Cardholder Pricing – Effectiveness Results

While many card issuers are offering special cardholder price discounting – no fees, low interest and balance transfers to raid competitors – while raising the value prop none of these are new initiatives. Given the lowering of outstanding card loans which many have suffered during the recession, nearly $200 Billion total drop off before coming back up, we are surprised only that these and other value strategies weren’t implemented far more aggressively to reboot the card/payments business over the past five or six years.

CardLock Awarded Patent

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will formally issue U.S. Patent No. 8,660,955 to PSCU on February 25, 2014 for PSCU’s CardLockTM fraud prevention innovation, which was introduced to the CUSO’s Member-Owner credit unions in 2009. The patent documents categorize the fraud prevention service, CardLock, as a “method and apparatus for consumer-driven protection for payment card transactions.” The CardLock solution works in conjunction with PSCU’s fraud detection and prevention platform and enables cardholders to easily block and unblock authorizations on cards they register with the service. Cardholders can manage the authorization status of their cards through any of three channels – phone, web and mobile.

ROAM mPOS Platform with EMV Chip & PIN

ROAM has expanded its mPOS solutions to include chip & PIN acceptance with the RP750x mobile card reader . This new cloud-based solution is fully compatible with ROAM’s mobile commerce platform, making ROAM the leading mPOS solution provider supporting new mPOS players with all mobile card acceptance types: magnetic stripe, NFC, chip & sign and chip & PIN. Combining state-of-the-art mobile payments technology from mPOS innovator ROAM with the global EMV expertise of Ingenico, the RP750x is the most flexible and secure chip & PIN device on the market.

Broadcom NFC for Affordable Smartphones

Broadcom Corporation introduced the next-generation of near field communication (NFC) controllers designed to deliver simplified connectivity and drive adoption in mass market smartphones and wearables. The new family enables mobile device manufacturers to reduce antenna size by 50 percent and lower overall cost by 35 percent. Broadcom’s BCM20795 NFC family provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with highly integrated, low-power solutions that can be easily incorporated into a wide range of smartphones and tablets. The new controllers reduce power consumption more than 60 percent, use 30 percent fewer components and a 35 percent smaller board area than previous generations. The devices are also compatible with Broadcom’s Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED™) platform.

Commerce Bank Offers New Alumni Visa

University of North Texas (UNT) alumni have a new way to show their school pride. Commerce Bank is offering a Visa ® credit card with rewards to members of the University of North Texas Alumni Association (UNTAA). The card offers reward points with unlimited earnings, as well as no annual fee. Cardholders are able to redeem points for cash back statement credits, gift cards, merchandise, or travel. Additional features and benefits include $100,000 travel insurance, emergency card replacement and cash advance, 24/7 customer service, Visa Zero Liability coverage, e-statements, and optional auto pay.

MasterCard Launches MasterPass In-App Payments

MasterCard announced MasterPass™ in-app payments, enabling consumers to make secure purchases within a mobile app. MasterPass in-app payments eliminate the need to store payment card credentials across numerous mobile apps, providing consumers with a fast and simple payment experience. Forbes Digital Commerce, Fat Zebra, MLB Advanced Media, NoQ, Starbucks Australia and Shaw Theatres Singapore are among the first app providers that will power their in-app purchasing capabilities with MasterPass.

BlueSnap Releases BuyNow2

BlueSnap released BuyNow2, the next generation of hosted checkout pages that make it easy for merchants to sell their products in 180 countries, serving up localized pages in 29 languages, with 60 currencies and 110 payment types on any device. Unlike other payment solutions that place the burden of development on merchants, the pre-configured BuyNow2 checkout provides dynamically localized pages, A/B testing capabilities and instant PCI compliance, helping merchants serve customers and easily convert more shoppers to buyers worldwide.

NFC Forum Announces Software Developer Conference

The NFC Forum will hold a special event for software developers on March 21 in from all industries to discover where NFC technology and the “Internet of Things” are headed in 2014. The “Spotlight for Developers” brings together top names in mobile devices, consumer electronics, software, and wireless technology. The event showcases NFC integration in innovative new products, services, vertical markets, and software, leading to valuable new opportunities for developers. Presenters are leading authorities on smartphone platforms, including Android™, Blackberry® 10 OS, and Windows Phone. NFC in Action – a look at how NFC technology is currently improving the lives of consumers — and the bottom lines of businesses — across several industries, such as air travel & transportation, consumer electronics, and health care.

TSYS Increases Investment in Central Payment JV

TSYS announced that it has increased its stake in its Central Payment Joint Venture (CPay) from 60 percent to 75 percent. Central Payment founders Matt and Zach Hyman have committed to lead the company as Co-Managing Directors for an additional three years. Central Payment is a direct merchant acquirer servicing small- to medium-sized merchants through an Independent Sales Agent (ISA) model. Founded in 2005, Central Payment focuses on merchants in the restaurant, personal services and retail sectors. In 2012, Central Payment was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States by Inc. magazine for the fourth consecutive year.

ABnote Partners SimplyTapp on Host Card Emulation

ABnote, a leading global card manufacturer and provider of NFC and Trusted Service Manager (TSM) based solutions, announced it will integrate its existing TSM service with SimplyTapp’s Host Card Emulation (HCE) platform, creating the payment industry’s broadest offering of secure, cloud-based NFC solutions. The combined service will be hosted securely within ABnote’s certified global network of data centers, and will support both standard Secure Element (SE) cloud implementations and token based solutions. This service represents the first of its kind, allowing traditional retailers and financial institutions to compete through innovation with companies such as PayPal and Stripe. The combined HCE offering will be launched on April 1, 2014. The solution represents a two for one solution for financial institutions and retailers’ closed loop, decoupled debit, and open loop p payments. This will allow them to move into a more secure model than magnetic stripe, and at the same time satisfy mobile payment initiatives; all while leveraging existing infrastructure.