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July-August 2013

E-commerce Innovation Awards finalists announced

August 28, 2013--From a growing number of entrants, 27 finalists have been selected to compete in the 2013 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards. Finalists were chosen for their bold and innovative approaches to enhancing the online shopping experience in Canada. Winners will receive lucrative shipping contracts worth up to $100,000, customized direct marketing packages - which include data and targeting solutions - as well as valuable marketing prizes.

Poll shows consumers support competition tribunal decision

August 26, 2013 --The Consumers' Association of Canada (CAC) released new polling today that shows consumers overwhelmingly support the decision of the Competition Tribunal to reject a challenge of rules put in place by MasterCard and Visa to protect consumers.

SmartAssure to launch $5 Million insurance coverage products in prepaid card format for Travelers

August 16, 2013 --Blackhawk Network (Canada) Ltd., has launched a new travel insurance product called SmartAssureTM travelers insurance, soon to be sold at Canada Safeway grocery locations. SmartAssure will offer Canadian consumers affordable travel insurance coverage to suit a variety of travel needs, such as providing emergency medical travel coverage while traveling abroad.

Nation's largest online food delivery service, expedites growth with iOS mobile app

August 14, 2013 --The Canadian arm of global brand JUST EAT launched its new e-commerce iOS mobile app for on-the-go ordering. With the addition of this faster, more functional mobile platform and the brand's aggressive expansion in new cities, expects to see over $50 million in order revenue processed through its system to restaurant partners this year. As the nation's largest and only coast-to-coast online food ordering service, the brand services more than 160 cities and towns through its partnerships with 3500 restaurants.

TD Bank Group, Aimia confirm agreement

August 12, 2013--TD Bank Group (TD) and Aimia Inc. today announced that TD will become the primary credit card issuer for Aeroplan, a loyalty program owned by Aimia, starting on January 1, 2014. TD will offer a full suite of co-branded Aeroplan Visa credit cards, giving customers several ways to earn miles for flights and enjoy other features and benefits of the Aeroplan program, including benefits within Aeroplan's new Distinction recognition program that launches in January.

VeriFone simplifies payments complexity for US merchants, service providers

August 6, 2013--In answer to the growing burden of PCI compliance, EMV migration, and the emergence of mobile wallets and value-added service options that isrequiring merchants and service providers—such as ISVs, acquirers and ISOs—to devote more resources to managing payments in order to remain current and compliant, VeriFone Systems, Inc.has announced the launch of VeriFone Point, a payment-as-a-service solution that simplifies the complexities of payment for the company’s direct merchant customers and channel partners in the U.S.

Great service beats kissing when it comes to pleasure, according to American Express Service study

August 1, 2013--Everyone knows that receiving a great customer service experience feels good, but a study commissioned by American Express reveals why. In a world first, scientists uncovered a correlation between great service experiences and improved health, proving that it really does pay (at least health-wise) to give and receive great service. Conducted across a global sample, the first-of-its-kind cognitive research study found that great service can improve feelings of wellbeing, reduce feelings of anxiety and sadness, and even make people feel less lonely.

RBC announces RBC Secure Cloud, first cloud-based mobile payments solution in Canada

July 30, 2013 --RBC announced its RBC Secure Cloud mobile payments service (patent-pending). This new technology, a first in Canada, will allow clients to more safely and securely pay for purchases using their mobile devices. Keeping sensitive client data secure with RBC in the cloud, not on the phone, makes RBC Secure Cloud a safer, faster, more flexible solution. RBC will bring RBC Secure Cloud to market by the end of the year with debit and credit on a number of smartphone platforms.

Harland acquisition makes Canada's D+H a U.S. payments player

July 30, 2013 --Davis + Henderson Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire Harland Financial Solutions , a leading U.S-based provider of strategic technology, including lending and compliance, core banking, and channel management technology solutions to U.S. banks, credit unions, and mortgage companies.

eBay, PayPal each expect m-commerce and payments volumes of USD 20 billion by end of 2013

July 26, 2013 --PayPal has added over 3 million new customers in Q2 2013 via mobile devices, with eBay and PayPal each expecting to see USD 20 billion worth of mobile commerce and payments volume in the course of 2013, eBay President and CEO John Donahoe has revealed during eBay’s earnings call on 17th July 2013.

