People on the Move: James B. Stallings Jr., FIS Board (April 2013)

FIS, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based banking and payment technology provider, has named James B. Stallings Jr. to its board. Prior to his retirement in January from IBM after 23 years, Stallings served in a variety of management roles, including general manager of enterprise systems. He also has worked at GE Company and ROLM Corp.; is managing […]

People on the Move: Chris Fry, Braintree Inc. Board (April 2013)

Braintree Inc., a Chicago-based e-commerce payments processor, has announced that Chris Fry, senior vice president of engineering at Twitter, has joined Braintree’s board of directors. With his experience in building world-class developer platforms, Fry will advise on the continued development of Braintree’s payment platform. His expertise will support Braintree as it continues to make it […]

People on the Move: Gary Daniel, Allied Payment Network (April 2013)

Allied Payment Network, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based provider of online bill payment services to the financial industry, has announced that Gary Daniel has joined the company as executive vice president and board member, bringing more than 45 years of experience to the firm. Daniel has held management and executive positions at several companies providing data […]

Fiserv Launches Mobile Deposit Capture for Prepaid with Check Guarantee (April 4, 2013)

Fiserv Inc. is the latest to offer mobile deposit capture for prepaid cards, with a new program targeting prepaid card processors that includes a check-guarantee service so cardholders may receive funds immediately instead of waiting several days for checks to clear. Fiserv’s Prepaid Source Capture, based on the remote deposit capture it has offered banks […]

Visa Europe Adds Second Processing Partner for U.K. Digital Wallet (April 4, 2013)

Payments processor Global Payments Inc. will support Visa Europe when it launches its digital wallet in the U.K. this spring. The country’s third-largest card payments processor, Global Payments joins WorldPay as processing partners for the U.K. version of the wallet, which launched a pilot with bank partner RBS late last year and is expected […]

iKaaz Marketing NFC-Based Mobile Card Readers in India, Africa (April 4, 2013)

As competition among mobile merchant acceptance services in India grows, merchants seem to be responding to the new technology. Bangalore-based iKaaz says that within three months of launching its NFC-based card reader for merchants, the company is processing 800,000 transactions monthly. The iKaaz NFC Reader, available for US$20, plugs into any mobile phone and enables […]

Nintendo to Roll Out ‘Interactive’ Prepaid Cards in Japan (April 4, 2013)

Video game giant Nintendo will launch a series of prepaid cards in Japan that feature characters from the popular Super Mario franchise. The cards will be available in monetary denominations of 1,000 yen (US$10.40), 2,000 yen (US$20.81) and 3,000 yen (US$31.21), and will be available starting in late April from convenience stores and other retailers […]

Competition stirs ATM revolution

A new generation of ATMs that offer customers more personalised services will provide a core tool for increasing levels of banking competition, according to a new report by business consultancy Navigant.

Networks Make Their Case as White House Weighs Cross-Border AML Rules (April 2, 2013)

With government officials considering a FinCEN anti-money laundering rule that would require consumers to report when they transport prepaid cards, along with cash and/or monetary instruments, with a value of more than $10,000 into or out of the country, representatives from three payment card networks went to the White House to request the rule be […]

Digital River adds paysafecard to Online Shopping Checkout Menus (April 2, 2013)

Online merchants using Minneapolis-based Digital River Inc.’s e-commerce platform may now add paysafecard, a European-based prepaid electronic payment option, to their consumer checkout menus, the companies said. Paybefore Award-winning paysafecard, founded in 2000 in Austria, provides prepaid payment services for more than 450,000 European and U.S. merchants in 33 countries. Adding paysafecard “makes online purchasing […]

Ukash to Debut Cash Withdrawal Service (April 2, 2013)

London-based prepaid voucher provider Ukash is rolling out a new service that will enable customers to turn their vouchers back into cash. Set to debut later this month, the Cash Withdrawals service lets users turn their game winnings or Ukash transaction change into cash at more than 24,000 PayPoint-enabled retailers throughout the U.K. Previously, Ukash […]

Report: Global M-Payment Development Favors No Single Technology Yet (April 2, 2013)

Mobile payments are evolving at different rates around the globe, with Asia leading other regions including Latin America, Europe and North America in growth. However, progress is uneven and it remains unclear which payment technology will prevail worldwide, according to a new report from Amsterdam-based payments consulting firm Innopay. In Japan, for example, contactless payments […]

MasterCard Signs MOU with China’s Alibaba Group (April 1, 2013)

Consumers and businesses inside and outside of China may have enhanced online payment options now that Chinese online commerce giant Alibaba Group and MasterCard have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work together on e-commerce. In addition to enhancing e-commerce, the companies said key goals of the MOU include working to help combat intellectual […]

CFSI Report Outlines ‘Next Chapter’ in Govt. Benefit Programs (April 1, 2013)

Prepaid cards represent “the next chapter” of electronic government payments, according to a new report from the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) and the Hudson Institute, which outlines ways to make benefit disbursement cards even more beneficial to recipients. One approach to improving benefit cards is by increasing the choice of card products available […]

Western Union, VTN Launch Mobile Money Transfer Service in Nigeria (April 1, 2013)

A new money transfer service is providing Nigerians with a way to manage and access their Western Union remittances via their mobile phones. VCASH subscribers can use the service, which was launched last week by Western Union Co. and Nigerian mobile payment operator Virtual Terminal Network, to transfer individual Western Union remittances up to US$300 […]