U.S. Bank Connects Square to Digital Wallet Options (July 22, 2013)
July 22, 2013 With its latest move making it easier for customers to pay using the Square Inc. mobile app, U.S. Bank left no doubt it plans to support multiple digital wallet providers. The Minneapolis bank last week announced that its customers may link a credit, debit or prepaid card to the Square app within […]
Movida Signs Deal with ICICI Bank to Offer Mobile Payments in India (July 22, 2013)
July 22, 2013 ICICI Bank customers soon will be able to pay bills, make purchases and reload prepaid airtime from their mobile phones. India’s largest private commercial financial institution today announced a deal with Movida, the joint venture between Visa Inc. and Monitise, which enables consumers to use Movida’s mobile payments technology regardless of phone […]
InComm Announces Cabela Deal; Blackhawk to Roll Out Gift Card Malls in Home Depot (July 22, 2013)
July 22, 2013 Two distribution deals in the last week promise to increase prepaid card availability for consumers. InComm announced it will be distributing gift cards for Cabela’s through its retail distribution network of 225,000 locations, while rival Blackhawk Network will be rolling out its Gift Card Mall in U.S. Home Depot locations this year. […]
Barclays under fire for “outrageous” remittance closures
At a passionate debate in Westminster this week MPs, led by Rushanara Ali, member for Bethnal Green & Bow, called for government action in the wake of Barclay’s recent decision to close accounts for a large number of small payments businesses in the remittances sector.
Deutsche Börse opens doors to ‘dark pool’ Liquidnet
German exchange Deutsche Börse is to launch a new block trading service in partnership with Liquidnet, the buy-side crossing network.
UniCredit to form joint venture with IBM for cloud services
UniCredit and IBM are to form a joint venture company that will offer IT infrastructure services to other financial institutions as part of a “multi-billion dollar”, 10-year agreement.
Slovakia shapes up as centre of excellence for mobile payments
The on-going turf wars that have held back the adoption of using mobile phones as a payment device at the point-of-sale will soon be a thing of the past if the progress made in Bratislava over the past year is any indication. The success of a project involving Visa Europe, Tatra Bank, Telefónica Slovakia’s O2 operation and a substantial number of retailers makes the Slovakian capital a showcase market for contactless technology.
InComm Expands Digital Offerings in Stores, on Web (July 18, 2013)
July 18, 2013 The shift to omnichannel retail continues as InComm this week rolled out a pair of services to enable the prepaid provider’s client companies to expand their digital product offerings in stores and on the Web. InComm’s new in-store digital sales program opens the door for merchants to offer products such as downloadable music, […]
Report: Banks Hold the Key for Mobile Shopping in Europe (July 18, 2013)
July 18, 2013 European consumers are most comfortable turning to their banks when it comes to mobile shopping, according to a new report. The study, commissioned by Monitise and conducted by the Future Foundation in May 2013, polled a sample of 1,500 smartphone users in the U.K., Germany and Spain. Fifty percent of German smartphone […]
CardCash.com Beefs Up Security for Digital Gift Card Sales (July 18, 2013)
July 18, 2013 Responding to growing demand for digital gift cards, CardCash.com has revamped its system for handling electronic gift card sales, including beefing up bulwarks against fraud, the company said. Brick, N.J.-based CardCash.com, launched in 2008, specializes in reselling unused consumer gift cards via the secondary market. In June CashCard introduced an “e-code” sale […]
LSE’s Luxembourg venture highlights regulator’s dilemma
The London Stock Exchange’s plans to establish a new central securities depository in Luxembourg reveal the way regulation can have unintended consequences – in this case a proliferation of CSDs.
