Monday, October 17, 2011

The 9 Most Shoplifted Items in America

The 9 Most Shoplifted Items in America

The term "shoplifting" brings to mind images of Winona Ryder, angst-filled teenagers acting out for attention, and grubby kids sneaking candy into their pockets. But retail theft is more common than many of us realize; there are even organized shoplifting rings that nick millions of dollars worth of products. The crime of shoplifting costs U.S. stores $13 billion a year, which often causes the retailers to hike up prices to cover the loss. If some of the items at your local store seem a little expensive, keep your eye on shifty characters around these nine products that shoplifters most frequently target.
  1. Meat

    Where's the beef? That's what many retailers are left wondering after a shoplifter hits. In the past several years, meat has often emerged as the top item stolen from stores, as regular shoppers and kleptomaniacs alike feel the urge to slide a steak into their coat pocket. Most meat thieves go for the higher end products, such as filet mignon or lamb chops, and anti-theft experts have started hiding security tags under the price label or in the pad that soaks up the meat juice. All they really need to do though, is keep an eye out for the shopper who is being followed by a pack of drooling dogs.
  2. Razors

    The sharpest criminals seem to be taking razors from stores, probably because they are easy to hide and have a high resale value. And Gillette apparently is the best a thief can get. The Mach products from Gillette are always among the most taken razors since they are relatively pricey and high in demand. Americans aren't alone in this trend; razors have ranked among the top shoplifted items in the world since at least 2003. Only men's razors seem to be targeted, though, so we hope that doesn't mean women are starting to skip shaving altogether.
  3. Baby formula

    When you consider the fact that it costs more than $10,000 each year to take care of a child, it's really not surprising that there's a market for discounted infant formula. Formula normally costs $25 or more and babies can go through eight or ten cans a month. The financial strain of that, plus everything else tiny people need, can lead some desperate parents to swipe the formula from the store or buy it from less-than-legitimate sources who probably stole it off the shelf. The powdered formula is also used in the drug world to weaken the strength of cocaine or heroin.
  4. Cosmetics

    Apparently many thieves are worried about getting wrinkles. One of the top beauty products being shoplifted is Oil of Olay's Regenerist anti-aging line. Maybe the stress of stealing is starting to show on their faces. The Oil of Olay product is only one of many cosmetic items that is frequently taken. Since mascara and lipstick are made small enough for women to carry in their purses, they are also easy to hide from store employees and security guards. Most thieves go for the more expensive make-up or hair care brands to either use or sell, causing cosmetics brands to lose as much as 2% of sales to shoplifting.
  5. Alcohol

    When kids enter their rebellious phase, shoplifting alcohol is like the Holy Grail of misbehavior. Not only are they stealing, which they were undoubtedly taught not to do, but they're taking something they're forbidden from having. Because of teenagers and people who may not be able to afford their booze habit, alcohol is one of the things most often stolen from stores. People who are already drunk often go for lower-end brands, but the power names in alcohol, like Grey Goose vodka and Hennessy Cognac, and trendy beverages, such as Mike's Hard Lemonade, often fly off the shelves into sticky fingers if not locked up.
  6. Laptops

    Many stores that sell lots of electronic gadgets have loss protection workers at the door who look like guards or bouncers. Their job is to check the receipts of people who have purchased big-ticket items (and probably anyone who looks shady) in order to cut down on the number of thefts. But even with their intimidating muscles, these employees haven't been able to stop the theft of laptops, which are one of the most frequently stolen technology items. The FBI's National Crime Information Center found that more than 100,000 laptops have been stolen annually in recent years. When you consider the price each laptop could fetch, those shoplifters no doubt made a tidy profit.
  7. Over-the-counter drugs

