Universal Studios and American Express announced an expanded multi-year agreement that brings the strength of Universal’s theme parks and filmed entertainment together with its brand to create exclusive consumer benefits and experiences. Also allowing AmEx to acquire new Card Members directly through Universal theme parks and websites, this expanded partnership presents new and innovative marketing opportunities for both companies. The partnership will now include marketing opportunities that leverage Universal Pictures’ retail partners, consumer licensing and digital media platforms on a global basis. The partnership will continue to set the stage for ongoing offers and promotions for anyone holding an American Express Card, ranging from discounts at the theme parks to special once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experiences.
Isis mobile commerce JV between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless launched the Isis Mobile Wallet in Austin and Salt Lake City, allowing consumers to select from nine Isis Ready handsets. Users then download the Isis Mobile Wallet application from Google Play Load an eligible American Express, Capital One or Chase credit card into the Isis Mobile Wallet or get started with the Isis Cash™ card that comes in every Wallet. The devices can then be used where contactless payments are accepted.
American Express released its network roadmap to advance EMV chip-based contact, contactless and mobile payments for all merchants, processors and issuers of American Express-branded cards in the U.S. American Express will work alongside other industry participants to drive interoperability across the U.S. and other countries and support chip-based technology for chip and PIN, chip and Signature, contactless and mobile transactions. With this, by April 2013, processors must be able to support American Express EMV chip-based contact, contactless and mobile transactions and beginning October 2013, merchants will be eligible to receive relief from PCI DSS reporting requirements if their POS acceptance locations re enabled to process American Express EMV chip-based contact and contactless transactions. By October 2015, American Express will institute a Fraud Liability Shift (FLS) policy that will transfer liability for certain types of fraudulent transactions away from the party that has the most secure form of EMV technology. U.S. fuel merchants will have an additional two years, until October 2017, before the FLS takes effect for transactions generated from automated fuel dispensers.
American Express and Transaction Network Services partnered to kickoff the American Express “Payment Gateway.” The payment service provider solution offers a single-source for all sized merchants looking to establish online payment functionality, allowing businesses to set up the ability to manage e-commerce and other card-not-present transactions with fraud and card data security. It supports major card brands and payment types; enables payment acceptance globally with multi-currency enablement in over 120 global currencies and major local acquirer connectivity; meets unique business needs through hosted solutions, standard or custom implementation and in-country solutions; offers cardholder authentication capabilities, and TNS’ tokenization solution. The American Express “Payment Gateway” ultimately connects merchants with all major processors, acquirers and networks and helps enable all forms of online payment transactions to be processed safely and securely by utilizing TNS’ payment software and global network and leveraging fraud protection capabilities.