PayTech


Atlanta Fed Paper Examines Money Laundering Risks for GPR Cards (Feb. 7, 2013)

Feb. 7, 2013 Do GPR cards pose significant money laundering threats? That’s the question the Retail Payments Risk Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta explores in recently published paper. Among the paper’s findings is that, as GPR prepaid cards have grown in popularity and come under increased scrutiny by regulators, significant regulatory measures […]

Amazon to Debut Virtual Currency in Bid to Amp up Apps (Feb. 7, 2013)

Feb. 7, 2013 Online retail giant Amazon is looking to beef up its app offerings, and to help with the goal, the company is turning to virtual currency. Set to be released in May, Amazon Coins can be used to buy apps from the Amazon Appstore and to make in-app purchases via Amazon’s Kindle Fire […]

Kuwait International Bank Releases Third Visa Prepaid Card (Feb. 7, 2013)

Feb. 7, 2013 Kuwait International Bank (KIB) has launched a new Visa-branded prepaid card, adding a third prepaid product to the bank’s offerings. The card’s release was timed to coincide with the country’s National & Liberation Day. “The national celebrations are an important aspect of Kuwait’s society, and Kuwait International Bank is taking part in […]

Banco do Brasil, i2c Kick off Partnership with Student GPR Card (February 2013)

February 2013   By Adam Perrotta, Assistant Editor Recent months have seen the release of a spate of payment products targeted for use by Brazilians, whose country is rapidly emerging as a hotbed of financial services development. More than half of the country’s population of more than 200 million is underbanked, according to a MasterCard […]

MCX Reveals Plans for Barcode-/Cloud-Based Approach (February 2013)

February 2013   By Kate Fitzgerald, Emerging Payments Editor The retailer-led mobile payment venture Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has disclosed little about the shape of its developing payment platform since it formed six months ago, but the few details emerging so far are fueling fresh waves of industry buzz. At a panel during the National […]

Visa Sets EMV Liability Deadline for ATMs, Opens up Chip Technology (Feb. 5, 2013)

Feb. 5, 2013 Visa Inc. has taken two more steps forward in the U.S. transition toward EMV by setting new deadlines and liability shift dates for third-party ATM acquirers and announcing that it would provide some of its proprietary EMV chip technology to debit card issuers free of charge to facilitate chip adoption industry-wide and to […]

mPowa Strikes Deal with Portugal Telecom (Feb. 5, 2013)

Feb. 5, 2013 U.K.-based mobile payments provider mPowa has inked a white-label deal with Portugal Telecom Group that will enable the carrier to offer small businesses a card reader-based mobile payments service. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TechCrunch reports it was a multimillion-dollar pact with a seven-year term. The partnership opens […]

Cardplatforms to Develop Payroll Programs with Experian (Feb. 5, 2013)

Feb. 5, 2013 Experian, an information services company and major credit bureau, has announced it will provide Cardplatforms LLC with its international authentication services to help the prepaid card services provider roll out prepaid cards worldwide. Cardplatforms will incorporate its prepaid card issuance network with Experian’s verification services, Prove-ID and AutoDoc-ID, to launch a payroll […]

PIF Launches Chapter for Middle East (Feb. 5, 2013)

Feb. 5, 2013 International not-for-profit trade association Prepaid International Forum (PIF) is launching a regional chapter for the Middle East. Executives from PIF’s regional Chapter Patron, TSYS, have been working with the association’s central body to coordinate the chapter launch, which will include an inaugural meeting on Feb. 18 in Dubai. Invited organizations will consider […]

Urban Trust Shutters Overdraft for Prepaid Cards (Feb. 5, 2012)

Feb. 5, 2012 As of Feb. 1, Urban Trust Bank (UTB), a federally chartered community bank, is no longer offering overdraft protection on its Visa Prepaid Debit Cards. The decision comes after a “careful and thorough evaluation of the prepaid cards’ features in an effort to streamline the cards’ offerings and to best serve the […]

Green Dot Revenue Up on Card Use, Spending Growth (Feb. 4, 2013)

Feb. 4, 2013 Prepaid issuer and program manager Green Dot Corp. said its revenue jumped 15 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to the previous year, with the growth largely due to upswings in card activation and consumer spending. The Pasadena, Calif.-based company took in $137.3 million in last year’s final three months, […]

Facebook Expands Gifting Program with New Card (Feb. 4, 2013)

Feb. 4, 2013 Facebook is expanding its brick-and-mortar gifting program with the launch of its own branded gift card. The Facebook Card began rolling out last week, the social network said in a blog post, with availability “gradually” expanding to more U.S. users. The preloaded card can be purchased within the Gift Cards & Digital […]

N.J. Lawmakers Pass Bill Requiring Direct Deposit for State Employees (Feb. 4, 2013)

Feb. 4, 2013 New Jersey lawmakers in late January passed a bill designed to drive the state’s payroll system away from paper within 18 months by requiring all state employees to receive compensation by direct deposit beginning July 1, 2014. The bill, which passed the New Jersey Assembly by a vote of 74-0, also enables […]

PFS, Deutsche Card Services to Develop Corporate Prepaid Cards in Europe (Feb. 4, 2013)

Feb. 4, 2013 U.K.-based program manager Prepaid Financial Services Ltd. (PFS) and Deutsche Card Services (DeuCS), a Frankfurt-based acquirer and subsidiary of Deutsche Bank, have signed a strategic partnership to develop and deliver prepaid card solutions across Europe for corporate clients. PFS will provide the technology and support to enable DeuCS to offer new payment […]

Republican Opposition to Cordray Redux (Feb. 4, 2013)

Feb. 4, 2013 Senate Republicans have made it clear their opposition to the re-nomination of CFPB Director Richard Cordray, or any nominee, will not wane until their concerns about the agency are addressed. In a letter to President Barack Obama written by Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and signed by 43 Republican […]

U.K.’s Weve Completes Vodafone Integration (Feb. 4, 2013)

Feb. 4, 2013 U.K. mobile wallet venture Weve this week announced it has completed the integration of Vodafone, its third mobile network operator, into its mobile advertising and commerce platform and a total of 15 million consumers, or 25 percent of the U.K. population, have opted in to the service. Weve, a joint venture of […]

Western Union: Expanding on all fronts

As the global payments markets changes, Western Union has plans to change with it. Massimiliano Alvisini, regional director UK, Ireland & Nordics explains how and why.