FreedomPay Launches Contactless Payment Bracelet

The 40,000 Boy Scouts and 30,000 visitors and volunteers attending the 2010 National Scout Jamboree will have available the FreedomPay “Smart Bracelet” payment bracelet. Allowing users to purchase snacks and souvenirs with the simple swipe of their wrists, Freedompay’s “Smart Bracelet” conducts transactions on the “FreeWay” flexible transaction gateway. The “Smart Bracelet” provides a virtual wallet that can be funded by parents on-line prior to and during the Jamboree. It is a customized payment and transaction processing solution that allows Scouts full access to concessions, activities, and memorabilia without the hassle of cash or credit cards. It can also be used as a credit or debit card by BSA staff, Scout leaders and other onsite adults, allowing them the same freedom to securely and conveniently buy concessions at the Jamboree’s Trading Posts.

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Tempo Affinity Debit Card to Help Raise Humanitarian Funds

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is offering supporters an affinity debit card powered by Tempo. Every time the Doctors Without Borders Debit MasterCard is used to make a purchase, the organization will receive a portion of standard card transaction fees that will help the organization in its efforts to provide urgent medical care to millions of people in nearly 70 countries around the world each year. The cards can be used anywhere Debit MasterCard cards are accepted and also provide cash-back and ATM withdrawal access to the cardholders’ existing checking accounts. Tempo technology makes it easy for organizations to offer affinity debit cards and provides a web portal for consumers to apply for and activate cards, as well as track purchases and rewards.

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BluePay Card Processor to Attend MWAA 2010

BluePay credit card processing solutions is set to attend the MidWest Acquirers Association (MWAA) 2010 8th Annual Conference, held in Schaumburg, Ill., from July 21 to July 23. BluePay has been attending the MWAA Conference since 2003, and has been an MWAA Conference Golden Wheat sponsor for the past 5 years. The conference will focus on ‘Changing Times … Changing Visions,’ introducing new technology, payment strategies and opportunities for today’s advancing business solutions. The MWAA is a not-for-profit organization to educate the Midwest acquiring community while BluePay provides data security for merchants around the world.

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Plasticrewards.com Expands Toolset For Credit Debt Management

Because selecting the right credit or debt management program involves visiting multiple issuer’s websites with endless comparisons of complicated terms and conditions, PlasticRewards.com has compiled the data from over 200 credit card offers and features credit card comparison tools to help users find a credit card that fits their needs by arranging categories with detailed information for each credit card. The newly re-launched website also offers helpful user reviews, debt consolidation services, credit reports, loans, more detailed information than before and allows consumers to compare credit cards from categories such as travel, cash back, airline miles, business, student benefits and more.

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Smart Balance Transfers Launches Balance Transfer Calculator

SmartBalanceTransfers.com has introduced its balance transfer calculator. Designed to offer a 0% APR balance transfer, which can save users $100 or more for every $1,000 in credit card debt carried on a high interest credit card, the calculator seeks to maximize the savings of a 0% credit card. To get an estimate on how much they can save with a 0% balance transfer, visitors input their information into the balance transfer calculator and figure how much they would save with a credit card balance transfer. Transferring credit card balances online is a quick and easy process that could save thousands of dollars in interest over the course of just one year.

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Heartland Named the Preferred Partner for CMA

The California Medical Association (CMA) is partnering with Heartland Payment Systems to provide members access to a full suite of payments solutions specifically designed for healthcare practices. With this, Heartland provides card processing, payroll and check management services that enable practice owners and managers to streamline operations and control costs. Heartland also helps healthcare providers improve their cash flow by minimizing delayed or unpaid patient payments with “ConfirmPay,” a real-time, web-based eligibility verification and payment solution. ConfirmPay is powered by TransEngenTM.

