2103 Paybefore Awards Category 20: Breakout Prepaid Company of the Year

The organization that stood out from the crowd in 2012 to make a positive, game-changing difference in the prepaid/emerging payments environment in a geographic region or globally. May be a new or established organization. Company Name: American Express American Express is a global financial services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences […]

2013 Paybefore Awards Category 15: Best Non-U.S.-Based Program

Best prepaid or emerging payments program launched and operated by a non-U.S. company outside the United States. Programs using a U.S.-based company for processing or similar support are eligible. Program Name: NuCard Prepaid CardCompany Name: Tutuka South Africa has a large microlending market that provides short-term, unsecured loans to millions of South Africans. NuCard was […]

2013 Paybefore Awards Category 8: Outstanding Mobile Wallet or Mobile Application

The in-market mobile wallet or mobile application that (1) provides end users with value-added features and/or enhances payment capabilities, user decision-making or loyalty and (2) provides retailers with a strong value proposition. Program Name: moneto Prepaid MasterCardCompany Names: DeviceFidelity, MasterCard With real-time balance and transaction history, free P2P money transfers, the only instant cash-back rewards […]

2013 Paybefore Awards Category 3A: Best General Purpose Reloadable Card Program-U.S. Solutions

Best use of a consumer-funded reloadable network branded prepaid card* for general use, such as ATM access and purchasing. Includes travel, remittance and youth-focused (including campus and student) programs; excludes payroll programs. Program Name: PayPal Prepaid MasterCardCompany Names: PayPal, MasterCard The PayPal Prepaid MasterCard is the only prepaid card that can link automatically to PayPal’s digital […]

Breaking News: Obama 2012 Recess Appointments Unconstitutional (Jan. 25, 2013)

Jan. 25, 2013 Just a day after President Obama nominated CFPB Director Richard Cordray to continue in his role as the bureau’s director, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the President violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board, according to a […]

Obama Re-nominates Cordray as CFPB Director (Jan. 24, 2013)

Jan. 24, 2013 Wasting little time following his inauguration on Monday, President Barack Obama this afternoon has re-nominated Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The confirmation process for the former Ohio Attorney General could be rocky, considering Obama’s appointment of Cordray last year during a congressional recess. “There were no […]

Regulators to Set Guidelines on FIs’ Social Media Activity (Jan. 24, 2013)

Jan. 24, 2013 With U.S. financial institutions increasingly using social media to market to and interact with consumers, federal regulators have set their sights on establishing guidelines for consumer protection and compliance over such channels. The Federal Financial Institutions Examinations Council (FFIEC) has issued a notice of proposed guidance and request for comment from the […]

Fiserv Survey: More Consumers Use Mobile Devices to Pay Bills (Jan. 24, 2013)

Jan. 24, 2013 The number of consumers  using mobile devices to pay bills is slowly gaining momentum, according to Fiserv Inc., a Brookfield, Wis.-based provider of financial services technology, in its fifth annual Billing Household Survey, which assesses bill payment habits of active online households and infrequent or non-Internet users. Though the percentage of households […]

Taiwan’s FTC Approves Mobile Payment Platform (Jan. 24, 2013)

Jan. 24, 2012 Mobile carriers around the world continue to join forces to enable mobile payments. On Jan. 23, Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) approved an application by five domestic mobile carriers and transit card provider EasyCard Corp. to jointly run a platform for mobile payment-related apps, according to the Central News Agency. Chunghwa Telecom […]

Report: Corporate Mobile Payments Reduce Costs by Up to 20 Percent (Jan. 24. 2013)

Jan. 24, 2013 The rise of corporate mobile payments is leading to some big saving for companies around the globe that are seeing reductions of up to 20 percent on their cash-collection costs, according to a new white paper by Mobile Money Consulting, a London-based advisory firm. Corporations in emerging markets are seeing the highest […]

Earnings Roundup: Google, TSYS (Jan. 24, 2013)

Jan. 24, 2013 Online search giant Google Inc. and payments processor TSYS recently released fourth-quarter financial results. Google reported revenues of $14.4 billion for the fourth quarter of 2012, an increase of 36 percent compared with $10.6 billion in the same quarter a year ago. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2012 grew 7.4 […]

CGI in mobile alliance with Monitise

CGI, which recently acquired UK software house Logica, has formed a partnership with mobile banking and payment specialist Monetise to offer joint services for banking and payments companies using the Monitise platform.

