Credit Unions Select DNA from Fiserv

Fiserv, Inc. today announced that four Puerto Rican credit unions have selected the DNA(TM) account processing platform through USICOOP, a San Juan-based cooperative. With combined assets of nearly $1 billion, the four credit unions will use the DNA platform to improve efficiency and provide the technical foundation to attract additional credit unions to the co-op. Serving a combined membership of over 100,000, Credicentro Coop, MaunaCoop, CamuyCoop and CoopRincón created USICOOP in 2013 to cost-effectively transform their enterprise technology. After a thorough evaluation of core platforms, USICOOP selected DNA, and with it, plans to lead a technological transformation in Puerto Rico’s financial services industry.

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Cryptomathic Selected by LuxTrust

e-security solutions provider, Cryptomathic, has announced that LuxTrust, Luxembourg’s primary provider of digital identity and data security services, has implemented Cryptomathic Signer. The solution will provide a nationwide e-Signature service that will enable residents to securely and conveniently access banking and government web services, and digitally sign legally binding transactions or online forms from any location. The central signing scheme allows Luxembourg residents to use their standard credentials and a single user-friendly authentication mechanism to access multiple online applications from any organisation connected to the LuxTrust service. An essential component for the service is the Cryptomathic Signer, a pioneering central server that delivers advanced digital signatures with virtual chip cards.

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OTI Ships 10,000 NFC Readers

On Track Innovations Ltd. has received an initial purchase order for 10,000 Saturn 6500™ readers from a leading U.S.-based systems integrator serving the unattended point of sale market segment. The Saturn 6500 is a secured NFC and contactless reader built specifically for the unattended machine market, providing quick and easy support for electronic payments. Such cashless payments can increase sales by 20% or more since it does not limit the purchase to the cash in a customer’s pocket.

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Neiman Marcus Reports Breach

As the credit card industry is still digesting the Target breach, what it means for customers, and how much it will cost, it looks like there was another victim over the holidays. Neiman Marcus confirmed over the weekend that it appears some of their credit card information from customers was breached and then used fraudulently . There is no official release of specific data compromised or how many people it may have affected.

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First Data Announces Latest SpendTrend Analysis

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] First Data released its “SpendTrend” analysis for Dec. 3, 2013, through Dec. 30, 2013, compared to Dec. 4, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2012, tracking same-store POS data by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT, closed-loop prepaid cards and checks from nearly four million client U.S. merchants. Dollar volume growth of 6.1%…

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Visa Launches Heritage-Based Corporate Platform

Visa launched “Everywhere you want to be” multi-stakeholder communications platform designed to deliver universal access to Visa’s secure digital payments. In the 21st century, “everywhere” transcends card usage at physical locations. It’s about realizing potential and achieving dreams. “Everywhere” now is relevant for a farmer in Rwanda paying school fees on his mobile phone, a jewelry designer in California selling to a global online customer base or a government official in Brazil rebuilding a village using a Visa prepaid card. With a new tagline, as well as a refreshed brand logo, Visa is introducing a new visual identity for one of the most recognized and powerful brands in the world. Visa’s first new spot under the “Everywhere you want to be” tagline is entitled “Flying,” and features U.S. Olympic women’s ski jumping hopeful and Team Visa athlete, Sarah Hendrickson.

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American Express Discount Rate

The average discount rate for merchants accepting American Express cards hit a new low in the second and third quarters of 2013. Over the past seven years the worldwide average discount rate has declined from 2.57% to 2.52%. American Express says there are many factors that will likely result in more erosion. The mix of spending by location and industry, volume-related pricing discounts, strategic investments, and certain pricing initiatives are major factors in the erosion. Despite the decrease in the average discount rate, discount revenue increased 5% in the third quarter as billed business volume rose 7%. American Express notes faster growth in Global Network Services’ billings than overall American Express billings had an impact on discount revenues too. The average discount rate reflects pricing at merchants accepting general purpose American Express cards. It represents the percentage of billed business (both proprietary and Global Network Services) retained by the American Express from merchants it acquires, prior to payments to third parties unrelated to merchant acceptance.

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NCR Announces Latest POS Innovation

NCR announced its fully integrated POS solution and an all-imaging bi-optic scanner. Both solutions are designed to provide retailers with innovative technology that helps provide competitive differentiation by enabling exceptional in-store shopping experiences. NCR is the leader in consumer transaction technologies including retail self-checkout technology and POS terminals with more than a million touchpoints in service. NCR POS solutions handle more than 125,000 transactions per minute. The new imagers and POS solutions are designed to improve operations and fit within the existing footprint of previous NCR devices.The NCR “RealScan” Imager reads 1D, 2D and Mobile bar codes fast and efficiently, provides high-performance imaging with the largest scan zone in its class and enables the ability to improve store security, provide real-time scanner feedback to managers, simplify cashier training and stream live images and videos.The “RealPOS XR7″ features a stylish all-in-one design with versatility, ruggedness and data security, either a 15″ or an 18.5” multi-touch display and is powered by the 4th generation Intel Core processor.

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EMEA Region Credit Card Charge Offs

Credit card charge-offs in the Europe, Middle-East, Asia region (EMEA) have declined sharply over the past year, falling 47 basis points and expected to drop another six basis points in the fourth quarter. After peaking in the first quarter at 2.60%, EMEA credit card charge-offs declined to 1.71% in the third quarter of 2013. Citibank reports EMEA credit card charge-offs declined from 2.42% in the third quarter of last year to 1.89% in the third quarter of this year. The drop-off in EMEA credit card charge-offs mirrors the trend in the U.S. market. Citibank’s U.S. credit card charge-offs dropped 61 basis over the past year to 3.54%. According to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, U.S. credit card charge-offs declined for four consecutive quarters to 3.23% in the third quarter of 2013. RAM Research projects EMEA charge-offs will fall to 1.65% in the fourth quarter.

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Allied Wallet Users Now Over 100mm Mark

Allied Wallet online credit card processing, multi-currency merchant services, and a PCI Level 1 secured payment gateway reported over 100 million users worldwide for their online payment solutions after a spike in holiday sales. Allied Wallet’s merchants saw an average increase of nearly 30% in sales. Allied Wallet’s merchants saw a significant spike in volume this holiday season, and this spike contributed to Allied Wallet’s growth to over 100 million users worldwide. Allied Wallet simplifies the process of online shopping by allowing consumers to create an eWallet. This eWallet acts as an online payment solution for consumers that stores and protects their payment information.

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Checkpoint and RGIS Partner on Retailer RFID Implementations

Checkpoint Systems and RGIS, LLC, announced at the NRF 103rd Annual Convention & Expo that they have entered into a global partnership to bring the full RFID-based inventory management solution to retailers. The end-to-end solution incorporates the best-of-breed Merchandise Visibility Solution from Checkpoint, together with RGIS’s global team of inventory specialists. Checkpoint’s Merchandise Visibility Solution includes OATSystems software, RFID hardware, RFID tags, RFID-trained field engineers to deploy and support the implementation, RFID-based EAS leveraging the OneTag approach and Wirama Radar and RFID-based POS solutions and compliance tools.

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