Consumer financial services company Plastyc has won a patent for new ways to make online payments more efficient and affordable for online merchants who accept Visa and MasterCard. The patent defines methods that extend the payment networks’ capabilities to address online shoppers’ desire to buy digital goods — such as a 99 cent song or e-magazine — using debit and prepaid cards. Specifically, U.S. Patent No. 7,850,080 protects consumers while reducing customer support costs for merchants, by creating a way for merchants and card-issuers to resolve disputes in real time when purchased digital goods; enhances discount programs by enabling merchants to exchange product category information with card issuers when needed; and makes it more feasible for merchants of small-value digital goods to accept prepaid cards by letting merchants verify the balance of debit or prepaid cards and negotiate a short-term reservation of funds without placing a formal authorization hold on the card.Details
Although Level 4 merchants make up a majority of the businesses in the United States, they fly under the radar for many ISOs, acquirers and other service providers and are common hacker targets. More breaches occur at the small merchant level than any other. Targeting this segment, ControlScan is offering its “PCI Fundamentals for the Small Merchant” course, discussing Level 4 merchants and their unique risk profile; the basic understanding of PCI DSS and card brand requirements; acquirer responsibilities in driving compliance among small merchants; how Level 4 merchants become compliant and the tools that aid the process; and how to develop a comprehensive PCI compliance plan for Level 4 merchants.Details
7-Eleven is helping customers celebrate The Hangover Part II movie launch with “morning-after” specials, exclusive Super Big Gulp™ collectable cups, and a trip to Las Vegas for one lucky fan. 7-Eleven is offering fans an exclusive peek of the movie through five collectable Super Big Gulp™ cups featuring never-before-seen moments from The Hangover Part II. Through a partnership with the SCVNGR application, 7-Eleven is hosting a mobile scavenger hunt with the grand prize winner receiving a trip to Las Vegas. Fans can download the SCVNGR app, available on iTunes and through Android Market, and begin playing today. Check-in at stores and complete tasks for points, like taking a picture with a Super Big Gulp® cup featuring your favorite Hangover Part II character or a photo with your wolfpack at a 7-Eleven store. Fans can cash in points for prizes like tattoos (the temporary kind), t-shirts, 7-Eleven gift cards, movie tickets and a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas.Details
Bill.com paperless bill management and payment for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and CPA firms deployed its “Sage Peachtree Sync” integration. Bill.com’s “Sage Peachtree” one-click, two-way synchronization liberates accountants and SMBs from redundant data entry and provides a simple, powerful and cost-effective solution for managing the entire bill payment and management process, anytime and anywhere through any mobile device or Web browser. This allows Vendor bills and payment processing from the office or in a mobile environment; Paperless multi-user accounts payable (AP) workflow utilizing digital images of invoices and other financial documents for both financial and non-financial users; One-click, flexible payment methods including check, Bill.com ePayment (ACH), and instant payments via PayPal that eliminate the need to print, sign, and mail checks or enter payments in separate banking systems; Enhanced check management with advanced fraud protection previously only available to large enterprise organizations.Details
NACHA has designated the month of May to highlight the many benefits and resources available to individuals and companies of using Direct Deposit as a means of streamlining processes and saving money. Direct Deposit works for every business.
Celebrate Direct Deposit Month with NACHA
NACHA offers the website www.electronicpayments.org as a resource for all things Direct Deposit and Direct Payment including:
What it is, how it works, the benefits.
Implementation and marketing tools and resources.
Calculation tools to estimate how much you can save by switching your organization’s payroll from paper checks to Direct Deposit.
How to communicate the benefits of Direct Deposit and Direct Payment to your employees and your customers.
How to increase employee benefits by adding split deposit to your payroll program.
