ViVOtech & Bell ID to Launch Mass-Market NFC

Bell ID card and application lifecycle management and ViVOtech NFC m-payments, loyalty and marketing applications/readers have partnered to provide integrated Trusted Service Manager (TSM) mobile solutions for NFC handsets. This allows end users such as mobile network operators, financial institutions and third party processors a range of alternatives to implement NFC TSM solutions to provide NFC/TSM mobile solutions to their customers. This is made possible with Bell ID’s market proven high volume card, application lifecycle and key management systems and ViVOtech’s award winning mobile wallet software, patented over-the-air (OTA) provisioning solution, and coupon issuance/redemption software, to provide a feature rich and complete TSM software offering for NFC handsets. Consumers can download merchants’ loyalty, gift and prepaid cards and enrich these cards to automatically redeem loyalty points and take advantage of discounts or request electronic coupons and discount offers, store them in their mobile wallets, and electronically redeem them at POS.

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Heartland Introduces Merchant Bill of Rights Payroll Act

Payroll services at Heartland Payment Systems payments processor has created The Payroll Act to educate business owners about the fundamentals of payroll processing as well as what they should expect from their processor. This helps users make well-informed business decisions that can significantly impact businesses payroll-related expenses and operations. The Act functions as a resource to better manage their payroll and is designed to promote fairness and transparency in payroll processing. It educates business owners about the many facets of payroll and what they should expect from their processor. The Payroll Act is an extension of The Merchant Bill of Rights (MBOR), a public advocacy initiative introduced by Heartland in 2006 to promote fair credit, debit and prepaid card processing practices on behalf of owners of small and mid-sized businesses.

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Giftango Raises $5 Million in Series B Capital

Giftango Corporation virtual gift card company has closed more than $5 Million in Series B financing from Taylor Corporation with participation from Series A Investors. Giftango plans to use the proceeds to continue its growth and expansion into the popular digital eGift card market. This funding was made on the heels of two recent announcements by Giftango regarding the August release of Giftango’s first to market platform made for the Incentives & Loyalty industry and the September release of the first Mobile SDK allowing developers the ability to issue national brand gift cards via their mobile apps.

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50% of Young Consumers Financially Stressed

The number of consumers feeling the pinch when it comes to their personal finances rose for the sixth consecutive month to a nine-month peak in September to 49%, compared to just 43% in April. This, according to the Discover U.S. “Spending Monitor,” most showed the decline in economic confidence was most prevalent among younger consumers, ages 18-39, wherein a full 50% of consumers expressed financial concern for a 4-point increase over last month while 47% said their finances were getting worse, a 3-point increase over the previous month. Overall, the “Spending Monitor” dropped just 0.5 points to 85.7. This is compiled from findings showing 57% of consumers rate the economy as poor, unchanged from August; 51% felt economic conditions were getting worse, 1 point higher month-over-month; 20% plan to spend more in the next 30 days, 1 point higher than last month; 48% plan to spend less on going out to dinner or the movies, unchanged from August; 50% plan to spend less on home improvements, 2 points higher than August and the highest since January; and 48% plan to spend less on a vacation or gym membership, 3 points higher than July.

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Bluepoint Infuses Functionality Into RDC

Bluepoint Solutions, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and innovator in remote deposit capture (RDC), image-based item processing and enterprise content management (ECM) software technology for financial institutions, announced the availability of its enhanced RDC product suite. Bluepoint partnered with leading payments processing solutions provider, Software Earnings, to infuse additional capabilities into its complete line of capture points, allowing credit unions and community banks to adopt the same solutions in use at some of the nation’s largest banks. An estimated 8,000 branches will immediately benefit from the enhancements, which include a web-based file monitoring and messaging system, an FFIEC compliance-reporting tool and advanced capabilities that have been added to its existing merchant and ATM capture solutions.

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nFinanSe Launches $3 Reloadable Prepaid Debit Cards

nFinanSe has launched its $3 Visa and Discover Reloadable Prepaid Debit Cards at Stripes LLC convenience store locations throughout the Southwest. The nFinanSe’s Reloadable Prepaid Visa and Discover Cards feature what the Company believes to be the best overall pricing in the marketplace at this time. The cards sell for $3 at retail stores; has a low $2.95 monthly maintenance fee for an unlimited number of purchase transactions; and allow cardholders to load additional funds or “top up” for only $2.95. The Visa Reloadable Prepaid Debit Card is issued by Palm Desert national Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A., Inc. nFinanSe is a registered ISO of Palm Desert National Bank. The nFinanSe Discover Reloadable Prepaid Card is issued by Palm Desert National Bank, Palm Desert, CA.

