Citi’s U.S. Consumer Finance Unit Completes Rebranding

OneMain Financial ompleted the re-branding of its U.S. Full Service Network from CitiFinancial to distinguish its business with an identity that better represents who it is and what it does. OneMain will launch a multi-media advertising campaign comprised of television commercials, print advertisements, digital placements, and radio spots, focusing on their face-to-face solutions-oriented approach to meeting customers’ needs. Citi will continue to use the CitiFinancial name through its network of CitiFinancial Servicing Centers across the U.S. Each Center features extended hours, enhanced management support, and flexible payment options.

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Chase Offers Military Premier Checking Account

Chase launched its ‘Military Banking’ initiative to support military personnel with special benefits. The premium checking account benefits typically reserved for high-balance customers are now available to active duty Armed Forces servicemembers along with members of the Guard and Reserve. Current Chase military customers will be automatically upgraded to Chase Premier Plus with Military Banking Benefits on July 1. Military personnel qualify when they have their military base pay direct-deposited into their Chase account. This means; no monthly fee or balance requirements; no Chase ATM withdrawal fee for using non-Chase ATMs anywhere in the world; No Chase fee on incoming/outgoing wire transfers; and no fee for money orders, official checks and travelers checks at any of Chase’s 5,300 branches, and many more perks.

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Western Union Expands Ad Cash Payment Option

Western Union announced the number of countries has increased where the Western Union cash payment option is available for Google “AdSense” publishers to more than 60 in only 12 short months. The “AdSense” program for online publishers allows them to earn revenue by displaying relevant ads on a wide variety of content including website content, site search results, feeds and mobile websites. The Western Union payment option delivers cash payments quickly and conveniently to site owners and publishers who use AdSense. Check collection and clearing processes can be lengthy, especially when funds are sent internationally. With the publisher’s consent, Google communicates the name of the publisher, the amount to pay and country information to Western Union, which in turn processes a money transfer, and generates a money transfer confirmation number (MTCN) and makes the funds available at a participating Western Union Agent location in the destination country over the Google “AdSense” web system. The publisher goes to the location, presents their identification and picks up the funds.

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ScanWriter Awarded Gold Certification by Intuit

ScanWriter data entry automation technology designed to revolutionize the accounting industry, has been Certified Gold by Intuit. Personable released ScanWriter last fall and has gained notable praise from Accountants, Bookkeepers and Businesses internationally because of its technically savvy and inventive approach to data management. ScanWriter offers Data Entry Automation features which allow users the ease of converting financial documents into QuickBooks entries and supports over 30 QuickBooks transaction types including but not limited to: Bills, Checks, Credit Card Charges/Credits, etc. It automatically enters Account Coding, Customer/Vendor Name, Date, Memo Notes and much more into Quickbooks — allowing an increase of more efficient accountancy by 90%.

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First Credit Union Converts to Jack Henry Core Processing

First Credit Union is converting to a more efficient new “Symitar Episys” core processing system over the Independence Day Holiday weekend. Online account access will not be available during the conversion. Specifically, online bill pay, online banking, mobile banking and telephone banking will not be available starting close of business June 30 until the conversion is completed. Conversion communication to members included information on the First Credit Union website, printed and online Conversion Guide, member newsletter articles, in-branch posters and banners, direct mail, email messages, statement messages and t-shirts worn by employees.

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Diebold & SafenSoft Forge Alliance

SafenSoft security solutions for ATMs and other unattended devices partnered with Diebold, with plans to expand geographic focus over time. SafenSoft “TPSecure” was designed to secure unattended devices such as ATMs, POS systems, and eVoting machines to prevent unauthorized transactions and to prevent insider tampering with the device. The system is focused on maintaining system integrity rather than the resource-intensive, signature-based approach of many security solutions, and it ensures that only authorized personnel using authorized devices can access authorized data and applications.

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CARDTRONICS Subsidiary Puts Up Banner Numbers

Cardtronics’s UK-based Bank Machine, has recorded a banner first month providing ATM services at its new portfolio of busy commuter train station locations operated by Southern Railway in the South of London and England. Southern Railway, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GoVia Ltd., operates a fleet of 300 trains seven days a week, with 447,000 passenger journeys made every day. Bank Machine immediately set about making aesthetic improvements and ATM equipment upgrades. Efficiently executing the ATM site enhancements with a bare-minimum of interruption to ATM availability, Bank Machine assumed operational control of 20 ATMs spread across 12 train stations late in the first quarter. With April marking the first full month of ATM services provided by Bank Machine, ATMs at the entire roster of train stations, including two of Southern England’s busiest railway stations in Brighton and East Croydon, logged at least a 10 percent increase (same month, year-over-year) of cash withdrawal transactions. During the remainder of 2011, Southern Railway will look to Bank Machine to install ATMs at 10 additional train stations, with some housing cash machines for the first time.

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G&D Commences NFC m-Payment Trial

DnB NOR and Telenor have launched its “Tap2Pay” mobile payment trial based on NFC technology. Implementing Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) infrastructure, “Tap2Pay” also enlisted resources from MasterCard’s “MOTAPS” system and “PayPass” payment, as well as Nets payment solutions provider, wherein 250 consumers have been provided Samsung S5230 mobile phones equipped with NFC short-range wireless technology and a SIM card containing a complete G&D end-to-end payment app. The mobile phones are equipped with G&D’s ProxSIM Taurus SIM card 3G/GSM mini SIM card which supports NFC technology and offers special security features. Additionally, for the trial, G&D is installing the MasterCard “PayPass” payment app on the NFC-compatible SIM cards using its secure Trusted Service Manager (TSM) service, which is connected with MasterCard Mobile Over-The-Air Provisioning Service (MOTAPS).

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VeriFone Acquires Destiny Payments Solutions Provider

VeriFone has completed the acquisition of Destiny Electronic Commerce electronic payments solutions provider. VeriFone will build on this organization to expand the company’s presence as a leading provider of secure payment technologies, services and solutions at the point of sale for Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. VeriFone Systems is the global leader in secure electronic payment solutions. VeriFone provides expertise, solutions and services that add value to the point of sale with merchant-operated, consumer-facing and self-service payment systems for the financial, retail, hospitality, petroleum, government and healthcare vertical markets.

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Unemployment Down in 2/3 of Metro Areas

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With unemployment rates down in May in 274 of the 372 metropolitan areas, higher in 85 areas and unchanged in 13 areas from the year ago period, 10 areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0%, while 17 areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent. Meanwhile, 201 metropolitan areas reported…

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Western Union Launches Money Transfer Card

The Western Union Company unveiled its “Money Transfer Receive Card.” Boasting added convenience for receiving Western Union Money Transfer transactions, the cards will be made available at Agent locations this summer for use anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted worldwide. Funds on the card are protected by the MasterCard zero-liability policy, an added convenience for consumers who may not wish to carry cash. The “Money Transfer Receive Card” can be upgraded to allow the cardholder to add funds to the card and receive additional money transfers on the card in the future and gives retailers who cannot support Western Union’s traditional full-service options new access to Western Union’s network. Users no longer have to complete forms and can manage the card account both online and over the phone.

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