U.S. Bank fuel card services for Class 1-6 cars and light trucks, is entering the large commercial truck market with the acquisition of TransCard’s Class 7-8 fuel card network, including the product technology and its nationwide acceptance network. The platform was developed by TransCard in partnership with U.S. Xpress, the nation’s second-largest privately owned truckload carrier, which will become the premier client of the new dual-function U.S. Bank Over The Road Card program, scheduled to launch in September. The MasterCard prepaid account allows direct deposit of payroll or other funds onto the card, which can be used wherever Debit MasterCard is accepted.
Financial Transaction Services (FTS), a full-service provider of electronic transaction processing services, has selected Trustwave to provide PCI DSS compliance validation solutions for its merchants. FTS engaged Trustwave to provide its merchants with access to TrustKeeper(R) PCI Manager, Trustwave’s innovative security and compliance cloud portal. TrustKeeper PCI Manager simplifies merchants’ compliance efforts including moving merchants through the complex compliance process with greater ease and efficiency by making the tasks achievable for non-technical users. This helps facilitate PCI DSS compliance validation for merchants or acquirers, independent services organizations (ISOs), and processors with large merchant populations.
Chase Slate with Blueprint released survey findings on how back-to-school shoppers are managing their spending and borrowing, indicating shoppers are taking a more financially responsible approach. With this, 38% indicate they have a set budget for school-related expenses; in 2011, only 26 percent of people had created a budget for their back-to-school shopping. Clothing is the top category in regards to largest expense, as disclosed by 43% of back-to-school shoppers. This was followed by books or technology, according to 24% and 23% of respondents, respectively. To save money, 39% will purchase necessities such as books first and only buy discretionary items with remaining funds; 34% will make a list and stick to it; 26% will shop online; 17% will begin shopping after school starts; and 7% will leave kids at home when shopping.
Fiserv financial services technology solutions launched a mobile app for its UChoose Rewards debit and credit card rewards program, letting participant use a mobile app to check and redeem their reward points. Participants can also scan UPC codes on merchandise in a store to determine if the item is available through their rewards program and how many points are required to purchase it. UChoose Rewards participants can download the mobile application from Google Play for use on Android™ devices or iTunes® for use on iPhone® or iPad devices. Fiserv also launched a new UChoose Rewards participant website, giving cardholders enhanced search functionality to make redeeming points easier.
Encore Networks Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions for fixed and wireless communications, announced that WorldPay US certified Encore’s line of C2C routers for wireless ATM transactions. The C2C router was approved for global wireless transactions over the WorldPay processing platform. The C2C is immediately available to WorldPay ATM clients. Encore Networks and its C2C™ line of wireless and wireline routers will be on display at the 2012 WorldPay ATM Distributor Conference. This year’s conference is being held September 18 – 20, 2012, in Atlanta, GA.
Customers have initiated more than one billion sessions through Wells Fargo Apps, wf.com and text banking throughout its five years of existence. Wells Fargo has introduced a variety of new mobile offerings, including Apps for Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Palm devices, alerts and mobile bill pay services. In addition, Advanced Access was added that enables customers to receive a one-time passcode on their mobile devices to authenticate their online credentials. Most recently, Wells Fargo initiated a pilot of its Wells Fargo Mobile Deposit service where customers can deposit most checks directly into their eligible Wells Fargo checking or savings account using the Wells Fargo Mobile App on supported Apple and Android devices.
SecureNet Payment Systems payment processing technology announced Sterling Partners led an additional $18 million growth equity investment in SecureNet. SecureNet connects merchants, financial institutions and their customers by providing advanced payment technology to deliver a fully integrated, one-stop payment solution that is easy-to-use, secure and affordable for merchants of all sizes. The company processes more than $12 billion in transaction volume and services 14,000 merchants annually.
Bank of America is deploying its chip technology on many of its consumer credit cards to increase acceptance and security of the cards for international travelers. Also known as EMV (EuroPayMastercard Visa), the cards are embedded with a microprocessor chip that encrypts and stores the account information. The cards also include the traditional magnetic stripe, which is used by U.S. merchants. The bank will include the chip technology in all newly issued Merrill Lynch credit cards, U.S. Trust Accolades, BankAmericard Travel Rewards, BankAmericard Privileges, and Virgin Atlantic travel credit cards. Customers will be able to request the chip card options at the banking center or via phone beginning this week and online later this year.
Citi and Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, introduced the Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Visa Signature Card. This offers multiple ways to earn HHonors Bonus points on everyday purchases and an annual weekend night certificate good at over 3,800 hotels and resorts within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio. Consumers can apply for the new Citi Hilton HHonors Reserve Card online at www.hiltonreserve.com, for an annual fee of $95 and privileges including: Weekend Night Certificates for Stays at Thousands of Hotels in the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio; Two weekend night certificates after spending $2,500 in purchases within the first four months of cardmembership; Anniversary bonus of one weekend night certificate each year after $10,000 in annual purchase spend; and Ten HHonors Bonus Points for every $1 spent on hotels stays within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands, in addition to base points normally earned for stays.
Schedulicity online scheduling for appointment-dependent SMBs, announced the availability of Reliability+, a new feature offering businesses the ability to request a credit card hold from clients when booking high-value services, classes or workshops, eliminating loss of income from unattended appointments. Reliability+ stores credit card information according to PCI-DSS, providing security and privacy of payment information for businesses and their clients.
TransCard added Richard Anderson as Chief Financial Officer, rounding out TransCard’s executive leadership team. As CFO, Anderson is responsible for helping to shape the strategic direction of the company. He is also responsible for all financial analysis, forecasting, reporting, investor’ communications, and risk management. Anderson was president and CEO of Shoreline Business Solutions, Inc., a leading provider of payment card personalization and fulfillment services to community banks and credit unions. Anderson has more than 25 years’ experience working with middle-market, entrepreneurial companies as an accounting, financial, and operational advisor. TransCard continues to identify talent that profiles excellence and has quickly become one of the fastest growing technology companies in Tennessee.
Onebip mobile payment business unit of global mobile commerce company Neomobile, launched its single-click purchase feature for its Onebip Mobile Browser. Brands, mobile companies and digital and online merchants can now use Onebip’s new one-click feature to provide the simplest, smoothest and most intuitive way possible to make a payment on a mobile device. The new one-click feature means that mobile consumers worldwide can purchase digital content and services – such as music and video downloads, virtual currency, media subscriptions and games – via the browser on their mobile device, with just a single click of the Onebip icon. Onebip uses an encrypted identification process to immediately recognize the user’s phone number, which provides a secure, automatic authentication so that the user does not have to input any credentials such as a password or PIN. The user only needs to click once on the Onebip icon to confirm their transaction: no further actions are needed.