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AuthenTec Introduces m-Identity Management Software

AuthenTec security, identity management and touch control solutions introduced its “TrueSuite Mobile” mobile identity management software to enhance the features and functions of AuthenTec smart sensors in mobile phones. The “TrueSuite Mobile” leverages customer and user feedback from over 12 million AuthenTec-enabled phones to deliver an optimized, highly intuitive and convenient user experience. It includes a newly simplified API designed specifically for the application developer community to facilitate biometric feature access and secure management of passwords and PINs. The “TrueSuite Mobile” software supports AuthenTec’s newest smart sensors including the “AES1750” for touchscreen phones and the newly introduced “AES850” navigation and authentication device.

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USA Tech Fiscal 1Q Processes 14mm Transactions

USA Technologies wireless non-cash transaction network throughout its 1Q
ended September 30 processed for its customers nearly 14 million
transactions for a total of $24.5 million, up year-over-year 89% and 68%
respectively. The Company also has slightly over 1,200 customers
connected to its ePort Connect Service, up from the 1050 in the quarter
ended June 30, for which it is expanding feature set and functionality.
Improved functions are to include faster transaction times; more
efficient transfer of customers’ operational, or DEX (Data Exchange)
data, over the ePort Connect network; improved efficiency and
versatility of the USALive online reporting function through increased
speed and the ability for customers to create and automate custom
reports from their own locations; increased server capacity to enable
continued expansion; and an online ordering and contracts system for
faster and more convenient processing of orders and contracts. This comes
on the heals of the latest reports disclosing the Company saw an August
2010 small-ticket transaction volume of $8.3 million, putting the Company
on an annualized run rate of approximately $100 million. This is an increase
of 72% versus August 2009 through its ePort cashless payment systems for
vending machines, kiosks and other unattended POS terminals while total
transactions processed hit 4.6 million, an increase of 98% over total
transactions processed in August 2009. On September 2, 2010 USA Tech reached
a record of over 200,000 transactions processed in a single day on its ePort
Connect Service through its nearly 82,000 connections on its service versus
52,000 connections as of June 30. With this momentum, the hopes to have
100,000 devices connected to its network by December 31 for a positive
EBITDA(CF Library 2010/09/14).

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Mastercard Index Shows Slowing Retail Sales

September retail sales growth was weak compared to the year ago period, although some categories built on the momentum from August. Total U.S. Apparel Sales, for example, posted a year-over-year gain, up 3.8%, following the 2.6% gain in August, while the Children’s and Family segments drove the growth in this category, up 2.3% and 7.9% respectively. This data, according to the MasterCard Advisors’ “SpendingPulse” macro-economic report, also showed the Consumer Electronics and Appliances category recorded its fourth consecutive month of year-over-year gains, up 4.3% to surpass the 3.5% increase in August. Meanwhile, Luxury, or high-end sales in the restaurant, food stores, department store and general apparel categories, fell by 5.4% year-over-year in September for a second consecutive month of year-over-year decreases. eCommerce sales posted a year-over-year growth rate slightly higher than that of August, up 7.8%, with the Apparel sub-category leading the way with an increase of 13.4%, and all sub-categories except jewelry being comfortably in positive territory.

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Online Resources Debuts Lower Cost Visa Utility Payment

Online Resources Corporation online financial services has launched its latest program allowing for a lower cost option for utilities to provide their customers the ability to pay their bill with a Visa card through the “eCom Advantage” suite of electronic billing solutions. The ORC “eCom” for payments, presentment and receivables, utilities may take advantage of a program that allows for lower merchant discount rates for Visa payments made in a channel in which a convenience fee is not assessed. The payment channels include the Internet, email, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and call center environments.

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Menusoft and Socket Mobile Launch Handheld POS

Menusoft Systems Digital Dining restaurant management and POS software systems has selected the “Socket SoMo 650” handheld computer from Socket Mobile productivity solutions as one of their recommended devices for use with their Handheld POS solution. The SoMo 650 allows implementing a handheld POS solution affordable for restaurants with as few as four to five wait staff the opportunity to benefit from the investment in tableside ordering and payment processing technology.

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NPCA Gets U.S. Patent for Open Loop ACH

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued U.S. Patent 7,793,829 covering certain methods of carrying out Open Loop ACH-based decoupled debit transactions with a card holder, at a retail site, to the National Payment Card Association (NPCA) financial processing services. NPCA also owns patent applications applicable to other methods of effecting ACH-based decoupled debit transactions with a card. FL-based NPCA is a processor of Automated Clearing House (ACH) decoupled card-based payment systems. The Company’s primary product is retailer branded PIN debit cards.

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