First Data beefs up prepaid market with the acquisition of Gyft. First Data’s clients, including its more than 300 national retail prepaid clients, will now have access to a new and growing distribution channel to adopt the next level of gifting, expand their gift card footprint and programs and add choice for consumers.
NCR hires a heavy hitter for its Retail Solutions Division. Michael Bayer comes with credentials from Avaya EMEA, Motorola, Symbol Technologies and Cisco. Bayer will report to NCR Chairman and CEO Bill Nuti.
The four top U.S. payment card networks broke above the $1 trillion purchase dollar volume milestone again in the second quarter. MasterCard led the charge growing 10.1% in U.S. purchase dollar volume to $289 billion.
Bracknell Forest Council (BFC) has teamed allpay on the e+ Citizen card.The new card – which combines the functionality of its existing smartcard, used by more than 80,000 people – was launched last month in a limited trial with a further planned roll out to follow. The solution, which is unique within the market place, can also be made available to other local authorities looking to provide similar schemes for their residents.In addition to being used for services such as retail discounts, leisure and library, the new functionality allows the council to load social care funds onto the card for residents wishing to use this new, secure and convenient way of managing their personal budget payments. Residents wishing to use this service for their personal budget must first fill out a form providing the council with their financial details.
Datacard has been positioned by ABI Research as one of the top leaders in their 2014 competitive assessment for Government and Healthcare ID: Smart Card and Legacy Credentials .This vendor matrix represents ABI Research’s ranking of the leading smart card and legacy credential vendors active within the government, healthcare and citizen ID ecosystem. The vendors were assessed on implementation and innovation – including global reach, breadth of services offered, multi-application capabilities and support of market convergence, level of security, e-government services, among others.Datacard Group was ranked as a leader due to the high assessment rating it received for its extensive distribution channels and global reach, its market share of e-government ID implementations around the world, and continued commitment to offer innovative technologies to the government sector. To-date, Datacard Group is implemented in 18 of the 20 largest e-government programs and has over 400 government projects around the world. Additionally, roughly 165,000 passports, 10 million credentials, and 5 million smart cards are issued daily using the company’s solutions.
U.S. Bank unveils a set of new tools for making cardless “virtual” travel spending faster, easier and more secure. One of new tools offers real-time credit limit change capability for Travel VirtualPay allows for instant anytime adjustment.
TD Bank has introduced its Mobile Account Opening, allowing customers to open personal banking accounts using their smart phone at TDbank.com with an experience specifically designed and tailored for a mobile device. Mobile Account Opening can be used to open checking, savings, money market, or CD accounts by simply accessing TDBank.com using an Android™ or iPhone® smart phone.
Bolt On Solutions launched its Bolt POS POS solution, designed to exceed existing functionality and user experience standards established for traditional and cloud based POS and tablet cash register solutions. it offers integrated payments, inventory Management , customer database and a gift card program. Bolt POS installations include the Bolt POS application, the selected hardware package and a web-based cash register management portal.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union 2Q/14 revenues up 1% compared to the prior year period. Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) revenues increased 2%, or 3% constant currency, while transactions increased 6%. Transaction growth benefited from the previously implemented pricing actions in key corridors and a strong increase in westernunion.com online money transfer. Westernunion.com C2C transactions increased 46%…
Billtrust has hired Tom Iler as Chief Information Officer and Paul Wakolbinger as Senior Vice President of Sales.Iler, most recently at New York digital technology company Vibrant Media where he was Chief Technology Officer, has over 15 years of C-level technology experience. He has served in CTO and CIO positions at companies of all sizes from successful startups to large public corporations. In addition to Vibrant Media, Iler has held executive posts at Ascend One, AOL and Advertising.com. Wakolbinger, with more than 20 years’ experience as a software sales and sales management executive, comes to Billtrust from SunGard Corporate Liquidity, a division of SunGard Financial Systems, where he was Senior VP of Sales, Receivable Solutions. Wakolbinger’s specialty is building sales teams that consistently exceed sales quotas; he has extensive experience in selling application software as well as SaaS and managed-service offerings.
Spindle mobile commerce solutions announced its Developer Integration Tools to its customer base and resellers. The expanded API toolset, which leverages Spindle’s “instant acceptance” merchant boarding process, is accessible through Spindle’s website at:developers.spindle.com. The site will also include tools from Spindle partners such as Slim CD, a payment processing gateway provider based in Coral Springs, Florida. The launch of this platform advances Spindle’s mobile commerce portfolio into fast-growing market segments where developers are looking to combine payment capabilities with the simplicity of instant boarding for their customers and users.This adds transaction processing capabilities to online, mobile and brick-and-mortar merchant software solutions.
RewardsNOW is launching its loyalty programs for three new clients during the first quarter of this year. In partnership with CO-OP Financial Services, RewardsNOW worked with Michigan Community Credit Union, based in Jackson, Michigan, to convert their existing credit and debit card loyalty program to the RewardsNOW platform. In addition to earning points (by using their credit or debit card) from the credit union everywhere they shop, Michigan Community CU’s members earn bonus points from merchants when they shop locally using their Michigan Community CU debit or credit card at retailers included in Shop Main Street, RewardsNOW’s local discount shopping program; or online through ShoppingFLING, RewardsNOW’s online shopping mall. Sterling United Federal Credit Union, based in Evansville, Indiana also launched their Premier Points loyalty program to encourage greater debit card use and reward their most loyal members. The Premier Points program offers Sterling’s members seamless access to use their earned points for a full range of redemption choices. Meanwhile, Tri-State Dental Supply, Inc. based in Monroe, New Jersey, launched their new program, Tri-State Dental Dollars. The Tri-State Dental Dollars program is a loyalty program designed to drive higher levels of purchasing and to reward its best customers utilizing Tri-State’s services. Customers of Tri-State Dental Supply earn 1 point for every dollar they spend on purchases made with Tri-State Dental.