Breaking News: Senate Confirms CFPB Director Cordray (July 17, 2013)
July 17, 2013 The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) amid growing acrimony along party lines over several of President Barack Obama’s nominations. The vote was 66-34. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) late last week filed cloture motions to force votes on seven nominees in […]
People on the Move: Ivo Weevers, Virtual Piggy Inc. (July 2013)
July 2013 Virtual Piggy Inc., a Hermosa Beach, Calif.-based provider of e-commerce solutions enabling children to manage and spend money within a parent-controlled environment, has appointed Ivo Weevers creative director, mobile design, to lead and manage the mobile consumer experience team. He has 15 years of experience creating highly successful mobile, Web, device and desktop […]
People on the Move: Executive Promotions, TSYS (July 2013)
July 2013 TSYS, a Columbus, Ga.-based processor, has announced executive promotions and additions to its senior management group. Gaylon Jowers Jr. has been appointed senior executive vice president. He also serves as president of TSYS’s international services segment. Jowers has held leadership roles in which he was responsible for the company’s debit, prepaid, loyalty, debt […]
People on the Move: Shazia Manus, The Members Group (July 2013)
July 2013 The Members Group (TMG), a Des Moines, Iowa-based card processing and payment solutions provider, announced that CEO Shazia Manus has been appointed to serve a one-year term on the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Payments Policy Subcommittee. The CUNA Payments Policy Subcommittee monitors, reviews and makes recommendations to the organization’s Governmental Affairs Committee […]
People on the Move: Ferhan Patel, Payza (July 2013)
July 2013 Payza, an online payment platform, has named Ferhan Patel chief compliance officer and director of global risk and compliance. He will oversee the risk, fraud and compliance departments and be responsible for the company’s AML/CTF, compliance, fraud- and risk-mitigation policies. Prior to his new position, Patel led the company’s product development strategies, marketing […]
People on the Move: Eric Thiegs, National Gift Card Corp. (July 2013)
July 2013 National Gift Card Corp. (NGC)—an Elgin, Ill.-based marketer and supplier of gift cards for use in loyalty, incentive and rewards programs—has appointed Eric Thiegs senior vice president, business development. He is a 15-year veteran of the partnership marketing, member benefits, loyalty and rewards arenas, and he will be responsible for leading the company’s […]
People on the Move: Laura Patterson, LifeWork Search (July 2013)
July 2013 LifeWork Search, a staffing firm with offices in Massachusetts and Florida, recently announced that Laura Patterson has joined the company’s executive search team, leading the compliance, fraud and risk department. Patterson has more than 15 years of experience in technical sales and account cultivation. Her merchant services career started in 2002 with American Express, […]
1 + 1 = $1 Trillion in Card Payments: The Gold Rush for Micro and Small Business (July 2013)
The surge in new mPOS tools and e-commerce options for micro and small businesses represents a significant growth opportunity to a diverse array of payments industry players. By Kate Fitzgerald, Emerging Payments Editor Local dog-sitters, dry cleaners and doughnut shops could become as important as gold nuggets to payments industry providers that recognize their potential […]
European post-trade alliance targets repo market
Clearstream, Euroclear and Eurex Clearing have signed an agreement with the ICMA European Repo Council to create a joint project aimed at improving the efficiency of the repo market.
Industry Views: Building Long-Term Cardholder Relationships with Financial Literacy
Despite what you’ve been seeing in the mainstream media recently, many prepaid card providers have not only lowered fees in the last few years but many are educating cardholders about how to avoid fees altogether.
People on the Move: Guy Chiarello, First Data Corp. (July 2013)
July 2013 First Data Corp., an Atlanta-based payments processor, has appointed Guy Chiarello president. He will serve as a member of the management committee, and he will focus on innovation, product development and technological systems. Chiarello also will engage with customers and business leaders to create and enhance the many new solutions First Data plans […]
Companies on the Move: ecoPayz, formerly ecoCard (July 2013)
July 2013 ecoCard, a U.K.-based global payment solutions provider, has been rebranded ecoPayz to reflect the scope of its diverse range of payment solutions, according to the company. “Over the last few years we have significantly grown and extended our range of payment solutions to incorporate a range of virtual payment mechanisms, not just physical cards, so […]
Companies on the Move: CPI Card Group, ICMA Élan Awards (July 2013)
July 2013 CPI Card Group, a Littleton, Colo.-based card producer, recently received several Élan Awards at the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The Élan Awards recognize innovative card designs, technologies and other criteria that establish the global vanguard for card manufacturing. CPI received the top honor in two categories: “Best Financial […]
People on the Move: Norman Miller, DFC Global Corp. (July 2013)
July 2013 DFC Global Corp., a Berwyn, Pa.-based financial services company serving primarily unbanked and underbanked consumers, has promoted Norman Miller president and chief operating officer. He has served as the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2007. Previously, Miller was employed by ARAMARK Inc., where he was group president of sports […]
People on the Move: Michael Boustridge, Contact Solutions (July 2013)
