Huntington Bank Deploys Mastercard Enhanced Debit Card

Huntington Bank is converting its debit card programs to MasterCard and upgrading all its customers to a Platinum Debit MasterCard. Huntington will also implement the world-class debit and ATM transaction processing capabilities of MasterCard Integrated Processing Solutions (IPS). Also, the bank is remaining fee-free for debit card usage for its customers. The conversion of Huntington’s debit portfolio to MasterCard will include the nearly 1.5 million consumer and business debit cards issued by the bank. Card benefits include an upgrade for all Huntington customers to a platinum Debit MasterCard Card and fee-free debit purchases with zero liability for unauthorized transactions and 60-day price protection.

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Neiman Marcus Stores to Accept Visa and MasterCard

Neiman Marcus has forged partnership agreements with Visa and MasterCard, allowing customers to use the appropriate credit, debit and prepaid cards at all of its 41 stores. Neiman Marcus, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Direct Marketing segment. The Specialty Retail Stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Direct Marketing segment conducts both online and print catalog operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow, Last Call and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. Information about the Company can be accessed at www.NeimanMarcusGroup.com.

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XCEED FCU IMPLEMENTS ALLPOINT ATM NETWORK

Xceed Financial Credit Union (Xceed FCU) has substantially increased its multi-network surcharge-free ATM access program by adding surcharge-free Allpoint Network cash machines. With the inclusion of all 43,000 domestic and international Allpoint Network ATMs, Xceed FCU members now have surcharge-free account access at more than 65,000 ATMs on the East Coast, West Coast and all points between. Operating as Xerox Federal Credit Union for nearly 40 years, Xceed Financial Credit Union has amassed a geographically-diverse membership 62,000 people strong. Serving the face-to-face needs of its membership, the credit union has established 15 Xceed FCU Financial Centers, found in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Texas, to extend the service footprint of its corporate headquarters in California.

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CashStar Secures $12mm Funding

CashStar secured $12 million in funding of its growth in the digital gifting business. The round was led by FTV Capital and the funding will be used to help drive continued adoption of digital gifting and grow CashStar’s retail brand network. Joining Starbucks, Gap, Best Buy, Williams-Sonoma, The Home Depot, Staples and the more than 200 marquee names in the CashStar network, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is another brand that has just partnered with CashStar to offer consumers a more personalized way to gift and incent.

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RTP Partners Inntopia, Offers Itinerary Solution

Destination resorts and attractions will be able to license out-of-the-box technology to easily package and sell all travel elements – transportation, lodging, tickets, activities, rentals, lessons and more – in one transaction using the RTP|One Itinerary turnkey solution from RTP, LLC and Inntopia. Operators using RTP enterprise commerce software will be able to offer unique and comprehensive vacation packages without having to develop custom itinerary technology with RTP|One Itinerary. This technology integration allows resort and attractions operators to flexibly bundle their own products – and those from multiple built-in partners — for the highest yield.

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Gramercyone LaunchesFree Cloud-Based Marketing

Small businesses can now book appointments online, manage customers, and easily promote deals across their social networks through the GramercyOne “GoSuite” cloud-based business management and marketing software. The “GoSuite” solution is leveraging its enterprise Booker Platform to provide local merchants and independent professionals easy-to-use tools aimed at streamlining their day-to-day tasks with “GoBook” online appointment booking and “GoPromote,” which allows businesses to develop their own specials and deals, promote them through Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare, and then track inbound customers to see which campaigns and platforms are most effective.

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Galileo Processing Hires New EVP, Business Development

Steve Boyer has been appointed Executive VP, Business Development with Galileo Processing prepaid, credit, debit and alternative financial services technologies. Boyer brings with him nearly three decades of experience in payments automation. In 1993 Boyer co-founded the concept of a declining balance closed-loop card for merchants, which later became known as the gift card. Boyer was most recently Chief Revenue Officer for HOPS, a SaaS-based business intelligence and data processing software firm. Boyer worked with large open-loop prepaid and payment automation programs at American Express, Wachovia, ADP Corporation, MBNA, Bank of America, Capital One, Chase Bank and others.

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Etisalat Mobile Services Intros NFC Payment

Etisalat, in partnership with Mastercard Worldwide and Network International is launching the new technology initially available on Blackberry 9900 phone. Around 600 outlets in the UAE are already able to process such mobile payment transactions. With only one tap of a smartphone against the reader, a customer can make purchases of up to US $50 using a secure PIN number. IQPC has helped corporations solve their business challenges through the sharing of practical industry solutions and global best practice and built a formidable reputation for quality and value.

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National Bank of Egypt Deploys ACI Accounting

National Bank of Egypt (NBE) has implemented the ACI Worldwide payment systems “Acquirer,” transforming merchant acquiring infrastructure and enable it to deliver flexible and tailored back-end accounting and management solutions to its merchants. The National Bank of Egypt is committed to delivering the latest products and services to its customers, and invests in technology to enable it to stay at the forefront of its industry. The bank will be able to offer its merchants international multi-currency, multi-product and multi-card scheme payment processing leveraging standard product features , combined with the ability to support sophisticated retailer relationships.

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POS Becoming Increasingly Prominent

The UK’s discount retailers are looking to make the most of the current economic climate by appealing to cash-strapped consumers through the use of point of sale products. With this, orders from businesses which specialise in offering discount products have increased significantly over the past 12 months. Companies appeal to shoppers looking for high street bargains and are using point of sale items such as pavement signs and cable displays in order to attract them through the doors. Dump bins, which can hold a large number of products and are often used by retailers to attract attention at the tills and encourage impulse purchases, have proved to be increasingly popular.

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Johnson and Johnson Installs Signbox NFC Smart Poster

Signbox has recently completed an installation of innovative Enlighten smart poster displays at the High Wycombe office of pharmaceutical company, Johnson & Johnson. On a prominent wall at the Consumer Healthcare site, Enlighten is the central display feature for the company’s Healthy Future initiative. A total of 11 Enlighten smart posters feature on a double wall spread of environmental graphics replacing the Healthy Future 2010 display, originally installed by Signbox in 2005. Staff and visitors can now download information programmed into the NFC (Near field communication) tag in the poster via a smartphone in a single elegant swipe.

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