A new white suggests digital technologies are providing alternative customer access channels, which means that the branch – the oldest delivery channel – must evolve and transform if it is to remain a core component of the banking mix.
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In today’s CardFlash News Que: STARBUCKS, MASTERCARD, ACCESS PAYMENT SYSTEMS; NACHA; PCIPOLICY; AERPASS; AND NATIONAL FARMERS UNION.
Better ATM Services announced changes to its leadership team to accelerate the company’s plan for profitable growth. Howard Green will assume the role of Acting President and Chief Executive Officer. He will be leading Better ATM Services’ next phase of growth with a particular focus on go-to-market strategies, creating new product commercialization opportunities and expanding leadership resources. In addition, technology industry standouts Mark Olson and Dan Perez are joining Better ATM Services’ Board of Directors. Current President and CEO Todd Nuttall will assume the role of EVP, Enabling Technologies.
MasterCard announced today that, over a one year period ending December 2013, it has grown its contactless footprint in Europe by expanding the number of countries where contactless cards are accepted: contactless is now available in 63 countries worldwide, and in 34 countries in Europe including 7 new countries in 2013: Azerbaijan, Finland, Ireland, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and the Netherlands. MasterCard® and Maestro® contactless cards or devices have been issued by more than 220 financial institutions in Europe and can be used at almost 2 million merchant locations worldwide, representing more than a 180% year-on-year increase.
According to a recent Mastercard poll in 13 European countries, 2 in 3 consumers believe that proposals to cap interchange fees would make it worse for them to use their bank cards and 8 in 10 people do not expect retailers to pass on any cost savings through lower prices. The survey looked at consumer views on European Commission proposals to set caps on interchange fees (retailers contribution to the electronic payments systems) and introduce a series of measures that would impact the use of payment cards. It also showed 65% of consumers fear inflexible caps on interchange fees would leave them worse off in terms of using cards while 82% believe retailers would not pass on any cost savings from a reduction in their contribution to the costs of the electronic payments system.
MasterCard announced that it has completed the acquisition of Provus Bilişim Hizmetleri A. Ş. (“Provus”), Turkey’s leading independent payment solution and processing provider. The acquisition will build on MasterCard’s strategy of increasing its processing presence in high-growth markets and deliver superior processing solutions and innovative value added services for both financial institutions and customers in the emerging prepaid and mobile payments space.
MasterCard announced signed agreements to acquire Provus Bilişim Hizmetleri A. Ş. (“Provus”) independent payment solution and processing provider. The acquisition will build on MasterCard’s strategy of increasing its processing presence in high-growth markets and deliver superior processing solutions and innovative value added services for both financial institutions and customers in the emerging prepaid and mobile payments space. This transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. Provus’s payments solutions business includes issuer and acquirer processing, prepaid solutions and ATM processing services.
NovoPayment prepaid card service provider launched the general purpose reloadable (GPR) program with the “LATODO” MasterCard for the underbanked. NovoPayment’s Platform as a Service (Paas) capabilities fulfill LATODOs technical and financial processes and requirements from card sales to clearing transactions to compliance and customer service. This is the second GPR program NovoPayment has launched in the region, having already introduced the Plata card program in Venezuela in 2005.
MasterCard Europe announced its disagreement with today’s judgment of the General Court in Luxembourg concerning cross-border interchange fees and said that it intends to appeal the judgment. Commenting on the judgment, Javier Perez, President, MasterCard Europe said: “MasterCard balances the interests of both consumers and retailers, so that each party pays its fair share of…
MasterCard has hired former VocaLink chief executive Marion King president of its UK and Ireland business. She will focus on “creating a cashless society in the UK” contactless and mobile payment. King left VocaLink late last year having steered the company from its previous incarnation as bank-owned back office clearing operation Bacs, through to its merger with the Link Interchange network in 2007. At VocaLink she introduced the ACH “Faster Payments” program for the UK banking industry.
MasterCard is participating in the World Retail Congress 2011 in Berlin from 25 to 28 September 2011, as part of its wider commitment to the global retail industry. At the Congress, MasterCard will talk about some of its latest insight into consumer spending trends, the very latest and emerging payment technologies (such as contactless and mobile) and what they mean for retailers and consumers, as well as insight and advice for retailers on the challenging youth market. In addition all Congress delegates will receive a ‘Mobile Tag’ at the registration desk which they can place next to their mobile phone to make mobile payments at the Congress and experience the ease and convenience that this payment method can bring.