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 […]

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PayPal Buys Mobile App Firm, Adds iPad Merchant App (March 14, 2013)

March 14, 2013 PayPal Inc. is preparing to rev up its digital wallet with the acquisition of Duff Research, a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based mobile app development shop, the company announced this week on its blog. PayPal since last year has been putting a heavy emphasis on mobile in all of its new product developments, wrote James […]

i2c Seeks to Improve Methods of Gathering Consumer Feedback (March 14, 2013)

March 14, 2013 i2c Inc. has enhanced its process for obtaining feedback from prepaid card customers by enabling issuers and program managers that use the Redwood City, Calif.-based payments processor’s IVR system or customer service agents to gather customer feedback through mobile text surveys and automated collection of customer voice messages. Low response rates to […]

Western Union to Facilitate Government Disbursements in Haiti (March 14, 2013)

March 14, 2013 Continuing its recent global payments push, money transfer giant Western Union has announced a new program in Haiti aimed at enhancing government aid disbursements to citizens. The service initially will enable aid recipients, such as parents of young children, university students and senior citizens, to receive government payments at more than 600 […]

Polish Bank Debuts Mobile Payments Service (March 14, 2013)

March 14, 2013 PKO Bank Polski has launched a new mobile payment service for use at POS, online, ATMs and for P2P money transfer. The system, known as IKO, is available as a free app for Android and iOS-based smartphones and will soon expand to BlackBerry, Symbian, Java and Windows Phone, according to the Polish […]

RBS offers to automate SEPA migration for corporates

The Royal Bank of Scotland has announced a new product intended to help clients migrate to mandatory SEPA standards. Called the RBS SEPA Accelerator, the product has a feature that allows a corporate implementing the SEPA XML file format to independently initiate, monitor and amend file testing, validation and end-to-end simulation. This ensures that a corporate can self-test its SEPA readiness.

Connecting to Consumers: Keys from Payments Innovators (March 2013)

March 2013   By Kate Fitzgerald, Emerging Payments Editor In the mobile landscape, the race to build close ties to consumers is intensifying as a broad range of players vie to become essential to individuals’ shopping, purchasing and daily financial management habits. Though still early in the game, at the Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Fla., […]

Paybefore Honors Innovation in Orlando (March 2013)

March 2013   Expanding the Boundaries of PrepaidLeft to right: Lisa Breitengross and Kevin Boglarsky, Discover 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 Ceremony, which capped off the first day of Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Fla. This year—for […]

Viewpoint: Navigating Important Drivers of Prepaid Innovation. First Stop: EMV (March 2013)

March 2013   By Lori Breitzke, E&S Consulting LLC Imagine that tech innovation is like a superhighway. There always are some drivers zipping ahead of the rest at speeds that make the others uncomfortable, while others move at a less frenetic pace. Innovation in prepaid, on the other hand, straddles two different lanes, sometimes remaining ahead of […]

Mobile bill payments to grow rapidly and migrate to tablets

Almost 200 million mobile users will be making bill payments via their mobile by 2017, according to research. According to Juniper Research, there is a growing user acceptance of ‘push’ mobile banking and a sharp rise in tablet adoption that will drive users of transactional tablet banking services. The report also finds that, adoption of […]

Boosting Gift Card Sales in the U.S. and Abroad (March 2013)

March 2013   By Bill Grabarek and Loraine DeBonis      Though much of the payments buzz at last week’s Prepaid Expo USA in Orlando, Fla., revolved around mobile and GPR products, closed-loop cards—whether it’s B2B or consumer gift cards—shouldn’t be ignored, according to several panelists who shared methods of maximizing sales, as well as challenges and […]

People on the Move: Ray Iglesias, Ubiquity Global Services (March 2013)

March 2013 Ubiquity Global Services recently announced that Ray Iglesias has joined the New York City-based business process outsourcing organization as CEO. Iglesias has a recognized track record in growing a number of successful companies. Most recently he helped manage the integration of payments technology company TxVia into Google. Prior to Google, Iglesias served as […]

People on the Move: Kevin Spector and Christian Krejcik, payvia Inc. (March 2013)

March 2013 payvia Inc., a Los Angeles-based mobile payments provider, has appointed Kevin Spector  senior vice president, global payments, and Christian Krejcik director of strategic sales. Spector previously served as CEO of Mobile First, an international mobile payments network acquired by payvia, and he has more than 18 years of digital media, finance and international […]

Blog: NFC Still Top Dog at GSMA Mobile World Congress (March 2013)

March 2013   By Sirpa Nordlund, Mobey Forum So, where were you in the last week of February? If, like me, you work in the mobile industry, there’s a fair chance you visited Barcelona for the GSMA Mobile World Congress. Over three days, 72,000 visitors from more than 200 countries and all corners of the mobile […]

People on the Move: Sam Altman, Green Dot Corp. (March 2013)

March 2013 Prepaid issuer and program manager Green Dot Corp. recently announced the appointment of Sam Altman, Green Dot executive vice president of mobile products and strategy, to its board of directors. Green Dot’s board of directors is now comprised of eight members, and Altman will serve as a Class I director. He also is […]