CashStar Powers the New CVS Virtual Card

RI-based drug retailer CVS is now offering the “CashStar” interactive gift card. CVS/pharmacy
customers can now purchase virtual gift cards on the company’s website, Senders can personalize the look and feel of the virtual
gift card, select the dollar amount, and set the day and time that the
card should be delivered via email. CashStar gives
CVS/pharmacy access to an extensive online network that will expose
their interactive gift card to millions of potential customers on the website. This gives CashStar significant competitive
advantages in promoting and driving sales for its retail partners.


Security Remains Chief Concern for E-Shopping

A recent survey found that 43.5% of respondents who had never purchased on the Internet, gave security concerns as the reason. Among those who rarely shopped online, 26.4% cited security as the reason they did not do so more often. The survey by Analytica for NYCE also found that nearly half of the frequent Internet purchasers who were reached for the survey online indicated they would consider replacing their current method with one offered by their bank or credit union, as long as they felt it was safe and secure. Additionally, 18% of those who had never purchased anything online indicated they would likely try online shopping using a secure payment method offered by their financial institution. Among those who rarely shopped online, 27.6% indicated they would likely make more purchases using such a method.



Visa and Credibanco have launched the “Visa Vale” card with its
electronic purchase voucher solution. Implemented in collaboration with
Citibank and Davivienda, “Visa Vale” offers increased control, security,
access and convenience through electronic payments, benefiting
companies, merchants, and Colombian workers. Accepted wherever Visa is,
the PIN card works electronically at POS merchant terminals exclusively
for purchases, not providing access to cash at ATMs. The card was
designed by and meant for the Latin American market to simplify payment
processes, reduce handling time, operating costs and to extends the
shelf life of employee fringe and tax benefits. Visa has presence in
more than 170 countries while Credibanco is a Principal Group Member of
the Payment Card Association.


Deltacard Services to Market Optimum Terminals

Choice Card Services a/k/a Deltacard Services, has “Class A”
certified and will market Hypercom’s “Optimum T4200” countertop and
“M4230” mobile payment terminals to its 41,000 U.S. customers. Last
week, The Phoenix Group, the largest independent distributor of POS
products and services, inked a deal to purchase up to $6 million of
Hypercom’s “Optimum” payment products for resale to U.S. businesses.
Also in June, Central Payment Corporation will offer Hypercom’s “T4205”
to its more than 25,000 U.S.-based merchant customers. In May, Chase
Paymentech “Class A” certified Hypercom’s PCI PED-approved “Optimum
T4205” card payment terminal. In April, First Data issued “Class B+”
certification to Hypercom’s Optimum “T4205” with “SPOS32” software. Also
in April, Dallas-based payment processor TransFirst “Class A” certified
Hypercom’s “Optimum T4205” and “T4220” payment terminals and Apriva
“Class A”-certified Hypercom’s “SPOS32” payment software on the “Optimum
M4230” mobile payment terminal for the retail and restaurant markets.
Additionally, APACS certified the terminals in the UK. The “Optimum
T4200” product family for North America consists of four 32-bit
multi-application devices that share the same platform, user interface
and software toolkit. (CF Library 4/9/09; 4/15/09; 4/22/09; 5/20/09;
6/9/09; 6/16/09; 6/23/09)


Global Axcess Builds a Robust Sales Pipeline

FL-based kiosk provider Global Axcess has signed two new placement deals
with a total of 61 new ATMs; expanded an existing client placement
relationship to include 65 new ATMs; renewed an existing client
placement contract with 105 ATMs; closed a bank branding deal on ATMs in
Texas; renewed an existing financial institution outsourcing deal on
ATMs and signed 3 pilot contracts for new self-service kiosk initiatives
and will begin the roll out immediately. Global Axcess Corp is an
independent provider of self-service kiosk services in the United States.


Delta Community CU Adds Fiserv Mobile Money

Fiserv financial services technology solutions has partnered with Delta
Community Credit Union to deploy its “Mobile Money” m-banking solution.
Selected for its “triple play” technology, which allows members to
access accounts using their mobile browser, text messaging or a
downloaded application to their internet phone, “Mobile Money” allows
users to conduct balance inquiries, account transfers, bill payments,
view transaction history and various alerts. The mobile solution offers
online and offline enrollment, integrating with core banking, online
banking and electronic payments systems through the combination of
M-Com’s “BankAnywhere” and Fiserv’s online banking, electronic billing
and payment, and fraud management tools. GA-based Delta Community Credit
Union was founded in 1940 to serve the metro Atlanta area.