Hackers targeted major payment processors, retailers, financial Institutions around the world

July 25, 2013--A U.S. federal indictment in New Jersey charges five men with conspiring in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, stole more than 160 million credit card numbers, resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses and is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.

Staff at Pivotal Payments helped celebrate the company's 10th anniversary in Montreal.

Pivotal Payments charges into future celebrating 10th Anniversary

July 24, 2013--This month marks Pivotal Payments’ 10 year anniversary in the competitive and continually-evolving payment processing industry. Established in 2003, the Montreal-based company has become a leader in merchant services and payment processing solutions in North America, servicing over 60,000 merchants and processing more than US$10 billion in annual transaction volume.

Competition Tribunal dismisses application without costs

July 23, 2013 --A decision today by the Competition Tribunal in Commissioner of Competition v. Visa Canada Corporation and MasterCard International Incorporated (CT-2010-10) dismissed the Application filed by the Commissioner of Competition without costs. The Tribunal found that section 76 of the Competition Act requires a resale and that the Commissioner of Competition had not established that the Respondents’ customers resell the Respondents’ products. The Tribunal further held that the Commissioner’s proposed interpretation of section 76 was not supported by the legislative history of the provision or other decisions.


Consumers' Association of Canada responds to ruling of the Competition Tribunal

July 23, 2013 --The Consumers' Association of Canada made the following statement in response to the decision of the Competition Tribunal to dismiss the application brought by the Competition Bureau against the rules of Visa and MasterCard requiring that there be no surcharge and that merchants honour all cards.

Ottawa must intervene to address credit card company practices, CCSA says

July 23, 2013 --The Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) is disappointed that the Competition Tribunal dismissed the case filed by the Commissioner of Competition that sought to address the practices of Visa and MasterCard toward merchants in Canada. Convenience store retailers in Canada had entertained great hopes that the Tribunal would give merchants the power to limit Visa and MasterCard from continuing practices that allowed them to charge some of the highest credit card rates in the world.

CFIB disappointed with Competition Tribunal ruling

July 23, 2013 --The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is disappointed the Competition Tribunal ruled against the case put forward by the Competition Bureau on Visa and MasterCard practices. Small businesses were hoping the case would be successful and provide merchants new powers to push back against rapidly rising fees imposed by Visa and MasterCard to process credit cards.

MasterCard comments on Competition Tribunal decision

July 23, 2013 --The Competition Tribunal today reaffirmed three MasterCard rules, assuring Canadian credit card users won't be hit with surcharges at the cash register and keeping the path clear for innovative new payment products in Canada. Specifically the Tribunal upheld MasterCard Canada's No-Surcharge, Honour-All-Cards and No-Discrimination rules.

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) disappointed with today's ruling from the Competition Tribunal of Canada; agrees with the Tribunal that regulation is the right answer

July 23, 2013 --Retail Council of Canada concurs with The Competition Tribunal's finding that current rules imposed on merchants by Visa and MasterCard have an adverse effect on competition. Although disappointed the Tribunal failed to strike down the restrictive and anti-competitive rules RCC agrees the problem is best addressed by regulation.

Competition Tribunal says it's time to regulate credit card fees: Restaurants agree

July 23, 2013 --The Competition Tribunal may have rejected the complaint against credit card companies on unfair rules, but it has found that a stronger regulatory framework for credit card fees is required - something the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) has been telling government for years.

Report warns of turbulence ahead for issuers

July 17, 2013 - The Canadian credit card industry is gearing-up for significant competition as new account growth stalls, issuers compete for wallet-share and major credit card partnership programs change hands.

Small businesses give Competition Bureau decision on Interac thumbs up

July 15, 2013 - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) welcomes the Competition Bureau's decision to approve Interac's restructuring plans.

Competition Bureau takes action against Leon's, The Brick for deceptive promotions

July 9, 2013 - The Competition Bureau has taken legal action against two of Canada's largest furniture and home appliance retailers, Leon's Furniture Limited and The Brick Ltd., for what the Bureau believes are deceptive marketing practices.

