WesBanco Selects Talaris Cash Automation

WesBanco selected Talaris Vertera teller cash recyclers to automate most of its 112 branches. Talaris cash automation solutions will enable WesBanco to solve several specific business issues including increasing physical security, reducing idle cash, improving teller staffing efficiencies all while enabling tellers to concentrate on providing a higher degree of customer service. Vertera cash recycler can accept, authenticate and store currency, providing branch staff more time to engage customers and reducing customer wait times.

First Niagara Bank Deploys Checking Promotion

First Niagara Bank did it with a direct mail package that featured Free ATM access anywhere in the country. Along with this was a head-to-head competitive comparison and an easy-to-read design, resulting in a direct mail package that “hits a home run,” according to ABA Bank Marketing, which reviewed the package in November’s “The Letter Clinic” column. The mailing was developed by Catalyst, a direct and digital marketing agency.

Evolution1 Names New Board Member

Evolution1 electronic payment, on-premise and cloud computing healthcare solution appointed Robert J. Sheehy to its board of directors. Bringing with him extensive experience and expertise, Sheehy served with UnitedHealth Group for more than 20 years, from 1986 to 2008, becoming CEO of UnitedHealthcare in 2000. Sheehy held various multi-state and single-state responsibilities in the Midwest and led all of United’s acquisitions that were health plan focused during this period of the company’s growth. In 1998, Sheehy was named president and chief operating officer of UnitedHealthcare, and after serving as CEO for seven years, he became senior vice president of UnitedHealth Group in 2007.

EDC Completes Cash Sale to Cardtronics

Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities has been designated the sole strategic and financial advisor to EDC and its Board of Directors on its sale to Cardtronics USA for $145 million. EDC turnkey ATM deployment services operates approximately 3,700 ATMs and multi-function kiosks in the United States focused on multi-state retail operators and high-transacting merchant locations such as convenience stores. This adds to the number of Cardtronics’ ATM terminals and will significantly increase its market footprint, particularly in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.

Cardtronics to Acquire EDC ATM

Cardtronics forged definitive agreements to acquire EDC ATM Subsidiary, LLC and Efmark Deployment I for $145 million, plus or minus an adjustment for working capital as of the closing date. Cardtronics will acquire all ownership interests in EDC’s ATM business, including approximately 3,700 ATMs, as well as numerous ATM placement agreements with high-traffic U.S. retailers and ATM branding contracts with some of America’s largest financial institutions. EDC operates nationwide with an ATM placement portfolio focused on multi-state retail operators and high transacting merchant locations, such as convenience stores. After closing, Cardtronics will own and operate 23,500 US ATMs, 14,700 branded ATMs in the US and own, manage and operate over 41,000 machines worldwide.

Hagens Berman to Investigate Prepaid Debit Card Companies

Hagens Berman is investigating potential claims against five prepaid debit card companies, including First Data Corporation, Green Dot Corporation, Account Now, Netspend Holdings and Unirush Financial Services after the Office of the Attorney General of Florida issued subpoenas challenging whether the companies misled consumers regarding hidden fees, or engaged in other deceptive practices. Prepaid debit cards, once loaded with funds, can be used to withdraw money from ATMs or purchase items, just like any other debit card. They are, however, not associated with any bank account and are instead loaded with funds in advance. Hagens Berman is interested in talking to consumers who used a prepaid debit card and feel that the company providing the card failed to disclose hidden fees or otherwise misrepresented the card’s features.

Dazbog Coffee Deploys Mocapay mPayment

Dazbog Coffee multi-unit, multi-state gourmet coffee company has partnered with Mocapay and will launch its mobile platform initially at Colorado locations.
The Mocapay mobile suite is easily integrated with Dazbog’s existing POS equipment. This is a prime example of the adaption to the digital culture for
mass marketing to reach every age demographic. Mocapay’s mobile suite is ultimately designed to increase loyalty and drive revenue through the POS with
m-payments capability. Soon to follow will be the Mocapay payment solution at Arizona, California, Maryland, Texas and Wyoming stores.

Western Union Revenue Down as Transactions Rise

Western Union reported that third quarter revenue was down 5% to $1.3
billion. The consumer-to-consumer segment was also down 5% to $1.1
billion in the third quarter, however WU handled 50 million C2C
transactions, a 3% increase over 3Q/08. The international portion of C2C
revenue declined 3% on transaction growth of 6%. The Global Business
Payments segment declined 3% to $171 million. During the quarter, WU
completed the acquisition of international B2B payments provider Custom
House; signed letters of agreement with Lagardère Services, Ortel
Finance and PayUp, potentially adding 15,000 locations in Europe over
the next few years; renewed agreement with Agricultural Bank of China,
bringing an additional 15,000 agent locations by 2011; agreed to partner
with Maxis Communications in Malaysia to launch a service that will
allow Maxis subscribers to send cross-border remittances from their
mobile phones worldwide. For complete details on Western Union’s third
quarter results visit CardData (www.carddata.com).

Bling Names Community Payment Services Head

Alternative mobile payment provider Bling Nation has tapped Timothy
Shank, previously with USA Payment Services, as its new director of
Community Payment Services. Shank brings more than 15 years of sales training and development
experience to Bling Nation. He developed sales-based divisions in three
leading credit card processing companies as well as designed sales
procedures and created materials for multi-million dollar initiatives. Shank will lead the
company’s outreach to merchants and small business customers. He will
educate them on Bling Nation and its Community Payments Service, which
enables merchants to bypass the current and costly debit payment model
and replace it with a cost-effective and efficient local payment network.