CashStar Announces Latest Gift Card Program Client

CashStar launched a new gift card program with American grill and sushi bar, Kona Grill, replacing its existing gifting platform with CashStar’s solution. CashStar now powers Kona’s plastic and digital gifting programs, and also gives Kona gift card purchasers and recipients enhanced mobile experiences. Kona Grill’s mobile-optimized purchase pages make buying eGift cards on-the-go via a smartphone simple and easy. Recipients with iPhones or iPod Touch devices running iOS 6 or newer can easily store and redeem eGift cards in Apple’s Passbook app.

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Green Dot Approved to to Acquire Walmart MoneyCard Portfolio

Green Dot Corporation announced that its subsidiary bank received required regulatory approvals from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Utah Department of Financial Institutions related to the pending acquisition of the legacy Walmart MoneyCard Portfolio from GE Capital Retail Bank. The consummation of the transaction is subject to closing conditions, including the Department of Justice’s required 15-day waiting period.

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ACI Worldwide and VocaLink Extend Relationship

ACI Worldwide announced the nine-year extension of its relationship with VocaLink national payment infrastructure to provide its managed service for 24,000 ATMs. By leveraging the flexibility of ACI’s industry-leading BASE24 and BASE24-eps ATM driving technologies, VocaLink’s complete managed ATM service provides cutting-edge services to its cash machine network and ATM deployer customers in a reliable, cost-effective manner, regardless of ATM type or configuration. The ATM Managed Service enables VocaLink’s customers to offer enhanced capabilities to their ATM end-customers, including such features as ATM Helpdesk, ATM Location Database, ATM Switching, International Card Networks and Mobile Phone Top-Up.

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Pakistani Bank Issues EMV Visa Debit Cards

HBL Bank has started issuing EMV Visa Debit Card. IRIS Switch has also been upgraded to support acquiring of Visa EMV cards on the bank’s multi-vendor ATM network. Cards industry in Pakistan is dominated by mag-stripe cards. HBL has taken the initiative to launch chip-based EMV debit card that is currently the most secure card technology in the market. Launched in collaboration with VISA, the chip card uses advanced data protection technology that prevents data theft and open doors to more innovative modes of payments. The EMV debit card scheme celebrates Pakistani craftsmanship and the cards are adorned with different designs from across the nation. While these crafts add color to the nation’s landscape, HBL supports by carrying them on its most secure card scheme.

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Allied Wallet #1 Payment Solutions Provider

Allied Wallet online credit card processing and multi-currency merchant services, was voted #1 Payment Solutions Provider by thousands of entrepreneurs, readers, and writers in the United Kingdom according to a survey performed by Start Your Business Magazine. Allied Wallet was announced as a winner in the 2013 Start Your Business Awards at the Gambit Interactive Media Headquarters in Mayfair, London on November 20th, 2013. The event was hosted by Marcus Green, the magazine’s editor; he was accompanied by a judging panel of esteemed business professionals. Allied Wallet was given the award for “Best Payment Solutions Provider” and recognized along with the other winners for their impeccable customer-focused attitude, innovative approaches, and consistency in effort. Allied Wallet gladly accepted the award as the #1 payment solutions provider in the United Kingdom.

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Consumer Spending Increasingly Selective, Need Driven

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Consumers are laying off paying down old debt and aggressive discounting incentivized consumers, modestly boosting spending on core retail sales. But job and income growth having slowed, in conjunction with the recent government shutdown, slowed confidence in a growing economy. Moreover, weak wage growth implies that the personal savings rate likely…

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Chase Announces VIP Lounges for United MileagePlus Card Members

Chase and United Airlines will again kick off the holiday season with a VIP Lounge experience, where Chase United MileagePlus Card members relax and take a break from shopping in two United hub cities: Short Hills, N.J., and San Francisco, CA. From November 23 to December 24, 2013, Chase United MileagePlus Card members are welcome-along with up to three guests-to visit the VIP Lounges at two major malls that features refreshments, gift wrapping, bag and coat check, café seating, flat screen televisions as well as periodic special events exclusively for cardmembers. The VIP Lounges will be located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, CA, and The Mall at Short Hills, N.J., located just miles from Newark Liberty International Airport, this holiday season. United MileagePlus Club Card members receive exclusive benefits, such as United Club membership; Premier Access travel services; First and Second checked bags free with the purchase of a ticket; No foreign transaction fees; and Luxury hotel and resort collection, while United MileagePlus Explorer Card members receive even more special privileges.

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Fiserv a Finalist for INFORMS App in Analytics Award

Fiserv has been named a finalist for the Innovative Applications in Analytics Award, presented by The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). Other finalists include Ford Motor Company and IBM, with the winner to be announced at the Spring 2014 Analytics Conference in Boston, Mass. Analytics and Business Intelligence Services from Fiserv helps financial institutions harness the power of data in financial systems to improve decision making, manage cost proactively, drive revenue growth and reduce customer attrition.

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MasterCard Allows Prepaid Users to Reload @ WalMart

MasterCard (MA) and Green Dot (GDOT) announced an expanded relationship that allows all U.S. cardholders with MasterCard rePower-enabled prepaid cards to reload their cards via the Walmart Rapid Reload service. Walmart Rapid Reload utilizes the Green Dot Network to provide cardholders with a way to load funds directly to their cards by swiping their cards at any register at participating Walmart stores. Cardholders can add funds directly to their prepaid account by using cash or a pre-printed payroll or government check. Cashier-added funds will be available for use by MasterCard rePower-enabled cardholders within minutes.

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AmEx Chairman/CEO to Partake in the Goldman Sachs Conference

American Express Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth I. Chenault, will participate in the Goldman Sachs U.S. Financial Services Conference in New York City, on Wednesday, December 11. Chenault will participate in a question and answer session relating to the company’s business strategy and results. American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.

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Amazon Coins Embarks on New Market

Amazon announced that Amazon Coins will now be available for customers in the UK. The Amazon Coins program allows customers to purchase Coins and to redeem those for the purchase of apps, games and a broad range of in-app items on the Amazon.co.uk Appstore and on Kindle Fire. To celebrate the launch, existing and new Kindle Fire customers in the UK will receive 400 free Coins – with a value of £4 – deposited into their Amazon accounts today. For customers, Amazon Coins is an easy way to purchase apps and in-app items on Kindle Fire, and for developers it’s another opportunity to drive traffic, downloads and increased monetization. With discounts of up to 10% for purchasing Coins in bulk, it’s also an opportunity for customers to save money on their app and game purchases.

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UIC-FlagPay Terminal WinEpts Approved

Uniform Industrial Corporatio (UIC), a worldwide payment solution provider and FlagPay, an Italian company focused on payment solutions, have achieved the compliance for PagoBANCOMAT on the Terminal TS890, with focus on the Italian debit card scheme of Consorzio Bancomat. UIC, FlagPay and NCR have closely cooperated to make the TS890 available and approved into the NCR-WinEpts product family. WinEpts is a Consorzio Bancomat CB2 approved application, thus, the FlagPayTS890 terminal is going to be listed into the supported devices from NCR-WinEpts and Consorzio Bancomat. In this way FlagPay can provide a powerful and scalable payment solution to merchants based on the WinEpts products suite which allows payment acceptance not only through international acquirers but also through Italian operators that manages the domestic debit scheme.

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