GE Consumer Finance’s Retail Sales Finance unit is launching a new credit card for Bass Pro Shops this weekend with a full national roll-out in August. Bass Pro Shops is the first national outdoor retailer to offer a private label credit card and operates 27 retail locations attracting over 75 million customers. GE Consumer Finance, a unit of General Electric Company, is a leading provider of credit services to consumers, retailers and auto dealers in 41 countries around the world with $150 billion in assets.Details
The recently launched German regional airline, Dauair, has joined the UATP network. AirPlus International, UATP’s largest account issuer, is the leading form of payment for business travel in Germany.
Dauair began accepting all UATP cards on May 6th. Dauair’s main distribution tool is the online booking engine and is a ticket less carrier; however, traditional methodology may also be used by booking through travel agencies or through the Dauair call center. Dauair offers flights from Dortmund to Berlin-Tempelhof and Poznan, Poland. UATP accounts are accepted as a form of payment for corporate business
travel by more than 200 airlines worldwide.
Threshold Financial Technologies has licensed Carreker’s “eiManager” software to manage their network of more than 1,600 ATMs.
“eiManager” provides Threshold with improved fault management
capabilities by allowing them to interpret, respond, ticket, dispatch, escalate and report any potential problems within the network either before they will impact Threshold’s customers or early enough to minimize their consequences. “eiManager” receives real-time alerts for ATM faults and cash activity and automatically schedules business actions when a problem occurs. ATM statuses are tracked in real-time, providing users with the ability to measure and report the impact of the faults. Advanced cash correlation logic allows for complex, automatic cash replenishment scenarios. Threshold has been providing ATM solutions since 1997. Carreker provides products and services to more than 250 clients worldwide.
Aix-en-Provence-based Welcome has named a CEO for its Asia-Pacific region and Regional Director for the EMEA region.
Craig Bennett has been appointed CEO of Welcome’s Asia-Pacific region.
Philippe Bontemps has been appointed Welcome’s EMEA Regional Director.
Bennett worked for Misys PLC and SunGard Date Systems in the Asia-Pacific region. Bontemps has held various consulting, management and business development positions at Bull Smart Cards & Terminals in Spain and the USA, at Genuity. Welcome is a major provider of payment software that utilizes the full capabilities of the EMV standard to fight payment commoditization.
As of March 31st, there were 901.3 million credit and debit cards in circulation carrying the VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover brand. With 109 million American households, the average breaks out to 8.3 per household, according to CardTrak ([www.cardtrak.com]). The latest census estimates show a U.S. population of 296 million. The card figures include consumer and business payment cards. Besides the 901.3 million general purpose payment cards, there are an estimated 636.5 million limited use, or store and gas payment cards. Dividing the 1537.8 million total cards by the same numbers computes to about 14 cards per household or 5 cards per person.
San Francisco-based Pay By Touch has hired John Morris, a 23-year veteran at IBM, as president and COO. Most recently, Morris led the distribution sector for the Americas at IBM, where his division generated annual revenues of $5 billion. His responsibilities included operations and product development for clients in the retail, consumer products, travel, transportation, hospitality, and gaming markets. Morris has also held strategy, marketing, and product roles in IBM. Through an existing agreement, Pay By Touch and IBM are engaged in a joint sales and marketing partnership. Pay By Touch is a biometric payment service free to consumers that allows shoppers to quickly and securely pay for purchases or cash checks using a finger scan.Details
Baghdad-based Trade Bank of Iraq this week issued its first VISA payments cards. The state-owned bank plans to issue about 30,000 “VISA Classic” and “VISA Electron” cards by the end of this year, according to this week’s issue of CardFlash International. The TBI also announced plans to install Iraq’s first network of ATMs which will enable VISA cardholders to withdraw Iraqi dinars or US dollars from their accounts. The bank will initially deploy 10 ATMs in the greater Baghdad area. UK-based Card Tech Limited is providing the TBI with card issuing and acquiring processing services. In March Iraq’s Central Bank announced the formation of the National Company for Limited Financial Services. The Basra-based firm will specialize in issuing the “Al-Fayhaa” credit card via a partnership with another Middle East Bank, according to CardFlash International. (CFI Library 3/4/05; 5/10/05)Details
Ontario-based DXStorm says it is creating a “loyalty credit” card. The new card enables cardholders to be rewarded for their
purchase history by allowing them to complete purchases that exceed the amount of funds available on their card. The loyalty credit capability will be compatible with magnetic stripe cards as well as RFID cards featuring smart card technology. DXStorm is an e-Business Applications Service Provider and Developer.
Boston-based Arthur Blank has signed a deal to integrate Infineon’s packaged RFID chips into its card production process. The entire range of advanced production processes, including high quality six-color presses, high-speed laminators, and punch presses are available to any size RFID card order. Arthur Blank & Co., Inc.specializes in custom printed plastic cards. Infineon Technologies AG, with sales of Euro 7.19 billion, offers semiconductor and system solutions for automotive, industrial and multi-market sectors worldwide.Details
Barclays Group’s Juniper Bank has chosen Acxiom’s information management solutions to reduce processing time and increase speed-to-market for more effective target marketing. In addition, Juniper will leverage Acxiom’s grid-enabled CII architecture to enhance Junipe’s analytics capabilities and marketing support infrastructure to determine the business impact of marketing campaigns, promotions and customer preferences. Juniper Financial Corporation, a member of the Barclays Group, is a full-service credit card issuer and provides co-branded credit cards and credit card services. Acxiom Corporation is a solutions provider for Customer Data Integration (CDI) technology, data, database services, IT outsourcing, consulting and analytics and privacy leadership.Details
Hypercom’s “Optimum T2100” card payment terminal has joined the “Visa Smart Breakthrough Acceptance Device Program” to facilitate EMV migration in Europe, Latin America and Asia. The Optimum T2100 includes high-speed transactions based on a 32-bit RISC processor with 12 megabytes of memory, stringent security achieving EMV 4.0 certification with secure casing, Visa PED certified and Triple DES and RSA cryptographic support. Hypercom’s card payment terminal, network and server solutions enable the processing of electronic payments in more than 100 countries.Details
Baghdad-based Trade Bank of Iraq has issued its first VISA payments
cards. The state-owned bank plans to issue about 30,000 “VISA Classic”
and “VISA Electron” cards by the end of this year. The first batch of
cards were distributed this week to ministers, government officials and
financial professionals in a ceremony at the TBI headquarters. The TBI
also announced plans to install Iraq’s first network of ATMs which will
enable VISA cardholders to withdraw
Iraqi dinars or US dollars from their accounts. The bank will initially
deploy 10 ATMs in the greater Baghdad area. UK-based Card Tech Limited
is providing the TBI with card issuing and acquiring processing
services. In March, Iraq’s Central Bank announced the formation of the
National Company for Limited Financial Services. The Basra-based firm
will specialize in issuing the “Al-Fayhaa” credit card via a partnership
with another Middle East Bank. The TBI was founded in 2003 and
capitalized at $100 million. (CFI Library 3/4/05; 5/10/05)