Prague-based MUZO recently opened a new office in Moscow. The Company is a majority-owned subsidiary of Global Payments. Global Payments currently provides credit card issuing services to one of the largest providers of consumer credit in the Russian Federation, Home Credit and Finance Bank. Stanislav Coufal will head up the new Russian operations. Coufal joined MUZO in 2004 as an Area Manager for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. MUZO’s proprietary platform is among the first in the European market to be compliant with the international EMV standards for chip-based payment cards.Details
Bank credit card issuers and networks have pledged more than $10 million so far for relief expenses related to Hurricane Katrina. In addition, issuers are waiving fees, relaxing payment requirements and raising credit lines for victims of the USA’s worst natural disaster. First Data’s Western Union Financial Services is reducing its current service fees by 50% on Western Union “Money In Minutes” transactions sent from within the U.S. to Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama between September 2nd and September 30th. Western Union also has established a special, no-transfer fee service for U.S. consumers who wish to help by sending donations directly to the American Red Cross. VISA USA is donating $1 million directly to the American Red Cross and matching contributions from its employees dollar-for-dollar, up to $500 per donation. Bank of America announced a $1 million donation including $500,000 to the American Red Cross “Disaster Relief Fund”, $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank and $400,000 to the areas of greatest need. BofA is also matching associate pledges through the bank’s “Matching Gifts” program and will not limit its overall relief donation. JPMorgan Chase is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross and will match employee donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million. Citigroup is donating $1 million directly to the Red Cross and will match any eligible donation made by a Citigroup employee dollar-for-dollar to the Red Cross up to $1 million. Capital One has pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross to aid its disaster relief efforts. Wells Fargo is contributing $500,000 to the American Red Cross “Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund” and will match contributions from its 151,000 team members dollar-for-dollar, up to $250,000 total. AmSouth Bank has given its customers in the affected areas flexibility on loan repayments, discounted loan rates, and fee waivers. CardWeb.com made several $1,000+ contributions earlier this week to selected “Hurricane Relief” charities and is matching employee donations up to $500 each. Additionally, CardWeb.com posted a direct link to the Red Cross “Hurricane Relief Fund” on its homepage encouraging consumers to use their credit cards to expedite contributions.Details
Ontario-based RDM Corporation has earned Class B Certification from NOVA Information Systems. NOVA has Class B certified the “all in one” credit, debit, EBT, and e-check application on the “RDM SYNERGY” payment terminal. Utilizing RDM’s patented “single pass” Progressive MICR Method and imaging technology, “RDM SYNERGY” is ideal for
Electronic Check Conversion, Check 21 transactions, as well as credit,
debit, EBT and loyalty cards. Standard on “RDM SYNERGY” is a magnetic stripe reader, graphic display, 20-key pad, multiple application support and a powerful processor making RDM SYNERGY a perfect payment platform for POP, ARC, Check 21, and bill payment applications.
Portland, OR-based TRM has agreed to purchase the UK-based ATM business of Travelex UK Limited. The business includes the ATM division of Travelex as well as Travelex ATMs Limited, a joint venture company with Snax 24 Corporation. TRM will purchase the business, comprised of over 1,100 primarily full placement ATM units, for approximately $78 million. The ATMs are deployed around fuel stations and convenience stores such as TotalFinaElf, Snax 24, Texaco and National Car Parks, as well as other sites including McDonalds and United Cinemas International. TRM says most of the ATMs average 1,000 transactions per month. The acquisition would increase TRM’s presence in the UK to over 7,500 ATM and photocopier locations. The deal is expected to close by year’s end. TRM recently reported that gross sales more than doubled to $61.4 million during the second quarter, compared to 2Q/04. (CF Library 8/12/05)Details
Ireland’s Permanent-TSB is launching on September 26th the first pre-paid credit card voucher. The new “3V Voucher” is a disposable 16-digit prepaid VISA debit number which is printed onto a paper receipt from a retailer terminal. It can be used to make transactions up to the monetary value of the “3V Voucher” purchased and when the funds are all spent, it is discarded. Cardholders can also check their balance and previous transactions online, anytime. The maximum credit that can be purchased on any one “3V Voucher” is about $438 and the minimum $25, according to this week’s issue of CardFlash International. The “3V Voucher” is issued by permanent TSB in association with VISA, 3V Transaction Services and Alphyra. The group plans to launch the product in the UK, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Romania, Poland, Austria and the Czech Republic over the next 12-18 months.Details
Dallas-based TransFirst has hired Barry Ervi, former business development manager for Paymentech, the Midwest VP of business development for its Independent Sales Services division. Prior to joining TransFirst, Ervi served as a business development manager for Paymentech. He has also held sales and management positions with Chase Merchant Services and First USA Bank. Ervi received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor in advertising from Texas Tech University. TransFirst provides transaction processing services.Details
Korea’s Woori Bank, Lotte Card and Korea Exchange Bank have become the first in the world to issue the newly-branded VISA card. VISA first announced the change in its brand identity in March and it is now being implemented globally, with the first signage starting to appear in shop windows, on the Internet, on mobile phones and at major sponsored events worldwide. Under the changes, VISA relocated its dove hologram to the back of the card. The dove hologram, which was adopted in 1984, is now being integrated with the magnetic stripe. The “CVV2” code will be moved off the signature panel. The “V” in VISA has been enhanced with a gold color to highlight the VISA wordmark’s unique serif, the size of the VISA logo has been increased, and the banners used as borders in the current design have been eliminated. “Visa Electron” will share the same new VISA identity on the card and at the point-of-sale but will be identified by the word “Electron” below the VISA logo. In some European areas, “V” will be used on its own with a different brand name, such as “V PAY.” The worldwide transition to the new VISA brand identity will be completed by 2010. (CF Library 3/15/05)Details
Shinhan Card has become the first bank card issuer of American
Express cards in the country. The issuer will offer a range of AmEx-branded consumer and corporate cards in the second quarter of 2006.
The products will focus on South Koreans who frequently travel overseas.
American Express has now established 94 card-issuing partnership arrangements in more than 100 countries.
Capital One and Hibernia have mutually agreed to reschedule their merger as a result of the devastation and disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina until September 7th. Capital One Financial Corporation and subsidiaries collectively had 48.9 million accounts and $83.0 billion in managed loans outstanding. Hibernia has $22.1 billion in assets and 321 locations in 34 Louisiana parishes and 36 Texas counties.Details
MasterCard plans to launch its new “Get Wired” sweepstakes in the
United Kingdom, Netherlands and Canada. The sweepstakes launched this
week in the USA and is for business cardholders. The
sweepstakes is one component of a larger global “Get Wired” campaign
that will run into 2006. To support the U.S. “Get Wired” campaign,
MasterCard plans to roll-out new broadcast, print and online “priceless”
advertising that highlights the difference technology can make for small
businesses. A new television commercial titled “Flex” launches this week
and will be featured during television broadcasts of this year’s World
Series. The sweepstakes provides all “MasterCard BusinessCard” and
“Debit MasterCard BusinessCard” cardholders with a chance to win one of
three $50,000 technology makeovers for their small business, including a
technology expert to help put it all together. Business cardholders will
automatically be entered into the sweepstakes with each card transaction
between September 1st and November 30th.