Retail Holiday Spending

First Data Corporation released its First Data SpendTrend® analysis for Thanksgiving/Black Friday 2013 compared to Thanksgiving/Black Friday 2012. SpendTrend tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations. Black Friday lost some of its luster as retailers opened their doors earlier this year in order to vie for a piece of the holiday spending pie, especially with this year’s shorter-than-usual window between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Year-over-year retail dollar volume growth during Thanksgiving and Black Friday was strong at 9.0%, and a significant increase compared to last year’s growth of 5.6%. Most of the 9.0% retail spending growth was driven by shopping on Thanksgiving as opposed to Black Friday; with 3.4% growth on Black Friday.

PayAnywhere Now Accepts PayPal Payments

PayAnywhere announced they have teamed with Discover Financial Services, a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services, to offer PayAnywhere merchants the ability to accept PayPal at the point of sale. This means that PayAnywhere merchants will be able to accept PayPal and will be able to tap into PayPal’s rapidly growing customer base that has swelled to more than 55 million active customers in the U.S., more and more of whom are using the PayPal payment card.

ATM Innovation Showcase

The Integrated Payments Alliance (IPA) is pleased to announce the association will hold the ATM Innovation Showcase and ATM X-Games on February 11, 2014 as part the U.S. ATMIA Conference and Expo. The IPA ATM Innovation Showcase, a full day educational event designed for ATM and payment leaders interested in learning more about cutting-edge payment technology, will kick off at 9:00 a.m. at the Lowes Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL.

Suncoast Schools FCU Change

The board of directors and senior management of Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, the largest credit union in the state of Florida, chose to pursue the state charter conversion vote to enable the credit union to serve all residents of 17 counties located near or along the west coast of Florida. This change will allow Suncoast to enhance its presence in and commitment to their communities that it currently serves. VR Election Services facilitated the vote to ensure integrity in the process.

Payelp Announces Latest Membership Partner

Payelp Global payment and business development platform partnered Onebip by Neomobile global mobile payment service. Onebip, which started in 1995 as the first mobile payment service worldwide, is connected to over 250 carriers with 5 billion users in over 70 countries. Onebip, part of global mobile commerce group Neomobile, has offices in Rome, London, Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Bogota, San Francisco and more. Onebip enables merchants to monetize digital goods and services to their users on a global scale using carrier-billing technology. As a leader in Europe and Latin America, Onebip has successfully supported the growth of many online gaming and entertainment businesses on mobile with an advanced technology platform. Payelp Global (aka “Payelp”) processes more than 500,000 transactions per minute- the payment and business development service is available in 74 countries worldwide and is constantly expanding.

Mozido Appoints Former First Data Head Chairman

Mozido announced today that it has received the first $30 million of a committed $70 million round of financing led by a Boston-based investment advisor with assets under management of over $500 billion. This funding will allow Mozido to accelerate its growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions. The announcement brings total funding of the company to over $100 million with participation from Brentwood Investments, TomorrowVentures, Atlanticus Corporation and Bob Turner personally of Turner Investments.

WesPay to Buy Viewpointe Regional Payments

Viewpointe has reached an agreement with WesPay (Western Payments Alliance), a membership association promoting the best use of electronic payments, whereby WesPay will acquire the assets of Viewpointe’s Regional Payments Association (RPA). Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both organizations are working diligently to complete the conditions of closing by year end. When closing conditions are met and the deal is completed, WesPay will retain full ownership of the assets. The expanded association will continue to do business as WesPay. Viewpointe’s Regional Payments Association provides education on the latest payments topics and certification preparation for payments professionals; offers expert-led ACH audit and compliance services for financial institutions, payments processors and businesses using ACH; and provides industry-level member advocacy and input into the ACH Rules-making process as a voting member of NACHA”The Electronic Payments Association.

Better ATM Services Launches Reseller Network

Better ATM Services has inaugurated a reseller network with the signing of its first agreement with Express Teller Services. Express Teller Services EFT financial service products for financial institutions and retailers can now allow third party ISOs and IADs to offer ATM-issued Visa gift cards and other prepaid products expanding their services to financial institutions. Express Teller Services becomes the exclusive reseller for credit unions in Arizona through the reseller accord. The pact builds upon the strong partnership between Better ATM Services and Express Teller Services, which began when Express Teller Services piloted Better ATM Services’ pioneering, patented technology with Arizona-area credit unions. Visa prepaid gift cards and Discover MyGift multi-merchant gift cards will initially be offered at three First American Credit Union locations in Southern and Northeast Arizona, and New Mexico.

Spending Intentions, Confidence Up in November

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor was up 1.1 points in November to 89.0 along with consumer confidence in the economy and spending intentions. There was a significant increase in the number of respondents anticipating they will spend more during December, leading up to the holidays. The Monitor is a 6-year-old daily…

ACL Launches P-Card Fraud Tool

Procurement cards (P-Cards), ACL has made available its P-Card Fraud procurement card solution. Designed to prevent fraud, improve policies, and promote cost management, ACL’s all-in-one package provides the tools, training, and consulting expertise to manage more than 20 fraud-related risks inherent in the use of P-Card programs. According to ACL’s 2013 GRC Technology Pulse Survey of 2,200 audit, risk management, and compliance professionals, risk related to internal fraud and abuse is an area of highest concern. Fraudulent use of P-Cards ranks among the most commonly occurring types of employee fraud.1 If any risk exists for this type of activity to become widespread within an organization, not only can the total monetary losses become considerable, but a culture that promotes fraudulent behavior can also become prevalent.

TSYS Named to The Civic 50

TSYS has been recognized as one of America’s most community-minded companies in The Civic 50, an annual initiative that identifies and recognizes companies for their commitment to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. The survey was conducted by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) and Points of Light, the nation’s definitive experts on civic engagement, and published by Bloomberg News. This year’s Civic 50 applicants were evaluated and accrued points based on several criteria, including financial and human resources applied to civic improvement, how broadly community engagement is supported and institutionalized within a company’s policies, systems and incentives, and how a company measures the social and business value of its community engagement programs.