MasterCard announced that Raja Rajamannar has been named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Here he assumes global responsibility for MasterCard’s advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research, insights, and digital and consumer marketing initiatives. Rajamannar previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at WellPoint, Inc, where he led the company’s new strategic direction and transformational agenda, and was responsible for managing its $10 billion Medicare Advantage business. He also managed various functions for the enterprise, including Marketing, Innovation, Corporate Development & Ventures, Consumer Data Analytics, Digital and International Operations.
Jack Henry & Associates’ JHA Payment Processing Solutions (PPS) division launched its expedited EMV implementation process for U.S. chip card issuance. Some chip card implementations may require direct project involvement by card brands. To get in front of any significant scheduling bottlenecks, partners like PPS can now manage installs for Visa issuers. For qualifying processor clients, Visa provides a streamlined EMV implementation path for select chip card profiles. PPS is the first processor to make such a program available to its financial institution clients. To qualify for the streamlined process, a processor must have successfully completed a prior U.S. chip issuance project with Visa as well as meet other eligibility requirements. PPS enables banks and credit unions to consolidate card processing services with a single point of contact for settlements, adjustments, and reconciliations.
Fiserv announced UMassFive College Federal Credit Union selected the Portico account processing platform and other integrated banking solutions. The credit union has expanded its relationship with Fiserv to offer banking via mobile devices with Mobiliti and Mobiliti: Tablet. In addition to Portico, UMassFive currently utilizes Virtual Branch® for online banking and bill payment, Card Services Debit Processing and Prologue™ General Ledger. The “Portico” provides an advanced technology in a cost-effective ASP environment that’s ideal for a wide range of credit unions. Tight integration between Portico and Mobiliti and Mobiliti: Tablet allows for a compelling interface and experience that helps to drive increased member loyalty across both the mobile and tablet channels.
PreCash launched its “Evolve Money” online and mobile app, allowing consumers to pay more than 10,000 bills without needing a bank account, credit, debit or prepaid card. This allows consumers to pay their bill for free or get a same-day, expedited bill payment at little cost. Cash-based consumers now can make fast, affordable bill payments online or from the convenience of a smartphone. The “Evolve Money” app also offers a payment management tool that tracks and keeps a history of all transactions. With this feature, cash paying users can manage their bills and finances with tools often only available to bank and credit card customers. The requisite “REloadit Packs” can be purchased for $3.95, and “Evolve Pay Bucks” for $3.00.
Virtual Piggy will provide its youth-friendly payment system to Mobile Chilli, empowering Mobile Chilli to offer a more secure and complete customer service for their U18 users. Mobile Chilli is a leading and trusted provider of mobile content, offering ringtones from top artists, mobile games, and over six million music tracks for download. They offer scores of excellent content thanks to partnerships with Universal Music, Sony, EMI, Warner Music and game companies. Their service is acclaimed for being fully transparent and having no subscriptions required. Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 18 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within the boundaries setup by parents.
Amazon introduced the Mobile Associates API for Kindle Fire and other Android devices, enabling developers to merchandise millions of physical and digital items from Amazon.com within their apps and games. When using the new API, developers earn up to 6% on qualifying in-app customer purchases while providing customers an opportunity to easily buy and receive goods through Amazon’s secure 1-Click purchase experience and Amazon Prime shipping, where available. Until today, if developers wanted to create additional revenue channels for their apps they could use a “freemium” model with digital in-app purchasing or subscriptions, or by using mobile ads. With the Mobile Associates API, developers now have a new way to monetize their apps and games by offering contextually relevant goods across Amazon’s world class physical fulfillment network. The API can be used in the Amazon Appstore and in Google Play, and developers can learn more about integrating the new Mobile Associates API at: https://developer.amazon.com/blog.
TSYS announced an agreement with Discover to process PayPal payment transactions within the contiguous United States. In August 2012, PayPal entered into a service provider relationship with Discover under which PayPal obtains access to participating merchants’ brick and mortar locations through Discover’s technological infrastructure. PayPal offers consumers several advantages, one of which is that PayPal can serve as a single source to access customers’ credit or debit cards, bank accounts, PayPal balances, or Bill Me Later payment methods all stored in their PayPal accounts at a point-of-sale terminal.
MyCheck checkout app that allows you to view your bill live and pay for your check straight from your smartphone announced Version 3.0. Bringing a fresh new layout and interface to the application, users can now log-in to Facebook Connect; take a snapshot of a credit card and automatically populate their account information; log-in to PayPal via MyCheck for an additional payment option; and split the check evenly by percentage, by item, or evenly; and much more. MyCheck is PCI compliant, meeting the industry’s highest standards for protection of consumer information, and integrates seamlessly with Point of Sale systems. No special hardware is required.
Citi has been ranked as the number one Corporate Card issuer in the U.S. by The Nilson Report. Citi Commercial Cards, with issuance capabilities in over 100 countries and an extensive proprietary local currency network of 67 countries, has long been considered a pre-eminent commercial cards provider to large and multi-national organizations both in the U.S. and globally. As a leading Commercial Card issuer, Citi is at the forefront of providing solutions, including Corporate T&E, Purchasing Card, and ePayables programs that offer greater control, visibility and optimization to help clients maximize their efficiencies and expand their opportunities. With our broad reach, international network, and advanced payment, reporting and expense management tools, Citi continues to raise the bar for commercial card programs.
ATMIA announced the publication of a new best practice manual for helping the prevention of gas and explosive attacks on ATMs. Alongside these best practices ATMIA has published a directory of special solutions for these attacks. Explosive attacks against ATMs are of growing concern globally and are particularly prevalent in Europe. The use of explosives, predominantly combustible gas and with a proportional migration to solid explosives, is a recognised trend for the ATM industry in Europe. The 16-person Steering Committee is comprised of representatives from banks, independent ATM operators, ATM schemes and law enforcement from six countries.
In response to the catastrophic flooding caused by tropical storm Maring in the Philippines, The Western Union Company is offering a coupon code for a fee free1 money transfer to help Filipino flood victims. Western Union is also implementing a ‘zero transfer fee’ coupon that can be used for all money transfers sent from the United States to the Philippines through participating Agent locations, westernunion.com, and the company’s mobile app beginning Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. The coupon code is: FLOODRELIEF. Money is available in cash for pick up in minutes2 at any of the more than 8,300 Agent locations in the Philippines, or can be sent directly to a Philippine bank account by initiating a Western Union® Direct-to-Bank money transfer.
Paymobile white label mobile wallet solution partnered Finland based global entertainment company Rovio Entertainment, for an Angry Birds prepaid Visacard. An increasingly attractive lifestyle choice for people seeking to manage their personal budgets, the personalized prepaid Angry Bird branded Visa card helps control family spending, provides an alternative payment method when traveling and enables safe online purchases. The Angry Birds Visa card will be available online at www.paymobile.com/angrybirds on September 16 offering text message notification upon purchase, spending visibility online, money management tools and education, adjustable spending caps, smartphone account access and Visa’s zero liability protection.