Online Spending with Visa Fuels Solid Growth

UK consumers’ preference for electronic payments continued to increase in 2013 as Visa Europe announces that spending with UK Visa credit, debit, commercial and prepaid cards increased by 9.2% to £445bn. This is according to Visa Europe’s annual results for the year to 30th September 2013. Spending by UK cardholders with Visa debit increased by 9.3% on the previous year. Debit payments account for over 80% of Visa Europe’s business in the UK. More than £1 in every £3 spent in the UK is now spent using Visa. Growth was also strong in other core areas of the Visa Europe business, with spending on commercial cards increasing by 18.1% and on prepaid cards by 42.8%.

MasterCard and IDB Sign Agreement

MasterCard and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have recently signed a keystone agreement, as announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to work together in an effort to improve economic inclusion, transparency and financial formalization through the expansion of electronic payments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The five-year public-private partnership is intended to enhance access to information and promote the transition to electronic payment services in the region, which can help reduce transaction costs and increase the efficiency of financial disbursements. Replacing cash-based systems for electronic ones also can potentially reduce leakages, increasing the likelihood that payments and benefits end up in the hands of intended beneficiaries and recipients, helping to improve the lives of the underserved.

First eChecking Payment Processing App

Hybrid POS Inc. in alliance with Paysoft International, Inc. have teamed up and have designed the First eChecking Payment Processing App for today’s businesses on the Road. Now businesses Nationwide can use their iPhone or Android device to process a collection transaction, using eCheck21 technology. This payment method allows your business to see the deposit same day in your account.

Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case Uses NFC

Incipio announced today the launch of the Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case. The Cashwrap Case is available online for $69.99 starting January 24, and in AT&T company owned retail locations across the country starting on January 31. Using the Incipio Cashwrap Case, consumers with an iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and 5S can utilize the Isis Mobile Wallet to pay and save at stores with just a tap of their smartphone. The Isis Mobile Wallet holds participating payment and loyalty cards, as well as offers. The Incipio Cashwrap Mobile Wallet Case is the only Near Field Communication (NFC) mobile solution for iPhone 5/5s.

Credit Card Reward Participation Declines

Mercator Advisory Group reveals that credit card reward participation in the United States declined from 76% in 2012 to 68% in 2013. Reward participation appears to be age dependent as 81% of seniors, 68% of 35-64 year olds, but only 57% of young adults participate in credit card reward programs, marking significant declines in participation among each age group during the past year. Credit 2013: Consumers Eye Cobranded Rewards, the latest report from Mercator Advisory Group’s Primary Data Service, shows that some consumers who are offered retailer or other corporate-branded reward programs (e.g., airline branded) that compete with bank-issued reward programs, consider these rewards better than bank-issued rewards. Cobranded reward programs are luring consumers who may not have otherwise applied for a bank-issued credit cards.

CoinFlash Demo New Bitcoin ATM

This weekend, the Coinflash team will be attending the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami Beach, Florida, giving attendees a sneak preview of the new Coinflash Bitcoin ATM. Coinflash is a San Francisco-based startup that plans on deploying 1000 ATMs worldwide by 2015. Team members will be conducting live demonstrations of the advanced functionality of the machine, which is based on the OpenWallet kiosk platform. The Coinflash ATM enables Coinbase and Ripple users to buy and sell bitcoins for cash, and even pay bills, transfer funds, and purchase gift cards with cash or digital currency.

Paydiant Announces Smartphone ATM Transaction App

Paydiant white-label mobile payments announced the grant of a new patent from the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). U.S. Patent No. 8,632,000, granted on January 21, 2014, describes approaches for using a mobile device to conduct transactions at automated teller machines (ATMs). The solution enables consumers to use their smartphones, instead of their debit or credit cards, to withdraw cash from ATMs, enhancing the consumer mobile banking experience while also supporting financial institution loyalty. And because it is software-only, it can be deployed without installing additional hardware on ATMs. The Paydiant solution enables the user to get cash simply by scanning a QR code displayed on the ATM with their smartphone. The Paydiant solution also increases security by eliminating the risks associated with card skimming and PIN theft at the ATM. An ATM code or token is obtained by a mobile device and used to associate an end user and their payment accounts to a transaction at an ATM. Users can pre-stage cash withdrawals on their smartphone and then identify themselves at the ATM by scanning the transaction specific QR code that signals the ATM to dispense cash via an encrypted connection to the cloud.

SmartMetric Launches Micro-Operating for Payment Card Apps

SmartMetric patented payment card technology and in-card biometric products created a sub-micro operating system for nano-computers. The SmartMetric Intelligent Card OS is an operating system that unlocks new possibilities for software and app development for a payment card-sized device that has broad functionality, comparable to a smartphone or tablet. SmartMetric’s operating system is designed to run on the SmartMetric intelligent card, which combines biometrics with patented nano-computing technology, the world’s smallest fingerprint reader, an internal ARM 9 processor, processing power equal that of a PC, and up to 128 gigabytes of memory, matching the maximum memory capacity of current iPads.

MoneyGram Payment Taps HI Segment

MoneyGram is offering convenient and affordable payment solutions for customers and insurance providers, working with some of the largest U.S. insurance companies to accept cash payments for premiums at more than 38,000 U.S. bill pay agent locations including CVS, ACE Cash Express, Albertsons and Walmart. Currently, MoneyGram is accepting payments for more than 200 health care companies. The health care provider will inform its customers if payments can be made through MoneyGram. MoneyGram offers same day and next day payment options.

Paysafecard Announces Augmented Reality to App

Paysafecard prepaid payment provider released an update of its free paysafecard app. The redesigned app offers additional features which enable customers to search for points of sale and to control their spending faster and easier than ever before. The augmented reality function 360° paysafecard shows the user sales outlets that are close to the current location. Finding the nearest outlet is therefore easier than ever before – and the app also adds an element of fun with its interactive search function. The outstanding display of 360° paysafecard allows customers to find the next point of sale in an intuitive way. In addition to the augmented reality function 360° paysafecard, the app offers many other innovative features such as the practical charging function via QR code and mobile access to the online account my paysafecard.

Unemployment Dips Below 7%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The unemployment rate declined from 7.0 percent to 6.7% in December, while total nonfarm payroll employment edged up (+74,000). The total number of unemployed persons declined by 490,000 to 10.4 million in December, and the unemployment rate declined by 0.3 percentage point to 6.7%. The number of unemployed persons and the…

BillingTree’s Mobile Payment For Auto Finance Industry

BillingTree® today announced a suite of new solutions that allow auto finance companies to expand mobile payment options to consumers, and to manage and extend customer relationships beyond their initial purchase through digital marketing promotions and value-added customer service. BillingTree’s mobile payment and lifecycle management solution enables customers to view and pay their bills by scanning a QR code from their smart phone and instantly access their account information and payment options. Lifecycle communications features allow auto lenders to automatically identify and execute upsell, cross-sell and promotional marketing opportunities to online and mobile customers based on their buying behavior. Both solutions are supported by BillingTree’s partnership with ZNAP™, a mobile payment and business automation platform provider.