USHCC Names Heartland Payment Exclusive Processor

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has selected Heartland Payment Systems payments processors as its exclusive payment card processing provider. Advocating, promoting and facilitating the success of Hispanic businesses, the USHCC will utilize the Heartland pricing model. This model features true interchange-plus pricing: all bankcard interchange and fees assessed by the card brands are passed through to business owners without mark-up of any kind. Heartland founded the Merchant Bill of Rights public advocacy initiative that protects the rights of business owners and helps them control the costs and complexities of payments processing. The USHCC was founded in 1979 to tactively promote the economic growth and development of Hispanic Business Enterprises that together generate nearly $400 billion annually.

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Merchant Warehouse Launches ISO Agent Education

Merchant Warehouse merchant accounts and credit card processing solution has launched “Merchant Warehouse University” online resource center designed to provide industry thought-leadership and sales tools to independent sales agents looking to improve their industry knowledge and sales skills. What makes Merchant Warehouse University unique, is that although the materials are exclusively provided by Merchant Warehouse, outside industry experts provide insights about the financial services industry, and the site does not require users to be affiliated with the Merchant Warehouse Agent/ISO program. All independent sales agents are welcome and encouraged to participate in Merchant Warehouse University at www.mw-university.com.

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Eli Lilly FCU Implements Open Solutions Processing

Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union has completed the conversion from a legacy core platform to Open Solutions’ DNA enterprise-wide relational core platform to manage its processing needs. Open Solutions is a leading provider of integrated enabling technologies for financial service providers throughout the United States, Canada and other international markets. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Eli Lilly Federal Credit Union has more than $954 million in assets and six branches serving approximately 48,715 members. Eli Lilly FCU is now one of more than 400 financial institutions that are running Open Solutions’ DNA, which capitalizes on the strength of Open Solutions’ unique universal data model and design.

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MasterCard Enhances Expense Management Platform

MasterCard Worldwide enhanced its “smartdata.gen2” expense management platform, providing advanced capabilities designed to drive greater control and increase cost savings for businesses of all sizes. New features include an enhanced expense reporting module, enabling companies and employees to seamlessly review and approve expenditures, online statements, receipt management, and data integration with the MasterCard inControl platform, which allows businesses to create Single Use Account numbers, and utilize rules-driven transaction controls and spending alerts. The new release not only strengthens current capabilities, but also provides companies with greater expense control and insight by automating and streamlining the workflow process for creating, submitting and approving employee expense reports. MasterCard SmartData serves 150 issuers and 466,000 companies in 53 countries, in all market segments as well as local, state, and federal government agencies. It features enhanced expense reporting; inControl integration; receipt upload functionality; online account maintenance; and paperless statements.

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BluePay Offers mCredit Card Processing

BluePay credit card processing is letting merchants go wire-free with advanced mobile credit card processing equipment at competitive rates, allowing them to take their business wherever they go. The BluePay mobile processing options, including its “ROAMpay” mobile credit card processing solution, are compatible with Exadigm, Nurit, Hypercom, Verifone and Way Systems. The BluePay’s mobile processing equipment and applications are PCI compliant, along with its secure credit card terminals for retailers, restaurants and more. The Company is making available its m-processing solutions to merchants in the U.S. and Canada through its tier 1 credit card processor.

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ADS Subsidiary Expands With Chico’s Retailer

The Alliance Data Systems loyalty and marketing Epsilon subsidiary has
signed an expansion agreement with Chico’s to provide data overlay
services. With this, Chico will rely on the Epsilon “Targeting” data
division. Epsilon will now also include data from its proprietary data
cooperative to overlay multi-brand transactional data over Chico’s
consumer database records. This will allow Chico’s to see a more
complete picture of the buying activity of their customers across all
purchase channels including catalog, online, and retail, and within
specific merchandise categories to improve Chico’s contact strategy and
ability to micro-target customers based on preferences and buying
behaviors.