    Drugs from drug stores used to be stolen a lot more frequently when those containing pseudoephedrine were available over the counter, convenient for people who want to make meth without raising suspicion. While the theft of over-the-counter medicine has dropped some, these drugs are still among the most likely products to be swiped. Headache medicine, Preparation H, and heartburn tablets are some of the most popular because they can be sold easily on the gray market. Other items like pregnancy tests and weight-loss pills are often stolen because people are embarrassed to purchase them.
  8. Smartphones

    The problem with devices that are marketed as being portable (and awesome) is that they are also easy for crooks to carry off. For the average shopper, the idea of taking a smartphone without having the store employees completely set it up and transfer all your contacts for you seems ridiculous. How are you going to get it to work? But for the tech-savvy shoplifter, taking a smartphone and jail-breaking it to make it useable can be an extremely profitable action. That's why most retailers that sell smartphones keep them tethered to the display and lock away the ones available for purchase. And the really smart stores look into GPS applications that could allow them to track stolen phones.
  9. Clothing

    We've all walked out of the store with one of those bulky and impossible-to-remove security tags on an item of clothing we just bought. While it's an inconvenience to go back in to have the tag removed, the retailer is just trying to protect one of its easily snatched goods. Since stores are required to provide a certain level of privacy when people are trying on clothes, thieves are given a space where they can go to hide items. Many shoplifters will wear baggy clothing so that they can hide the stolen clothing inside it or simply put it on under what they were wearing. This is especially easy in stores without pesky fitting room attendants making sure you don't take more than six items in the room at a time.

Cubic Receives Contactless EMV Bank Card Type Approval for Next-Generation Tri-Reader® 3

SOURCE: Cubic Corporation
October 17, 2011 07:00 ET
Smart Fare Payment Using Open Payment Contactless EMV Bank Cards, Account-Based Cards and Existing Closed-Loop Transit Smart Cards, All on One Innovative Device
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 17, 2011) - Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc., the transportation unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSECUB), has received approval from the top four bank card brands for the Tri-Reader 3 to process their branded contactless EMV bank cards for use in public transit revenue management systems. Cubic has equipment and systems supporting seven of the top 10 largest public transit markets in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia as well as other major markets around the world.
The Tri-Reader® 3 is the first contactless smart card device designed for use in public transport to process all industry standard contactless smart cards. The reader also processes bank-issued contactless EMV cards that meet the financial industry's standards for contactless open payment, and has been approved by EMVCo, American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa. The Tri-Reader® 3 supports multiple card schemes -- for example, in the U.K., Oyster, ITSO and contactless EMV cards can now be read concurrently on the same contactless reader. The Tri-Reader 3 was developed by Cubic on behalf of Transport for London and the company has a worldwide license for its use for open payments.
Cubic's technology can also support payments made with Near Field Communications (NFC)-powered mobile phones, a form of payment that Cubic has tested in U.S. and European transit systems.
The Tri-Reader® 3 will give Cubic's customers a transition path to add account-based, open payment contactless EMV bank card and NFC acceptance to the same system.
"Our customers now have an open payment solution, which means that our technology supports any contactless media that conforms to ISO 14443, whether in an account, card or NFC phone based system," said Pradip Mistry, Vice President, Engineering, for Cubic Transportation Systems. "At the same time, we have also ensured that the same levels of speed and reliability we have built into previous generations of card-based fare collection systems are achieved for open payment."
To test and prove its account-based processing technology, Cubic and its customer PATCO have partnered to provide Philadelphia/New Jersey region commuters with the world's first transit-branded all contactless Visa® prepaid card. The new PATCO Wave & Pay ANYWHERE Visa® Prepaid Card began a 12-month pilot program on September 26, marking the first time that consumers will be able to use the same transit payment card for both transit and retail purchases. The Tri-Reader® 3 is also being deployed on London buses and future plans exist to expand the rollout across the whole of Transport for London's estate.
Cubic Corporation (NYSECUB) is the parent company of three major business segments: Defense SystemsMission Support Services andTransportation Systems.
Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc. is the world's leading turnkey solution provider of automated fare collection systems for public transport including bus, bus rapid transit, light rail, commuter rail, heavy rail, ferry and parking. Cubic's solutions and services include system design, central computer systems, equipment design and manufacturing, device-level software, integration, test, installation, warranty, maintenance, computer hosting services, call centre services, card management and distribution services, financial clearing and settlement, multi-application support and outsourcing services.
Every year, nearly 10 billion rides are taken worldwide using Cubic fare collection systems. Cubic has delivered over 400 projects in 40 major markets on five continents. Active projects include London; Brisbane (Southeast Queensland) region, Australia; New York / New Jersey region; Washington, D.C. / Baltimore / Virginia region; Los Angeles region; San Diego region; San Francisco region; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago; Atlanta region; Miami (South Florida) region; Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada; Sydney (New South Wales), Australia; and Scandinavia.
Cubic Defense Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems, cyber technologies, asset tracking solutions, and defense electronics. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services. For more information about Cubic, see the company's website at

