Sam’s Club purchases and everywhere Discover® is accepted. The Sam’s Club private label credit card and Discover card program enables both Advantage and Business Member cardholders to enjoy a range of benefits, including, zero fraud liability with photo protection, one-card membership and credit card convenience, no fee in-Club cash access, special financing promotions, itemized billing statements (for Business Members only) and advance notice of savings opportunities and events.

Starbucks & Square Launches mPayment Partnership

Starbucks Coffee Company mobile payment platform and Square partnered, allowing customers to use “Pay with Square” payer application. Square will process Starbucks U.S. credit and debit card transactions to expand Square its scale and accelerate the benefits to businesses on the Square platform and Starbucks will invest $25 million in Square as part of the company’s Series D financing round. By accepting Pay with Square, Starbucks is giving millions of customers another way to enjoy a quick and seamless payment experience at approximately 7,000 Starbucks stores. The partnership will also accelerate the ability of small businesses to grow with Square’s innovative technology and a stronger and more widely available Square network. Starbucks customers will be able to use Pay with Square to pay for their purchases at participating company operated Starbucks locations in the U.S. Customers simply need to download the Pay with Square application and set up an account on their iPhone® or Android™ device.

Metropolitan Bank Launches TransCard Prepaid Card Account

TransCard launched a MasterCard-branded payroll card program with Metropolitan Bank. Employers will have a paperless payroll solution that makes the semi-monthly distribution simple, safe and cost-efficient. It enables employers to streamline the payroll process and helps improve the bottom line by reducing processing and check fees. The card-based solution also provides an electronic payment option for employees who may not otherwise have a checking account. Pay is immediately available and can be used to pay bills, shop online or used to make purchases wherever debit MasterCard cards are accepted.

Consumer Confidence Hits 2012 Low

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Having reached its lowest level of the year, the Discover U.S. Spending Monitor declined 1.4 points to 89.3. Having last dropped below 90 in December 2011, the monitor performance in July is reflecting concern over the economy with 53% of respondents convinced the U.S. economy is poor. However, consumers who expect…

Dollar Bank Deploys mRemote Deposit

Dollar Bank has implemented WAUSAU Financial Systems’ “Deposit 24/7 Mobile” mobile remote deposit capture solution from its Deposit 24/7 Suite. The bank has seen great success, processing nearly 2,500 deposits totaling $500,000 through the solution. A 2011 Celent study notes that approximately 80 percent of surveyed financial institutions are considering a mobile RDC solution, but as a Javelin and USAA study shows, many aren’t taking action. Despite the benefits of the technology for all parties and its “must have” status to keep up with consumer demand and achieve cost savings, several of the 10 largest U.S. financial institutions still aren’t offering mobile RDC to customers. WAUSAU is currently expanding its “Deposit 24/7 Suite” to provide the small and mid-tier business markets a receivables hub that accepts checks and electronic payments for ACH and credit card.

TSYS Inks JV with Central Payment

TSYS announced its joint venture with Central Payment, in which it holds a 60% stake and will function as a TSYS affiliate. The Central Payment privately held direct merchant acquirer focuses on merchants in the restaurant, personal services and retail sectors and currently uses TSYS technology for payment processing. The joint venture will be governed by a board of directors including both TSYS and Central Payment executives.

Global Cash Access Posts 2Q/12 Net Income Up 450%

Global Cash Access Holdings posted 2Q/12 operating income up 125% quarter-over-quarter to $16.0 million; net income per share up 450%; and cash EPS increased 92% quarter-over-quarter to $0.23. Revenues were $147.5 million for the second quarter 2012, as compared to revenues of $135.1 million for the same period in 2011. The overall increase in revenues was primarily due to the MCA asset acquisition coupled with modest organic growth in the Company’s base business. Operating income was $16.0 million for the second quarter 2012, an increase of 125%, as compared to $7.1 million for the same period in 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) (see Non-GAAP Financial Information below) were $20.1 million for the second quarter 2012, an increase of 68%, as compared to $12.0 million for the same period in 2011.