MasterCard Canada has welcomed the Senate Standing Committee on Banking,
Trade and Commerce to reject retail lobbyists’ calls for price
regulation on credit card payment systems. Maintaining consumers would
be the ones ultimately paying the price for merchants’ credit card
acceptance, citing similar legislation passed in Australia in 2003.
Consequences seen from the Australian legislation include steep interest
rate hikes; many issuers were driven out of business, reducing
competition and consumer choice; despite lower merchant fees, they
charged consumers extra for using payment cards; and consumers credit
card benefits and rewards were severely compromised. Master Canada also
cautions the proposed legislation would have led to opportunistic
surcharging levied by merchants at the point of sale, risk, confusion,
delay and difficulty.


Ketera Upgrades it Procurement Solution

Ketera Technologies on demand spend management solutions has unveiled
its web-based procurement solution, “Ketera Procurement.” Offering spend
management solutions to mid-sized companies, the “Ketera Procurement”
interface manages the procurement process and insights into spending
patterns for companies looking to balance ease of adoption with
affordability. Through its very own “Ketera Network”, consisting of a
community of over 250,000 buyer members, new capabilities available
through the Procurement solution include self-service provisioning and
application set-up to speed start up tasks; pre-configured workflow
rules based on best practices; budgetary constraints by cost center to
drive alerts for purchasing and finance teams as budget limits are
approached; user selectable Basic/Advanced browser interface for quick
adoption; and “Ketera Network” connection to suppliers.


PULSE Network Added to Prepaid TransCards

Stored value card provider TransCard is now a part of Discover’s PULSE
The PULSE ATM/debit network is comprised of more than 289,000 ATMs and
point-of-sale terminals, and is used by more than 4,500 financial
institutions—including banks and credit unions—across the United
States. TransCard handles nearly $2 billion in electronic transactions
annually. PULSE offers a comprehensive suite of payment solutions,
including PIN-less bill payment, PIN and
signature debit products, credit products, stored-value card programs
and, of course, ATM network services.


CompuCredit Completes its Reorganization

GA-based branded card marketer CompuCredit and CompuCredit Holdings
Corporation have completed a reorganization establishing CompuCredit
Holdings Corporation. as a Georgia holding company. Under a plan of
reorganization approved by CompuCredit Corporation
shareholders on June 29, 2009, CompuCredit Corporation became a wholly
owned subsidiary of CompuCredit Holdings
Corporation and the former shareholders of
CompuCredit Corporation became shareholders of CompuCredit Holdings
Corporation, with the same number and percentage of shares of
CompuCredit Holdings Corporation as they held of CompuCredit Corporation.
The common stock of CompuCredit Holdings Corporation will commence
trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on July 1, 2009 under the
ticker symbol “CCRT”



Belgium-based Clear2Pay next generation payment solutions has acquired
Ereon Dutch payments consultancy to expand its expertise and expand
offerings to the payments industry. Adding valuable expertise on the
SEPA front, sourcing issues, market entry models, governance and trade
finance, Ereon will further benefit specialists, developers, customer
and project management with this latest development. Clear2Pay assists
banks and other financial institutions with the strategic and
operational payments to help reduce transactions processing costs
through its 450 employees. This acquisition is in conjunction with
Clear2Pay’s eastern expansion into China, having opened the “Clear2Pay
Beijing” office, the second of offices opened in China to the Shenzhen
office, through its 100% acquisition of ETH Tech Limited. (Cardflash
International 6/26/09)


TNB to Expand Olean FCU Card Programs

The $165 million Olean Area Federal Credit
Union in Olean, New York, is partnering with TNB Card Services to turn a
one-dimensional card product into an optimized and diversified card
program. The credit union will convert the processing of its $3.5
million card portfolio to TNB later this year.

Olean Area FCU, with more than 18,000 members, expects to increase card
penetration, expand and solidify relationships within its member base,
and broaden its member benefits, by leveraging TNB’s robust processing
platform. The credit union will institute risk-based pricing and add a
Platinum card, a business card offering, as well as TNB’s Rewards2U^®
loyalty program.

“TNB not only has the experience and tools to help us grow, but we’ll
have a dedicated support team to advise us on ways to enhance our card
products,” said Brian Snyder, vice president of lending for Olean Area
FCU. “TNB will help us develop a strategic plan through its consulting
effort, which will help us determine how to best grow the portfolio.”

Snyder added, “We’re especially looking forward to being able to market
our card via TNB’s marketing campaigns, which will help drive awareness
and usage of our credit card.”

Olean Area FCU is a community chartered credit union with two branches
serving the city of Olean and surrounding areas, including more than a
dozen New York townships.

Credit unions are moving their card processing to TNB Card Services in
record numbers. TNB now serves more than 550 credit unions and processes
more than two million card accounts annually.

About TNB Card Services

TNB Card Services, owned and directed by credit unions since 1976,
provides electronic payments processing for credit unions nationwide.
Serving more than 550 financial institutions of all sizes and managing
more than 2 million cards, Dallas-based TNB enables credit unions to
enhance member loyalty through credit union-branded card products.