Durbin Amendment Changes to Debit Card Economics Harm Consumers, Says TSG Metrics

OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TSG Metrics, a division of The Strawhecker Group, today released analysis of the economics of debit signature and PIN debit transactions following interchange fee regulations implemented October 1. The regulations in the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act cap fees card-issuing banks can collect when their customers use a debit card to make a purchase. Complete analysis is available at
TSG Metrics finds changes to the economics of debit purchases have potential to drastically alter the overall debit market place. Consumer influence in payment method preference is likely to be substantially diminished as consumers will be steered towards spending habits that don’t benefit them, but that benefit banks and merchants instead. Reasons for this include:
  • Most merchants who sell predominantly small-ticket items will likely see increases in their interchange fees compared to pre-Durbin costs; these merchants will deter consumers from using debit for small-ticket items.
  • Regulated banks are incented to push consumers towards debit usage for these smaller purchases and are no longer incented to drive towards higher-ticket usage since no additional revenue is produced from a larger ticket. Additionally, banks are now more inclined to drive consumers towards credit card usage instead which may be achieved by increasing fees for debit services (Recent Bank of America announcement, for example).
  • Consumers prefer using debit cards now more than ever as their volumes surpassed credit cards’ for the first time in late 2008. Despite this, consumers are now disenfranchised as merchants and banks will fight to push merchants towards utilizing payment methods that favor their new positions due to Durbin.
The Durbin Amendment regulates only card-issuing banks’ interchange fees, not the various additional fees that go to other companies that make debit card transactions possible. A detailed comparison of the debit value chain before and after implantation of the Durbin Amendment’s interchange provision is available
About TSG
The Strawhecker Group (TSG) is a management consulting company focused on the payments industry. The company specializes in providing financial institutions, merchant acquirers, issuers, card associations, ISOs, processing companies, large merchants, and the investment community with advisory services to maximize their growth and profitability. TSG is also a resource of merchant acquiring industry research, benchmark studies and developing trends. Visit for more information.


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Global Mobile Payments Users to Hit 893 Million in 2015 with $945 Billion in Transaction Value

