[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The European Payments Council (EPC), representing the European banking industry in relation to payments, launched the annual public consultation on possible modifications to the SEPA Credit Transfer (SCT) and SEPA Direct Debit (SDD) Scheme Rulebooks. The EPC encourages all Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) stakeholders to provide feedback by 13 August…Details
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] BME announced it will offer co-location services to all its Members, after expanding its communication infrastructure and IT systems in its Data Processing Centre, in Madrid. In addition, BME will provide high-tech facilities to house Member’s automatic trading systems. The goal of this service is to improve the speed of access…Details
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] ACI Worldwide has launched its ‘fast-start’ solutions to offer faster time-to-market for high-value and SEPA payments processing, and global messaging services. ACI Money Transfer System is now available pre-configured and ready to deploy to ‘fast-start’ high-value payments processing in any banking environment. Banks can now benefit from pre-packaged solutions for different…Details
[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The market for smart cards and secure ICs achieved double digit YoY growth for shipments in 2011, demonstrating increases of 16% and 15%, respectively. Volumes continued ramping up, driven by further mobile penetration, the ongoing development in the SIM card sector, and the number of countries migrating to EMV. The top…Details
Citi and American Airlines announced the small business-orientated “CitiBusiness / AAdvantage World MasterCard,” giving business owners two “AAdvantage” miles for every $1 in American Airlines purchases and a 5% “AAdvantage” mileage bonus on purchases made each cardmembership year. Users can earn two “AAdvantage” miles for every $1 of purchases on American Airlines and on business purchases at certain office supply, telecommunications, and car rental merchants; a 5% “AAdvantage” mileage bonus based on eligible purchases made with the “CitiBusiness / AAdvantage World MasterCard” during the cardmembership year, provided cardmembership is renewed. Also, the first checked bag is free for the primary cardmember and up to four companions traveling on the same domestic reservation for travel booked and ticketed on or after May 14, 2012. Additionally, cardholders earn an American Airlines Companion Certificate for domestic main cabin travel each year in which $30,000 in eligible purchases are made and when the card is renewed; have access to complimentary concierge service; and access to Citi “Private Pass” entertainment and events.Details
American Express deployed its mobile offer engine to recommend and rank relevant merchant offers to US Cardmembers based on their own spending history and location, or “spend graph.” The American Express “My Offers” feature on its iPhone App (http://aexp.co/QyW) is the same convenient and secure environment where millions of Cardmembers currently manage their Card accounts. During the pilot, recommended local offers be will be concentrated in Los Angeles and New York City with an overlay of offers available nationwide at merchants like Baskin-Robbins® and Dunkin’ Donuts. This expands on the American Express “Smart Offer” technology, which powers the company’s card sync programs with Facebook, Twitter and foursquare and leverages the company’s closed loop network to connect Cardmembers and merchants in order to deliver value to both. For Cardmembers, this new mobile offer engine is a one-stop-shop to easily find, add and track offers and savings from American Express and its merchant partners – including those available through the company’s Facebook, foursquare and Twitter programs.Details
Citi launched its national advertising and marketing campaign as an integrated U.S. sponsorship campaign. Featuring 13 Olympic and Paralympic qualifiers, hopefuls and alumni who are members of Team Citi, includes broadcast, print, out-of-home, digital, events, promotions and retail activation, the ads represent the first time Citi has sponsored the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams. Focal on “Every Step of the Way,” the centerpiece of the campaign, the ads compose a dynamic digital program that allows the American people to help allocate Citi’s $500,000 donation to the U.S. Olympic Committee – represented by 50 million ThankYou Points — among different Sport Programs that have inspired Team Citi’s 13 athletes.
Citi’s campaign will come to life acrossbroadcast, print, digital, out-of-home, events, promotions and retail activation outlets and will feature significant penetration in key markets through retail activation in Citibank branches and on Citibank ATM screens nationwide, as well as out-of-home executions in New York City’s Bryant Park, The Grove in Los Angeles and Ogilvy Station in Chicago.
Fifth Third Bank partnered NCRand Phoenix Interactive to offer ATM mixed-media deposit functionality to its customers. The NCR single slot ATMs and Phoenix’ Intelligent Deposit software allow Fifth Third Bank to offer its customers the opportunity to mix up to 50 combined checks and bills in a single, envelope-free ATM deposit, and do so twice as fast as traditional ATM deposits that require checks or bills to be inserted one-at-a-time. The Bank is currently piloting the advanced-technology ATM at its Fountain Square headquarters in downtown Cincinnati with plans to begin deploying the functionality across its footprint by the end of the year.Details
GlobalCollect premier payment service provider for e-payments appointed Pier Iberti as Global Market Director Retail, and Nathan Salisbury as Global Market Director Gaming. Their appointment is the next step in GlobalCollect’s global vertical market strategy to focus sales, product innovation and marketing on key growth industries for eCommerce. Both Global Market Directors are business leaders and have an excellent track record in thought leadership in their respective verticals, which will ensure the increase of the company’s growth in the Gaming and Retail markets. Iberti has worked for the last two years in a Business Development Retail role for the North American region confirming her broad experience acquired previously working with retailers. Nathan Salisbury, as part of the European Business Development team will be heading the Gaming vertical. Prior to GlobalCollect Mr. Salisbury worked for more than 10 years in a variety of sales leadership roles for media and technology companies.Details
Isis mobile commerce joint venture between AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, announced the first of its local merchant partners across Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition, Aéropostale, The Coca-Cola Company, Champs, Dillard’s, Foot Locker, Jamba Juice and Macy’s are among the first national merchants to join with Isis in advancing mobile commerce. Isis’ national and local merchant partners join a long list of major merchants who already accept contactless payments. These merchants, including grocery stores, retailers, gas stations, coffee shops and restaurants, are already equipped with the payment terminals that are compatible with Isis. Merchant locations allow consumers to use the Isis Mobile Wallet at the merchant locations they shop at every day.Details
Punchcard mobile engagement and loyalty network will participate in “The Garage” at APPNATION, which is being held May 15-16 in conjunction with Internet Week New York. APPNATION is the first conference to focus entirely on the business of apps and their transformative impact on consumer and enterprise technology, devices, gaming, commerce, media and social interaction. The Punchcard Mobile App gives consumers a simple way to get rewards from the businesses they frequent most and replaces the stacks of individual loyalty cards people have been expected to carry in their wallet and have available at the time of purchase. Available for use at businesses of all types including specialty retailers, restaurants, grocery stores, coffee shops and many others, Punchcard has recently been rolled out to more than 15 million businesses nationwide, giving consumers a simple way to get rewards from the businesses they frequent most.Details
Discover Financial Services has been recognized by Forrester Research in the May 2012, “2012 US Credit Card Secure Website Rankings,” as taking the lead among the top six credit card issuers for its secure website for customers. Scoring 80 out of 100, Discover received the highest overall score among the six largest credit card issuers, all of which were evaluated on more than 50 criteria from March 6 through March 9, 2012. Discover earned a significant score of 91 in the online servicing category, as well as an impressive 84 in the transactional content and functionality category for security features “significantly above minimum standards.”Details