CardFlash News Briefs: CITIBANK (UAE); JCB (ticket); AJB (EMV); and ALLIED WALLET (promo).
In today’s CardFlash News Que: RAND (One Payment); PAYITSIMPLE (award); WIRECARD (Sparhandy); and THREATMETRIX (cities).
CardWeb.com’s CardExecs database of payments industry movers and shakers today features Sam Esfahani SVP, Chief Information Officer of PSCU.
Chargebacks911 has landed Michael Caruana as Vice President of Business Development who will run its New York office. Carrion has 20 years’ experience with MasterCard, ReD and SilverTail.
Consumer credit outstandings are ratcheting up as delinquency heads strongly upward in conjunction with an improving economy. However, 2015 could be a reversal of the current trends. It’s a deja vu all over again for the payments industry.
NH-based RewardsNOW has signed four new loyalty program clients and assisted a card payment processor to enhance their credit card loyalty program.
CashStar launched a new gift card program with American grill and sushi bar, Kona Grill, replacing its existing gifting platform with CashStar’s solution. CashStar now powers Kona’s plastic and digital gifting programs, and also gives Kona gift card purchasers and recipients enhanced mobile experiences. Kona Grill’s mobile-optimized purchase pages make buying eGift cards on-the-go via a smartphone simple and easy. Recipients with iPhones or iPod Touch devices running iOS 6 or newer can easily store and redeem eGift cards in Apple’s Passbook app.
CARDFREE mobile commerce announced Checkers/Rally’s will leverage its full commerce platform to provide consumers with a complete mobile experience and will be the first QSR to use mobile to lead key consumer initiatives such as CRM, loyalty and stored value. The CARDFREE merchant commerce platform will enable Checkers/Rally’s to tie all programs together with mobile acting as a common thread. The platform gives merchants a comprehensive view of their customers that traditional programs have been unable to do. By leveraging the data tied to a user’s master account, CARDFREE gives merchants the ability to engage customers based on individual behaviors and preferences. CARDFREE also provides a digital stored value solution that’s optimized for mobile.
Chase Paymentech merchant acquirer, payment processor and subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase announced the launch of “Chase Checkout” – solutions to help merchants seamlessly accept payments however they do business: in store, online or on the go. Merchants can now securely and efficiently accept card payments from their smartphones with the new Chase Mobile Checkout app and encrypted card reader. Chase Checkout helps merchants accept debit and credit card payments effectively and securely, whether a card is swiped on a merchant’s Apple® or AndroidTM-enabled smartphone, entered online or provided at a retail location. Chase Checkout gives merchants the convenience of working with one trusted provider – with integrated reporting, 24/7 live U.S.-based customer support and a commitment to security- when they accept payments Mobile Checkout; Retail Checkout; and Online Checkout. Chase Mobile Checkout is ideal for merchants who are interested in growing their business by taking payments wherever their business takes them.
Boingo Wireless Wi-Fi software and services announced Google Offers is expanding its sponsorship of Boingo Wi-Fi from six New York subway stations and more than 200 Manhattan hotzones, to 24 additional locations across the country. Google Offers will sponsor free and discounted Wi-Fi offerings at eight malls and 16 airports in major cities nationwide, including Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Seattle. Google Offers is also extending a discounted Boingo Wi-Fi access offer to travelers at 16 airports nationwide.
Rakuten LinkShare has completed a new round of rigorous testing on today’s most popular mobile devices and platforms including Apple iOS for iPhones and iPads. The comprehensive testing and validation of its tracking technology assures advertisers and publishers in the Rakuten LinkShare network they will be credited for mobile transactions on a variety of devices. It also enables them to develop long-term, successful partnerships that will further drive mobile and tablet sales and transactions. The testing was performed on the Apple iOS (iPhone and iPad), Android and Blackberry. The results show that advertisers are increasingly focused on m-commerce as over 500 advertisers tested within the Rakuten LinkShare network are now successfully tracking mobile transactions on one or more platforms and devices.
Gene Geiger, CPA, CISSP, QSA was one of ten participants in the first MAC Conference “Are you smarter than a QSA?” held earlier this month in Las Vegas held at the MGM Grand. Gene Geiger This was an entertaining, educational PCI discussion debate, and the panel as well as the audience enjoyed themselves. Tampa, FL…