Google Powers Digital Coupons with Zavers (Jan. 22, 2013)

Jan. 22, 2013 Google Inc. is adding digital muscle to coupons with Zavers by Google, a paperless couponing system introduced earlier this month that enables consumers to capture coupons online and redeem them automatically through store loyalty cards, tracking their deals through a computer browser or any mobile phone. The system is designed to give […]

Telefónica Deutschland to Launch NFC Pilot (Jan. 22, 2013)

Jan. 22, 2013 Munich-based Telefónica Deutschland in mid-February plans to enable P2P funds transfers between its mobile phone service subscribers along with a new NFC pilot that will launch at the same time in Germany. The effort grew out of the mpass mobile wallet service, announced last year as a joint venture between Telefónica Germany, […]

PayNearMe Targets Small Billers with New Cash Payment Service (Jan. 22, 2013)

Jan. 22, 2013 Cash transaction network PayNearMe is taking its payment services small-time in a move the company thinks will pay off in a big way. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based firm, founded in 2009 and led by CEO Danny Shader, has launched PayNearMe Express, a self-service version of its existing cash payment system, aimed at enabling […]

Synchology Entices Mainstream Consumers to ‘Jump’ into Prepaid (Jan. 22, 2013)

Jan. 22, 2013 Prepaid card provider Synchology is targeting a decidedly “banked” demographic with its new card offering, betting that attractive features and a simple pricing model can attract mainstream customers as an alternative to traditional bank accounts. The Jump Visa Prepaid Card offers cardholders rewards, money management and budgeting tools, free customer support and […]

Earnings Roundup: American Express, Gift Voucher Shop (Jan. 22, 2012)

Jan. 22, 2013 American Express Co. and The Gift Voucher Shop (GVS), the U.K.-based provider of the One4all multistore gift card, recently released financial results. American Express reported net income of $637 million for the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, a decrease of 47 percent, compared with $1.2 billion a year ago. Q4 net income was affected […]

Citi Launches Card Reader in India for Mobile Merchants (Jan. 21, 2013)

Jan. 21, 2013 As the U.S. and Western European markets for mobile card readers grow ever-more crowded, Citigroup is aiming to take a leadership position in mobile merchant acceptance in India. The bank this week announced what it describes as India’s first nationally distributed dongle, enabling merchants to accept credit and debit cards with a […]

WorldPay, Discover Expand Partnership for In-Store Payments (Jan. 21, 2013)

Jan. 21, 2013 Payment acquirer WorldPay US has struck a deal with Discover Financial Services that will enable WorldPay’s customers to accept PayPal in-store payments beginning this spring. Discover and PayPal announced an agreement last August under which PayPal account holders will be able to make payments at brick-and-mortar stores that accept Discover, using a […]

RBS to Leverage MasterCard’s Conferma Partnership for Corporate Travel Card Services (Jan. 21, 2013)

Jan. 21, 2013 Edinburgh-based RBS Group and MasterCard Worldwide today announced that RBS will be the first bank enabling its global commercial card customers to integrate MasterCard’s inControl platform with U.K.-based Conferma, which provides corporate travel booking and related services for companies around the world. The service grew out of a partnership MasterCard formed in […]

BillFloat, payleven Land Nearly $30 Million in Funding (Jan. 21, 2013)

Jan. 21, 2013 A pair of payment startups have received cash infusions from investors totaling nearly $30 million. San Francisco-based BillFloat, which provides small-dollar loans to customers for electronic bill payments, landed $21 million from Investor Growth Capital (IGC), with participation from Bronze Investments and previous BillFoat investors Venrock, FirstRound Capital and Baseline Ventures. As […]

Fed’s Triennial Payments Study Will Include Fraud Info for First Time (Jan. 21, 2013)

Jan. 21, 2013 The Federal Reserve’s Retail Payments Office (RPO) last week announced it will be conducting its triennial study to determine the current volume and composition of electronic and check payments in the United States, with new attention on fraud metrics. “While the Federal Reserve’s 2013 Payments Study will continue to build upon trend […]

VocaLink boosts strategy and business development with new trio

VocaLink, the international payment provider, has made three senior appointments in its strategy & business development division. Nick Millar joins as strategy and customer insight director, Jim Wadsworth as product development director and Phil Harrison as commercial director, alternative payments.

Settlement Reached in Florida AG Prepaid Investigation (Jan. 17, 2013)

Jan. 17, 2013 A group of prepaid card providers has reached a settlement in a Florida investigation over fee disclosures and what the state’s Attorney General said were misleading claims regarding credit. The investigation was launched in early 2009 into business practices of AccountNow, First Data, Green Dot, NetSpend and UniRush Financial Services, all of […]

Visa Joins Five Indian Banks and TSYS for Saral Money Launch (Jan. 17, 2013)

Jan. 17, 2013 Saral Money, a project India’s government launched in late 2012 to gradually extend basic financial services to India’s 400 million unbanked consumers, is gaining momentum through the participation of Visa Inc., five major Indian banks and payments processor TSYS, which is providing biometric technology to authenticate users who sign up for the […]

U.K. Mobile Payments System Set to Launch Next Year (Jan. 17, 2013)

