FOSTER CITY, CA – Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) and Chexar Networks, Inc. (“CHEXAR”) announced today the launch of a network platform to digitize traditional banking services for consumers. Initially, the platform will enable millions of Visa prepaid users to deposit paper checks to their reloadable Visa prepaid card using their mobile device, by simply snapping a photo of a paper check. Powered by Chexar’s technology, including its remote deposit capture platform, the service provides Visa cardholders with immediate access to funds on their Visa prepaid card, enhancing convenience and security and reducing costs for consumers. Later this year, new and existing prepaid cardholders with RushCard, AccountNow and Plastyc, as well as select FSV Payment Systems cardholders, will be able to enroll their Visa prepaid card, and immediately begin making remote deposits.
The platform will support check deposits to Visa cards, funds transfers between Direct Deposit Accounts (DDAs) and payment cards, person-to-person payments and bill payment services whether in-person, online, on a mobile device or at an ATM. Transactions originate and terminate with a financial institution partner and consumer funds sit within an FDIC-insured account. As consumers move between devices and deposit channels, their prepaid account now moves seamlessly with them and works reliably from any device. Chexar predicts that 11 percent (770 million) of consumer checks will be deposited using a mobile device by 2016.
“We see this network utility as more than a technology, it’s an evolution in the way people deposit and move funds and our goal is to make that process frictionless and immediate for consumers,” said Drew W. Edwards, Chexar founder and CEO. “It’s no secret that reloadable prepaid cards are growing in popularity, and we are happy to provide consumers with a secure and convenient way to deposit funds and have immediate access to their money. Our agreement with Visa represents an inflection point for the prepaid industry, and will only grow as mobile devices become more ubiquitous.”
According to Visa research, nearly 35 million consumers receive wages and government disbursements via paper check and 34 percent of the study’s participants revealed that direct deposit was not an option available through their employer. Additionally, a study of payment trends by McKinsey & Company estimated $1.18 trillion in person-to-person payments were made by check in 2009. According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, more than 28 percent of U.S. households in 2011 weren’t connected to the traditional banking system. As an alternative, many consumers have turned to prepaid. In 2011, prepaid card use rose by 18 percent according to Javelin Strategy and Research.
“Consumers are choosing reloadable prepaid cards at an increasing rate, and for many of the same reasons that consumers embrace other electronic payment options — security, convenience and reliability,” said Hyung Choi, head of U.S. Prepaid, Visa Inc. “Mobile technology and other payment innovations are enabling us to enhance Visa’s prepaid experience and bring all the conveniences of traditional banking options to consumers who choose to use prepaid.”
Reloadable Visa prepaid cards offer a secure, convenient and cost-effective alternative to cash and checks, providing consumers a better way to make everyday purchases, pay bills and now, make check deposits. As with all Visa prepaid products, users can make purchases everywhere that Visa debit cards are accepted — in stores, online or over the phone.
For more information on Visa prepaid products visit www.visa.com/prepaid.
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world’s most advanced processing networks — VisaNet — that is capable of handling more than 24,000 transaction messages a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.
CHEXAR® is the national leader for technology and solutions that enable clients to cash, deposit or load any check with immediate funds availability. Chexar’s solutions provide clients with the ability to truly serve the nation’s under-banked population now estimated to be almost 100 million people. The gating factor for these consumers is their need to change all types of checks into cash or value before they can acquire other services including bill pay, money transfers, or prepaid cards.
Chexar’s solutions enable any business to convert ANY type and ANY size of check to cash or to immediate credit onto Prepaid Cards or as fee-based deposits into bank accounts. The company’s one-of- a-kind solutions combine multiple national databases, rules engines, and proprietary technology with redundant 24/7 risk management centers to achieve the industry’s highest automated and overall approval rates on any check. Chexar’s solutions are deployed across multiple platforms including turnkey point of sale solutions, assisted and self-service kiosk solutions, mobile devices, and full XML integrations. For more information, please visitwww.chexar.com.