Payroll Cards Resolve Considerable Issues Associated With Paying Widely Dispersed Hourly Employees

Thursday 4 November 2004 22:16 CET | News

Research and Markets has added a new report Payroll Card Markets & Strategies: The Market Demands More Than Just a Card to their offering.

Employees have discovered that the Payroll Card is similar to a debit card associated with a checking account; but without the need to balance a checkbook or pay monthly checking fees. Cash-centric employees can get the cash from banks, ATMs and other pre-arranged sources. While Payroll Cards have traditionally been identified as a product for the unbanked, the benefits described above have greatly expanded the market opportunity for Payroll Cards. The Federal Reserve Board indicates that there are 10.3 million unbanked households, but this report has identified 35.4 million potential Payroll Card employees in six unique categories. This pushes the total addressable load-value opportunity for Payroll Cards (excluding benefits and incentives) to approximately $208 billion in 2004. While these benefits create significant motivation to adopt Payroll Cards the lack of common marketing and self-policing by the industry has created significant barriers to adoption. Payroll Cards operate in a complex environment and can be deployed with thousands of different configurations. Not surprisingly, so many options confuse potential employers and can enable complex and/or hidden fee structures (the report identifies 31 unique issues that must be negotiated and 21 potential fees that must be addressed when selecting a Payroll Card supplier). Unfortunately, these are not just potential problems, bad apples have had a negative impact on the Payroll Card industry and have created a surge in legislation designed to protect employees. Examples of what these legislative activities are trying to eliminate can be easily found on the web where marketing collateral implies free ATM and POS usage while long and complex contracts identifying terms & conditions that show just the opposite is true. Some even charge consumers for a balance inquiry and to dispute charges. Complicating the identification of these rogue solutions is the fact that many of the offerings sport the most trusted names in card brands.

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