Jan. 17, 2012 An industry-wide mobile payments service set to launch next year in the U.K. will enable users to send mobile payments using just their phone numbers and a password. Eight of the nation’s major banks, including Barclays, HSBC and RBS, have signed on to the program, which is being guided by the U.K. […]

Earnings Roundup: eBay, U.S. Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase (Jan. 17, 2013)

Jan. 17, 2013 PayPal parent company eBay, JP Morgan Chase and U.S. Bancorp recently released fourth-quarter financial results. eBay Inc. reported net revenue of $4 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2012, a 17.6 percent increase compared with $3.4 billion during the same period a year earlier. The San Jose, Calif.-based company also […]

InComm, Giftango Deal Gives Both an Edge, Observers Say (January 2013)

January 2013   By Adam Perrotta, Assistant Editor     Putting together a deal in the gift card business during the thick of the holiday shopping season is no easy  feat—just ask Giftango Corp. CEO David Nelsen, who spent the final weeks of 2012 negotiating the sale of his company to Atlanta-based prepaid distribution and technology […]

Payments Council pushes mobile payments back another year

The UK Payments Council has announced that the introduction of its planned Mobile Payments Service has been pushed back until “spring 2014” – a year after its previously expected introduction, and two years after Barclays broke from the rest of the UK banks and launched its Pingit service. The delay comes despite commitments from financial […]

Prepaid Regulation Could Have Adverse Effects, Says Study (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 Competition in the network branded prepaid card market has led to lower costs and better functionality for card users, says a new working paper from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. The well-functioning market, combined with a lack of evidence that consumers are making errors when choosing a prepaid card, means […]

NCR Adds PayPal to Mobile Payment Menu for Restaurants, Retailers (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 NCR Corp., eager to expand use of its mobile apps for restaurants and retailers, this week announced an agreement with PayPal Inc. designed to make it easier for consumers to manage their bills and pay for food using their smartphones when dining out. Duluth, Ga.-based NCR plans to integrate PayPal alongside credit […]

MasterCard Continues Africa Push with Equity Bank Partnership (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 MasterCard has inked a deal with Kenya’s Equity Bank to issue new debit and prepaid cards over the next 18 months. The 5 million new cards will be equipped with PayPass contactless technology and EMV chips, and are set to roll out initially in Kenya, followed by Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South […]

TransCard Buys HQ Gift Cards, Expanding Reach to Malls and Casinos (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 Chattanooga, Tenn.-based processor and program manager TransCard this week said it has acquired HQ Gift Cards, the nation’s largest program manager of mall-based prepaid and gift cards, as part of a broader expansion push. Gardena, Calif.-based HQ, founded in 2000 and acquired in 2006 by Ceridian Stored Value Solutions, manages gift and […]

Managing PEX Cards Goes Mobile (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 PEX Card, a New York City-based provider of the Visa-branded PEX Card prepaid expense-management card for small and midsize businesses, has launched PEX Mobile, a suite of iOS and Android applications enabling PEX Card administrators to perform day-to-day cash management and expense control functions using a smartphone. “PEX Card administrators often play […]

Savvis Deal Strengthens Mozido’s Cloud Infrastructure, Hosted IT Offerings (Jan. 15, 2013)

Jan. 15, 2013 Mozido LLC, an Austin, Texas-based startup providing cloud-based, white-label mobile payments services for banks and merchants, has signed a multiyear deal for access to the cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions of Savvis, a subsidiary of telecom CenturyLink. “By leveraging Savvis’ leading cloud and hosting infrastructure, we will enable customers in the […]

Coinstar’s Alula Kiosks Add Physical Touch to Gift Card Exchange Market (January 2013)

January 2013   By Kate Fitzgerald, Emerging Payments Editor Coinstar Inc. is grabbing attention in the secondary gift card market with Alula, a kiosk service it’s piloting that enables consumers to immediately convert unused gift cards into cash at supermarkets. The service adds a fresh twist to the process of selling unused gift cards to […]

Boots on the Ground (January 2013)

January 2013   Experts on five markets—Brazil, France, Italy, Middle East and Russia—discuss how prepaid is developing where they’re doing business, as providers and consultants. By Loraine DeBonis, Editor-in-Chief   Paybefore: How widely has prepaid been adopted in Brazil beyond the meal voucher market? Neissan Monadjem: The food voucher programs along with the mobile prepaid “card” vertical represent 80 […]

Misys markets “competitive advantages” for trade finance

Banking software provider Misys has incorporated global processing into its trade finance solution, TI Plus, in a move that the firm says will help banks gain a competitive advantage through improved customer service and reduced costs.

Viewpoint: Consolidation and Asset Extension

By Lee Britton, Prepaid Financial Services One of the great things about getting old is hearing new phrases defining old concepts. Chances are, by the time 2013 has been and gone, you’ll have come across the above phrase, specifically around payments or technology. But first, it’s important to recognize two apparently irreconcilable differences: What someone […]