HioTablet POS integrates with USAePay

USAePay recently welcomed HioTablet, a Windows tablet point of sale system for restaurants and retail businesses, to integrate with their secure payment gateway. Manufactured by ICG Software and distributed by AgentPOS, the HioTablet is an easy to install template rich point of sale system serving the restaurant and retail industries. HioTablet is unique in the fact that it does not charge any monthly software fees. The new HioTablet utilizes HioPOS terminal software on a Windows tablet and can be used as a stand-alone point of sale system, or interface with the HioPOS 15″ all-in-one terminal. The tablet contains 17 built-in templates covering a variety of restaurant and retail businesses including a guide for a bakery, bar, yogurt shop, sushi restaurant, supermarket, liquor store and more.

First Data Shows February Weather Hinders Consumer Spending

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data released its First Data SpendTrend analysis for Feb. 1, 2014, through Feb. 28, 2014, tracking same-store POS data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks. It showed dollar volume growth remained positive at 2.4%, but marked a slight slowdown versus January’s 2.5% growth as…

Cardtronics & BBVA Compass Ink ATM-branding Deal

Cardtronics announced a licensing agreement with BBVA Compass, providing the bank branding rights to more than 300 ATMs in H-E-B stores. The deal equates to a nearly 50% jump in the bank’s Texas ATM network, bringing its total to nearly 1,000 machines. The deal provides the bank with potential access to shoppers at more than 300 H-E-B operated stores. The agreement between Cardtronics and BBVA Compass is part of a growing relationship established in 2012. Prior to this H-E-B announcement, BBVA Compass had branded 268 Cardtronics-owned ATMs in convenience and grocery stores throughout Colorado and Texas.

First Data and IBC Renew Merchant Acquiring Contract

First Data and International Bank of Commerce (IBC), announced that the companies signed a long-term extension for merchant services and payment solutions. IBC has been a partner since 2004 and First Data will continue to provide innovative business solutions to enable the bank’s clients to accept all forms of payments and grow their businesses. First Data will provide dynamic solutions throughout the IBC footprint and advance clients to a new era of payments using a consultative approach.

Thinfilm and Xerox Principal NFC Forum Members

The NFC Forum announced that Thinfilm and Xerox Corporation have joined the NFC Forum at the Principal level. The first to commercialize printed rewritable memory, Thinfilm is creating printed system products that will include memory, sensing, display and wireless communication such as NFC -at a cost-per-functionality unmatched by any other electronic technology. Since the invention of Xerography more than 75 years ago, the people of Xerox have helped businesses simplify the way work gets done. Today, Xerox is the global leader in business process and document management, helping organizations of any size be more efficient so they can focus on their real business. Headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., more than 140,000 Xerox employees serve clients in 160 countries, providing business services, printing equipment and software for commercial and government organizations. The Principal level is the next-to-top tier of NFC Forum membership, and it includes significant participation opportunities.

FISERV 2013

The top global provider of financial services technology solutions, Fiserv had an extremely busy 2013 with tons of new deals, product upgrades and new products. New products include ConnectedTeller, CorPoint Mobile, Biller Advantage, Model Management: Reporting, FATCA Manager, Mobiliti Tablet, and LoanComplete Delivery Manager. GAAP revenue for 2013 was $4.81 billion compared with $4.44 billion in 2012. Adjusted revenue was $4.55 billion for the full year compared with $4.15 billion in 2012, an increase of 10%. Here are 95 points of light in Fiserv’s 2013, presented by CardWeb.com

MasterCard 4Q/13 Net Revenue Up 12% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] MasterCard Incorporated announced 4Q/13 financial results with a net income of $684 million, up 13%. A $61 million after-tax charge related to the opt-outs in the U.S. merchant litigations, the company reported net income of $623 million. Net revenue for 4Q/13 was $2.1 billion, a 12% increase versus the same period…

Fiserv, MasterCard Advance Debit EMV Adoption

Fiserv and MasterCard agreed to make MasterCard’s U.S. common debit EMV solution available for the Accel debit network. MasterCard issuers receive flexibility to select and implement network relationships, while merchants and acquirers will continue to route transactions as they prefer, without introducing multiple applications and complicated technology upgrades. MasterCard was the first network to offer its proprietary technology to other U.S. debit networks in an effort to support the migration to EMV and enable the routing of PIN debit transactions over multiple, unaffiliated networks. This decision allows acquirers to brand transactions originating from the Maestro AID (application identifier) for all debit networks that elect to participate. The MasterCard U.S. common debit EMV solution is consistent with the EMV Migration Forum’s recommendations, including a single common debit application identifier (AID) and single application on each card, as well as multiple ways to verify the cardholder’s identity.

ACI Worldwide Makes Real-Time, Any-to-Any Payments

ACI Worldwide unveiled the next generation of its consumer payments solution, enabling real-time, any-to-any payments. ACI is empowering financial institutions, retailers and billers to reduce payment processing costs, increase customer loyalty and drive new revenues by giving consumers more control over their money and the payment services they value. The company made the announcement at its Disruption in Payments events in New York and London. With the latest version of ACI’s market-leading consumer payments solution, UP BASE24-eps, as the enabling technology, real-time payments facilitate quick, secure, cost-effective and regulated transactions between consumers and retailers, financial institutions and billers. Industry experts believe that real-time payments will accelerate the global economy by eliminating billions of dollars in costs and generating billions of dollars in new revenues each year.

PayPal Appoints Director of Strategy

Rakesh “Rocky” Agrawal is joining PayPal. In 2013, PayPal processed more than $180 billion in transactions; that’s roughly equivalent to the GDP of New Zealand. Just as important is the response from close friends who work at PayPal as well as VCs. Rockey will help small businesses and entrepreneurs understand online commerce and payments. There is a lot of nuance in commerce that goes beyond just APIs and technical implementation. If you can show a customer how to reduce chargebacks or mitigate fraud and as a result that business is more successful, you become more successful. If you can teach a customer to market better and they sell more, you will be more successful. The best APIs and the prettiest interfaces don’t mean much if your customers are still struggling with the rapidly changing retail environment.

U.S. Bank Offers Visa Payment Controls

U.S. Bank is the first bank in the nation to offer Visa Payment Controls, which gives small business owners control over how, when and where their employees’ business credit cards are used. Visa Payment Controls lets small business owners manage how employees can use their cards based on Time of day or day of week, Geographical area, merchant type, and dollar amount. Controls can be applied or removed in real-time, giving business owners complete flexibility over managing their employee card usage.

Fiserv Announces Latest Digital Banking and Payments Client

Fiserv financial services technology announced that Finger Lakes Federal Credit Union (Finger Lakes FCU) enhanced its digital banking and payment capabilities through the addition of multiple solutions from Fiserv. These include Corillian Online® and Mobiliti™ for online and mobile banking, AllData® PFM for personal financial management, and CheckFree® RXP® and Popmoney® for bill payment and person-to-person (P2P) payments. Finger Lakes FCU, which is seeing increased use of its electronic channels, is using the new technology to position the credit union to grow in a competitive market. By offering both Corillian Online and Mobiliti, Finger Lakes FCU delivers a convenient, consistent experience across the online and mobile channels.