NEW YORKOct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:
IEMR's Global Mobile Payment Market Forecast covers annual forecasts of mobile payment users; mobile payment transactions by technology (such as NFC, SMS, WAP, USSD); and mobile payment transactions by type of purchase (such as merchandise, digital products, ticketing, mobile money transfers, bill payments, and pre-paid top-ups). The report is based on IEMR's Global Consumer Telecommunications Survey-- which covers 50,000 mobile users in 50 markets globally— and is the most extensive country-specific forecasts of its kind.
To this comprehensive forecast, we are adding a PowerPoint presentation and an audio conference with Menekse Gencer, Independent Contributing Analyst at IEMR, Principal at mPay Connect and formerly Director of Business Development, Mobile Payments at PayPal. The presentation and the audio conference provide our clients with an overview of key trends in the global mobile payment market and an overview of exciting developments in the m-payments market globally.
This report will be useful to:
• Strategists and analysts at mobile phone operators and banks/credit card companies responsible for mobile payment strategy development and business analytics
• Developers of mobile payment systems at handset manufacturers
• Device manufacturers in all areas of the telecommunications market that need strategy recommendations on key trends in the global mobile payment industry
• Financial analysts and portfolio managers covering firms in the mobile payment market
• Consultants advising their clients on mobile payment markets
• Researchers who need to gain a better understanding of the global mobile payment market
Executive Summary
Global Mobile Payments transactions to rise to $1.13 trillion in 2014, a CAGR of 94.8%
Mobile payments continued its stellar growth in 2009 with the total number of users increasing to 351.4 million
- Globally, we are expecting the number of mobile payment users to rise to 1.06 billion in 2014 for a CAGR of 20.5%.
- On the transaction value side, the gross value of mobile payments transactions was $37.4 billion in 2009. We expect mainstream take-up of mobile payments to happen in the 2011 – 2013 time frame. Our forecast is that in 2014, the gross value of mobile payment transactions will reach $1.13 trillion.
SMS accounted for 76.4% of mobile payment transactions in 2009. This is expected to decline to 58.7% in 2014
Ease of use, ubiquity, and minimal network investments means that SMS will continue to be the transaction technology of choice for mobile operators and users
- Globally, SMS will continue to dominate how customers pay with their mobile devices. Three-quarters of all mobile payments happened through SMS in 2009. We expect the relative share of SMS mobile transactions to decline to 58.7% in 2014.
- SMS is the most often used technology because of its ease of use and ubiquity. The major advantage of SMS is that it does not require investments in mobile networks or user devices and can be implemented in a short period of time.
NFC accounted for 14.9% of mobile payment transactions in 2009. This is expected to increase to 32.8% in 2014
NFC to see take-up in Western Europe and North America with volume shipments of NFC phones in 2011 and contactless infrastructure deployments in the 2009 – 2011 period
- In 2009, there were 861 million NFC transactions globally. We expect this to rise to 35.6 billion transactions in 2014, for a CAGR of 106.4%.
- The key constraint to NFC take-up is the lack of NFC phones and contactless infrastructure outside of key markets such asJapan. We expect NFC phones to appear in volume shipments in 2011. We also expect initial NFC transactions to be centered around public transportation and other ticketing POS transactions.
- While the NFC Forum has selected the single-wire protocol as the phone standard for communication between the NFC chip and the SIM card, we think that, as in all things mobile, there will be fragmentation in standards, depending on the business requirement. This is likely to slow down the take-up of NFC in different markets.
WAP / Browser-based payments and USSD will see only limited use in the next five years
Relative share of WAP / Browser-based payments and USSD to remain the same at about 6% and 2.5%, respectively
- Browser-based payments using WAP, HTML or XML saw increasing volumes in 2009. While we expect usage of these technologies to rise at a faster pace than SMS (their CAGR in terms of volumes is 80.6%), there are a number of key constraints impeding better adoption of these technologies.
