Ceridian Deploys Sales & Service Help

PeopleAnswers and Ceridian have inked a software licensing agreement in which Ceridian will use the PeopleAnswers HR solution across its U.S. Sales organization to pre-screen, select and hire new employees. Ceridian expects to create a consistent employee recruiting process focused on identifying, selecting and hiring candidates who share many of the same behavioral traits with its current strong performers to improve performance companywide.

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3t Systems Appoints New Chief Commercial Officer

Jan Rutherford has joined the 3t IT consulting firm as Chief Commercial Officer to oversee regional and national sales and marketing efforts, focusing on designing and directing diverse communications programs to target the healthcare, construction, and finance industries. With over 20 years of leadership training, education and sales and marketing experience, Rutherford brings an impressive track record for helping companies and organizations strategically expand their market foothold through creative and innovative campaigns. Prior to joining 3t Systems, Rutherford focused on training, educating, and helping others achieve their maximum potential both personally and professionally, most recently with MedKeeper healthcare software.

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Response CRM Now Accepts Check 21

Response CRM direct response marketing platform has made available an electronic check solution for its direct response marketing merchants. This law allows merchants to create a digital image of paper checks, or use a computer to capture images, and then deposit them remotely. Response CRM’s development team has worked diligently over the past few months building a system that integrates the Check 21 Act criteria with its robust CRM solution, allowing its direct response merchants the ability to process electronic check orders online.

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Cashzone Acquires OmniCash

Cashzone independent ATM provider has acquired OmniCash and is integrating its operations. This development significantly strengthens Cashzone’s market position in the independent ATM sector and will up its operable units to around 6000 ATMs. Combining the shared strengths and success factors of the two companies will further enhance all elements of Cashzone’s service. With continued commitment to delivering high quality customer service and a highly effective response to maintenance issues; retailers are assured of maximum potential profits from their ATM and end users will continue to be offered a convenient service.

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SIMalliance Open Mobile API boosts Smartphone App Security

The SIMalliance announces the availability of its “Open Mobile API.” Allowing application providers to access and utilize the Secure Element within the internet-connected mobile device, “Open Mobile API” provides highly secure two-factor authentication to enable the secure delivery of a host of NFC, payment and identity services. Current levels of single factor authentication has been shown to be inadequate as attacks on smartphone and tablet applications increase in number and sophistication. By connecting the application to the Secure Element via the Open Mobile API, many security breaches we see today will become easily preventable.

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VigiTrust Completes PCI DSS Road Show

VigiTrust organized its PCI DSS roadshow in Dublin, Paris and London in February 2011, which is being hailed as a success thanks to keynote speakers and timing. While EMV helps prevent some types of fraud, in order for a merchant to secure their payment data they must also adopt all elements of the PCI DSS. Focal on Data Protection and PCI DSS as comprehensive way for merchants/retailers to comply with the Irish Data Protection Act. Also addressed was tokenization as a means of further securing card data as it is being processed.

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ScanSource to Acquire CDC Brasil AIDC/POS Distributor

ScanSource through its wholly-owned subsidiary, ScanSource do Brasil Participações LTDA, has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with CDC Brasil AIDC and POS solutions distributor. Offering many of the same products as ScanSource, the CDC Brasil management team of CDC Brasil will remain in place, bringing with it more than 55 years’ combined industry experience while the current CDC Brasil president, Alexandre Conde, will be named president of ScanSource Brasil and will report to Elias Botbol, president of ScanSource Latin America. CDC Brasil has grown revenue to approximately R$246,186,000 (approx. $140,400,000). CDC Brasil has more than 30 vendor partners, including Bematech, Honeywell, HP, Motorola and Zebra. The company employs approximately 200 people. Like ScanSource, CDC Brasil is committed to providing value-added services to its reseller partners, including technical support, financing, training and sales support.

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SMC Networks Launches Wireless Portable SMC-ATM Router

SMC Networks networking solution provider has kicked off its “ATM ROUTERS,” connecting to 3G networks using an existing USB wireless modem. Targeting ATM’s and Mobile ATM’s, the Router is compatible with most modems in the market. The “ATM ROUTER” features 1-port 10/100 MB/s LAN & WAN port, high speed wireless-N access point, NAT firewall with SPI, a user friendly web-based management interface. The feature works with number of service providers like Reliance, TATA and many other eminent Teleservices. Unlike the VSAT connection, SMC ATM Routers are extremely cost-effective and also require very less time for its installation. Within few minutes the connectivity is obtained and the ATM site is ready. SMC leverages strong industry relationships in combination with experienced and talented in-house design and engineering.

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Chargeoffs Up First Time in 6 Months by .26%

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] March U.S. credit card ABS chargeoffs increased for the first time in six months to 8.31%, compared to the 8.05% last month when defaults were at the lowest levels since February 2009. March chargeoffs were up 26 basis points (bps) to 8.31% after having shown signs of improvement for five consecutive…

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MPR Improvement Still 19% Higher Than Historic AVG

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Monthly payment rate (MPR) dropped for the second straight month in March by 1.16% to 19.21%. This improvement is slower than that recorded the month prior when it fell nearly 1.5%, and although it is slowly improving, MPR is still approximately 19% higher than the historical average of 16.21%. MPR…

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Most Retail Sectors Post Y/Y Sales Growth

Summary results for performance of specific U.S. retail industries in March 2011 indicate total apparel sales recorded their 8th consecutive year-over-year sales gains, increasing by 4.4% year-over-year, approximately half of the average growth recorded between September 2010 and February 2011. The Furniture sector posted a modest increase of 2.4%, its 5th consecutive month of positive growth. These findings, according to the MasterCard “SpendingPulse,” also showed e-Commerce continued to grow in double digits, highlighting the continued strength in online sales for a fifth consecutive month of double-digit growth by 16.1%, higher than February’s 13.2% increase. Online Total Apparel grew by 18.7%, marking the 16th straight double-digit increase. The SpendingPulse Luxury Index of high-end restaurants, food stores, department stores and general apparel categories was up 8.5%, the largest year-over-year increase since December 2010, and the sixth consecutive month of growth.

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Fiserv RDC Reaches More than 160,000 Users

Over 3,300 financial institutions are now using Fiserv solutions for Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) serving a total number of end-users of more than 160,000, having processed nearly four billion items. The “Source Capture Solutions” from Fiserv are designed to enhance the reliability, versatility and scalability of image capture and check processing with a common web based platform. This solution set includes branch, merchant, teller, ATM and the increasingly popular consumer and mobile capture all on a common web platform that enable remote deposit capture.

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