The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll finds that women are showing more spirit than men when it comes to watching the game and wearing their school colors. In the third week of Discover’s national survey designed to gauge college football fan loyalty, fans were questioned on the depth of their commitment to their teams. When asked how important is it that they watch their favorite team’s game each week, 75 percent of all fans consider it somewhat to very important to tune in. However, more women than men, 78 percent to 73 percent, see it as a higher priority. When fans were asked if they regularly wear clothing or other items with the logo of their favorite college football team, 46 percent said yes, down from 55 percent last week. Once again, women showed more team pride when it comes to wearing a team’s logo: 58 percent of women wear it compared to 38 percent of men. The University of Southern California dropped out of the running after its loss to Stanford last week. Only 16 percent of fans said they would consider naming a pet or a child after a team, and of those who said they would, women leaned toward pet names while men leaned toward baby names.
Union First Market Bank launched its ‘Tablet Banking’ for the iPad through Intuit Financial Services. Allowing users to access a wide variety of mobile banking functions, the Intuit solution gives access to view account balances and account transaction history; funds transfer; to pay bills on the spot; locate nearby ATMs; and access to bank websites. A recent Intuit study1 of 50,000 mobile banking customers found that people using a combination of online and mobile solutions are 45 percent more likely to interact with their financial institution than those who only go online.
Ginger Schmeltzer has joined Fiserv as senior VP, Emerging Payments, Digital Payment Solutions to lead the development and execution of enterprise-wide initiatives to facilitate the delivery of new payment services. Initially focusing on the rapidly evolving mobile payments market Schmeltzer comes to Fiserv a seasoned financial industry professional with significant experience spanning both digital channels and payments. She was most recently senior vice president of Digital Channel Management at SunTrust Bank where she oversaw online banking, mobile banking and digital money movement technologies. Here she developed and executed strategies for mobile financial services, person-to-person payments and electronic billing and payment.
Fifth Third Bank launched its Europay, MasterCard, Visa (EMV) compliant chip for commercial cards that will allow business clients to authorize transactions more efficiently while traveling abroad and help improve the security of international transactions. This new offering will help commercial card users facilitate authorizations in Canada, Europe and other countries that are EMV-compliant and help reduce the risk of counterfeit and stolen cards through more secure chip and Personal Identification Number (PIN) technology. Fifth Third’s new EMV chip card has a microprocessor chip programmed according to the global EMV standard for offline processing between the card and the terminal in a secure manner. The EMV-compliant chip card is available as part of Fifth Third Bank’s Commercial Card solutions.
Mocapay mobile commerce expanded its strategic partnership with Lettuce Entertain You independent restaurant groups. This will mobile deploy Lettuce Eats Frequent Diner Club. Lettuce Entertain You patrons will be provided a more convenient and engaging channel to earn points and redeem rewards for food at its over 80 restaurant locations in seven states. Lettuce Entertain You will now mobilize its 25-year-old frequent diner club that includes over 100,000 members, giving patrons easy access to their frequent dining membership and real-time updates on points and rewards. Patrons can interchangeably use their plastic loyalty card and mobile phone to collect points and redeem offers from a single account, providing more choice and flexibility. Lettuce Entertain You is able to integrate mobile into its existing POS equipment, loyalty program and application provider through Mocapay.
Chad Borton has been appointed senior VP, head of Retail Banking for the Company with Fifth Third. Borton comes to Fifth Third from JP Morgan Chase where he held a number of senior management positions including Consumer Bank CFO, head of the Retail Distribution Network responsible for expanding Chase’s branch and ATM network nationally and Retail Market Manager for Chase’s branch network in several Ohio markets. Most recently he served as head of Branch Administration where he was responsible for managing more than 1,000 employees in the delivery of branch operational support for 5,500 retail branches. Borton will report directly to Steven Alonso.
WesBanco selected Talaris Vertera teller cash recyclers to automate most of its 112 branches. Talaris cash automation solutions will enable WesBanco to solve several specific business issues including increasing physical security, reducing idle cash, improving teller staffing efficiencies all while enabling tellers to concentrate on providing a higher degree of customer service. Vertera cash recycler can accept, authenticate and store currency, providing branch staff more time to engage customers and reducing customer wait times.
Fifth Third Bank has launched RevLink Collect, a new patient payment receivables solution for hospitals and healthcare organizations. This offering will help healthcare executives reduce the collection cycle for patient payments and provide more accurate and timely estimates for patients. RevLink Collect, which is part of Fifth Third Bank’s RevLink Solutions platform and healthcare receivables services, enables healthcare organizations to quickly generate and collect patient payments at the point of care. RevLink Collect provides a full suite of payment collection options, including check, cash, credit and debit card, Automated Clearing House (ACH), and payment plans. RevLink Collect also makes it easier for healthcare organizations to manage their reconciliation process by posting payments directly into their practice management systems.
Michael Cummins has been appointed the HSBC head of Payments and Cash Management in the United States. He will oversee all aspects of the U.S. Payments and Cash Management business, including sales, product strategy and innovation, client and business management and risk and control management. Most recently with J.P. Morgan Chase where he spent 20 years in the treasury and commercial businesses at the bank and its predecessors, he served as a managing director and sales executive in J.P. Morgan Treasury Services with oversight of the Corporate Client Banking segment. In previous roles, Cummins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Fifth Third Bank partnered NCRand Phoenix Interactive to offer ATM mixed-media deposit functionality to its customers. The NCR single slot ATMs and Phoenix’ Intelligent Deposit software allow Fifth Third Bank to offer its customers the opportunity to mix up to 50 combined checks and bills in a single, envelope-free ATM deposit, and do so twice as fast as traditional ATM deposits that require checks or bills to be inserted one-at-a-time. The Bank is currently piloting the advanced-technology ATM at its Fountain Square headquarters in downtown Cincinnati with plans to begin deploying the functionality across its footprint by the end of the year.
General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed on behalf of its subsidiary, Leighton Technologies LLC (Leighton), with Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc. of Dulles, Virginia. Leighton Technologies LLC v. Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc. (1:2011cv04803) was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District…
FIS banking and payments technology, announced that Calhoun County Bank and AccessBank Texas have signed multi-year agreements for FIS’ core banking platforms. AccessBank Texas was founded in 2007 and has $107 million in assets and deploying FIS’ core account processing platform will provide the bank with industry leading functionality and back-office automation, enabling the automation of numerous manual processes. Calhoun County Bank has been serving the people and businesses of Calhoun County, West Virginia and has assets exceeding $116 million. The FIS solution replaces its existing core processing solution with one that provided effective integration for optimizing key processes.