Starbucks VISA

For the first time in the USA, a re-loadable stored value card is being combined with a bank credit card. Starbucks announced this morning it has teamed with Bank One and VISA to launch the “Starbucks VISA Card.” The new VISA card will be launched later this year. More than 11 million original Starbucks Cards have been activated to-date. The original re-loadable stored value “Starbucks Card” was launched in November 2001. In conjunction with the launch of this new product, Starbucks will also introduce its first formal customer appreciation program to provide Starbucks-related benefits and rewards to customers. This program will deliver value-added services and frequent rewards to participants that are relevant and unique to Starbucks. Furthermore, Starbucks plans to use a significant portion of the proceeds from the new card to support its long-standing financial commitment to social and environmental causes around the world. In September, VISA and Starbucks partnered to launch the “Get an Extra Shot from VISA” contest. (CF Library 1/25/02; 4/18/02; 7/10/02; 9/18/02)

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Future EBT

More than 90% of Food Stamp benefits are now delivered electronically, according to the Food and Nutrition Service, and the remainder will be in the near future. EBT programs are running in 48 states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In light of the impending expansion of EBT services, NACHA’s former EBT Council has adopted the new name “Electronic Benefits and Services Council.” The Council’s new mission will assure that EBT standards and operating rules remain relevant and that they accommodate a variety of governmental payments and services using existing and emerging technologies. The Council will serve as a forum for the exchange of information concerning the application of technologies for delivering electronic government payments and services. The Council will continue to maintain and update the “Quest Operating Rules,” as well as promote the “Quest” service mark. Currently, 35 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico follow the “Quest Rules.”

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GPN & Union Bank

Global Payments announced an expansion of its agreement with Union Bank of California to include terminal management services and help desk support for the bank’s merchant acquiring division. GPN currently provides payment processing services and support for Union Bank and will now also provide terminal deployment, replacement and repair, as well as training and documentation services for those merchants using Global Payments’ processing.

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JCB POST-PAY

JCB has developed a postpayment settlement scheme for transport fares in
Japan, and has begun to provide payment services for the Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure and Transport sponsored trial project in Sapporo City
fromnow through March 2003. Approximately 1,000 trial participants will use
a contactless smart card to ride the Sapporo City subway system in Japan’s
first implementation of postpayment of public transport fares. The JCB
payment service will settle accumulated charges for each month either via
JCB credit card payment or a debit of the user’s designated bank account.
JCB is providing credit
scoring and payment settlement services for the project, and the cards are
being issued by Sapporo Information Network Co., Ltd.

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Discover & Catch Me

Discover has retained Frank Abagnale as an advisor/consultant to the company on fraud prevention. Abagnale is the author of “Catch Me If You Can,” a movie in current distribution. He is scheduled to appear at various national retail and merchant association conferences on behalf of Discover Card. Abagnale will discuss his life experiences, provide fraud prevention workshops and seminars, and sign copies of his books.

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VF/HHP CDT 8810

VeriFone and NY-based HHP have introduced the ‘CDT 8810’ customer display terminals to facilitate credit, PIN-based debit, signature capture and the delivery of on-screen advertising at the point of sale. The company says a national retail drug store chain has contracted to take delivery of 6,000 units of the new terminal. The ‘CDT 8810’ solution features a powerful 32-bit processing and a full-color touch-panel display speed customers through the checkout process. The system supports PIN entry for debit and EBT transactions and signature capture for credit transactions. It also features a VGA touch screen display, an integrated hybrid card reader, and 16 Mbytes of memory.

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TransFirst Exec

Dallas-based TransFirst has named Joni Floyd has been named president of the Shared Services Division. A member of Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. management team from 1990 through 2000, she held numerous executive positions, including EVP of the Electronic Commerce Division, where she was responsible for all aspects of electronic banking systems, including business development, delivery systems, service and operations. Under her leadership, the ‘MoneyMaker’ ATM Network grew into one of the country’s largest third-party EFT processing companies.

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JAVA SIM

STMicroelectronics and Aspects announced the two companies have signed a
license agreement to provide a system solution for a Java Card technology
based GSM SIM that is expected to decrease development time and speed up
time to market for card manufacturers and network operators wanting to
supply state-of-the-art Java SIM solutions for the GSM mobile phone
markets. Java Card technology enables software applications, or applets, to
be developed independently from the operating system in use and also allows
multiple applications to co-exist securely on a single smart card. The
combination of the ST19WG34 secure microcontroller in ST’s 0.18µm EEPROM
technology with Aspects OS755 GlobalPlatform compliant Java CardTM
operating system with integrated GSM Phase 2+ Release 1999 SIM applet
creates a highly advanced solution for the GSM market. The solution will
also provide a clear migration path to 3G Universal SIM technology.

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Blaze Decision 5.0

Fair Isaac announced release 5.0 of Fair, Isaac ‘Blaze Decision System’ software. ‘Blaze Decision System’ defines and executes business rules and analytics-driven strategies. Users can automate decisions and place customized controls on any business function, insuring optimal and consistent customer treatment at all customer touch-points. Blaze Decision System works in real time to consistently and automatically make high-volume decisions, and can be applied by organizations looking to enhance business performance in any industry.

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CPM 5.0

CyberSource has launched version 5.0 of its payment processing software, ‘CyberSource Payment Manager.’ A key new feature of ‘CPM 5.0’, called ‘CyberSource Connect’, allows merchants to communicate with payment processors via an extremely reliable, high-speed managed service from CyberSource, for less than the cost of dedicated frame relay connections. ‘CyberSource Connect’ leverages the comprehensive infrastructure the company originally developed for users of its outsourced payment service offering.

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Tax Miles

United Airlines and Bank One have expanded their “More Miles” program to offer ‘United Mileage Plus VISA’ cardholders additional miles when they use their card to pay their income taxes and Sprint bills. United is offering double miles for using the ‘United Mileage Plus VISA’ card to pay federal and state personal income taxes from March 1 through April 30, 2003. Also, up to 750 bonus miles for using the card to pay Sprint invoices.

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XPSN 4.0

Waterloo-based RDM Corporation reported that Xign Corporation
announced the release of XPSN 4.0, which includes new features and services
designed based on customer feedback and that Xign customers, including
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Armstrong World Industries, Sprint, T-Mobile and
others, have processed more than $10 billion in transactions with the more
than 5,000 participating suppliers on the XPSN. This represents a tenfold
increase in transaction volume compared to the year- earlier period. The
Xign Payment Services Network is the first complete electronic invoice and
payment solution designed exclusively for accounts payable organizations.

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