FirstCapital Bank of Texas now offers live teller service 24 hours a day, five days a week and will soon expand that to 24 x 7 service through interactive video software from NCR. With NCR APTRA™ Interactive Teller, a live teller takes remote control of the device while on video chat over its screen. FirstCapital’s interactive tellers work out of the Lubbock, Texas branch and can support customers at any of the bank’s 10 Interactive Teller kiosks. The latest Interactive Teller unit went live March 19, as part of the bank’s new branch opening in Amarillo. FirstCapital worked hand-in-hand with NCR and FTSI. FTSI is one of NCR’s largest financial services solutions partners, serving Texas, California and the Pacific Northwest since 1998. FirstCapital’s Interactive Teller units are available both in lobbies and drive-thru banking.
Ameranth, Inc. announced that it has entered into a new patent license agreement for mobile ordering and mobile payment processing with Taco Bell Corp. – www.tacobell.com – the largest Mexican QSR restaurant company in the world – with nearly 6,000 locations. Taco Bell is headquartered in Irvine, California. The Ameranth-Taco Bell patent license includes mobile ordering, mobile payments and other elements critical to mobile deployments in the hospitality space.
Now through June 30, 2014, cardmembers can sign up to earn 5% Cashback Bonus on up to $1,500 in purchases made at home improvement stores, furniture stores and Bed Bath & Beyond®. Cardmembers can sign up simply by logging into their online Account Center or calling 1-800-DISCOVER (347-2683). After making $1,500 in purchases, Discover cardmembers continue to automatically earn their standard Cashback Bonus on all other purchases. Cardmembers can shop online year-round with their Discover card at ShopDiscover.com, Discover’s exclusive online shopping portal featuring more than 200 popular online retailers offering between 5% and 20% Cashback Bonus on purchases.
JetPay® Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Diane (Vogt) Faro to its Board of Directors. Ms. Faro was nominated to the board to replace an open board seat created by the departure of Arthur Ryan, who resigned in October 2013. With a career of over 30 years in the payments industry, Ms. Faro brings executive expertise in management, sales, and the merchant acquiring and Independent Sales Organization sides of the payment business.
BPC Banking Technologies, Multiservice Payment System (payment service brand “PayHD”) and Visa are delighted to announce the launch of an innovative service which enables customers to make customs payments with Visa cards. The service is already in operation at all the customs points in Moscow’s airports and will be rolled out to cover the entire customs network of Russian Federation.
CurvePay announced the completion of its acquisition of Transaction Labs (T-Labs), the world’s only direct payment processor to combine front and back end processing with Big Data analytics capable of delivering real time, targeted 1-to-1 marketing for brick-and mortar merchants. The T-Labs platform processes a billion transactions annually with direct connections to the associations (Visa, MC, AMEX, etc.) and transaction speeds up to 10x faster than traditional processors.
Spire Payments announced today the acquisition of Altius Plus. With a client list including top Romanian Banks such BRD (Group Societe Generale) and BCR (Erste Bank Group) together with Raiffeisen Bank (Romania, Croatia, Albania, Kosovo) and Payzone (Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Poland) as well as having developed EFT and certified HOST solutions for more than 20 international banks and financial organisations worldwide, Altius Plus have significant, proven technical capabilities and an extremely high level of credibility in the sector. Apart from the significant increase in R&D capability to complement Spire’s centres of excellence in Spain, England, Scotland and China, this move will provide a springboard to exploit multiple opportunities the business is forging in Central Eastern European markets and is a perfect fit in Spire’s strategic acquisition programme.
Wells Fargo & Company and Dillard’s, Inc. announced that the two companies have entered into an agreement for Wells Fargo to fund, issue and service Dillard’s-branded private label and co-brand credit cards. Wells Fargo will also manage the cardholder loyalty program for Dillard’s. The program agreement has a 10-year term and is anticipated to become operational in the fourth quarter of 2014, following the scheduled expiration of Dillard’s current program agreement. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Dillard’s management believes its earnings from the new program exclusive of startup costs will be comparable to its historical earnings from the Dillard’s branded credit card products and believes that earnings will increase with future program growth.
DFC Global serving primarily unbanked and under-banked consumers has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Lone Star Funds (“Lone Star”) in a transaction, including the assumption of net debt, valued at approximately $1.3 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, DFC Global will become a privately held company. Under the terms of the agreement, DFC Global stockholders will receive $9.50 in cash for each share of DFC Global’s common stock they own. This represents a premium of approximately 5.8% to DFC Global’s closing stock price on April 1, 2014, and a premium of 12.3% to DFC Global’s 30-day volume weighted average stock price for the period ended April 1, 2014. The agreement was unanimously approved by DFC Global’s Board of Directors. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of stockholder approval and certain approvals from both U.S. and foreign regulators. Competition-related approval requirements are expected to be limited in number. The acquisition requires the affirmative vote of the holders of a majority of the outstanding shares of the Company’s stock, which will be sought at a special meeting of stockholders. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2014.
Cardtronics, Inc. has extended its ATM services agreement with Walgreens. Cardtronics is a preferred provider of ATM services for Walgreens. Since the relationship began in 2004, Cardtronics has grown its ATM presence in Walgreens locations significantly — from fewer than 400 initially to roughly 3,250 today. The company is also the exclusive ATM provider for Walgreens in many states across the U.S.
Infobip mobile messaging and payments services has been credited with PCI DSS compliance certification. This is confirmation that Infobip’s SSMS complies with the stringent data security standards set by the payment card industry for handling sensitive financial information. Infobip works closely with financial institutions and banks. Its service platform processes over 1 billion transactions a month and complies with a wide range of global security requirements, offering VPN tunnelling, data masking, encryption and geo-redundancy to guarantee the highest possible levels of security and reliability. Infobip was validated as a Level 1 service provider, which is the highest security category in the PCI DSS standard. It means that compliance was validated by an external organisation, as required by PCI DSS for service providers that process more than 300,000 transactions per year. Infobip was found to be one of the few companies of its kind to fully comply with the PCI DSS requirements.
U.S. Bank announced “U.S. Bank Business Edge,” a new brand for its small business payment products. The Business Edge family also includes a new product: the U.S. Bank Business Edge SelectTM Rewards card. The card lets card owners earn triple points on net spending by choosing one of three categories (day-to-day expenses, automotive, or travel and entertainment), and one point for each dollar in net spending for everything else. Flexible redemption options include a choice of gift cards, merchandise, travel or a statement credit. Other benefits include: no annual fee, no cap on points earned and 0% APR for nine statement cycles on purchases. The new family includes the “Business Edge Cash Rewards Card,”
“FlexPerks Business Edge Travel Rewards Card,” “Business Edge Platinum,” “Business Edge Charge Card” and “Business Edge Check Card.”