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The artwork of high school students Traeveon Reese and Martha Estrada will soon appear in the wallets of thousands of debit cardholders in north Texas. The aspiring artists’ designs are being featured on the new Spirit Debit Reward cards, offered by Texas Trust Credit Union.
UW Credit Union has chosen six high school seniors to receive $2,000 college scholarships as part of its Community Values Scholarship program.
CardWeb.com’s CardData database of Company Profiles features Meta Financial.
SD-based MetaBank entered into a multi-year agreement with Univision Communications, a media company serving Hispanic America, to be another issuer for its Univision MasterCard Prepaid Card.
ArrivaPay Plus, utilized by three of the nation’s top five banks, has been beefed-up with new features. The enhancements include: sophisticated analytics capabilities to brands; enhanced reporting features to merchants via an online web companion porta; iPhone 6/iOS8 compatibility; and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations.
Apriva end-to-end wireless transactions, gateway services, and secure information solutions, expanded features within AprivaPay Plus POS software. AprivaPay Plus now delivers highly sophisticated analytics capabilities to brands, enhanced reporting features to merchants via an online web companion portal, iPhone 6/iOS8 compatibility and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. M-commerce will be the dominant business model, with $516 billion in sales driving more than 70 percent of all mobile internet revenue by 2017. As the industry grows, enhanced analytics, functionality, broader language support, and robust reporting for both merchants and brands are becoming more critical. Brands using AprivaPay Plus as a white-labeled application will now be able to access detailed anonymized analytics on their brand’s user base including demographics, geo-location, user engagement statistics, device information and marketing data, allowing them to identify their precise user-base, tailor their application accordingly and drive future business via key performance indicators.
GECU is bringing convenient, intuitive, and easy-to-use services across both its digital and physical channels through the innovative technology of NCR. GECU credit union provides its members with online and mobile digital banking services from Digital Insight, an NCR company, while also installing NCR Interactive Teller in new neighborhood branches. GECU has agreed to renew Digital Insight’s suite of SaaS solutions including Online Banking, iOS and Android mobile and tablet banking, Remote Deposit Capture, FinanceWorks and Purchase Rewards.Financial institutions are continuing to adopt mobile services as mobile banking becomes more popular. According to a Digital Insight study1, mobile consumers access their financial information 66 percent more frequently than online, non-mobile consumers. Additionally, consumers using online, mobile and tablet log in approximately 30 times a month compared to consumers who only use online banking and log in less than 10 times a month.2
Payment Alliance International Partners with Ventura County Credit Union to Brand ATMs at Select Rite Aid Stores
Payment Alliance International (PAI) retail ATM solutions and Ventura County Credit Union (VCCU) signed an agreement to brand 23 ATMs at California Rite Aid stores. PAI will own and operate the ATMs reflecting VCCU’s branding, giving Ventura County Credit Union members surcharge-free access to cash at these Rite Aid locations beginning late April 2014. PAI operates one of the largest ATM networks in the United States, with ATMs at more than 60,000 retail locations across the country. As part of the network, PAI provides ATM services for approximately 1,500 Rite Aid locations nationwide.
Fiserv announced Greenville Federal has selected the DNA account processing platform and a host of add-on solutions to better serve its nearly 12,000 customers. The Fiserv solution set provides the $150 million asset bank with a deeply integrated enterprise platform to improve efficiency and drive growth. DNA from Fiserv is the first open, person-centric core banking platform built for collaboration. DNA was developed using Microsoft’s leading .NET Framework for a state-of-the-art core platform that banks and credit unions can rely on for the long-term. With DNA, Greenville Federal benefits from 24/7 real-time processing, robust retail, mortgage and commercial banking capabilities, as well as a 360 degree view of its retail and business relationships. Integration with DNAweb, Mobiliti and Popmoney will help Greenville Federal offer a real-time digital banking experience with the ability to send and receive social payments.
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.
Sterling Bank launched two new prepaid card products, one version called the Everyday Cash Card and a student version called the Student Everyday Cash Card. Both cards are similar to a debit or credit card in that they can be used anywhere Visa® debit cards are accepted and at ATMs around the world. However, with prepaid cards, cardholders do not take on debt as they would with credit cards, and they are not linked to a deposit account like debit cards, meaning no overdraft fees can occur. These cards simply hold a balance of funds loaded onto the cards by the cardholders until purchases draw them down to a zero balance, at which point the cards can be reloaded with funds. Customers have the ability to set up and define the following text or email alerts for their Everyday Cash Cards; “Add or remove funds alerts;” “Low-balance alerts where you can set your own low-balance definition;” “Signature and PIN transaction alerts;” Weekly balance updates;” Address and status change alerts;” Declined transaction alerts;” and International, out-of-state and card-not-present transactions alerts.”