To explain how online banking attacks work, why anti-virus software, firewalls and other conventional countermeasures are not stopping them, and what can be done about it, IronKey Founder and Chairman David Jevans will address leaders in the financial services industry at the 2011 FS-ISAC, BITS Annual Summit. Jevans is also chairman of the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG). IronKey’s Trusted Access solves a problem that until now has been out of the bank’s control – the vulnerability of the client’s PC to financial malware attacks. IronKey secures data and online access for individuals, enterprises, and governments and protect remote workers from the threats of data loss, compromise of passwords, and computers infected by malicious software and crimeware.Details
BankAtlantic’s free “Text Message Banking” service combines a secure banking medium and the ease of sending and receiving a text message, allowing users to check account balances, view latest transactions, receive low balance alerts, and make fund transfers to their primary account, using text messages from anywhere, at any time. BankAtlantic’s Text Message Banking functionality offers free 24 hour, 7 day a week Text Message Banking; Text Message Low Balance Alert notifications; and fund transfer. It provides customers a banking medium that can be securely accessed by anyone with the ability to send and receive a text message.Details
The Conference Board LEI for Australia increased in February, following a small gain in January and contributing to a six-month growth rate of 2.3% (a 4.8 percent annual rate). This is down from 3.2% (a 6.5 percent annual rate) for the previous six months. Meanwhile, the Conference Board CEI for Australia, a measure of current economic activity, was unchanged in February, but grew by 0.3% (a 0.5 percent annual rate) from August 2010 to February 2011, down from 1.4% (a 2.8% annual rate) for the previous six months. At the same time, real GDP grew at a 3.0 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from the 0.5 percent increase (annual rate) in the third quarter. The positive contributors to the index include rural goods exports, the sales-to-inventories ratio*, the yield spread, money supply*, share prices, and gross operating surplus.Details
FIS’ Brazil-based subsidiary, Fidelity Processadora e Servicos, has begun processing credit cards issued by Banco Bradesco under the ELO brand and will process the prepaid cards issued by Cia Brasileira de Solucoes e Servicos (CBSS) under the new brand. The ELO-branded cards will be available to all social classes to leverage the use of plastic as an instrument to enhance access for about 40 million Brazilian citizens. The cards will become an important ally in the process that will eventually replace checks and cash in commercial transactions and will provide the convenience and security of using credit, debit and prepaid cards as alternative means of payment.Details
NCR Corporation reported financial results for 1Q/11 with a revenue of $1.1 billion-up 6% from the year ago figure- thanks to a favorable impact of 2% from foreign currency translation. NCR’s Financial Services segment generated first-quarter revenue of $592 million, up 3% year-over-year, across most geographies. Meanwhile, the Retail & Hospitality segment reported revenue of $376 million, up 5% from 1Q/10 thanks to continued customer adoption of self-checkout solutions as well as assisted POS deployment. Entertainment revenue of $37 million increased 106 percent from the $18 million recorded in the first quarter of 2010, up 16% from the previous quarter thanks to same store sales growth, new entertainment kiosk deployments and the Company’s strategy to redeploy selected kiosks to better performing locations.
NCR has now installed more intelligent deposit ATMs than any other manufacturer in key global regions, including Europe, MEA and North America according to a report from Retail Banking Research (RBR), including its new “SelfServ 16” compact ATM. With this growth, NCR expects 2011 revenues to increase 5-7% on a constant currency basis compared with 2010. Including the continuing investment in the entertainment portfolio, the company now expects its full-year 2011 Income from Operations (GAAP) to be $170 million to $185 million and non-GAAP non-pension operating income (NPOI) (2) to be in the range of $380 to $395 million.Details
The Green Dot prepaid financial services company posted 33% increase in non-GAAP total operating revenues to $123.2 million in 1Q/11, along with a 27% increase in net income to $17.5 million. Total operating revenues on a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis increased 26% to $117.3 million for the quarter from the year ago period of $92.8 million. Meanwhile, operating revenues increased 33% to $123.2 million from $92.8 million in 1Q/10, thanks in great part to the number of general purpose reloadable (GPR) debit cards activated totaling 2.21 million, for an increase of 23% from 1Q/10. Also boosting revenue was an increase of 35% in the number of cash transfers to 7.98 million, an increase of 27% from the number of active cards to 4.28 million; and an increase of 62% in gross dollar volume to $4.6 billion.Details
ScanSource point of sale, communications, and physical security products for the reseller market released 1Q/11 figures indicating net sales of $613 million and net income of $16.5 million. With this, net sales increased 24% to $613.5 million compared to $496.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 while operating income increased by 34% to $25.5 million from $19.0 million in the comparable prior year quarter. Net income increased 38% to $16.5 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 versus $12.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. The effective tax rate for the quarter decreased to 34% in the current quarter from 36.5% in the prior year quarter. Diluted earnings per share increased 33% to $0.60 in the current quarter compared to $0.45 in the prior year quarter.Details