Consumer Confidence Index Drops in April

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index was down to 82.3 in April from 83.9 in March. Meanwhile the Present Situation Index was also down to 78.3 from 82.5. These findings coincide with consumers took a less than favorable stance on the current business and labor market conditions. Meanwhile, those claiming business…

TSYS Announces New CFO, VP

TSYS announced the appointment of Paul M. Todd as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective July 1, 2014. Paul Todd has served as executive vice president for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, product and marketing since 2008. Over the past four years, Todd directed TSYS’ diversification strategy that included four acquisitions in the direct merchant acquiring business and TSYS’ largest acquisition, NetSpend, which occurred last year. He has been the key driver in developing strategies to lead TSYS into new and faster growing sectors and markets. Prior to 2008, Todd was President and Chief Executive Officer of Synovus Financial Management, a unit of Synovus Financial Corp.

MyCheck partners PayPal for at-table restaurant payments

MyCheck collaborated with PayPal to enable consumers to pay at table through the PayPal app. The app itself enables users to select a restaurant from a list, check-in to the venue, and once there, view ordered items and prices on the mobile device, split the bill (if desired), add a tip, redeem an offer, accrue loyalty card stamps, quickly check out by hitting the pay button without waiting for a check, and receive an email receipt. The MyCheck capability has been operating in the UK version of the PayPal app for approximately nine months, where successful joint advertising campaigns with the Prezzo and Busaba Eathai restaurant chain drove significant adoption and usage of the app. Merchants benefit from offering the pay at table option in multiple ways, with faster turnarounds, fewer chargeback’s, the ability to spend time on customer service that would have otherwise been spent preparing checks, and developing more targeted marketing based on consumption.

Western Union Reports First Quarter Results

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union 1Q/14 revenues increased 2% compared to the prior year period, or 4% on a constant currency basis. Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) revenues increased 3%, or 4% constant currency, while transactions increased 9%. Transaction growth continued to benefit from the previously implemented pricing actions in key corridors, as well as strong performance…

Vantiv 1Q 2014 Results

Vantiv, Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. Revenue increased 8% to $537.6 million in the first quarter as compared to $498.0 million in the prior year period. Net revenue increased 6% to $288.5 million in the first quarter as compared to $272.9 million in the prior year period, primarily due to a 6% increase in transactions. On a GAAP basis, net income attributable to Vantiv, Inc. was $28.1 million or $0.18 per diluted share during the first quarter, compared with $26.1 million or $0.18 per diluted share in the prior year period.

SoFi Funds $500,000 in Loans

Social Finance peer-to-peer lending refinanced more than half a billion dollars in student loans, with the number of schools represented having grown nearly 800% to more than 550 universities over the past year. SoFi has streamlined the lending process with a pain-free online application, mobile document upload, and helpful customer service via text, email, or phone. Borrowers can combine their Federal and private loans into a single monthly payment, and customize payment terms to fit their lifestyle. Unlike traditional lenders, SoFi borrowers become members in a powerful community with programs to reach life milestones such as entrepreneurship support, job placement assistance, unemployment protection and exclusive access to new financial products.

Ukash signs up Betfair

Ukash announced Betfair has signed up to their popular service which enables customers to use cash to transact online with Betfair. Betfair customers who pass strict verification processes will be able to make cash deposits into their account through Ukash vouchers, which are available from over 50,000 sale points in the UK, with a reverse process being available to make cash withdrawals. The service is available on both desktop and mobile. Ukash enables players to spend cash securely online with unique 19 digit codes to pay directly on thousands of websites that accept Ukash transactions worldwide.

Picking a New Agent Card Provider

There comes a time when some agent card programs elect to pick a new service provider. Perhaps because of erratic service level performance at the current provider, or due to new account rewards which seems to be less than competitive market value, because a current contract has reached its contractual period ending, or even due to an existing provider exiting from that business.
Whatever the reason(s), there are number of preliminary steps one must go through to ensure the change is a smooth one for your card members and meets your expectations. In managing over 800 such agent card programs over three decades in the card business, R.K. Hammer has some strong opinions about how to achieve the best outcome.

Chase Launches Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature Business Card

Chase Card Services and Marriott Rewards announced the launch of the Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature® Business Credit Card designed for small business owners who travel frequently for business or pleasure. With the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, small business owners have the ability to earn accelerated Marriott Reward points on all purchases, accumulate free night stays, and receive automatic Silver Elite Status once they become a cardholder. The card also offers EMV chip-and-signature technology, charges no foreign transaction fees and comes with a variety of travel and business benefits. With the Marriott Rewards Premier Business Credit Card, small business owners have the ability to earn Marriott Rewards points at an accelerated rate. Cardholders will earn thousands of points for different increments spent on the card. The card also comes with travel insurance benefits, including trip cancellation, trip delay, lost luggage, baggage delay and auto collision damage waiver. Additional benefits include purchase protection insurance, including purchase security and extended warranty.

First Data Appoints New Head of Strategic Client Accounts

First Data appointed Christopher Foskett head of global, strategic and national accounts. He will lead the organization responsible for bringing strategic value, business partnership and new innovation to the firm’s major financial institution, retail, government and business clients. Foskett most recently was global head of sales for J.P. Morgan’s Treasury Services business and regional executive of the Treasury Services business for North America. Foskett brings a wealth of experience from his 30-year career in financial services spanning a wide range of client-facing activities across corporate and investment banking and transaction services. Global Finance magazine has cited Chris as one the select bankers featured in their ranking of “Who’s Who in Treasury and Cash.