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Posted: Feb 16, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

Educating and motivating members to make smart choices is good business for credit unions.

New Year’s Resolutions often include some promise to start saving money. Easier said than done. The average American age 40 or under says there's nearly a 50% chance they would not be able come up with $2,000 next month if there were an emergency, according to CNN Money. This in turn causes family stress that replacing the A/C, or a trip to the emergency room would finically devastate the household. This is why many companies and banks are providing services to help individuals create and stick with a savings plan.

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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: Jan 26, 2017
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Author: Barney Moore

An impressive 20.5% year-over-year revenue increase grabs the board's attention.

[Editor's Note: This article was updated to reflect our current company name, Trellance.]

Over the past five years, the payments landscape has rapidly evolved and many credit unions are now taking advantage of various initiatives and solutions to remain relevant and improve their business portfolios. One credit union in particular has experienced significant growth in business after partnering with Trellance. ProMedica Federal Credit Union’s Marketing/Business Development Director, Chris Tarsha, shares the experience of being a part of Trellance’s Optimize Program. He and his team used the Portfolio Growth Solutions (PGS) product with expert guidance from their Trellance portfolio consultant.

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Posted: Jan 19, 2017
Categories: Debit Cards, Fraud
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Author: Lou Grilli

Bold move by Oregon-based credit union stems the rapid rise in fraudulent card activities.

Due to high fraud one weekend at Walmart locations in California and Arizona, Trailhead Credit Union, a $110 million in asset credit union based in Portland, Oregon made the bold decision to stem the fraud by blocking their debit cards from being used at Walmart in those two states.

This decision was not made lightly; even though stores in their home state of Oregon were not blocked, Trailhead members vacationing or retired in those two states could be impacted.

ThePaymentsReview spoke with Jim McCarthy, CEO and Gail James, EVP about the decision process and its impact on their members.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2017
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Author: Lou Grilli

Imagine a day when data breaches yield no usable card numbers.

While many authors are making their predictions for 2017, predictions for battling payment fraud need to take a much broader view. Imagine a safer world of payments where credit and debit card fraud is mitigated through technologies. The mag stripe is gone forever, and mobile payments as well as terminal-free check-outs rely on tokens instead of an actual 16 digit Primary Account Number (PAN). And for those who still insist on holding a piece of plastic in their wallet, cards will have smart security measures – a biometric scan device on the card to prevent lost/stolen usage; geolocation capability built into the card to assist in POS authorization; and a dynamic PAN and CVV displayed on a screen on the card for use in ecommerce purchases to prevent fraudulent online use.
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