Mitigating credit and debit card fraud could be challenging since the start of U.S. EMV migration. A new report find issuers experience $10.9 billion in direct annual losses to card fraud overall. The LexisNexis Risk Solutions card issuer fraud study, Issuers Confront Application Fraud and Account Takeover in a Post-EMV U.S., reveals card fraud losses…
Wincor Nixdorf and Diebold have entered into a business combination agreement in a deal valued at $1.8 billion, or €1.7 billion.
The transaction is expected to yield approximately $160 million of annual cost synergies.
HomeSend, eServGlobal and BICS announced an agreement with Indosat to make remittance services available in Indonesia.Through Indosat’s Dompetku Mobile Money platform, users can safely send and receive funds across Indonesia’s largest mobile money network. The HomeSend service enables consumers to send money to and from mobile money accounts, payment cards, bank accounts or cash outlets – regardless of their location or that of the recipient. The International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized agency of the United Nations, estimates that 6.5M Indonesians will send funds to family or friends back home in 2014. The World Bank estimates that in total, $7.5B in remittance payments will be made into Indonesia this year.
The Payments Council (15 July 2014) announces the appointment of three new independent directors to its Board. Sarah Chambers, Christine Farnish CBE and Robert Lerwill bring a wide range of experience in consumer policy, financial services and regulation to the Board. They join Clare Spottiswoode CBE as one of the Board’s four independent directors. Sarah is an expert in regulation, competition and consumer policy. Christine has wide experience of financial services, public policy and regulation. Robert Lerwill is a chartered accountant. The Payments Council Board is made up of 15 voting directors, a voting independent chairman and an observer from the Bank of England. In addition to the independents, 11 directors are appointed by the industry to represent a cross section of the Payments Council membership.
BPC Banking Technologies payment solutions for the global financial industry announced the launch of SmartVista for Retailers. SmartVista for Retailers is designed to help businesses of all sizes streamline payment operations while supporting the widest range of payment methods and channels. The solution provides all the capabilities needed to support today’s fast moving, competitive retail environments in an integrated, flexible and secure package. Retailers face considerable challenges in their mission to deliver what consumers want at a price they are willing to pay, backed by the convenience and service they demand. SmartVista for Retailers helps capture market opportunities by rapidly meeting the unique needs of changing markets. The solution supports single- and multi-site retailers, as well as mono-retailers and retailers with multiple departments. A full range of payment options are supported, including EMV (Europay Visa Mastercard) chip and magstripe, contactless and mobile, credit and debit cards, prepaid and virtual cards, gift cards and vouchers, ensuring retailers can offer consumers the widest range of payment acceptance. Designed to operate in a dynamic environment, SmartVista for Retailers is multi-channel, multi-currency, multi-lingual, multi-institution and multi-acquirer.
Visa announced the appointment of Ramón Martín to the newly created position of Global Head of Merchant Sales and Solutions to lead global merchant strategy and integrating key functions to deliver customized products and services designed to help merchants achieve their business goals and advance Visa’s strong merchant and acquiring partnerships worldwide. Martín joins Visa from American Express, where he spent 16 years, most recently as President of Merchant Services, Americas. Martín completed an Industrial Engineering Degree at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and an MBA at Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid, Spain. Mr. Martín also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation.
MoneyGram announced several operational and organizational changes to better support the Company’s corporate objectives, including its goal of reaching $2 billion in annual revenue in 2017. These actions include realigning the organizational structure and commencing a global transformation program designed to help MoneyGram lead the industry in compliance, fuel multi-channel growth and improve its cost structure. MoneyGram has made several changes to its executive committee to position the Company for continued growth. W. Alexander Holmes has been named chief operating officer, effective immediately. He will also maintain his current titles and responsibilities as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In his expanded role, Holmes will be responsible for oversight of all finance, technology and operations functions. The following executives have been named executive vice president of their respective positions and will continue to report to MoneyGram’s chairman and chief executive officer, Pamela H. Patsley: W. Alexander Hoffmann, Global Product Management and Emerging Channels; Grant Lines, Asia Pacific, South Asia and Middle East; and Peter Ohser, U.S. and Canada. The three-year global transformation program designed to strengthen MoneyGram’s competitive position consist of Enhancing compliance, Investing for growth, Reorganization and restructuring.
The NFC Forum announced two newly elected Vice Chairmen of its Board of Directors, Trevor Pavey of Broadcom Corporation and Alexander Rensink of NXP Semiconductors. A senior product line manager at Broadcom, Trevor Pavey is a seasoned high tech marketing executive with eight years of RFID and wireless expertise coupled with 17 years of experience in semiconductor technology, marketing, business development, applications, and design. During his tenure at Broadcom, Pavey has been responsible for ecosystem management, including Broadcom’s relationships with the major payment associations and mobile carriers. Earlier in his career, he was instrumental in launching the NFC business at Texas Instruments. Alexander Rensink is strategic marketing director in the Identification business unit at NXP, which he joined in 2007. At NXP, Rensink focuses on the significant potential for identification technology in the mobile market with the goal of expanding the deployment of NFC-based solutions into mobile phones and tablets. In this role, he has had considerable experience in working with both infrastructure suppliers and application developers to deliver end-to-end solutions for vertical markets.
1Pay by Evolution1 continues to receive industry recognition, most recently winning a 2013 Paybefore Award for benefits card innovation for its Benny Prepaid Benefits Card. 1Pay is a suite of payment solutions offered by Evolution1 with innovation ranges from patented card processes to flexible automated provider payments and reimbursements that use best-in class web, virtual payment, printing, and mobile technologies. With the Prepaid Benefits Card from Evolution1, participants experience seamless, hassle-free, and highly paperless processing of their HSA, HRA, and FSA claims and reimbursements – all without complicated IT costs, transaction fees, and extra work for administrative staffs. Use of the card helps eliminate mounds of paperwork and countless hours of tedious processing. Claims are submitted and substantiated automatically, payments are made directly to providers, and consumers pay no out-of-pocket expenses at the time of service. Evolution1 and its Partners saved its customers and their employees more than $2 billion in 2012 through annual healthcare cost reductions and tax savings.
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.
Net Element International electronic commerce and mobile payment processing through its subsidiary Music1 has made available access to Music1’s video and music library via leading song download services including Spotify and Google Music. Music1.ru, powered by Net Element’s proprietary Digital Music Discovery Engine, creates a personalized experience for the discovery of Russian concerts and music videos. Created through collaboration between Net Element and Mr. Igor Krutoy’s record company, “ARS Records”, the online and mobile monetization platform will expand Music1.ru’s current library of more than 2,000 hours of music videos and concert footage including both popular Russian and international titles. The Music1.ru endeavor is expected to become the leading Russian-based destination and monetization platform for Russian-originated digital music content management companies and content producers that are actively seeking distribution beyond Russia.
SmartStream Technologies, the financial Transaction Lifecycle Management specialist, announced a partnership with Alliance Factors, a financial services solutions provider and SWIFT service bureau, based in Russia – to meet the demands of a growing client base in the region. Alliance Factors specialises in business-to-business payments, back-office automation, compliance management and other STP-based solutions. Together with SmartStream they will help the Russian client base address STP driven challenges in the back-office for reconciliations across all asset classes, cash and liquidity management, corporate actions and data management services.