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PFS Bringing Prepaid MasterCard to Slovenia (July 23, 2013)

July 23, 2013 A new prepaid MasterCard is coming to Slovenia, now that Prepaid Financial Services (PFS) has unveiled what it calls the nation’s first domestically issued prepaid card bearing the MasterCard brand. The SmartPayCard Prepaid MasterCard is available in two versions: SmartPayCard Simple, a non-reloadable virtual prepaid card, which can be loaded up to […]

India’s ICICI takes aim at Indian mobile payments

India’s ICICI Bank is to launch a mobile payments service built by Movida, the Indian joint venture between Visa and mobile money specialist firm Monitise, that will draw on the potential to reach unbanked customers in the country.

Discover Adds 43,000 Surcharge-Free ATMs via Allpoint Deal (July 22, 2013)

July 22, 2013 Discover cardholders in the U.S. now have free access to cash at 43,000 more ATMs, thanks to a partnership that brings the Discover and Diners Club brands into the Allpoint Network, part of the largest independent ATM provider in the country. The deal enables Discover to provide its cardholders with expanded cash […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]