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ThingMagic RFID Celebrates 10 Years

ThingMagic RFID technology announced its 10th anniversary with a celebration of its achievements and by gathering predictions from several industry leaders about the next 10 years of RFID and the impact it will have on business and society. Its readers using Intel’s XScale family of network processors to deliver RFID readers that would be inexpensive to make in large volumes. The company introduced embedded reader module accessories and new API to support rapid development of RFID solutions and a quicker path to ROI for its customers. And this year, the company announced the Mercury6e, the world’s smallest, greater than 1 Watt, four-port embedded RFID module, delivering market-leading performance and significant time-to-market advantages to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), value added resellers (VARs), and solution providers.

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Global Axcess Inks Major Deployment of DVD Kiosks

Global Axcess self-service kiosk solutions has completed its deployment of new DVD kiosks with the major grocery chain (“Grocery”), that Global Axcess signed a three-year contract with to initially install 323 DVD kiosk locations. To date, more than 300 new DVD kiosks have been deployed with the grocery chain and are renting DVDs to customers. Across the Global Axcess system, the Company now has approximately 340 DVD kiosks deployed. Global Axcess Corp was founded in 2001 and currently owns, manages or operates more than 4,900 ATMs and other self-service kiosks in its national network spanning 43 states.

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Keynote Launches Smartphone Mobile Retail Index

Keynote Competitive Research has released its smartphone mobile commerce index, the “Mobile Commerce Index.” Offering a weekly performance ranking of leading and up-and-coming US retail mobile Web sites being accessed using popular wireless device profiles, including the Apple iPhone, it underscores the critical issue of mobile site performance and establishes performance benchmarks across a representative sampling of mobile Web sites. The Index shows the average response times and success rates for downloading the homepage of selected mobile commerce sites on popular smartphones using Keynote’s commercially available mobile performance monitoring solution, Mobile Application Perspective. The response times and success rates are then combined to provide an overall score. The m-commerce sites that appear in the Index were selected to provide a benchmark for companies to compare their mobile site performance against a representative sampling of e-retailers.

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CRE Secure Integrates First Data Gateway

The CRE Secureb PCI-validated payment acceptance service is now fully integrated with First Data Global Gateway. This secure payment solution feature the HTML Clone design, redirecting online consumers to a PCI-compliant, hosted payment page that mirrors the brand and design of a merchant’s trusted website. Since visually consumers feel like they never leave the merchant’s site, online merchants are able to maintain greater levels of branding continuity for their customers when processing ‘card not present’ transactions. This empowers First Data Global Gateway merchants to better protect the investment in their website’s design, reduce abandoned carts and maintain potentially expensive PCI compliance.

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DeviceFidelity Launches Contactless iPayment

DeviceFidelity secure mobile payments has released its “In2Pay iCaisse4” plug and play mobile payment solution for contactless-enabled merchants worldwide. A specially designed protective case that enables iPhone 4 for use to make payments at DeviceFidelity’s “In2Pay” mobile payment solution, “In2Pay iCaisse4” has gained global recognition as a plug and play solution for simple wave-and-go payments at hundreds of thousands of merchants worldwide. The “In2Pay iCaisse4” provides protection against handset damage by shielding all surfaces of the iPhone 4 except the screen and has a microSD slot that is designed to accept the In2Pay microSD secure contactless device, issued by a financial institution or wireless carrier as a credit, debit, prepaid or a multiple account digital wallet. It allows users to wave their iPhone 4 to pay at thousands of merchants that accept contactless payments worldwide.

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nFinanSe Launches Fred’s $3 Reloadable Prepaid Cards

nFinanSe launched its $3 Reloadable Prepaid Discover Cards at Fred’s Hometown Discount Stores regional chain of variety stores located in the Southeast and Midwest United States. nFinanSe’s Reloadable Prepaid Discover Card sells for just $3 at retail stores; has a low $2.95 monthly maintenance fee for an unlimited number of purchase transactions; and allows cardholders to load additional funds or “top up” for only $2.95. The Company also offers FREE direct deposit of payroll, FREE 24/7/365 live agent customer service in English and Spanish and FREE cell phone text message alerts with purchase and balance information after each transaction.

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