FIME improves Visa terminal integration testing

July 10, 2013 - FIME has enhanced its SAVVI test tool to enable Visa terminal integration test results to be automated into a format which, for the first time, can be submitted directly online to Visa. This new functionality, which has been tested and endorsed by Elavon, a leader in payment processes, will speed up the testing process for acquirers as well as eliminate human error when inputting and filing results manually.

SunGard public sector to offer Creditron’s cloud-based remittance solution

July 9, 2013 – SunGard will now resell Creditron’s advanced Remittance Cloud Processing (RCP) solution to city and county government users of its public sector finance, administration and public works software solutions.

A year after launch P$ Mobile Service has more than 200,000 registered users

July 9, 2013 - As P$ Mobile Service celebrates its first anniversary, Stationnement de Montréal says the application, developed in collaboration with TC Media, now has more than 200,000 registered users. Since its launch, over 1.8 million payment transactions have been made from a smartphone or computer.

Contactless debit technology available on vending machines at Calgary Stampede

July 4, 2013 - Amidst the fanfare of the Calgary Stampede on July 5th, Coca-Cola will be the first company to roll out Interac Flash payment capabilities at vending machines, starting with 16 vending machines located on the park grounds. Attendees of the event will be the first in Canada to experience this unattended retail implementation, at the Coca-Cola and Interac Vending Tower.



Shopify unveils POS for omnichannel retail
August 30, 2013

Digital River rolls out Beanstream Mobile
August 30, 2013

PayPal 'checks-in' at point of sale in Canada
August 28, 2013

Paymobile wins exclusive Canadian rights to Angry Birds Prepaid Visa® Card
August 27, 2013

CEO says Rogers Communications plans to offer credit cards soon
August 23, 2013

Canadian banks can move ahead with image cheque deposit
August 23, 2013

Bank of Canada names recipients of Law Enforcement Award of Excellence for Counterfeit Deterrence
August 20, 2013

Davis + Henderson completes acquisition of Harland Financial Solutions
August 16, 2013

Wall Street Finance makes strategic tie-in with BDO Unibank, Inc. for Philippines money transfer
August 16, 2013

CARDS II Trust announces support for the ratings of its outstanding credit card receivables backed notes
August 16, 2013

ERTH expands energy billing & settlement services to US market
August 14, 2013

MasterCard debuts multi-currency travel card
August 14, 2013

Fiserv certifies GRG for ATM transaction processing in Canada
August 13, 2013

Payment by smartphone coming soon from Desjardins
August 12, 2013

Veridian launches Smartphone app for eBill and EZ Pay services
August 7, 2013

PayPal's U.S. developer tools go global
August 6, 2013

Datacard Group helping victims of Canadian floods
August 6, 2013

Square launches national contest for small business owners
August 4, 2013

SPC Card offers new cardholder promotions
August 1, 2013

Zebra Commerce to deliver flexible retail technology solutions
August 1, 2013

Beyond the Rack offers new payment options for nine million members
July 30, 2013

Ackroo application integrated with new debit, credit card terminals for gift card, loyalty programs
July 30, 2013

PRESTO upgrade across almost 6,000 devices in Toronto
July 30, 2013

Total Merchant Services expands to Canada
July 30, 2013

Earthport, hyperWALLET to upgrade cross-border payments services
July 26, 2013

Sage North America rolls out integrated online payment management system
July 26, 2013

Jonathan Reinsdorf joins Payment Advisory Committee
July 25, 2013

Hybrid Paytech, KoamTac partner to offer full enterprise mobile payment solutions
July 23, 2013

Longo's & Unata launch personalized mobile apps
July 23, 2013

PCI Group deploys Creditron’s remittance processing solution
July 22, 2013

Manilla on track to surpass 1 million users, securing top spot in digital mail organization category July 11, 2013

Payza names new Chief Compliance Officer July 9, 2013

Tim Hortons now offers Amex payment options
July 9, 2013

Chris Hadfield to attend Payments Panorama
July 8, 2013



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