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Posted: Feb 16, 2017
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Opportunity for credit unions. No cost to the issuer. Members reap rewards.

Samsung recently announced a valuable addition to Samsung Pay - Rewards. This represents some unique opportunities for credit unions to promote usage of credit-union-branded cards in Samsung Pay, with rewards to the cardholder, at no cost to the issuer.

Samsung’s rewards program offers an escalating earnings program: 10 points per purchase, regardless of amount, ramping up to the Platinum level where members earn 40 points per purchase if the cardholder makes 30 purchases each month using Samsung Pay on a Samsung phone or Gear watch. Redemption options include a $20 Visa prepaid card for 2,500 points, a Gear Fit2 for 8,000 points, among other items. That means that power-shopper paying everywhere with their Samsung Pay who achieves Platinum status could earn a $20 gift card every two and a half months, or can get a Fit2 in a little over 6 and a half months. Granted, this is not as rich as most credit card reward programs, but this is in addition to any rewards that a credit union offers, such as ScoreCard ... at no cost to the credit union. 

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Posted: Aug 16, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

Not true! Chip cards are solving the problem they were intended to solve.

A number of leading news organizations recently reported that a security flaw in chip cards has been discovered, questioning the security benefits offered by EMV technology. One article suggests there are ways to completely undo the security the chip-enabled cards provide. The articles pointed to research presented by two people from NCR, a payments technology leader. Their research was presented at Black Hat, a widely attended hackers convention where research, security flaws, and hacks are presented to the public and to fellow security experts with the goal of closing security gaps before they can be exploited.

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Posted: May 2, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

It was another very successful CSCU Solutions Conference in 2016.  The recently completed conference had record attendance and included very informative and entertaining keynotes, general session and breakout presentations by industry experts.  If you were unable to attend the conference this year, or even if you were able to attend, we wanted to share with you some of the key articles that have appeared in credit union industry publications. 

CU Today          

Mobile Payments Not Addressing ‘Pain Point’ - CSCU President Bob Hackney

What Could Be ‘Unbundling’ CU Services? - CSCU Sr. VP Finance & Technology Tom Davis

What Rising Rates Mean for Card Management - CSCU PCS Director, Barney Moore

Why Card Fees Are Not A ‘Four-Letter Word’ - CSCU Sr. Portfolio Consultant, Dean Knudtson

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Posted: Apr 28, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

With the dust settling a bit from CSCU’s Solutions Conference 2016, several overarching themes were front and center throughout the conference.  However, none were in the spotlight as much as the presentations and dialog regarding the need for credit unions to up their games when it comes to creating and deploying digital payments strategies.

During a key breakout session jointly hosted by CSCU’s Tom Davis, Senior VP Finance and Technology and Lou Grilli, Director of Payments Strategy, the main message for credit unions was to think of credit cards in terms of “top of phone” rather than the traditional “top of wallet.” Today, credit union members are already paying for goods and services using digital and mobile wallets.  If a credit union’s card is not enabled in these wallets, then members are using some other financial institution’s card. Grilli cites industry statistics to prove the magnitude of the opportunity including the fact that 3.5 percent of eligible purchase transactions are already made using Apple Pay.  More than 70 financial institutions in the U.S. now support Samsung Pay with that number increasing almost daily.  And, there are currently 11 million Visa Checkout users with 1.5 million new Android devices added each month.

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Posted: Apr 19, 2016
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Author: Paul Castner

Bon voyage! The CSCU Solutions Conference 2016 (SC16) sets sail at Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club in Orlando.  With more than 300 attendees, 30 breakout sessions, 3 keynote speakers, and the partners’ solutions showcase, SC16 is shaping up to be the biggest and best CSCU conference to date for credit unions. Importantly, SC16 is an industry leading educational event that will deliver timely and relevant thought leadership insights and information to help credit unions navigate through the many changes going on in the world of payments.

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