Unemployment Rate Catches .1% Blip, Still Well Under 7%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up 175,000 units in February for a subsequent .1% change in the unemployment rate from January, which now sits at an impressive 6.7%. This was led by employment in construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, and mining fields. The number of unemployed persons sits at 10.5 million showed little change…

Breaches Stimulate EMV Migration

The survey of U.S.-based financial industry professionals was conducted in March 2014 at BAI Payments Connect and reports that 44% of customer accounts have been compromised. More than 15% of financial institutions indicated recent breaches put more pressure on fraud operations resources to do more to protect themselves while 12% indicated that they experienced a negative impact on their brand. Over 75% of respondents said they are looking at additional resources to combat fraud in their organizations, of which 50% are looking to invest in fraud detection system technology, 15% are investing in more training for their fraud management teams and 10% are beefing up staff with new personnel. Although data breach-related fraud has a negative impact on the bottom line and on the industry in general, over 40% indicated their customers appreciate the proactive outreach and response to market events.

First Data Adds Latest Developer Programme Member

First Data payment technology and services solutions added Attra Infotech cards and payments services as its first Developer License Program member for the VisionPLUS and AccessPLUS suite of software products licensed by First Data globally. VisionPLUS, is a payment processing solution for financial institutions that enables the issuance and processing of credit, debit, commercial and prepaid cards, as well consumer loans, loyalty and merchant accounts on a single platform. Offered with VisionPLUS is AccessPLUS with a suite of business process management products that drives operational staff efficiency in servicing customers and supports portfolio parameter management. First Data’s Developer License Program further contributes to keeping the VisionPLUS and AccessPLUS suite of products flexible and up-to-date with new market trends and technology.

Acquirer Systems to Supply Discover-Diners Club Test Cards

Acquirer Systems has been qualified by Discover Financial Services to supply D-Payment Application Specification (D-PAS) EMV certification test cards for Discover Network and Diners Club International acquirer testing. With this qualification, Discover and Diners Club International acquirers, merchants and industry partners can now source certified D-PAS test cards directly from Acquirer Systems using a simple and straightforward online ordering process. The D-PAS test cards are used to confirm POS terminal compliance during the D-PAS testing and certification process. The certification cards are based on the latest D-PAS 2.2 card image specification.

Thatcher Technology Deploys Ingenico mPOS Platform

Ingenico announced its Roam mobile commerce platform provider partnered Thatcher Technology Group direct selling innovator to implement the mobile point of sale offering for direct selling organizations, on top of its powerful sales performance management software system.The mPOS solution leverages ROAM’s full capabilities: Application Programming Interfaces (API) enabling software interaction, fully PCI compliant payment gateway and mobile payment engine. This will enable Thatcher’s customers to conveniently and securely accept debit and credit card payments, while enhancing customer buying experience and improving business efficiencies. ROAM’s mobile commerce platform also helps reduce costs by enabling direct selling companies to avoid card-non-present transaction rates and reducing post-sale credit card declines and chargebacks.

Fiserv Announces Latest Premier Platform User

Fiserv announced FirsTier Bank implemented its Premier bank platform along with a host of additional Fiserv solutions. The innovative navigation tools and efficient processing capabilities within the Premier bank platform were determining factors in FirsTier Bank’s selection of Fiserv. The bank expects the user-friendly, browser-based design of Teller Source Capture(TM) from Fiserv to save staff time, while shortening transaction times for customers. By simplifying workflows and business processes, FirsTier Bank anticipates it will be able to offer more convenient, value-added customer service. Known for its robust functionality and scalability, Premier is the bank platform for a wide range of financial institutions with diverse goals, customers, technology strategies and operating environments. Open integration to an extensive set of best-in-class Fiserv solutions and flexible deployment options make this a versatile solution.

Diebold and FIS Partner, Launch ATM cash Recycling

Diebold and Suncoast Credit Union, supported by FIS, will enable full cash recycling at the ATM with Diebold’s Opteva® Flex Performance Series ATMs. This will allow the ATMs to reuse consumer-deposited cash for future withdrawals, enhancing ATM availability and reducing the frequency and cost of cash replenishment visits. FIS, the world’s largest banking and payments technology provider, is designing and implementing the back-end processing required to facilitate full cash recycling. Diebold’s Opteva Flex Performance Series ATMs have a recycling capacity of up to 10,800 notes and accept deposits of up to 13,100 notes in a five-cassette configuration.

AccessPay Partners Global Reach

AccessPay announced a strategic partnership with Global Reach Partners tol help international businesses face the difficulties of cross-border fx payments by unifying their payments processes under one innovative payment solution. Companies who import, export or do business overseas can now harness the combined power of both AccessPay and Global Reach Partners to access a single, unified global payments system; they will no longer have to use different processes to make Bacs, SEPA and cross-border payments, all of which can be expensive and time-consuming.

Fime RF Testing NFC Forum-Approved

Fime transaction provider announced its radio frequency (RF) test bench has been officially approved by the NFC Forum, a global association that advances the use of near field communication (NFC) technology. The tool validation process and approval brings official recognition that the FIME RF test bench meets the requirements defined in the NFC Forum specifications, making the tool eligible for testing devices for conformance to the functional requirements outlined by the NFC Forum.The FIME RF test bench evaluates the analog compliance of smart devices, such as mobile handsets and tablets, ensuring product compliance to the NFC Forum Analog Technical Specification. Successful product evaluation through compliance testing and NFC Forum certification allows a device manufacturer to use and display the NFC Forum Certification Mark. It is now available to mobile handset and device manufacturers at FIME’s network of global laboratories, spanning America, Asia and Europe.

Worldline Implements Pay.On Gateway

PAY.ON omnichannel payment infrastructure systems, and Worldline, Atos subsidiary for e-payment services, announce a premium strategic partnership to enlarge Worldline’s international e-payment acceptance coverage. Worldline now strengthens its worldwide positioning to better support its customers when operating cross-border and entering new markets and countries. With Atos Worldline, PAY.ON gains another partner, delivering its clients a further connection to the French market. The integration into the PAY.ON Payment Gateway facilitates Worldline the immediate access into a high-performance payment gateway, the processing of transactions in more than 100 countries, and access to more than 350 payment providers and 150 payment brands over a single API. With this enriched geographical coverage, Worldline will be able to even better satisfy the growing needs of its customers, currently spread in 17 countries, and leverage their business globally: Worldline clients can now easily connect to a wide range of foreign acquirers and payment methods for processing of local payment transactions worldwide.

MasterCard Agrees to Invest in Monitise

MasterCard today announced the intention to enter into a commercial agreement with Monitise plc to accelerate the development and deployment of mobile wallets and digital payment solutions by financial institutions worldwide. MasterCard also intends to make a minority investment in Monitise. The combination of MasterCard and Monitise’s complementary expertise in developing mobile platforms for commerce and banking is anticipated to result in additional innovative and secure solutions.

Credit Card APRs Creep above 15% Mark

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Average credit card APRs are down .1% from the February figure to 15.01% after averaging a meager .04% change over the past year. This reignites the momentum to the ebbing 2014 APR credit card averages and is first time APRs have dropped the entire year. This also follows a relatively lengthy…