- From our Global Consumer Telecommunications Survey, we find that many users still perceive mobile internet as more expensive and are concerned about data charges. Also, in our view, the user interface when migrating on-line payment models onto mobile devices does not work very well.
- For USSD, because it uses the signaling channel of GSM networks, our interviews with operators suggest that they either will have to increase network capacity or dimension the network when transaction volumes reach system limits. Another constraint of USSD is weak data encryption capability.
Merchandise Purchases using Mobile Payments to reach $224.4 billion in 2014 for a CAGR of 95.7%
Merchandise purchases using mobile payments were $7.4 billion in 2009
- IEMR's user surveys show that the average transaction value of merchandise purchases globally was about $12.84 per transactions with 576 million transactions for physical goods happening in 2009. We expect the gross value of merchandise purchases using mobile payments to reach $224.4 billion in 2014 with average transactions reaching $17.43, as consumers develop a comfort level for mobile transactions.
- In our view, the key impediment to merchandise purchases (physical goods) is that it requires an extensive merchant network with pre-registration of the user's bank accounts or credit cards with the "made for mobile" service. That is why we think that merchandise purchase growth will closely track overall growth in mobile payments globally.
Prepaid Top-ups using Mobile Payments to reach $286.4 billion in 2014 for a CAGR of 76.7%
Prepaid Top-ups will see traction over the next five years
- IEMR's user surveys suggest that top-ups for prepaid services such as mobile, fixed line, internet/broadband services and top-ups for other services such as gaming, utility payments, or gift cards will be extremely popular with consumers globally.
- While the gross value of prepaid top-ups in 2009 was only $15 billion, we expect strong growth for this segment with gross value of total transactions to reach $286.4 billion in 2014.
- We think that prepaid top-ups will be extremely popular in developing markets because they allow for small-denominated and frequent transactions that fit the needs of cash-starved societies.
- We also think that prepaid top-ups benefit mobile operators since top-up transactions help them lower distribution costs (they do not need to go to a store to purchase a top-up).
Mobile Money Transfers to reach $148.5 billion in 2014
Mobile Money Transfers to reach $148.5 billion in 2014 for a CAGR of 86.2%
- There has been much talk about how money transfers are going to change the future of mobile payments with a great degree of variation among analyst firms and industry associations of the size of this segment of the market.
- IEMR's user surveys suggest that there is still some reluctance among consumers to use mobile devices to engage in MMT-type transactions. In our view, most MMT-type transactions are not going to be Mobile-To-Mobile transactions, but rather Mobile-to-Cash transactions which will still require physical agents and banks to deliver the cash. Also, typical recipients of cash are older parents and relatives of senders both for domestic and international P2P transactions.
- While adoption will continue to be strong over the next five years, we see considerable variation in different markets. In our view, markets where operators are at the centre of the ecosystem (such as China) will likely see a faster take up than markets where banks are running the mobile payment platforms.
Regional Overview
North American Mobile Payments to rise to $288.4 billion in 2014, a CAGR of 98.7%
North America (Canada and United States) will account for 25% of the world market share for Mobile Payments by Gross Transaction Values
- We see the biggest growth in North America coming from ticketing (CAGR of 138%) and digital purchases (CAGR of 120%).
- The introduction of various devices by Apple has changed the game on consumer acceptance of digital purchases using mobile devices, especially in North America. Our usage surveys suggest that consumers are increasingly comfortable with the use of the mobile device as a payment tool.
- While NFC transactions in North America will grow faster than in Europe or Asia-Pacific, our usage surveys suggest that the level of acceptance for these is fairly low in North America. The number of NFC transactions in Western Europe was 17.4x higher than in North America.
Mobile Payments in Western Europe to rise to $350.4 billion in 2014, a CAGR of 91.3%
Cautious attitude towards mobile will prevail, but NFC, ticketing, and digital purchases will see some traction
