First Data and MasterCard announced an agreement in which First Data’s STAR® Network will participate in MasterCard’s common U.S. Debit EMV solution. This agreement provides a cost-effective solution and accelerates the ability for EMV functionality to be implemented across the U.S. EMV/ chip cards better protect account information from fraud because they have dynamic data, rather than the static data stored in the magnetic stripe. By working together, MasterCard and First Data will deliver enhanced choices in how debit card issuers identify and apply multiple network relationships to ensure Regulation II compliance in a cost-effective way. Merchants and acquirers will continue to route transactions as they prefer, without costly host systems reprograming.
The ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) announced the creation of a new U.S. Underbanked Forum, to help foster development and deployment of ATM solutions addressing the needs of the unbanked and underbanked. Although explosive growth in the use of mobile devices for payments and banking services has dramatically improved consumer accessibility, there is still a need for more options that are not tied to traditional bank accounts.
Fiserv announced Texas Bay Area Credit Union (TBACU) has selected an integrated suite of payment solutions including debit processing, full-service credit processing, the Accel™ debit payments network, UChoose Rewards® and Risk OfficeSM, to help improve its operational efficiency, consolidate vendors and enhance the financial experience for members. In addition, TBACU also selected DNAweb™ for commercial online banking from Fiserv. Fiserv will help grow and enhance the performance of its credit and debit card portfolios. Also, the ability for TBACU to integrate its card portfolio into its existing DNA™ account processing platform was key in the selection of Fiserv. TBACU has used the DNA account processing platform since 2006.
Jeremy C. Stein submitted his resignation Thursday as a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, effective May 28, 2014. Stein, who has been a member of the Board since May 30, 2012, submitted his letter of resignation to President Obama and plans to return to his teaching position in Harvard University’s department of economics.
TSYS announced the results of its 2014 Canadian Consumer Payment Choice Study. The primary consumer research study utilizes both quantitative and qualitative data, gathered through an online survey and in-person focus groups, to gauge how Canadian consumers make payments today and how their payment preferences may change in the future. The results provide helpful information for developing and confirming payment strategies and initiatives. More than 1,000 consumers who have and use both a debit card and a credit card were surveyed on payment choice, what they value most, what might influence them to change how they pay, and their opinions on select new payment offerings.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] DFC Global services to the unbanked and under-banked consumers announced preliminary 3Q/14 total consolidated revenue expected in the range of $248.0 to $252.0 million. DFC reduced its guidance for fiscal year 2014 to adjusted EBITDA between $151.0 and $156.0 million, as compared to its previous range of between $170.0 million and…
American Express is now accepting applications for the new Amex EveryDay Credit Card, which was announced at last month’s Oscars. To celebrate, the company is launching a year-long campaign to shine a spotlight on America’s #EveryDayMoments – from quality time with the kids to a night out with friends. The campaign kicks off with a Mother’s Day “selfie & snapshots” photo contest with an epic prize – a getaway to NYC for 50 winners and their guests (100 total). American Express will continue to recognize and reward consumers for sharing their #EveryDayMoments throughout the year with a series of special, themed contests, sweeps and unique experiences, like a live concert with Maroon 5 streamed nationally on June 20, 2014, and a soon-to-be-announced Father’s Day Sweeps. The Amex EveryDay Card is a no-annual-fee Credit Card that puts a twist on the traditional rewards program; it rewards Card Members for how often they shop, and not just how much they spend. Use the Card 20 or more times on purchases in a billing period and earn 20% extra Membership Rewards® points on all those purchases less returns and credits. *Terms and limitations apply
Payments Space Advisors, a joint venture subsidiary of NEACH and EastPay, has announced its inaugural Board of Directors. Payments Space Advisors was recently formed by the two Regional Payments Associations to provide a broad spectrum of payment systems risk management, compliance, and consulting services to financial institutions and businesses. The new Board of Directors includes Chairman: Albert Rietheimer, CPA, SVP, CFO & Treasurer, Steve Madden, Richard Oliver, David Brock, Laurance Selnick, and Pam Rodriguez, AAP, CIA, CISA, Executive Vice President of EastPay.
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.