The National Geographic Society and First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha have launched the new National Geographic Visa Card. Cardholders earn exclusive savings on National Geographic products and experiences while supporting the Society’s global exploration, conservation, research and education programs with every purchase.
UnionPay International inked a deal with South Korea’s KB Kookmin Card and LG Uplus in mobile payment service, agreeing to enable South Korean UnionPay cardholders to pay by waving their mobiles phones in front of QuickPass terminals across the world in July.
The new Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card Industry in Canada says merchants cannot be forced to accept credit card companies’ debit products, often with higher acceptance costs, if they accept the credit offerings. Also, merchants have the ability to steer customers to lower costs options, like Interac Debit, through discounting.
MasterCard got a settlement done with Target to resolve claims by MasterCard and its issuers related to the retailer’s 2013 serious screw-up data breach. Under the agreement, Target will make available up to $19 million in alternative recovery offers to eligible banks and credit unions across the globe.
ACH volume grew to almost 23 billion electronic payments last year, an increase of almost 5%, or 1 billion transactions, over 2013 volume, according to new statistics released by NACHA ” The Electronic Payments Association. RAM Research projects it will grow to 24.5 billion by EOY 2017.
First National Bank (Slayton, Minnesota), and First National Bank (Davenport, Iowa), now offer the BlazePays Visa Prepaid Cards powered by Capital Prepaid Services. Under the banks’ agent programs which are managed by Capital Prepaid Services, these Minnesota and Iowa banks are now able to cost-effectively tap into the prepaid market, which is one of the fastest growing payment markets.