U.S. ISSUED INTERNATIONAL CARDS

International bank credit cards issued by U.S.-based issuers was in a funk in 2013. International bank credit card outstandings (EOP) are down 3.8% YOY and purchase sales volume has been flat, based on Q4 reports from Citibank and Capital One, both active international Visa and MasterCard issuers. At year-end 2013, Citibank had $33.6 billion in international credit card outstandings, down 3.2% from year-end 2012, after adjusting for the sale of Brazil Creditcard in 2013. Capital One with $8.05 billion in international credit card outstandings edged down 6.5%.

Weve Partnering With MasterCard

Weve is partnering with MasterCard, to accelerate the development of the UK’s most comprehensive contactless mobile payments system. The partnership will provide consumers with a fast, safe and convenient way to pay via their mobile phones at point of purchase and receive the offers they love. The partnership will allow consumers to take the next step in the contactless journey by tapping their mobile phone to make a payment.

First Data and TMG Deploy Quick EMV Implementation

First Data and The Members Group (TMG) are now offering an expedited EMV implementation to qualifying TMG clients. First Data is a global leader in payments processing and electronic commerce solutions. TMG, a leading payments processor, provides innovative, end-to-end payment solutions and proprietary, web-based card servicing and reporting tools to credit unions and community banks. First Data has qualified with both Visa and MasterCard to offer an expedited EMV credit card issuance program to financial institutions. The streamlined program, using standardized processes, supports TMG’s brand promise of “making life easier” for its clients by enabling them to launch their EMV programs quickly, efficiently and with reduced complexity. First Data has completed the steps necessary to offer the expedited EMV implementation process to qualifying financial institutions.

ICP Group, Payworks Ink mPOS agreement

ICP Group POS specialists partnered payworks to provide mPOS services to its clients. ICP operates more than 120.000 POS terminals in 7 European countries and serves merchants such as Aldi Nord, Burger King and BVG-Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe. Under the agreement, payworks will support ICP in launching an own payment acceptance solution, enabling small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take card payments with their smartphone. Merchants will use a mobile application together with a Chip & PIN device to accept card payments. They can view their historic transactions on their mobile device as well as on a separate, web-based merchant dashboard. In addition to the mPOS solution for SMEs, ICP will use payworks’ mobile POS SDKs and APIs to enable their existing customer base of retailers and merchant service providers to easily integrate both Card Present and Card Not Present functionality into their customized applications.

USA Technologies Sees Return in 4Q/13

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] USA Technologies posted a 4Q/13 net income of $447,087, down from non-GAAP net income of $557,393 and total revenues of $10.6 million. Approximately 82% of total revenues stemmed from license and transaction fee revenues, which are largely driven by connections to USAT’s comprehensive and turnkey cashless payment and M2M telemetry service,…

DISCOVER Q4 & 2013

Beating average credit card industry growth last year Discover credit card loans grew $2.0 billion, or 4%, to $53.1 billion at year-end 2013. Discover reported fourth quarter volume for PULSE was flat as Diners Club volume declined 5%, offset by a 5% gain in proprietary volume and 6% gain in network partners volume. Transactions processed on the Discover network rose 5% in 2013 to 1.95 billion while PULSE transactions declined 3% to 4.19 billion for last year.

First Data and TMG Offering Streamlined EMV

First Data and The Members Group (TMG) have begun offering an expedited EMV™ implementation to qualifying TMG clients. First Data has qualified with both Visa and MasterCard to offer an expedited EMV credit card issuance program to financial institutions. The streamlined program, using standardized processes, supports TMG’s brand promise of “making life easier” for its clients by enabling them to launch their EMV programs quickly, efficiently and with reduced complexity.

JetPay Card Services Adds Executive

JetPay Card Services announced the addition of Ralph A. Bianco as Executive Vice President and General Manager. Mr. Bianco is leading the Company’s pre-paid card division that will offer Visa branded reloadable cards plus Visa branded and private label gift cards. The prepaid card division will focus on delivering high value low cost products to consumers. The first products launched by this division, which will be announced later this month, will be aimed at consumers with or without a traditional bank account that need a safe and secure way to shop, save or budget for household expenses.

Discover Offers Free FICO® Score to Cardmembers

Discover has fully rollout of free FICO® Scores provided on the monthly statements of millions of Discover cardmembers, following the pilot launch to Discover it cardmembers, which occurred in November 2013. The FICO® Scores are based on data from TransUnion®, a world leader in consumer credit information. Discover is the first major credit card issuer to provide free FICO® Scores directly to its cardmembers on their monthly statements. In addition to providing free FICO® Scores to consumer cardmembers, Discover is providing the two key factors explaining what information from a person’s TransUnion credit report influenced his or her particular FICO® Score. Qualified cardmembers who have Discover More, Discover Open Road, Discover Motiva, Miles by Discover and Escape by Discover cards will receive their free FICO® Scores based on data from TransUnion directly on their monthly statements.

JetPay Enlists Former U.S. Bancorp and MasterCard Exec to Launch Prepaid Outfit

JetPay Card Services added Ralph A. Bianco Executive VP, General Manager to lead the Company’s pre-paid card division that will offer Visa branded reloadable cards plus Visa branded and private label gift cards. The prepaid card division will focus on delivering high value low cost products to consumers. The first products launched by this division, which will be announced later this month, will be aimed at consumers with or without a traditional bank account that need a safe and secure way to shop, save or budget for household expenses. Of particular importance is to create products that will be attractive to consumers that have limited access to financial services and who often spend exorbitant amounts each payday to cash paychecks and pay bills. He holds a degree in electro-mechanical engineering from City College of New York and is a graduate of the Executive Program of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

TIS Concludes 2013, Sets Treasury Trends

TIS offered cloud-based payment transaction systems that include solutions matched to the current needs in mandate management, bank account management, bank transaction management and bank fee controlling. TIS is the leading cloud platform for management of enterprise-wide payment processes ranging from liquidity control to bank relationship management. The SEPA “Out-of-the-Box” solution from TIS processes all major bank connection protocols, channels (Host-to-Host, SWIFT or EBICS) and formats and automatically converts these to conform to the applicable SEPA guidelines. An integrated Direct Debit mandate management system centrally monitors and controls all global mandate processes. TIS was also able to win over many other well-known medium-sized enterprises as new customers in Germany during 2013 to employ the TIS Cloud Platform to centralise their payment transactions.