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Oct 07, 2015

EMV Liability Shift is Here

Chip Cards a Milestone in Lessening Fraud

Arlene Hauben

The much anticipated Payment Networksí Liability Shift associated with EuroPay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) has begun in the US, as of October 1. Itís a major milestone for financial companies, including banks and credit unions, credit card issuers, and retailers, in an industry-wide effort to decrease financial fraud.

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Oct 06, 2015

Product Review

Starbucks Mobile Order-and-Pay Now App

Arlene Hauben

Always an innovator in customer loyalty and rewards programs, Starbucks is leading the way in mobile payments. The coffee and light food connoisseur has spun out its Mobile Order-and-Pay Now app nationwide.

Sep 30, 2015

Creating a Payments System

Unipagos Serves Mexicoís Unbanked

Ed McKinley

Paul Coppinger, a veteran of the US payments industry, had an epiphany when he was traveling abroad. He saw that countless people around the world donít have access to the banking system but do have smartphones. Why not combine prepaid funds and wireless transactions, he thought, to create a whole new payments system for emerging economies?

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Sep 24, 2015

5 Minutes With Ben Jackson

Director of the Prepaid Advisory Service at Mercator Advisory Group

Ed McKinley

After reporting for the daily newspaper American Banker and editing Prepaid Trends magazine, Ben Jackson made the transition from journalism to consulting. In 2009, he became an analyst for the Mercator Advisory Group and a year and a half ago earned a promotion to director of Mercatorís Prepaid Advisory Service.

Sep 23, 2015

From Plastic to Sustainable Gift Cards

Customers and Retailers Become More Environmentally Conscious

Arlene Hauben

Renewability is a quality that is increasingly important for businesses, as 57 percent of the Fortune 500 are reporting on their environmental, social and governance impacts, according to the Gift Card Network Forest Materials Committee. The gift card industry is looking for ways to be more sustainable.

Sep 16, 2015

Product Review

Mobile Hotspot + Prepaid Data Card

Arlene Hauben

Everyone wants to be connected wherever they go. Without connectivity, they feel lost. Part of your mobile carrier plan includes data, which gives you connectivity on your smartphone or other mobile device.

Sep 10, 2015

Green Dotís GoBank Adventure

Alok Deshpande on the Convergence of Banking and Mobile

Ed McKinley

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that Green Dot Corp. has moved beyond the de facto banking functions of prepaid cards into a more full-fledged mobile banking service called GoBank.