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Coupons.com mApps Surpasses 1 Million Downloads

Coupons.com’s “Grocery iQ” and “Coupons.com” applications for iPhone and Android phones have been downloaded more than 1 million times, including more than 300,000 downloads in the last 45 days. The digital coupon applications have received rave reviews and accolades from the media, bloggers and users, including Grocery iQ being named the best grocery list management application by the New York Times and the Coupons.com application being touted for its ability to load coupons directly to store loyalty cards for a rapidly growing network of retailers. The “Grocery iQ” app allows users to create grocery lists and provides easy access to Coupons.com coupons that users can print for redemption and Save to Card coupons that load directly to store loyalty cards. The Coupons.com app allows users to access, browse and select offers from Coupons.com, including coupons they can print for redemption, Save to Card coupons that load directly to their store loyalty cards as well as hyper-local Show & Save coupons they show on their mobile devices for redemption at point of sale.

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American Express Expands NYCE Payments Relationship

American Express Travel Related Services is now an issuing participant on the NYCE ATM network. The agreement includes priority routing to NYCE Payments Network U.S. electronic payments network, an FIS company. FIS is one of the world’s largest providers of banking and payments technology. FIS delivers banking and payments technologies to more than 14,000 financial institutions and businesses in over 100 countries worldwide. FIS provides financial institution core processing, and card issuer and transaction processing services, including the NYCE® Network.

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U.S. Bank and LAN Airlines Introduce New Visa Program

U.S. Bank and LAN Airlines have partnered to launch the “LANPASS” Visa Credit Card, giving LAN Airlines and its affiliates’ customers a new way to earn travel rewards with card purchases. The “LANPASS” Visa Card or “LANPASS” Visa Signature Card allows users to earn miles for travel to more than 70 destinations worldwide on Latin America’s leading airlines. LAN and its affiliates offer flights from its U.S. gateways to every major city in South America. The “LANPASS” Visa cardmembers receive one LANPASS mile for every dollar they spend on their card, with no cap on miles earned. Cardmembers also receive an annual discount of 10 to 20 percent for the first LAN ticket they purchase each year using their card. New LANPASS Visa cardmembers can accelerate their award travel earnings with up to 20,000 bonus miles the first time they use their card. LANPASS Visa Signature cardmembers also receive double miles on LAN ticket purchases and a 25 percent mileage bonus on all LAN flights.

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Cardtronics Provides ATM Services for Savings Oil

TX-based Cardtronics and Savings Oil have inked multi-year agreements to provide ATM services to customers of Savings Oil’s convenience stores. Deployed at 47 locations, the ATMs will be owned by Savings Oil while Cardtronics will provide the ATM management. Cardtronics will operate the ATMs through its own high-availability processing platform and provide ATM managed services across the portfolio. Cardtronics operates over 33,700 ATMs across its portfolio, with ATMs in every major market in the United States, over 2,700 ATMs throughout the United Kingdom, and over 2,800 ATMs throughout Mexico.

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GiftCardMall.com Wins Stevie at 8th Annual American Business Awards

GiftCardMall.com has been awarded the winner of a Stevie Award for Web Site or Blog – Financial Services at the 2010 American Business Awards. Hosted by the Blackhawk Network prepaid financial payments products, the 2010 American Business Awards were determined by more than 200 executives across the country. Organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry are considered. The awards were presented during ceremonies at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. The ceremonies were hosted by Cheryl Casone of Fox Business Network and broadcast nationwide on radio by the Business TalkRadio Network.

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RK Hammer Hits 20 Year Milestone Anniversary

Card industry analyst/investment banker R.K. Hammer marks 20 years service to financial institutions and credit card businesses in 50 countries on 6 continents. In addition to most of the Top 20 Issuers in the U.S., enterprise bank card clients from Asia/Pacific, Middle East/Europe/Africa, Canada, and Latin America have utilized the expertise of R.K. Hammer in projects creating pre-tax client profits in excess of $680,000,000. Primary areas of card industry leadership and professional competency include: due diligence valuation and sale of card portfolios, benchmark models for card portfolio profitability, expert witness work for issuers in litigation, operational consulting for those desiring to lower operating expense, raise income yields, and methods to offset new regulation P/L risks and costs. Marketing, operational and financial projects have been developed for national brand and private label cards, prime and subprime, domestic and international credit card enterprises over two decades. The R.K. Hammer developed three-day seminar, “Managing for Improved Profitability,” has been attended by over 1,000 global credit card executives and institutional investors worldwide; training the future leaders of the card business and others for twenty years has been particularly gratifying for R.K. Hammer.

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