In today’s CardFlash News Que: STASH (APS); ACI (Ovum); GAMESTOP (rewards); and RADIOSHACK (iTunes Pass).
A recent study of 10,000 U.S consumers shows credit unions took top spots in the trusted banking category, including credit cards.
The 2015 Temkin Trust Ratings rates the trust that consumers have with 293 companies across 20 industries.
The “ApplePay Day” is Monday, October 20, 2014, a day that might live into infamy in the payments industry. Next week, American consumers will be able to start making payments with the touch of a finger.
Boost Mobile announced a simple way for users of Boost Mobile Wallet powered by Wipit to turn their checks into instant cash funds, available in their Boost Mobile Wallet Plus accounts. The new service called Quick Check is available through the Boost Mobile Wallet powered by Wipit. The funds are loaded in users’ Boost Mobile Wallet Plus accounts, which are issued by Sutton Bank in association with Wipit. The Boost Mobile Wallet application offers international money transfer by Ria Money Transfer, bill payment, domestic and international prepaid mobile top-up, and money transfer capabilities to other Mobile Wallet accounts, all available through Wipit and its financial services partners. The application is available as a free download at the Google Play Store from a Boost Mobile Android-powered smartphone.
Virtual Piggy integrated its youth-friendly payment system to Innovation First International and HEXBUG® Micro Robotic Creatures and VEX Robotics product lines. Innovation First International is a technology and engineering company that has launched several robotics product lines spanning the consumer toy, STEM education, and business-to-business markets. HEXBUG products are available in over 4,000 outlets globally, to which Virtual Piggy is integrated directly into its e-commerce platform to allow direct online and mobile purchases. Virtual Piggy has a standard interface to eBay’s Magento e-commerce platform, which facilitates a simple and rapid integration.
All cardholders with MasterCard “rePower”-enabled prepaid cards can now reload their cards at more than 45,000 Western Union Agent locations. With this, MasterCard now has the largest open reload network in the U.S. with over 100,000 locations while its “rePower” network is open to any MasterCard issuer of reloadable prepaid card programs. The partnership made MasterCard the preferred brand for Western Union-sponsored prepaid programs around the world and Western Union the preferred money-transfer provider for MasterCard.
PeopleAnswers and Ceridian have inked a software licensing agreement in which Ceridian will use the PeopleAnswers HR solution across its U.S. Sales organization to pre-screen, select and hire new employees. Ceridian expects to create a consistent employee recruiting process focused on identifying, selecting and hiring candidates who share many of the same behavioral traits with its current strong performers to improve performance companywide.
SmartCard Marketing Systems has released its 2010 business Outlook to
offer updates on its growing business segments and products. They include:
The Green Dot Financial Network that enables cardholders to add cash onto
their VelocityMoney cards at tens of thousands of retail locations
nationwide including Rite Aid, Walgreens, CVS/pharmacy, RadioShack and
WalMart; The VelocityMoney Financial Services Portal; the addition of the
VelocityMoney consumer financial portal to the VelocityMerchant
commercial financial management portal; globally-branded Open-Loop Prepaid Debit Cards, the
VelocityMoney Prepaid Debit and Gift Card Program in the US; distribution rights to a prepaid Debit MasterCard
in Canada; the HomeATM PIN terminal free Internet-based
payment platform, VelocityMoney.com; merchant processing and online bill pay processing;
money transfer service; SWIFT payment processing and email money transfer.
Radio Shack has selected Fujitsu Transaction Solutions “GlobalSTORE”, “StoreCENTER” and “ReturnCENTER” software to automate
POS operations and create a centralized store management
and returns management system for 4,500 RadioShack locations. Fujitsuâs “GlobalSTORE” application is a full-featured, customizable POS,
cash management and back office platform. “StoreCENTER” software provides centralized store management by
aggregating and reporting data from across the retail enterprise in
real-time. This up-to-the-minute access gives retailers the ability to
operate more efficiently by identifying opportunities at the store level
and responding accordingly. “ReturnCENTER” is Fujitsuâs centralized returns management application that manages returns across channels (in-store, phone and Internet) and
gives retailers greater flexibility and control over returns management,
while offering a robust reporting system that provides critical insight
into those activities that have the greatest impact on the returns process.
Groupe Aeroplan has reported its 2Q/08 results showing gross billings of
$357.9 million and an operating income of $69.5 million. Additional
disclosure shows an adjusted net earnings of $60.8 million, free cash
flow of $43.6 million, a total of $87.2 million in cash/cash equivalents
and $457.8 million of short-term investments while adjusted EBITDA for
the quarter amounted to $77.3 million. New partnerships with Sobeys
groceries, Expedia travel provider, RadioShack/Telefonica electronics
and EgyptAir Airlines were also highlighted in the report. The
organization also launched the Aeroplan “eStore” to provide
opportunities to earn miles on everyday purchases in more than 10
product categories through over 90 retailers. Groupe Aeroplan
international loyalty management corporation provides services to
consumers around the world.
With most taxpayers receiving stimulus checks ranging from $600 to $1,200, consumers using at least $50 of the funds from their IRS refund checks of up to $2,500 for payment at 4,500 RadioShack store locations between May 4 and July 12, 2008 will be offered a 10% discount . Any unused remainder of the refund will be distributed on a “Vision Silver” Prepaid MasterCard. The “Vision Silver” Prepaid MasterCard can then be used at any POS/ATM MasterCard is accepted with applicable charges, RadioShack will not assess a card activation fee upon activation, will impose no product exclusions and gives the card user the option to keep the card as a permanent MasterCard. Rules for RadioShack’s federal stimulus and IRS refund offer will be available in participating stores starting May 4.
Trumpet Mobile and RadioShack have announced the nationwide availability of Trumpet Mobile’s prepaid wireless services at more than 4,300 RadioShack locations. Trumpet Mobile enables subscribers to make Western Union money transfers within the U.S. and to Latin America and the Caribbean from their mobile phones. Trumpet Mobile leverages Affinity Mobile’s MADE platform to enable secure mobile financial services capabilities. This includes debit card (PIN) purchases, ATM withdrawals and reloading Trumpet Mobile airtime using money on the Trumpet CashCard. The Trumpet CashCard is issued by The Bancorp Bank, Member FDIC.