Toronto-base GoldMoney has unveiled a new corporate brand and the first phase re-launch of the GoldMoney platform. The branding follows the July 20 acquisition of the GoldMoney business.
Kohl’s will be among the first retailers to integrate both its Kohl’s Charge private credit card as a form of payment as well as its successful Yes2You Rewards loyalty program within Apple Pay.
paysafecard.com Wertkarten AG continued the success of previous years by achieving record results in 2013. This further establishes the company’s position as the European market leader for prepaid solutions for online payments, and showcases paysafecard as one of Austria’s globally successful companies. Last year’s total turnover of €116.4 million is the highest in the history of paysafecard, and represents an increase of 13% on the previous year’s turnover. paysafecard products were used for 68 million payment transactions around the world in 2013 – a year on year increase of 23%. A significant step taken in 2013 was the launch of the online payment account my paysafecard in 22 countries. With my paysafecard, paysafecard allows users to manage their purchased PINs via a single account. This gives users the best possible overview of their current balance and past transactions, as well as allowing them to pay online simply and easily with only a username and password.
U.S. Bank and Sport Chalet have enhanced the Sport Chalet Visa rewards program, combining it with Action Pass loyalty program. Sport Chalet customers now have the opportunity to earn more than 6 percent in rewards at Sport Chalet and 2 percent in rewards everywhere else. The rewards program will now have rewards fulfilled through Action Pass, making it easier for cardholders to redeem their points. The Sport Chalet credit card offers comprehensive benefits such as preferred access to entertainment, sporting and dining events, complimentary 24-hour concierge service, and more.
BMW Bank of North America is re-launching a new, three-tiered BMW Credit Card program with an expanded Visa credit card collection. The BMW Card, the BMW Signature Card and the BMW Ultimate Card – issued by the BMW Bank targets existing cardholders, introducing them to the new program and, where applicable, inviting them to upgrade to another tier, all without changing their account numbers. Cardholders will have access to a range of premium reward redemption options developed from customer feedback and realigned with the BMW brand, including enhanced point earnings and a broader array of redemption levels.
MasterCard Worldwide and Barclaycard US have re-launched their
rewards card program with Best Western International. Cardholders can
now earn five Best Western Rewards points, up from the 3.3 points earned
previously for every $1 spent at Best Western and one point for every $1
spent away from Best Western. The Best Western Rewards program also
features unique point redemption options in addition to hotel stays such
as gift cards, Best Western Travel Cards, dining rewards, theme park
awards, gas and auto rewards such as car rental certificates and
charitable contributions. In addition, the card program now features
other World MasterCard benefits, such as up to 5,000 bonus points for
balance transfers for new cardholders; 0% on balance transfers for the
first six months for new cardholders and exclusive point redemption
discounts and offers. Travelers who sign up for the card and use it once
will receive 16,000 bonus points, which is enough for a free nightâs
stay at roughly half of Best Westernâs 2,200 North American hotels. In
addition, cardholders who use the card for $6,000 in purchases within a
calendar year will earn an upgrade to Elite status in the Best Western
Rewards program, which entitles them to at least a 10% point bonus on
all Best Western hotel stays.
Charles Herel has been added as the East Region General Manager for Bling Nation m-payment tap-to-pay POS solutions. Bringing with him more than 20 years of consulting and senior financial leadership experience to the role, Herel will lead Bling Nationâs overall sales, implementation and business development efforts to financial institutions and businesses across the region. Most recently Herel was Brussels, Belgium-based FRS Global VP, responsible for orchestrating a major re-branding and re-launch initiative. This after having fulfilled the role of senior director of Corporate Development at Atlanta-based S1 Co. His education includes a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from State University of New York at Plattsburgh and a MBA in High Technology Management from Northeastern University.
The Microfinance Information Exchange has re-launched the “MIX Market”
global platform for micro-finance data, analytics and business
information through a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation. Developed to help improve transparency in the rapidly growing but diverse
microfinance industry, MIX Market is an online marketplace for data,
benchmarks on the institutions that provide financial services to the
world’s poor. The data base is the deepest in the industry, with financial,
operational and social performance data on more than 1400 microfinance institutions (MFIs)
throughout the developing world.
The website was redesigned and the underlying database rebuilt to allow for
the rapidly expanding network of microfinance institutions and their broader array
of products, services and metrics. The new platform also provides increased
functionality and tools for all users. MIX Market now includes the
availability of all content in English, Spanish, French and Russian, with Arabic content
coming online in early 2010.
Visa Canada has re-launched ‘practicalmoneyskills.ca’ “Practical Money
Skills” website, providing an easy-to-navigate user interface with cost
calculators, budget templates, games and quizzes for better personal
finance management. Personal finance information on the site is
organized into ‘Saving & Spending’, ‘Credit & Debt’ and ‘Life Events’
with sub-topics in each category paired with corresponding calculators,
brochure and information. Visa Canada’s “Choices & Decisions: Taking
Charge of Your Financial Life”, a curriculum based financial literacy
resource program developed by educators, is available free for download
and hard copies of the kit may be ordered through the site’s Educators
section. Visa has committed to reaching 20 million people with financial
literacy information globally by 2013.
After being shelved for years due to high administrative costs, “Christmas Club” store cards are back. Stage Stores has joined Sears and Kmart in launching new cards this season, according to CardTrak.com.
Beginning October 16th, Bealls, Goodyâs, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage will offer a “Christmas Cash Club” that will reward customers with $10 for each $100 they load on their Cash Club gift card. Also, rewards will be earned based on the cardâs balance on November 21st. With the Sears “Christmas Club” gift card, customers can deposit funds on the cards and be eligible for a 3% reward. Also, customers who activate cards through October 31th, earn the 3% reward based on the card balance on November 14th. The new “Christmas Club” card can only be used at Sears/ Kmart and the maximum reward value is $100.
Advanta has re-launched “KivaB4B.org”, an online community for small business owners share best charitable
practices, highlight their philanthropic models and develop new ways to
give back. The Project also helps small business owners increase the impact of
actual grants â large and small â to entrepreneurs in developing countries through
Kiva.org. If a small business owner uses an Advanta credit card to make a grant through
Kiva to an entrepreneur, Advanta matches the grant, dollar for dollar, up to $200 per account,
per month. KivaB4B.org provides participating small businesses with information and
resources to market their philanthropic activities to their community. In
addition, every week the site profiles a business owner who supports entrepreneurs in the
developing world through Kiva. Advanta recently released a new KivaB4B credit card for business
professionals who donât own a business entity.
MasterCard has launched a new 30-second U.S. Hispanic television spot entitled “Luchador” as part of its “Priceless” integrated marketing campaign in conjunction with the re-launch of its Spanish language U.S. consumer website, “mastercardenespanol.com.” Leveraging the Mexican tradition of Lucha Libre wrestling, the ad spot follows a Hispanic wrestler and shows his use of his credit/debit MasterCard to pay for beauty services. “Luchador” will air in Chicago, Dallas, Harlingen, Houston; Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio and San Francisco on Spanish Spanish television in response to research demonstrating 75% of Hispanics prefer cash payment. Furthermore, MasterCard will also be initiating a series of grassroots campaigns to spark interest in plastic spending among Hispanics. Creative for the new “Priceless” campaign is handled by McCann Erickson/New York.