Evolution Benefits and Lighthouse1 Launch ePayment

Evolution Benefits and Lighthouse1 have partnered to introduce “Evolution1” comprehensive electronic payment, client server and cloud computing solutions for the administration of Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs), VEBAs, Wellness and Transit Plans. The “Evolution1” platform will immediately serve over seven million consumers, 50,000 employers, and 400 administrators, health plans and financial institution partners. Evolution Benefits electronic payment solutions serve the employee benefits market with its “Benny” benefits debit card and the “PayDirect” software suite.

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MasterCard to Host Americas Global Risk Conference

MasterCard is hosting its annual Americas Global Risk Management Conference in San Diego, bringing together hundreds of financial services and fraud security professionals from North and South America, including Central America and the Caribbean. Last year’s Americas conference attracted hundreds of industry leaders from 28 countries representing more than 145 unique financial institutions and service provider organizations. This year’s conference will offer thought-provoking presentations and break-out sessions by well-renowned industry experts to focus on the United States Secret Service’s initiatives to detect and prevent payment card fraud, new trends that criminals are using to steal payment card data, and how the agency works to support financial organizations in protecting the payment system.

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NCR Boosting Indirect Channel Growth

NCR announced a new expansion strategy for its indirect business, taking it from “good to great” across the retail, financial services, travel and healthcare sectors and extending its global reach. NCR’s existing partner network resells NCR’s self-service and assisted-service solutions worldwide, giving NCR market coverage in over 120 countries. NCR plans the aggressive growth of its channel business by recruiting new partners and increasing the range and value of NCR solutions they are certified to sell and support. NCR offers a holistic combination of innovative products and services, designed with its indirect partners in mind. NCR will be making further announcements about additions to its indirect business over the coming months.

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NACHA Declares April Eco-Friendly Payment Month

NACHA is promoting the environmental benefits of electronic payments with “PayItGreen” initiative. Through its PayItGreen.org website, NACHA is offering the tools financial institutions and businesses of all sizes need to educate customers about the positive environmental impact of choosing electronic payments, bills, and statements over paper. This comprehensive and interactive website contains a wealth of information including statistics, calculators, and environmental news like Direct Deposit and paper footprint calculators, case studies, consumer videos, and custom research. A PayItGreen study from April 2010 concluded that overall, paperless consumers are happier consumers and reiterated that green messaging plays a role in the decision to opt for electronic billing and payment.

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RUSHCARD OFFERS MEMBERS DISCOUNTS ON HEALTH CARE

RushCard announced money-saving discount health plans are now available exclusively to its members. The Discount Health Plans from RushCard expand its health care offerings, bringing unmatched value to RushCard members. The Discount Health Plans join the free Prescription Discount Card from RushCard, which entitles members to discounts on regular prescription drugs, in a suite of health care services. There are three exclusive Discount Health Plans for members to select or combine. Each unique plan offers discounts on a combination of health and wellness services, with flexible payment options – weekly or monthly – and prices beginning at only 99 cents a week for individuals. The Discount Health Plans offer savings on services that may not be included in traditional indemnity plans. The card member pays for services at the discounted price at the time services are received.

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Spirit Airlines Launches New Credit Card

Spirit Airlines is introducing its “Spirit” credit card. Cardholders will earn 2 miles for every $1 spent on all purchases; 15,000 bonus miles after the first qualifying purchase; a 5,000 mile anniversary bonus with at least $10,000 in purchases and the annual fee; and are allowed to redeem miles at reduced levels for off-peak round-trip tickets – starting at 5,000 miles. Benefits also include domestic priority check-in, priority boarding, and miles that never expire as long as at least one purchase is made on the card each month.

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Commerce Bancshares Announces 1Q/10 Earnings

Commerce Bancshares announced earnings of $.69 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2011 compared to $.50 per share in the first quarter of 2010, an increase of 38.0%. Net income for the first quarter amounted to $60.5 million compared to $44.2 million in the same quarter last year while the return on average assets totaled 1.32%, the return on average equity was 11.9% and the efficiency ratio was 59.6%. Total assets at March 31, 2011 were $19.0 billion, total loans were $9.4 billion, and total deposits were $15.5 billion.

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Nets to handle Nordea Payment Card Transactions

Nets has forged agreements to handle Nordea Payment card transactions, covering more than 100,000 merchants with more than 425 million transactions a year. The main aspect of the agreement is card acquiring, which includes processing and related services. The agreement includes the development, implementation and migration of Nordea’s card acquiring for Sweden and Norway as well as taking over Nordea’s systems and work processes in the run-up to migration of Nordea’s data to CAPS, which is Nets’ Card Acquiring Processing System for handling merchant agreements in connection with card acquiring.

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Online merchants Show Growing Confidence

Almost 50% of online merchants have reported that their sales are up on last year so far, despite the VAT increase in January, according to research by SecureTrading independent payment processor. Approximately 10% of merchants have reported that sales are higher than expected, while 55% claim that sales are in line with their expectations. Meanwhile, half of the merchants surveyed have taken on the increased VAT cost internally rather than pass this onto the customers. However, 20% have said they do plan to pass these costs on in the next three months, while 52% have no plans to pass these costs on in the future whatsoever.

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Sybase and IBM Further Global mCommerce Opportunity

Sybase enterprise and mobile software has entered into a global agreement with IBM to target the mobile commerce opportunity with both hosted and on-premise solutions in developed and emerging markets. Sybase and IBM are already trusted and proven business partners for hundreds of the world’s enterprises, mobile operators and financial institutions. Under this agreement, IBM Global Business Services and Sybase 365 mCommerce team (Sybase 365 is a subsidiary of Sybase Inc.) will work together to extend their reach and meet the needs of even more clients.

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HID Global Introduces ID Card Personalization Software

HID Global secure identity has released its “Asure ID 7” card personalization suite of software. Building on the popular Asure ID 2009 software, Asure ID 7 features new navigational enhancements and advanced printing capabilities designed to simplify the entire process of card issuance from entry-level uses to more sophisticated secure credential applications. HID Global’s “Asure ID 7” is a complete line of card personalization software that is simple to learn and incorporates features to improve the issuance and management of photo IDs for any type or size of organization. The “Asure ID Solo” is loaded with useful features to improve the issuance and basic management of photo IDs; “Asure ID Express” offers affordable photo ID card software with advanced card design and batch printing capabilities; and Asure “ID Enterprise” workstations allow users to share a common database over a network in real time.

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USA Tech Processing Volume Up Exponentially 93% Y/Y

For the month of March 2011 USA Technologies processed 7.5 million small-ticket transactions worth $12.2 million for a 17% increase over February 2011 and a 93% increase over the year ago figure. The current processing volume rate is now approaching $150 million in annualized volume, a significant increase from the $100 million annualized run rate announced in September 2010, since which time processing volume has exploded to account for nearly half the processing volume of that entire quarter. The 3Q/10 processing volume itself was up by 89% to $24.5 million. This is thanks in large part to USA Technologies’ “JumpStart” program, allowing customers to implement the ePort cashless solution with no upfront investment. Slated to continue into the 2011 calendar year, “JumpStart” offers customers the “ePort G8” for contactless payments or “ePort EDGE” one-piece cashless reader and controller combo designed for quick installation.

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