Allied Payment Network online bill payment services to the financial industry and Malauzai Software mobile banking SmartApps for community financial institutions, announced that Midwest-based 3Rivers Federal Credit Union ($750 million) is the first credit union in the country to launch its Picture Pay mobile bill payment solution. 3Rivers has implemented the stand-alone Picture Pay solution developed by Allied and Malauzai Software and will offer Picture Pay as a separate mobile application in addition to its existing mobile banking app, enabling 3Rivers’ members to easily and securely pay any bill by taking a picture of the bill with their mobile device. Through Picture Pay, once a member takes a picture of a bill with their smartphone, they simply enter the amount and payment date and the bill is paid.
The Electronic Funds Transfer Association has launched “EMV Update,” a source of timely, objective information on the migration of EMV technology to the American electronic payments industry. Currently the U.S. is the only member of the G20 nations where banks that issue credit or debit cards do not use the EMV standard. Large card brands like Visa, American Express and MasterCard have set target dates, some of which have already passed, for the adoption of the standard by different industry segments.
Capital Services is announcing a new approach to the payment products portfolio management market, with an innovative set of solutions for financial institutions. Capital Services, which has been providing management services for more than 14 years, primarily to banks owned by its parent company, formally announced that it is now taking its unique offerings to a broader market. Capital Services is leveraging the success it has brought to its parent company’s banks to make its move into the financial institution marketplace. It focuses on asset origination – creating successful payment programs – and then using sophisticated tools to analyze those programs, managing them to maximize a financial institution’s return on assets.
Experts across the retail, restaurant, payments and digital marketing industries will come together at CashStar’s 2013 Retailer Roundtable to discuss the near- and long-term impact mobile technology and the convergence of offers, payments, and loyalty will have on their businesses. More than 20 major brands will attend, along with CashStar partners, including Bridge2 Solutions, First Data Corporation, and RewardsNOW. Discussion will include the transformation of gift cards into mobile, reloadable payment cards that foster increased engagement and spending; the transformation of retailer apps into mobile wallets, driven by consumers’ desire for convenience and smartphone adoption; and the transformation of gift cards – as well as coupons, offers, and loyalty points – into different forms of Branded Currency, and the implications of their convergence on consumer purchase behavior.
Virtual Piggy integrated its youth-friendly payment system to Innovation First International and HEXBUG® Micro Robotic Creatures and VEX Robotics product lines. Innovation First International is a technology and engineering company that has launched several robotics product lines spanning the consumer toy, STEM education, and business-to-business markets. HEXBUG products are available in over 4,000 outlets globally, to which Virtual Piggy is integrated directly into its e-commerce platform to allow direct online and mobile purchases. Virtual Piggy has a standard interface to eBay’s Magento e-commerce platform, which facilitates a simple and rapid integration.
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up 195,000 units in June as the unemployment rate remained at 7.6% while total outstanding revolving US consumer credit jumped a staggering 8.25% in May to an adjusted $857B. Erasing all positive momentum seen in 2013, springing to the highest outstanding total of the year, May revolving credit…
Paymill launched its new product Paymill Unite, an all-in-one solution for everyone who offers an online marketplace. The product enables merchants to offer credit card or debit payment to their buyers on their marketplace in a very easy way. Marketplace owners are now able to connect to other PAYMILL merchants, create transactions on behalf of connected merchants and take commissions for their services. Users can transfer money directly to your merchants and to collect fees for yourself. For the merchant, PAYMILL Unite generates higher conversion rates and minimizes customer dropouts while securely storing customers credit or debit card data.
Chase has customized the popular Chase “My New Home” app for the Apple tablet – and added features to make it even better. This offers the only app on the market that guides users through the home-buying process from start to finish. It allows searching home listings by ZIP code to calculating monthly payments- provide real-time help at each step of the home-buying process. Househunters can record notes, take photos and videos of the houses, calculate payments and access more than 4,000 local Chase mortgage bankers. The videos offer practical advice from both homebuyers and the experts they will meet throughout the home buying-process. Viewers can learn about a wide variety of subjects from key mortgage terms and how to select the right real estate agent to what to expect at closing.
The Electronic Funds Transfer Association has launched “EMV Update,” a source of timely, objective information on the migration of EMV technology to the American electronic payments industry, the group announced. EMV is a security standard designed to increase protection against the theft of payment card identification data. Theft of this data could permit unauthorized access to a cardholder’s funds. Currently the U.S. is the only member of the G20 nations where banks that issue credit or debit cards do not use the EMV standard. Large card brands like Visa, American Express and MasterCard have set target dates, some of which have already passed, for the adoption of the standard by different industry segments.
I2C cloud-based payment processing is providing Heartland Payment Systems prepaid card processing services. The companies’ first collaboration is the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) Edge prepaid card program, which runs on the Discover® network. The Edge card allows restaurant employees to deposit their paychecks, load funds, receive employer-sponsored incentives and earn cash rewards on a general purpose prepaid card. i2c’s prepaid card payment processing platform will serve as the system of record for Edge accounts and enable the introduction of new card features such as card-linked offers and real-time mobile alerts.
MoneyGram International announced W. Alexander Hoffmann has been appointed to the company’s executive leadership team as senior vice president, global product management and emerging channels. Hoffmann will lead MoneyGram’s global product portfolio, emerging channels and MoneyGram Online. Hoffmann was previously head of consumer growth for Europe, Middle East and Africa at PayPal. He has 20 years of experience in payments and cards, online services and technology, and a strong track record of building new products from concept to launch. Prior to his position at PayPal, Hoffmann spent 12 years at McKinsey & Company in Brussels, Belgium, and Palo Alto, California, working with clients in the payments and telecommunications industries.
TIO Networks bill payment company entered into an agreement to acquire Globex Financial Services, Inc., and its operating business Global Express Money Orders, Inc. (“Global Express”). The acquisition of Globex Financial Services will strengthen TIO’s position in the bill payment industry and provide TIO with a national footprint. It is anticipated that revenue synergies will include the cross selling of TIO’s innovative mobile payment, self-service kiosk and financial wallet technologies to an expanded customer base. The combined companies will offer bill payment services to millions of consumers across the US and Canada. In 2012, Globex generated over US$10M in revenues at gross margins that are significantly higher than TIO’s historical gross margins. With this acquisition, TIO will enjoy significantly higher consolidated revenues and gross margins as well as a more diversified revenue base across customers, geographies and industries.