Optimal Payments has become the official sponsor of Crystal Palace Football Club for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Optimal Payments will use the platform to raise the global awareness of its award-winning NETELLER service and Net+® Card stored-value offering which will be displayed on the front of the team’s shirts from the start of the 2014/15 English Premier League season. NETELLER will be the First Premier League sponsor within the online payments space and will provide the brand the right synergy to achieve NETELLER’S marketing and commercial objectives quickly and cost effectively. Specifically, it will support customer and merchant objectives delivering rapid multi-market brand awareness, big brand credibility and driving sign up and conversion rates in NETELLER’s key growth markets – including Asia; Africa and the America’s.
DataCash, a MasterCard company, announces a partnership with Leumi Card to deliver a holistic payment offering for European merchants seeking to accept e-Commerce payments. Leumi Card will be using DataCash’s payments technology, implemented as a white label solution, for their merchant customers. DataCash’s payment technology provide its merchants with centralized payments management, card processing, and PCI DSS compliance.
IZettle and Santander UK announced that iZettle’s Chip & PIN reader will be offered to Santander business current account customers for £59 inc VAT. The price drop will also be combined with a 100 per cent cashback offer after a user completes their first iZettle transaction.iZettle’s card reader is compatible with all major credit and debit cards including MasterCard, Visa and American Express. There are no set up fees or contracts. Customers pay only when they use iZettle. Transaction fees start at 2.75% and reduce to 1.5% for those with a high sales volume. iZettle is currently live in nine markets across Europe and South America. It also provides free analytics tools to help small businesses spot sales opportunities and identify loyal customers.
Toyota is now offering customers the option to make additional payments on their car plans by simply using their mobile phone. Toyota Financial Services provides a range of flexible finance options for new cars and Light Commercial Vehicles as well as all Toyota Approved Used vehicles. They are the first UK car manufacturer to sign up to Pingit, where it will be used in their financial services arm to offer customers a mobile payment option via Barclays Pingit. Barclays Pingit enables Toyota Financial Services’ customers to make quick, easy and secure additional and final payments on their plans by using a smart phone or tablet.
Ingenico has reached a new milestone with half a million terminals shipped in Indonesia. With the acquisition and successful integration of PT Integra Pratama in 2012, one of the leading players in the fast growing market of Indonesia, Ingenico has further expanded its footprint across South East Asia. Ingenico has grown to be the leading terminal supplier in Indonesia and confirmed its position with the four major acquirers, in line with Ingenico’s growth strategy.
SWIFT securities institutions and corporate customers in 212 countries and territories signed an MoU with Electronic Transactions Development Agency (“ETDA”) of Thailand to promote the adoption and use of ISO 20022 among the financial industry in Thailand and ASEAN. Both SWIFT and ETDA recognise the increased use of technology in the financial markets of Thailand and ASEAN and the role that technology plays as a tool for economic empowerment. As the ASEAN Economic Community moves toward regional economic integration in 2015, it requires the broader financial market to share a comprehensive set of open market message standards and a highly secure and standardised platform of communication. The ISO 20022 standard is founded on international best practices for domestic and cross border transactions in payments, securities and trade related payment transactions. ISO 20022 adoption is viewed as a key driver to enable the successful integration and continued growth of financial markets in Thailand and ASEAN.
DataCash is partnering with one of the leading Smart TV app development consultancies, TV App Agency, to deliver Smart TV payment solutions. The partnership will see DataCash integrate its payment gateway into TV App Agency’s ‘TV App Engine’, offering a new way for brands and app developers to accept payments through their applications. Currently developers creating apps for Smart TVs often require a significant amount of investment as there are different types of code and standards for each brand of Smart TV. The ‘TV App Engine’ however provides brands and app developers with a single platform that allows the development of one app that can be generated to work across many different Smart TV brands including Samsung, LG, Phillips, Sony, Panasonic and OperaTV as well as Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox. Through the integration between DataCash’s secure and robust payment gateway with the TV App Engine, brands and developers can increase their return-on-investment as well as create potential new business models.
MasterPass is a digital service that allows consumers to use any payment card or enabled device to discover enhanced and secure shopping experiences with just a click, tap or touch – online, in-store or anywhere. It moves payments forward by allowing the consumer to safely store all their payment, store card, loyalty, shipping and billing address details in one place and gives consumers the ability to make a payment from wherever they are with whatever device they have. With a single click of the MasterPass button on a retailer site, the consumer can access their wallet of choice and authenticate with a password to checkout. In addition to MasterCard cards, consumers can use other branded credit, debit, prepaid and private label cards. MasterCard Advisor’s SpendingPulse data shows total UK year-on-year eCommerce sales grew by more than 12% in May 2013, compared to just 3% growth in overall UK retail sales for the same month last year.
Fime has enhanced its SAVVI test tool to enable Visa terminal integration test results to be automated into a format which, for the first time, can be submitted directly online to Visa. This new functionality, which has been tested and endorsed by Elavon, a leader in payment processes, will speed up the testing process for acquirers as well as eliminate human error when inputting and filing results manually. Secure-chip testing provider, FIME has advanced its terminal integration test tool, SAVVI, to facilitate the direct upload and online submission of automated results generated for the Visa Acquirer Device Validation Toolkit (ADVT). Visa’s online system – the Visa Chip Compliance Reporting Tool (CCRT) – has previously required all test results to be manually inputted and submitted.
Ixaris global electronic payments, launches Ixaris Payments Server, a cloud-based platform that enables banks to quickly and cost-effectively develop their own corporate prepaid programmes. The comprehensive, out-of-the-box package allows banks to take a share of what is arguably the most lucrative segment of the prepaid card market, and to do so with minimal capital expenditure. Corporate prepaid presents an enormous revenue opportunity for banks. Greater convenience and flexibility have contributed to the adoption of prepaid cards to address all sorts of business challenges across many different verticals. Key features include Ready-built apps, quick Time-to-market, Minimal capital expenditure and Configurability.
Anderson Zaks Omni-channel Payment Service Provider (PSP), is working with ECR Retail Systems (ECR) mPOS specialist, to provide secure payment options on ECR’s range of handheld point of sale terminals.The partnership enables ECR to deliver secure payments on the move to customers with mobile sales and service teams. ECR already has several high profile clients using Anderson Zaks’ RedCard Processing Service, including Irish Rail for its Rail Gourmet on-board food service, The Big Bus Company for street ticket sales and recent signing East Coast Mainline trains. ECR has been delivering outstanding handheld solutions worldwide for over 40 years and has 20,000 user licences. Unlike a mobile phone based solution, this dedicated handheld terminal incorporates a sector specific POS application, integral printer, smart card readder and secure PIN pad all in a single rugged device.
SWIFT financial messaging opened its new Corporate Services Centre in Malaysia for its growth strategy in Asia Pacific. The SWIFT Kuala Lumpur Corporate Services Centre offers a wide range of services such as IT development, qualification testing, support, business operations, accounting and finance analysis and transactional functions. It works closely with functional teams in the U.S. and Europe centres to serve SWIFT’s offices around the world. SWIFT has been in Asia Pacific for over 30 years, starting in Hong Kong and Singapore. Three regional offices have been opened in Asia since 2005, bringing the total to eight commercial and support offices.