Samsung Electronics expands consumer offerings available through Samsung Wallet, a practical and easy-to-use mobile app for storing tickets, boarding passes, membership cards, coupons, and more, with the addition of new partnerships across several industries-including transportation, coupons and hospitality. New partners like American Express, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Malaysia Airlines, Amtrak, Valpak, eGifter, Gyft, Yowza, SpotOn, Agoda, HRS, Opodo and Thrillcall are joining the Samsung Wallet ecosystem, which includes partners previously announced at the Mobile World Congress 2013 – Walgreens, Expedia, Belly, Lufthansa, and Hotels.com. Samsung Wallet is available for download on the Galaxy S® III, Galaxy S® 4, Galaxy Note®, Galaxy Note® II and Galaxy Note 3 from Samsung Apps (http://apps.samsung.com) or Google Play.
Intellicheck Mobilisa identity solutions and wireless security systems launched an Android version of barZapp ID-checking mobile app. With it, smartphones can be used to check an ID card. An introductory version is available in the Google App Store for $1.99 and offers users 10 scans per day once a free account has been created at this link. Unlimited scans are available for a paid subscription of $9.95 per month for the barZapp Pro version. barZapp for Android requires Android Version 2.3.3 or higher. With this launch, barZapp is now available on both the Google and Apple App Stores. With barZapp, users can aim their smartphone’s camera at the barcode on a driver’s license to instantly read and verify the encoded information and display the results”including the bearer’s name, date of birth, ID expiration and ID number.
MasterCard is set to extend its Dig In & Do Good campaign through the holiday season with the goal of raising an additional $4 million for Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) and will continue to make a one cent donation to SU2C when cardholders spend $10 or more for a meal using their MasterCard through December 31, 2013 up to $4 million (U.S.). The program engages consumers to help drive necessary funding for innovative cancer research through their already planned activity simply by making the choice to use their MasterCard to pay for their meal. MasterCard presented the $4 million fundraising contribution from the first portion of the campaign to SU2C on-field during Game 4 of the 2013 World Series. MasterCard and SU2C representatives were joined on-field by SU2C celebrity ambassador. The promotion applies to U.S. qualifying restaurant purchases made by MasterCard consumer and small business cardholders with MasterCard cards issued by U.S. financial institutions.
FundtechACH Alert and Fundtech announce a partnership to make available ACH Alert’s suite of innovative, patented fraud mitigation solutions via Fundtech products. ACH Alert’s suite of fraud mitigation solutions enhance Fundtech’s offerings with industry-leading capabilities that allow financial institutions to mitigate incoming ACH fraud and outgoing ACH and wire fraud for their customers. By providing these solutions, Fundtech enables financial institutions to comply with FFIEC guidance calling for layered security, with different controls at various points in a transaction process. Further, financial institutions are able to monetize these services, by selling to their customers and members. These impact Fundtech solution users of CASHplus; PAYplus USA and PAYplus Connect/GFX; ACHplus; and OrigiNET.
Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions announced HUGO BOSS has selected Toshiba for a global deployment of store technology solutions led by TCxWave, a versatile solution unlike any other POS, kiosk or self-service device the market has ever seen, being deployed across its European stores. The United States market deployment includes TCxWave, with an option for Toshiba SurePOS 785, also a premier point-of-sale solution, commencing in September 2013. Developed by award-winning industrial designers, the striking appearance of TCxWave allows retailers to use the technology throughout the store to create a consistent and positive shopping experience. The versatile design and functionality of the TCxWave point of sale, kiosk or self-service unit enables the freedom to use one platform for multiple purposes throughout the store, and the wide-screen format and gesture touch based screen affords investment protection for evolving retail space.
Smart phones users no longer need to know the beneficiary’s bank account to make a money transfer, just the recipients mobile telephone number. This allows bank transfers will be completed at the speed of an SMS and free of charge by entering the required amount and the beneficiary’s telephone number in a smartphone application. This service is particularly convenient for a circle of close acquaintances when it comes to paying for items purchase jointly, sharing the bill for dinner, or quickly transferring money to children. Mobile payment can be used not only for transfers of money, but also for money orders by specifying the required amount and pressing the confirmation button. Security and reliability of payments is ensured by additionally signing the transaction with a PIN code and allowing the user to set transaction limits himself.
Technologies (PCT) and Brandution have launched an Angry Birds Gift Card in the UK, available as a gift card and eventually as a reloadable prepaid card, will feature designs from both Angry Birds Classic and Angry Birds Space. Fans of Angry Birds of all ages will enjoy additional benefits in the form of a loyalty program and a mobile application for managing the card account while on the move. PCT have managed all aspects of the card development including website creation, app development and application processing including fraud monitoring. They are also running a 24/7 UK customer helpdesk and lost and stolen card reporting service on behalf of the Angry Birds card program. This card is issued by R. Raphael & Sons Plc pursuant to license by MasterCard International.
Barclaycard signed a new partnership agreement to provide full card acquiring services for Digital River World Payments to expand Barclaycard’s routes into market and allow Digital River to increase the European credit and debit card processing capabilities of its Payments solution. This agreement will simplify the process of taking card payments for many of these companies as they build, manage and grow their businesses, while trading in an increasingly growing global economy. By using Barclaycard’s secure and efficient card processing platform, Digital River World Payments can further enhance its ability to provide cost effective cross border online payments in Europe.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Economists at Global Economics Group released a new study examining the impact of the Durbin Amendment on consumers, retailers, and banks showing consumers will lose more than $22 billion as a result of the price caps on the interchange fees banks receive when consumers pay with a debit card. It also…
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] PrivatBank has launched its Android contactless ATM that runs on Android. Letting users withdraw cash through their mobile phone, the new ATM solution does not have the usual display with buttons and is equipped with NFC- reader. Inside the ” black box” there is a first-class protection safe and the necessary…
InComm launched its “Cashtie” Cloud Match Service, allowing loyalty program, mobile wallet and digital coupon providers to offer their capabilities to InComm’s retail network without lengthy integration or new hardware to install at a retailer’s POS. The “Cashtie” Cloud Match Service lets providers and retailers to seamlessly manage and process mobile barcode transactions without any changes to the POS system, leveraging the established host-to-host connectivity between InComm and the retailer and InComm’s barcode activation. The cloud match service uses the transaction details to match, in the cloud, the transaction at a specific cash register within a particular retail location and the provider that is associated with the barcode. Cashtie then shares this information with the provider, who matches it to a specific consumer and responds with the transaction details for making a payment, receiving a discount or gaining loyalty points. Cashtie then sends the details for the transaction back to the POS either via InComm’s proprietary switching technology, as part of InComm’s Enhanced Payment Platform or to any third party switching solution used by the retailer.
Union Bank launched its Receivables Straight through Processing (Receivables STP) Solution for the company’s commercial clients. Receivables STP demonstrates Union Bank’s commitment to innovation and is a key component of the bank’s suite of comprehensive receivables solutions aimed at improving the overall receivables processing experience. Receivables STP is a receivables management solution that enables businesses to dramatically improve their working capital management. The solution includes a robust translation engine and deductions management module that helps reduce losses associated with deductions and/or chargebacks. Users can review exceptions and make adjustments in real time, posting entries directly to their back office General Ledger (GLs). It includes an internal routing workflow engine allowing users to route exceptions to designated employees, accessing images for paper payments.