eLayaway Renews Payment Agreement with Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings extended their agreement with eLayaway to process their 2013 season ticket renewal program for their fans for the 5th consecutive year. This makes it possible for Vikings’ fans to use layaway to pay over time for their season ticket renewals. Season ticket holders can choose to have the payments automatically drafted from their checking accounts or pay cash at any MoneyGram location. eLayaway’s intuitive calculator lets the user set their payments for monthly, bi-weekly or weekly withdrawal. The Vikings can continue to offer a layaway payment option that makes season tickets easier to afford for fans; automate the collection of payments for a seamless payment process; increase management efficiency while eLayaway offers FREE Customer Service; and realize reduced transaction fees as compared to credit card processing.

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Lufthansa Airlines Implements Citi Prepaid Mastercard

Mastercard and Citi have enhanced the agent loyalty program offered by Lufthansa German Airlines, called “eXperts.” Designed for agents who sell international travel, not only keeps members informed about Lufthansa’s latest products and services, eXperts members also benefit from exclusive fares, perks and privileges. The reloadable pre-paid cards by Citi is the latest innovation for eXperts members, making the eXperts Agent Loyalty Program now much more user-friendly and allows agents to quickly redeem their loyalty rewards. The new card-based solution is set to be rolled out by Lufthansa to eXperts members in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia, with future plans to extend to Malaysia and the Philippines. Citi Prepaid Services, a division of Citi Transaction Services, provides customizable prepaid card solutions for companies looking for more effective and convenient ways to deliver key payments, including customer incentives, consumer rewards and rebates and sales commissions. For the recipient, a prepaid card offers convenience and flexibility compared to paper-based delivery methods.

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Standard Chartered Announces Mobile Ventures Program

Standard Chartered Bank signaled its ongoing commitment to talent development in financial services technology by announcing the 2013 Mobile Ventures Fellowship (MoVe) program, initiated as a part of the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s (IDA) Company-Led Training Programme (CLT). Standard Chartered announced another 10 traineeships for young Singaporean technopreneurs (MoVeRs) in mobile banking technology. This is intended to expose MoVeRs to the financial services industry and spur their creativity in designing and developing next generation mobile banking services for the Bank’s customers.

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Acculynk Payment Gateway Partners Spindle

PayLeap, Acculynk’s payment gateway and payments processing solution, signed a strategic agreement with Spindle mobile payments solutions. With this, they will integrate their respective platforms to better serve the global mobile commerce market. The PayLeap payment platform provides multi-functional gateway, acquiring and card processing services for e-commerce, face-to-face, recurring, and online bill payments. Catering to merchants, resellers, and developers, PayLeap provides a secure, single-source solution which includes fraud management, tokenized cardholder data vault, secure checkout with LeapLock, plus developer friendly tools and mobile payment capabilities.

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Western Union Inks Three-Year Agreement with Walmart

Western Union global payment services, announced a three-year renewal agreement with Walmart Canada, whereby more than 330 Walmart locations will continue to offer its money transfer services. Western Union moves money in minutes to consumers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Consumers can access Western Union services through multiple touch points, including local retail stores, www.westernunion.com, banks, and their mobile phones. Western Union services connect people and businesses with each other around the world.

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hyperWALLET Integrates Prepaid Cards on Apple App

hyperWALLET announced integration of its prepaid card products and services with Apple “Passbook,” a feature of Apple’s iOS6. The Apple application supports virtual tickets, boarding passes, coupons and more. hyperWALLET is the winner of the Best in Category for Prepaid Incentive, Reward, Rebate and Loyalty Program at the 2012 Paybefore Awards and will launch its prepaid card Apple “Passbook” service by 2H/13.

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Xpress Money Launches D2Account Remittance

Xpress Money money transfer brand launched its direct account credit services to more than 30 countries across Europe, allowing users from 15 European countries t transfer money into their beneficiary’s bank accounts. Customers will be able to do direct transfer to accounts in more than 1500 banks in the region, and can also register multiple beneficiaries for the service. The countries where direct account credits are possible from include Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

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Fujitsu Wins Bid to Provide Bill Dispensers

Hermosillo has awarded Fujitsu the bid to furnish F50 bill dispensing units required by CFE, thanks to its compliance with the technical specification, pricing and country of origin requirements in the public bid. The F50 bill dispensing unit will be integrated into more than 1,000 CFE self-service utility bill payment kiosks, called CFEmaticos. The F50 bill dispensing unit, designed especially for the OEM channel, is a high-volume, single-denomination currency dispenser designed for integration into a number of applications and verticals. CFE began the rollout of their automated bill payment kiosks, including the F50 bill dispensing unit, to nearly 500 locations in December 2012.

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Western Union Expands Services Through Retail Partner

Western Union global payment services signed an agreement with Carrefour Argentina to offer its global money transfer and bill payment services. Western Union is the first financial services provider to work with Carrefour in Argentina, a company with a presence in 22 of the 24 provinces throughout the country – complementing Western Union’s in-country network. The Western Union money-transfer and bill payment service is now available at select Carrefour locations with rollout plans to be implemented across 120 strategic Carrefour locations.

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