Net Element Acquires Unified Payments Services

Net Elemen electronic commerce and mobile payment processing completed the acquisition of Unified Payments transaction processing services and payment-enabling technologies. Unified Payments is a socially responsible provider of payment services across the United States, processing in excess of $10 billion in volume between 2010-2013. The acquisition positions and diversifies Net Element International’s mobile payments business and creates a new platform division “TOT Group, Inc.”, with focus on global mobile payments and transaction processing markets. Net Element International has already initiated the integration and localization of Unified Payments’ products and services in Russia and other emerging markets and will now reap the benefits of Unified Payments’ market penetration in the U.S. The completion of the Unified Payments acquisition positions Net Element International’s TOT Group to maximize the benefits of a significant growth market opportunity.

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PayLane Registered as Visa Europe Merchant

PayLane.com online payments has been registered on Visa Europe Merchant Agents List. Visa decreased doubts and help control the risk in online payments with its Merchant Agents List. The Merchant Agent list is a catalogue of different companies that provide payment-related services such as Payment Gateways, Payment Service Providers, Internet Payment Service Providers etc. In order to be listed in the catalogue, the company has to be compliant with PCI DSS and approved by Visa as a as a company that provides full protection to their customers.

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China CITIC bank and MasterCard Ink MOU

China CITIC Bank and MasterCard have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for strategic cooperation in the virtual payments space within and outside China. The two parties aim to jointly develop and promote innovative products and services including Quick Response” (QR) code services, and collaborate to provide a safe and efficient payment experience for domestic and overseas cardholders and merchants. China CITIC Bank and MasterCard will leverage their core competencies and cooperate on innovations including virtual card payment technology, product development, acceptance and risk management. This alliance will enhance consumers’ e-commerce experience and provide new and innovative payment services to domestic and overseas China CITIC Bank cardholders. Tim Murphy, Chief Product Officer of MasterCard, and Zhu Xianghuang, President of China CITIC Bank attended the signing ceremony of this MOU. This collaboration with MasterCard in the virtual payments space is yet another important step for China CITIC Bank.

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American Express Names New President

American Express announced the promotion of Edward P. Gilligan to president, having served as vice chairman since 2007. He was previously named head of a Business-to-Business, responsible for the company’s relationships with merchants, corporations and bank partners globally. Having joined AmEx in 1980, Gilligan has led several different American Express businesses earlier in his career. In 1995, he was named business unit president of Commercial Card and Business Travel for the United States. He was named group president in 2002, overseeing the International Consumer Card business and the company’s global portfolio of Payment and Travel Services for corporate clients.

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Global Payout Announces Payment Gateway

Global Payout is launching its newly designed MoneyTrac Consolidated Payment Gateway through its licensing agreement with Intradata Solutions. Implementation allows companies to load online accounts with payroll, commissions or rebates for U.S. and international accountholders. Initially developed as a banking platform for several Fortune 500 corporations, the Payment Gateway will be able to easily access online accounts, letting users choose how to access their funds through three transfer options. First, transfers can be made to their bank account. Second, accountholders can transfer funds to any credit or debit card, worldwide. And finally, accountholders can choose to gain immediate access to funds by loading to their domestic or international prepaid card that can be ordered directly from their online account.

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Accenture Enhances Software Platforms

Accenture (ACN) enhanced its Software solutions to help banks create stronger customer relationships through multichannel interactions and personalized offerings and increase internal efficiencies. Its new features on the Multichannel Platform 2.0 and Accenture Product and Fee Factory 2.0 software let banks offer customers choice in channel interactions, bring more visibility and efficiency to operational tasks and capitalize on customer relationships through personalized offerings. The Accenture Multichannel Platform 2.0 software allows banks to quickly develop and integrate new and existing customer channels, all at a reduced cost. It is designed to help banks improve customer experiences by offering integrated banking services accessible via the web and mobile devices, as well as through branches, call centers and ATMs.

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Eagle Eye Secures EMV-Related Patents

Eagle Eye Solutions has patent rights covering EMV terminals that can be switched from transacting card payments to redeeming vouchers and coupons according to Eagle Eye’s redemption processes. With over 40 top high street brands using our technology, delivering hundreds of thousands of secure redemptions in stores every month, Eagle Eye has now been granted corresponding patents in both Europe (EP1934964B1) and the United States (US8353451B2). This will also assist Eagle Eye EPOS technology partners to standardise their global EMV product features, in this case to enable voucher redemption via keyed entry and / or NFC, an increasingly significant point with the EMV liability shift for POS devices due in October 2015.

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Discover Card Tops Customer Loyalty, 17th Year

Discover card sits atop the credit card industry in customer brand loyalty for the 17th consecutive year, according to the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. The Brand Keys research found that emotional engagement is the dominant driver of purchase decisions and brand loyalty. Increasing amounts of advertisements via internet, price promotions and discounting have triggered a tipping point in the brand world where consumers have began to use their emotional connection with a brand as a key factor in their buying decisions.

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Pay.On Inks Tech co-op with iyzi Payments

Pay.On AG Web-based payment infrastructure services and iyzi Payments inked a strategic partnership, whereby iyzi Payments is using Pay.On’s platforms to start the first full-service payment provider in Turkey. In addition, iyzi Payments is using PAY.ON’s latest services to integrate online shops to their system within minutes, including activation of payment methods. In return, PAY.ON benefits from direct access to the Turkish market. Both companies are thereby creating new impetus for further growth. iyzi Payments now offers the quickest and simplest way of accepting online payments for Turkish online shops and service providers. iyzico also impresses with a quick onboarding process and a highly transparent pricing model.

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NCR Inks Service-Support Deal with People’s Bank of China

NCR has been awarded a five-year technology service agreement from People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Shanghai Automatic Clearing Centre. NCR will provide on-site technical support and maintenance services for the Centre’s intra-city clearing systems, ensuring it can accurately and timely complete the average daily clearing of 100,000 cheques. The centre is installed with five units of NCR E1700 imaging transports for intra-city cheque clearing; another two units of NCR iTRAN™ ImageTrac ®III color imaging transports are used for cheque inward service for commercial banks and multi-size voucher processing. NCR will provide professional technical on-site support during the daily clearing hours as well as a 24-hour hardware replacement should there be a hardware issue.

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“& The Best Intellect in Banking is…”

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] “There are always a lot of very bright people in banking and bankcard,” notes Bob Hammer, CEO of R.K. Hammer. “That’s a good thing, since the competition for every new and existing customer’s business is world-class and relentless. Given the economy, growing regulatory oversight, the myriad choices for consumers today, and…

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CLEAR and Visa Partner for Visa Signature Travelers

Visa Signature account holders can now speed through airport security through its CLEAR biometric identity service partnership. Visa Signature account holders can enroll to receive discounted pricing on CLEAR membership with a six-month free trial plus $60 off the annual renewal rate of $179. CLEAR’s rapid identity technology brings speed, predictability and service back to travel. CLEAR’s kiosks and lanes are currently operational in San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth, Orlando, Denver, and Westchester County. Passengers access members-only lanes at security checkpoints where they verify their identity using biometrics, fingerprint or iris image.

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