July 2013 Contact Solutions, a Reston, Va.-based provider of cloud-based customer self-service solutions, has appointed Michael Boustridge CEO. His focus will be to continue building on the strong market momentum Contact Solutions has built over the last 11 years and accelerate the company’s growth trajectory, including evolving partner relationships, sustaining operational excellence and expanding into commercial […]
People on the Move: Sartaj Alag, Christopher D’Angelo, Nora Dowd Eisenhower and Laurie Maggiano, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (July 2013)
July 2013 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently has added several members to senior positions within the bureau. Sartaj Alag is returning to the CFPB and will serve as chief operating officer. In his previous role at the bureau, Alag was in charge of starting up and managing the Office of Consumer Response. Previously, […]
People on the Move: Peter J. Quadagno, Bank Solutions Group LLC (July 2013)
July 2013 Bank Solutions Group LLC, an Atlanta-based management consulting firm, has hired Peter J. Quadagno as a partner in its payments practice. He has more than 30 years of payments industry experience as an executive, business owner and consultant, most of it focused on prepaid cards. He founded several firms, including Maverick Network Solutions and […]
People on the Move: Jennifer Boussuge, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (July 2013)
July 2013 Bank of America Merrill Lynch has named Jennifer Boussuge head of global transaction services (GTS) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She has been with the company for more than 19 years, during which time she has held a number of leadership roles, most recently as head of global sales for GTS. […]
Companies on the Move: Consumer Financial Services Practice, Ballard Spahr LLP (July 2013)
July 2013 Ballard Spahr LLC recently announced the opening of its 14th office—this one in New York City—that will expand the firm’s capabilities in representing banks and other financial institutions in a wide range of consumer financial services regulatory matters, litigation and government investigations, according to the firm. The New York office operates under the […]
ICMA Honors Card Design and Innovation (July 2013)
The International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA) continues to honor innovators in card manufacturing through its Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence, and many prepaid programs were recognized as finalists and winners this year. The awards were presented last month during the association’s Annual Card Manufacturing and Personalization EXPO in Washington, D.C. “The graphics on many […]
Power of Prepaid: Consumer Research Reveals Rising Prepaid Usage, More Work to Do (July 2013)
By Loraine DeBonis, Editor-in-Chief On the final day of the NBPCA’s Power of Prepaid conference in Washington, D.C., last month, experts shared results from two recent studies that shed light on how U.S. consumers conduct their financial lives and where prepaid providers can fill a need. While the first shows encouraging signs about prepaid adoption […]
OU Blazes Trail with Tuition Gift Card (July 2013)
By Bill Grabarek, Senior Editor True to the pioneering spirit of the University of Oklahoma’s moniker, the Sooners (a nickname for settlers during the land rush of the late 1800s), OU is traversing a path seemingly untrodden by other colleges and universities. OU’s Office of the Bursar recently launched the OU Gift Card, enabling friends […]
China UnionPay Debuts NFC Payment App (July 16, 2013)
July 16, 2013 Shanghai-based payment card network UnionPay continues to expand its NFC-based mobile payment offerings, launching a new smartphone app for contactless payments last week. Dubbed simply Wallet, the app enables users to link card accounts from eight participating Chinese banks to NFC-enabled smartphones from China Mobile and make purchases at POS terminals via […]
i2c, Heartland Kick Off Processing Pact with Payroll Card (July 16, 2013)
July 16, 2013 Cloud-based payment processor i2c Inc. has signed a deal to provide prepaid card processing services to Heartland Payment Systems. The collaboration will kick off with i2c taking over processing duties for Heartland’s National Restaurant Association (NRA) Edge payroll card program, which enables restaurant employees to load their paychecks and outside funds onto […]
Ukash Deal Gives Brazilians More Online Shopping Options (July 16, 2013)
July 16, 2013 Consumers in Brazil soon will be able to purchase Ukash vouchers in Brazilian currency at participating Petrobas and other independent stores across the country, and spend those vouchers at 3,500 e-commerce and digital entertainment Websites. Ukash, a London-based prepaid voucher provider and Paybefore Award winner, yesterday announced an agreement with Now Prepay Servicos […]
NCLC Attacks Overdraft on Prepaid Products Again (July 16, 2013)
The National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) again is urging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to prohibit overdraft on prepaid products and limit the ways in which credit and prepaid may be associated.
Banks granted respite as US FATCA rule is delayed again
Delays to the controversial US FATCA rule have provided a valuable window of opportunity for financial institutions to prepare.
Japan Exchange brings Osaka equities to Tokyo
Japan Exchange Group has migrated the Osaka Securities Exchange cash equities market and integrated it into the Tokyo Stock Exchange, marking an important stage in the unification of the two exchanges.
Sen. Reid to Force Vote on Nomination of CFPB’s Cordray, Others (July 15, 2013)
July 15, 2013 In a protracted battle over several of President Barack Obama’s nominations, including his appointment of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) last week filed cloture motions to force votes on seven nominees in an effort to bypass what he called “blatant […]