Bill Me Later

NJ-based Retail Decisions has signed an agreement with I4 Commerce, formerly GoPin, to provide the Bill Me Later option for merchants utilizing its LiveProcessor electronic payment software solution. Bill Me Later is a payment method that eliminates the need for a credit card. Customers receive instant purchase approval during the checkout process followed by one monthly bill that aggregates all Bill Me Later purchases from different merchants. The balance can be financed or paid in full at no extra charge. Retail Decisions’ LiveProcessor combines online, call center, retail and IVR transactions into a single system, and integrates real-time authorization, batch processing and settlement functionality with existing order processing, subscription and electronic commerce systems. LiveProcessor is the only payment processing application to support VISA CVV2 and Amex CID security codes, procurement level 2 and 3 cards, electronic check processing, foreign currency settlement support and multiple bank interfaces in a single product.

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GE Card Head

GE Capital has promoted Mark Begor from COO of GE Card Services to president and CEO of GE Card Services, succeeding Edward Stewart, who will continue to serve as an EVP of GE Capital and a member of GE Capital’s board of directors. Prior to joining GE Card Services in January, Begor was executive vice president and chief financial officer at NBC, reporting to NBC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Wright. Begor also served as president for NBC Business Development and Interactive Media. While at NBC, Begor led financial activities for NBC’s $5.5 billion network, cable, station, international and Internet businesses, as well as business development and information technology.

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MOSAIC SIGNS CU

London-based Mosaic Software announced that US-based Honda Federal Credit Union, a financial services cooperative with more than $275 million in assets, has selected Mosaic to provide ATM Driving. Honda Federal Credit Union will install Mosaic Software’s advanced EFT Postilion solution to handle all aspects of ATM transaction processing and management. Honda’s Postilion system will interface to their Symitar host system for on-us transaction processing and will route foreign transactions directly to the CO-OP Network, the nation’s largest network of credit union ATMs and retail point-of-sale terminals. Honda will operate Postilion on a Stratus ftServer 3200 series system. Mosaic Software major partners include Stratus Technologies, MasterCard, SmartTrust, Diebold, and NCR.

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PIN-Debit Potential

U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray projects a long runway for continued growth of PIN-based debit payments considering that only 26% of U.S. merchants with credit card terminals can process PIN-based debit card payments. The research firm recommends investors consider Concord EFS, owner of the STAR network, and First Data, 64% owner of the NYCE network, as solid plays in this growing market. U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray says it believes the recent emergence of a new breed of payment processor, those that acquire transactions and own EFT networks will aggressively promote PIN-based debit at the point of sale and drive higher penetration at merchant outlets. The firm notes that more than 80 billion cash and check transactions per year are up for grabs. The 2003 antitrust debit card trial will also lay a major role in driving more PIN-based debit card transactions as merchants migrate to lower cost PIN-based transactions and possibly benefit from lower off-line debit card transaction fees.

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VISA E-SCHOOL

VISA International has launched an e-learning service which allows the employees of VISA’s 687 member institutions in the Asia-Pacific region to take courses through VISA Business School, a
training portal devoted to credit card operations and management. The new service is powered by NetDimensions’ Enterprise Knowledge Platform which is able to handle both Asian and Western languages.
More than 100,000 people in 14 Asia Pacific countries are eligible to take courses using the portal. During 2001, a total of US$480 billion was spent in Asia Pacific using VISA cards, an 80% increase over the previous year.

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Fraud Shield

Experian has introduced Fraud Shield Score which blends 22 predictive fraud indicators with key predictive credit risk variables into one score. Among these warning signs are indications that consumer credit was established before the applicant was 18, credit was established prior to the issue date of a Social Security number, and a high probability the Social Security number on the application belongs to another consumer. Other predictive fraud indicators include inconsistencies with telephone numbers, addresses and drivers’ license numbers. Implemented in conjunction with Experian’s proven Fraud Shield tool, the new scoring capability assists lenders by reducing the number of applications that require costly manual review by providing a full perspective on fraud risk and the potential of first-payment default.

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Customized ATM Screens

Fujitsu Transaction Solutions has teamed with Philadelphia-based mCom to offer a new application that creates personalized ATM screens tailored to a customer’s transaction needs and patterns of interaction and behavior integrating Fujitsu’s Series 8000 Web-enabled ATMs and Prism software. Under the agreement, effective immediately, Fujitsu will offer mCom’s suite as a value-added portion of its ATM products and services, and mCom will develop and integrate the software.

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0% Travel

Travelocity and Citibank are offering a 0% APR until Jan. 2003 on qualifying purchases made between today and Sept. 3, 2003 with the Travelocity World MasterCard. The promotion coincides with the launch of Travelocity’s Summer Sale which offers travelers savings of up to 70% on a wide range of air, hotel and car reservations. Travelocity is also offering those applying for the Travelocity World MasterCard an additional $25 off the purchase price of a last minute deal. Citibank offers the Travelocity World Card with a $50 annual fee and a 14.74% APR. The card was launched in 2000. Travelocity is also offering cruise customers, using a MasterCard, up to $150 back via a MasterCard Gift Card. (CF Library 8/24/00)

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LML 1Q/02

Vancouver-based LML Payment Systems reported that revenues for the quarter ending 3/31/02 were up 9.5% to $2.4 million. For the quarter there was a net loss of $567,579 compared to net loss of $2.5 million in the same year-ago quarter. LML is a financial payment processor providing check processing solutions including electronic check authorization, electronic check conversion and primary and secondary check collection including electronic check re-presentment to national, regional and local retailers. LML also provides selective routing of debit, credit and EBT transactions to third party processors and banks for
authorization and settlement.

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Catalog Cards

Generic credit cards offering guaranteed acceptance and no credit checks are flooding the Internet and have gone platinum. PA-based USA Credit has launched its Maxxim Platinum card alongside its USA Gold Credit Card. Both cards are catalog credit cards which require cardholders to make a down payment on catalog merchandise, with the balance financed on the card. The Maxxim Platinum is promoting a $7500 credit line while the Gold version promotes a $5000 credit line. USA Credit charges a $149.95 enrollment fee for each program and a $29.95 fee for credit limit increase requests.

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