- As in North America, the biggest growth in Western Europe will be coming from ticketing (CAGR of 134%) and digital purchases (CAGR of 116%).
- Our user surveys show that most consumers are very cautious about how they bank and have easy access to bank branches and don't view mobile banking as a necessity.
- NFC will see take-up in Western Europe. Over the last three years, there have been several deployments of NFC payments using mobile devices, primarily focusing on travel and public transport payments due to current contactless infrastructure already in place in many European public transportation authorities.
Mobile Payments in Asia Pacific to rise to $316 billion in 2014, a CAGR of 94.1%
Mobile Payment Transaction Values in Asia Pacific to reach $316 billion in 2014
Asia Pacific will see strong growth, both in terms of transaction values and user cases. We expect that in 2014, there will be 622 million mobile payments users in the Asia Pacific region with over 62 billion user cases.
- Gross Value of Transactions in Asia Pacific will reach $316 billion in 2014 for a CAGR of 94.1%.
- The market is quite diverse in terms of what is transacted. Although prepaid top-ups will continue to be the largest category, we expect that its share of total transactions (in terms of transaction value) will decline from 40% in 2009 to 25% in 2014.
- Money transfer is another large mobile payment category in the Asia Pacific due to the large number of migrant workers both within countries and internationally (such as ChinaIndiaPhilippinesPakistanBangladesh, etc.)
Mobile Payments in Eastern Europe to rise to $49 billion in 2014, a CAGR of 91.7%
Mobile Payment Transaction Values in Eastern Europe to reach $49 billion in 2014
- We expect that in 2014, there will be 49.5 million mobile payment users in Eastern Europe with over 6 billion user cases.
- Gross Value of Transactions in Eastern Europe will reach $49 billion in 2014 for a CAGR of 91.7%.
- Prepaid top-ups continue to have the highest share of gross transaction value with estimated transaction value of $12.3 billionin 2014.
- However, it is ticketing that will see the highest growth rate over the next five years. We expect that transaction value of ticketing in Eastern Europe will reach $7.3 billion in 2014, a CAGR of 134.4%. The average transaction size for ticketing will rise from $2.95 in 2009 to $6.70 in 2014.
- In Eastern Europe, most operators will focus on using the mobile phone balance on small purchases such as parking and digital content. Most of these services are SMS or STK based.
Mobile Payments in South and Central America to rise to $51.8 billion in 2014, a CAGR of 101.4%
Mobile Payment Transaction Values in South and Central America to reach $51.8 billion in 2014
- We are estimating that in 2014, there will be 75.3 million mobile payments users in South and Central America with over 8.4 billion user cases.
- Gross Value of Transactions in South and Central America will rise to $51.8 billion in 2014 for a CAGR of 101.4%.
- We think that merchandise purchases will replace prepaid top-ups as the largest mobile payment segment in 2014. We expect that transaction value in merchandise purchases will rise from $298 million in 2009 to $13 billion in 2014.
- Mobile payments in Latin America are focused on food and ticket purchases. For example, Tigo Cash in Paraguay offers mobile wallets which can be used to transfer money, top up airtime and pay for products at Pizza Hut, Burger King, etc. The service had 150,000 customers by end-2008 within six months of launch.
Mobile Payments in Middle East and Africa to rise to $75.7 billion in 2014, a CAGR of 99.2%
Mobile Payment Transaction Values in Middle East and Africa to reach $75.7 billion in 2014
- We expect that the number of mobile payment users in Middle East and Africa will increase from 53.3 million in 2009 to 171.2 million in 2014. The average transaction size will rise rapidly over the next five years, and we forecast that gross transaction value in the region will reach $75.7 billion in 2014.
- Although SMS will continue to be the most prevalent technology for mobile payment, the number of transactions using NFC will be growing over the next several years. We expect that there will be 5.8 billion NFC mobile payment transactions in 2014.
- As the chart shows, prepaid top-ups will continue to be the largest mobile payment segment in Middle East and Africa. Transaction value of prepaid top-ups will rise to $19.8 billion in 2014.
- However, it is ticketing that will see the highest growth in transaction value over the coming years. We expect that it will grow from only $116.6 million in 2009 to $11.8 billion in 2014 (CAGR of 144.5%).

