Primax Joins Smart Card Alliance

Primax, a premier provider of credit and debit card issuing and merchant acquiring programs, products and services, announced it has joined Smart Card Alliance in order to promote the common goals of understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology in the U.S. Smart (EMV Chip) card technology enables Primax bank and credit union clients to issue credit cards with enhanced data security and integrity, and that are more broadly accepted worldwide. Primax provides a comprehensive roadmap to smart card issuance for financial institutions. From program build to testing, implementation services, card design, marketing, authorization management and fraud prevention, Primax offers the all-inclusive assistance necessary for successful smart card program deployment.

Dynamics Launches Branded Magstripe

This week Dynamics introduced another breakthrough in credit card design with the Industry’s first fully branded magnetic stripe. Introduced on the newly issued Longaberger ePlate Visa card, the previously plain dark mag stripe has now become a part of the overall card design. On the back of the card, Longaberger card holders are now reminded of that company’s “Made in America” commitment by a magnetic stripe design that features the company’s signature weave of an American flag. ePlate cards, were previously unbranded, and with the Longaberger version of the card, they now offer two branded designs on the front of the card featuring the Longaberger basket branding, or their signature “weave” design across the front of the card. On the back of the card, where users have become accustomed to a plain dark magnetic stripe, they will now find the Longaberger signature “weave” design featuring the American flag, which reinforced Longaberger’s commitment to American-made products.

AnywhereCommerce & Spindle Partner on mPOS

AnywhereCommerce has reached an agreement with mobile commerce solutions provider, Spindle, Inc., to provide mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) products for Spindle’s MeNetwork mobile commerce offering. Through this relationship, AnywhereCommerce will provide MeNetwork™ customers its patented magnetic-stripe card payment accepting technologies that turn smartphones and tablets into mobile payment terminals. Renowned for its MeNetwork brand of global mobile marketing services, Spindle is the leading developer of seamlessly integrated mobile payments and mobile marketing and branding solutions. Its customizable services enable mobile merchants around the world to strengthen connections with their consumers, differentiate themselves from the competition, and drive more business.

Shopify Announces POS System

Shopify ecommerce platform announced its Shopify POS system designed to let anybody easily sell in-store in addition to online. Shopify POS marks a new frontier for Shopify as they branch out from helping people create ecommerce stores, to helping people run and grow businesses across all levels of commerce. Shopify POS uses the same easy-to-use online store management system as its ecommerce platform, allowing merchants to manage all aspects of their business from one place. They can add a product or update inventory on one side of the system, and it is instantly updated across the board – creating an organized, seamless integration between selling online and selling in-store.

BullsEye Launches Mako PCI DSS

Provider of integrated telecommunications solutions, BullsEye, launches its new PCI DSS-enablement solution in partnership with Mako Networks, a world leader in PCI DSS compliance and network security management. Through this partnership BullsEye will continue to offer enhanced network management with the addition of a PCI compliance solution to its base and new customers. This partnership with Mako is a natural progression for BullsEye. The company (BullsEye) has been offering simplified network management as part of its current portfolio and this decision to partner with Mako now bolsters its ability to empower its clients to become and remain PCI DSS-compliant.

PNC Bank Upgrades 3600 ATM

PNC Bank customers have more convenient options to make deposits, cash checks and complete other transactions with the addition of new features to 3,600 ATMs. The installation of PNC DepositEasysm capabilities on ATMs in every PNC region began in 2012 and was completed this month. The “smart” ATMs, which can be located via pnc.com/depositeasy from among the bank’s 7,200 ATMs nationwide, enable customers to cash checks and deposit stacks of cash or checks without an envelope 24/7, 365 days a year. Justice said customers are increasingly taking advantage of PNC’s investments in services and technology. Prior to completion of the ATM upgrades, deposits via ATMs and mobile app increased to 23 percent of PNC’s total deposits in the second quarter compared to 14 percent last year.

Fiserv Announces Tablet Banking App

Fiserv launched its “Mobiliti: Tablet,” a turnkey ASP solution tailored for tablet users. With more than 100 banks and credit unions already committed to deploy the solution, “Mobiliti: Tablet” provides a functional, quick to market tablet banking capability. The downloadable application for iPad(R) and iPad mini provides users with access to their accounts in an interactive, touch-enabled format. Capabilities include bill payments, person-to-person payments, mobile deposit, an ATM and branch locator and built-in calendar and calculator functions. It also integrates with online banking solutions from Fiserv and the Popmoney(R) person-to-person payments solution, providing users with full access to digital banking functionality and social payment transactions. A downloadable application for Android(TM) tablets will be available in 2014.

MasterCard Names New Chief Marketing Officer

MasterCard announced that Raja Rajamannar has been named Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Here he assumes global responsibility for MasterCard’s advertising, sponsorships, promotions, research, insights, and digital and consumer marketing initiatives. Rajamannar previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer at WellPoint, Inc, where he led the company’s new strategic direction and transformational agenda, and was responsible for managing its $10 billion Medicare Advantage business. He also managed various functions for the enterprise, including Marketing, Innovation, Corporate Development & Ventures, Consumer Data Analytics, Digital and International Operations.

Jack Henry Launches EMV Chip Card Issuance

Jack Henry & Associates’ JHA Payment Processing Solutions (PPS) division launched its expedited EMV implementation process for U.S. chip card issuance. Some chip card implementations may require direct project involvement by card brands. To get in front of any significant scheduling bottlenecks, partners like PPS can now manage installs for Visa issuers. For qualifying processor clients, Visa provides a streamlined EMV implementation path for select chip card profiles. PPS is the first processor to make such a program available to its financial institution clients. To qualify for the streamlined process, a processor must have successfully completed a prior U.S. chip issuance project with Visa as well as meet other eligibility requirements. PPS enables banks and credit unions to consolidate card processing services with a single point of contact for settlements, adjustments, and reconciliations.

Fiserv Announces Latest Account Processing Client

Fiserv announced UMassFive College Federal Credit Union selected the Portico account processing platform and other integrated banking solutions. The credit union has expanded its relationship with Fiserv to offer banking via mobile devices with Mobiliti and Mobiliti: Tablet. In addition to Portico, UMassFive currently utilizes Virtual Branch® for online banking and bill payment, Card Services Debit Processing and Prologue™ General Ledger. The “Portico” provides an advanced technology in a cost-effective ASP environment that’s ideal for a wide range of credit unions. Tight integration between Portico and Mobiliti and Mobiliti: Tablet allows for a compelling interface and experience that helps to drive increased member loyalty across both the mobile and tablet channels.