Ceridian Help Employers With Eco-Friendly Spin

Ceridian payment innovation announced its “Pay Green” initiative, where by it will be offering existing eligible customers the option to pay their employees using paycards, an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional printed pay checks. The initiative also supports Ceridian’s ongoing sustainability efforts, reflected by both its green solutions and company practices. There are numerous benefits to paying employees using paycards. Some studies indicate a startling 12 percent of American households do not have a bank account. Paycards offer a simple, cost-effective solution for distributing funds to both banked and unbanked employees; allow companies to save significant time and money by reducing check printing, shipping and distribution costs; Paycards are paperless and help organizations further their green initiatives; and are especially ideal for temporary employees, seasonal workers or a geographically dispersed workforce.

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Akibank Implements BPC SmartVista

BPC Banking Technologies Open System e-payment solutions for the global financial industry reports that Akibank is now live on its SmartVista solution running an end-to-end in house processing center. BPC implemented a number of products from the SmartVista suite to replace the Bank’s legacy system, which was costly to run and too inflexible to meet current business needs. SmartIssuer now drives all aspects of the issuing business including product development, card production and complete cardholder relationship management. AKIBANK has one of the largest card bases in the Region and is now benefiting from competitive advantage, improved customer service and lower operating costs for its card management systems.

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Ericsson Money Services launches cross border remittance

Ericsson Money Services launches its first global ‘corridor’ for cross-border international remittance in partnership with Globe Telecom and SMART Communications Inc (Smart) enabling mobile phone users in the Philippines to send and receive money to and from friends and family in Europe instantly, safely and conveniently, 24 hours a day. Users can then withdraw cash from ATMs around the world. The mobile money service currently connects seven European countries – UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Sweden. The latest addition of international remittance brings the company one step closer to introducing its full suite of convenient, cost-efficient, secure and instant mobile financial services to consumers globally.

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Bank of Cyprus UK Implements Albany auto-payments

Bank of Cyprus UK purchased an automated payments solution from Albany Software electronic payment software solutions. Albany Software’s solution integrates with the bank’s existing systems and applications, streamlining entire payments, collections and administration processes; a critical requirement for Bank of Cyprus UK that processes an average of GBP1 million worth of Bacs transactions every day.

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Monitise Sees mobile money pilot Success

Monitise, the British technology company behind the pilot, has built a network of 160 agents in four cities across Nigeria delivering services to 6,700 people since launching the pilot in March. A recent pilot scheme to bring mobile banking and payments services to Nigeria has signed up over 6,000 people, proof of the massive appetite for mobile banking and payments, particularly among the unbanked population and in rural areas where physical banking infrastructure is undeveloped. The Monitise pilot is operating, for which it was awarded a provisional license to operate a mobile payments service by the Central Bank of Nigeria in December 2010 and a decision about granting a full licence is expected shortly. With this, the Company hopes to bring a greater choice across financial services to the banked and unbanked via the mobile phone.

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NextiraOne and NICE Address PCI security in contact centers

NextiraOne communications services has put in place requirements to help customers PCI-DSS contact center compliance. In conjunction with NICE Systems Limited, NextiraOne has integrated NICE’s real-time PCI solution into its customer offering for new contact centres and is also offering upgrades to existing contact centre customers to bring them up to the new data security standards. The solution from NICE leverages its real-time desktop analytics for automatically pausing and resuming audio and screen recordings containing sensitive information. The solution enables the multiple stored recordings to be played back seamlessly and in accordance with the original call flow and is available off-the-shelf with out-of-the-box capabilities that require no customization efforts, ensuring reliable and seamless compliance with complex regulatory requirements.

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Citi Cards and American Airlines Introduce New Traveler Credit Card

Citi Cards and American Airlines added the 24-year Citi / AAdvantage credit card portfolio that has served millions of cardmembers with its products and service. The Citi Executive/ AAdvantage World Elite MasterCard will deliver exclusive elite-level travel services and experiences to American’s flyers. The Card offers cardmember privileges such as Admirals Club membership privileges; No foreign transaction fees on purchases; an Enhanced Airport Experience; Waived baggage charge for first domestic checked bag; and Expert Concierge Service. The new card also offers a once per year AAdvantage Elite Qualifying mileage-earning opportunity, based on annual card spend, to put cardmembers on the fast track to American Airlines AAdvantage elite status membership. The co-branded Citi / AAdvantage credit card program serves millions of loyal customers.

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Amazon Herb Debuts VeriFone Mobile Platform

Amazon Herb Company nutrition and skin care products is set to provide its distributors VeriFone’s “PAYware Mobile” system for smartphone-based payments. Amazon Herb is winner of the Direct Selling Association’s Centennial “Vision for Tomorrow” Award, is committed to providing access to the healing potential of the Amazon Rainforest while supporting a sustainable future for the Rainforest and its inhabitants. The “PAYware Mobile” system allows distributors to accept payments and take advantage of lower card-present transaction fees. Sales consultants can email transaction receipts to customers, freeing up time to focus on other marketing and sales efforts and ensuring proof of sales.

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B2B Soft Showcasing Retail Management Platform at AT&T’s EXCELLerate

As an AT&T valued partner and vendor, B2B Soft will meet with wireless agents and showcase its “Wireless Standard.” Integration and innovation have made “Wireless Standard” the industry’s premiere Retail Management Platform, now used in over 4,000 wireless retail locations nationally. The system offers dealers seamless one-step integration with AT&T networks and partners, providing a point of sale process that’s smooth, reliable and fast. This integration with AT&T networks enables agents to instantly download vital information concerning phone features, rate plans, IMEI’s, SIM cards, mobile numbers, add-ons, and specs, directly at the point of sale during phone activation.

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USAA RDC App Available on iPad 2

USAA’s “Deposit@Mobile” app now is available on iPad 2, letting users deposit checks from multiple platforms using RDC technology and manage financial transactions such as paying bills, transferring funds, placing trades, getting stock quotes and viewing their USAA insurance policies. Members also can add or replace a car on their existing USAA insurance policy and request an auto insurance ID card. As the first provider to make check deposits possible by using RDC technology, USAA now enables qualified members to deposit money through their preferred channel including from home via a scanner (Deposit@Home®), via mobile devices including iPhone® and AndroidTM (Deposit@Mobile®), and more recently in the retail environment through USAA Easy Deposit at 2,000 The UPS Store® locations. Nearly 2 million members have downloaded the USAA App on their iPhone or Android devices, approximately 50% of whom own smartphones. This just hours after USAA discontinued its debit rewards program, a casualty of the Fair Credit Act (Cardflash Library, 2011-07-15).

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BuyWithMe Acquires Edhance Card-Linked Loyalty

BuyWithMe acquired Edhance a card-linked loyalty provider, allowing merchants partnering with BuyWithMe to create voucher-free customized loyalty and rewards programs that drive repeat, long-term engagement with their consumers. The BuyWithMe card-linked offer platform solves this problem by allowing merchants to create ongoing merchant-specific, customized reward and loyalty offerings to all, or to a targeted subset, of their customers. These offers are automatically redeemed when BuyWithMe subscribers swipe their credit cards at the merchant’s location.

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Citi joins Bacs Payments Schemes

Citibank NA has joined Bacs Payment Schemes as its first non-European member. The organization behind Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit, to 16 leading financial institutions. Citi is already a member of the UK CHAPS and Faster Payments schemes as well as bodies such as the Payments Council and its status as a banker for the UK Government Banking Service, coupled with the continued growth of its UK client base, made direct membership of Bacs a logical move.

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