Google Wallet and the New Payments Ecosystem

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Google Wallet and the New Payments Ecosystem" report to their offering.
As a result, both Isis and the Google Wallet products are creating a simple strategy which lets the payment ecosystem continue to charge and earn as much as possible from the payments business. The new revenue these companies seek to earn comes from two vulnerable industries: advertising and loyalty. Google, with its extreme interest in data collection and distribution, will likely seek new revenue from that channel also.
Mobile payments is starting over. When the Google Wallet launched on September 20, 2011, the first test of a remarkable new financial ecosystem began. But despite the apparent success of traditional mobile payments products like M-PESA in Kenya and South Africa, Google and rival Isis have decided to rewrite the business model - and for good reason.
The strategies of these two companies, which are likely to be eventually joined by Apple and Amazon in their approach, has substantially slowed mobile commerce development in the rest of the developed world. Even Japan, which has used an NFC-like technology for most of the last decade, is highly interested in understanding the results of the American experiments before committing to a long-term strategy.
And they are not in a hurry. The only short-range communication standard with approval from the International Standards Organization is ISO/IEC 14443, known simply as Near-Field Communications or NFC. To use either the Google Wallet or Isis product as they are currently understood, the customer will either need a phone with an NFC chip built in (which is in exactly one model out of hundreds of models of mobile phones in the US - The Samsung Nexus S) and merchants will need to invest in NFC readers at their cash registers (also known as POS terminals).
Key Topics Covered:
  • Executive Summary
  • The current payments industry
  • Vulnerability of the current payments system
  • Elements of mobile commerce
  • Market changes enabling mobile commerce
  • Market forecast
  • Conclusion

Secopay and Veritec Sign Agent Agreement to Launch Veritec's blinx On-Off™ Visa Debit Card

Card will serve both banked and un-banked, allowing cardholders to receive paychecks electronically via mobile telephones. Need for paper checks will be eliminated, with all funds FDIC insured.

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.Oct. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Van Tran, CEO of Veritec, Inc. (OTC.OB: VRTC.), a pioneer of proprietary two-dimensional matrix technology and mobile banking debit card solutions, announced the signing of an agent agreement with Secopay Inc., a Nevada corporation.  Secopay will begin marketing Veritec's blinx On-Off™ Debit Card to both the banked and un-banked population.  Veritec's mobile banking software platform processes debit, pre-paid and gift card solutions to debit card issuers and sponsoring organizations. Veritec's technology can be deployed on both a closed or open loop processing platform.  Using Veritec's Unique Mobile Banking Technologies, the card will allow cardholders to send funds to family members instantly anywhere in the world, receive notification on card usages, and turn a card on or off via phone or Internet.
"Veritec is pleased to participate with Secopay in marketing our Blinx product," said Van Tran, CEO of Veritec, Inc.  "We are excited to work with Secopay due to their extensive knowledge and experience with prepaid products.  We look forward to building and marketing our products with Secopay and the added value to our clients because of this agreement."
According to Andre G. Herrera of Secopay, he stated, "Veritec not only offers a full feature prepaid platform, but with their technical knowledge of integrations and their proprietary products, we will be able to bring truly unique card products and innovation to the industry.  We look forward to the payment solutions that will occur because of this relationship." 
About Secopay, Inc.
Secopay, Inc. is a leading provider of electronic payment and management information systems to the financial services industry.  Utilizing next generation technologies, Secopay delivers a feature-rich set of products and services to the prepaid and credit card industry.  They provide both expertise and the tools necessary to simplify complex business challenges. Their payment solutions include e-commerce, business to business, retail, restaurant, direct marketing, healthcare, gaming, as well as other industries.  In addition to card product integration and consulting, Secopay also provides merchant bankcard processing, payment remittance services, and biometric technology and payment solutions.
About Veritec, Inc. and Veritec Financial Systems (VTFS)
Veritec, Inc. is a pioneer and developer of proprietary 2-D barcodes.  The company's products include its proprietary VeriCode® and VSCode® symbology, Bio ID-VSCode® multi-purpose card solutions, and PhoneCodes™ for delivering electronic tickets, coupons and gift cards to mobile devices.  Veritec Financial Systems, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veritec, Inc.  VTFS develops and licenses mobile banking, debit, gift, and prepaid card solutions and serves as a third party processor to banks for debit card transactions on the company's mobile banking platform. For more information go to:,

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