SEPA – Time to Make the Change

The shift to SEPA offers significant benefits to businesses – from lower bank fees on euro payments and direct debits to opportunities to streamline processes.

SEPA direct debit uptake “unacceptable” says ECB

The European Central Bank says that the speed of adopion of direct debits in line with the Single Euro Payments Area standards is “unacceptable” and urged regulators and payment service providers to make greater efforts to push the instrument or risk damaging the reputation of the scheme.

Debit Network Consortium Selects Discover’s Technology to Resolve Debit Network-Routing Dilemma (March 21, 2013)

March 21, 2013 A troublesome roadblock to U.S. EMV adoption crumbled this week when 10 debit networks agreed to license a common U.S. debit application identifier (AID) from Discover Financial Services as the foundation solution for routing debit transactions under the EMV, or chip-card standard. The Secure Remote Payments Council’s decision resolves a stalemate that […]

Western Union Launches Platform for Global Product Development (March 21, 2013)

March 21, 2013 Western Union Co. continues to expand its prepaid offerings globally and yesterday announced the rollout of its Global Share platform, which the company says will enable it to work more easily with partner companies that offer complementary products and services. The platform will facilitate better collaboration and improve products’ speed to market, […]

LevelUp Seeks Scale with Heartland Partnership (March 21, 2013)

March 21, 2013 For mobile wallet providers, reaching scale with consumers and merchants has proved to be the 800-pound gorilla. However, Heartland Payment Systems, the Princeton, N.J.-based merchant processor, and LevelUp, a promotion-based mobile payment and loyalty network from Boston-based SCVNGR, believe their partnership will solve the problem. Following pilot programs in New York City, Boston, […]

Cease & Desist: Ill. Gets Tough with Square and ‘Unlicensed Money Transmitters’ (March 2013)

The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation recently released five cease and desist orders from January 2013 against six entities for unlicensed activities under the state’s Transmitters of Money Act. These six entities offer a variety of services in Illinois, including domestic and international money transfer, bill payment services and prepaid cards.  One of […]

Fed’s Interchange and Routing FAQs Throw Prepaid in a Tizzy (March 2013)

The Federal Reserve Board (Fed) quietly released changes to its FAQs on Reg. II’s restrictions on debit card interchange fees and routing. Five new FAQs were added and one existing FAQ was revised. Changes in two areas directly affect prepaid cards: the exemption for “general use prepaid cards” and the requirement for adding a second […]

FinCEN Clarifies Stance on MSB Regs for Virtual Currency Participants (March 19, 2013)

March 19, 2013 The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has issued clarification of its regulatory stance on persons and entities engaged in the use, exchange and administration of virtual currencies. According to a guidance notice issued by FinCEN this week, users of virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin and Amazon Coins are not considered […]

UnionPay Inks e-Commerce Deal for U.S., Canada (March 19, 2013)

March 19, 2013 International payment processor Planet Payment Inc. has joined with China UnionPay to enable UnionPay card users to shop online at e-commerce merchants based in the U.S. and Canada. The deal grants such retailers access to one of the largest card brands in the world, while continuing UnionPay’s recent efforts to expand acceptance […]

Billtrust Offers Integrated QR Codes for Mobile Billing (March 19, 2013)

March 19, 2013 Billtrust today has launched QR codes for biller statements, a service enabling consumers and businesses to pay their bills online by scanning the QR code with their smartphones. The Hamilton, N.J.-based provider of outsourced billing services can imprint a QR code on any outbound billing document, according to the company. When the […]

PayPal Receives License to Operate in Russia (March 18, 2013)

March 18, 2013 PayPal Inc. has received approval from regulators in Russia to operate as a non-credit banking institution in the country, which paves the way for the e-commerce giant to begin operating a domestic payments business in a market the company considers to be one of its biggest growth opportunities. The news initially was […]

Intuit Debuts U.K. Mobile Card Reader (March 18, 2013)

March 18, 2013 Intuit Inc. has cast its lot into the competitive European mobile card reader market. Announced as a pilot in November, Intuit Pay includes a chip-and-PIN card reader and companion iOS app that enables payments via MasterCard or Visa. Intuit said versions of the app for other platforms, such as Android, are coming […]

Paybefore Honors Innovation in Orlando, Announces Europe Winners

Read about our winners and view event photos. The Paybefore Awards Europe ceremony will be held during Prepaid Expo Europe on 18 April in London. Best-in-Category honorees will be announced for the first time. On March 4, Paybefore celebrated 72 programs in 23 categories, naming for the first time Best-in-Category honorees at the 7th Annual Paybefore Awards […]

One law for the rich, another for …

for a growing number of people, wary of the debasing of currencies through quantitative easing, alternatives such as Bitcoin are becoming more popular.