ACI Worldwide Addresses The Payments Disruption Opportunity in EMEA

ACI Worldwide electronic payment and banking systems’ conferences are preeminent customer events with senior IT and business leaders from leading financial services, processors and retail organizations. This year’s EMEA event, May 13-16 in Lisbon, Portugal, brings together many of the region’s industry thought leaders to hear more about the Disruption Opportunity”how financial experts, retailers, and technology leaders are navigating a disrupted payments landscape, preparing for the future and prospering. Additional sessions will focus on all aspects of the payments industry, including wholesale payments, online banking, merchant acquiring and card issuing, as well as ATM driving, payments fraud, retailer payment processing and mobile. ACI extends thanks to this year’s EMEA sponsors, including: HP, IBM, Integrated Research, Phoenix Interactive, Stratus Technologies, Thales e-Security, XYPRO Technology, Bell ID, Futurex, Polar Moment and Spectrum.

The Unemployment Rate Continues to Tumble

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up 288,000 units in April for a substantial .4% drop in the unemployment rate from March, which now sits at an impressive 6.3%. This was led by employment in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining fields. The number of unemployed persons sits at 9.8 million, down 733,000 and…

Visa / MasterCard Q1 US GDV

General purpose payment card activity on the world’s two largest networks rose 7.6% year-on-year (Y/Y), but down 1.8% quarter-to-quarter (Q/Q) in the first quarter of this year (Q1/2014). The Gross Dollar Volume (GDV) reported by Visa (VS) and MasterCard (MC) for Q1/2014 came in at slightly over $1 trillion, compared to $1028 billion in the prior quarter and $933 billion in the year ago quarter.

U.S. Bank Exec Selected for Distinguished Payments Professional Award

Pamela Joseph, vice chair at U.S. Bancorp and head of the company’s payment services division, was recently honored by the Electronic Transaction Association with the 2014 Distinguished Payments Professional Award. Joseph is recognized not only for her business acumen but as a thought leader on the role financial institution play in the evolving payments industry. In addition to her daily business activity, Joseph leads the Women Leaders in Action (WLA), a women’s resource group uniting women across U.S. Bank Payment Services with a mission to provide support for community-based programs. The Distinguished Payments Professional award is intended to recognize an industry leader, acknowledged trend-setter, role model, and positive contributor to the efficacy and overall image of the industry.

Better ATM Services Announces Senior Leadership Changes

Better ATM Services announced changes to its leadership team to accelerate the company’s plan for profitable growth. Howard Green will assume the role of Acting President and Chief Executive Officer. He will be leading Better ATM Services’ next phase of growth with a particular focus on go-to-market strategies, creating new product commercialization opportunities and expanding leadership resources. In addition, technology industry standouts Mark Olson and Dan Perez are joining Better ATM Services’ Board of Directors. Current President and CEO Todd Nuttall will assume the role of EVP, Enabling Technologies.

Mobile POS, NCR Silver Simplifies Accounting

NCR Corporation announced NCR Silver iPad POS system for small business has been integrated with Retail Intel, a cloud-based service that automatically pulls sales data directly from the NCR Silver platform to QuickBooks®. By eliminating the need for time-consuming daily journal entries, the integration will save businesses countless hours on manual tasks and significantly improve operational efficiency and accuracy. It helps Shift Management and Cash Reconciliation, Time Clock management and offers Multiple Tax Options.

Heartland Board Authorizes $75 Million Share Repurchase Program

Heartland Payment announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a new $75 million share repurchase program. Repurchases will be made in accordance with applicable securities laws in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions. The new authorization is a result of the completion of an existing program, which went into effect effective on November 6, 2012, under which the company repurchased 1,667,983 shares of its common stock at an average price of $29.98 per share.

Citi cardholders can now pay bills with reward points

Citi cardholders can use ThankYou® Points for their bill payments. Citi ThankYou® Rewards members can earn ThankYou Points across their Citi banking and credit card relationship and use these points to pay virtually any bill online including phone, cable and electricity. Citi ThankYou Rewards members can use their ThankYou Points – and their ThankYou enrolled consumer checking account – to pay bills online.

Visa / MasterCard Q1 Delinquency

Credit quality for VISA and MasterCards (V/M) issued by the top four U.S. bank credit card issuers continues to improve. The 30+ day delinquency rate in the first quarter declined 16 basis points from the prior quarter and 52 basis points from one-year ago. According to CardData, the average 30+ delinquency rate among the top U.S. issuers for the first quarter stood at 2.64%, compared to 3.16% for Q1/2013 and 2.80% for the final quarter of 2013.

CHARGE Anywhere mPOS Solutions Now Visa Ready

CHARGE Anywhere mPOS solutions have been approved by the Visa Ready Program. The Visa Ready Partner Program for mPOS is designed to help device manufacturers, application developers, merchants and acquirers to build and implement a reliable, convenient, and secure mobile point of sale experience. CHARGE Anywhere’s mobile payment application with Chip & PIN and magnetic stripe transaction capture meet Visa’s requirements. CHARGE Anywhere’s mobile solutions feature a PCI-validated secure mobile payment application, point-to-point encryption, and payment gateway services.

EVERTEC Reports First-Quarter 2014 Results

EVERTEC posted 1Q/14 total revenue of $87.2 million with an adjusted net income up 16% to $32.0 million from the year ago period. Revenue was flat compared with the year ago period of $87.3 million. Merchant Acquiring net revenue was $19.3 million, an increase of 10% compared with $17.5 million in the prior year. Revenue growth in the quarter was predominantly driven by an increase in transaction volumes.

i2C Appoints Global Prepaid GM, International

i2c payment processing announced that Scott Salmon has joined the company as General Manager, International to lead i2c’s continued growth in Asia Pacific, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa (APCEMEA). Salmon brings over 25 years of business experience to this strategic role, including more than 20 years in payments and prepaid. He was Head of the Visa Prepaid Products division for the past five years. Prior to that he oversaw Visa’s San Francisco-based Global Prepaid Market Development team. Before Visa, Mr. Salmon was engaged in a variety of consulting and product management roles in the retail banking sector.