TravelCenters Announces Rewards Program Enhancements

TravelCenters of America operator of the TA and Petro Stopping Centers travel center brands, has added a new rewards level to its UltraONE Driver Rewards Program. The new ‘Ultimate Platinum’ level, the highest rewards level, rewards professional driver members with an UltraONE Ultimate Platinum Leather Jacket when they earn 20,000 UltraONE Points each year for three consecutive years. Professional drivers earn UltraONE Points by swiping their member card at all TA and Petro locations for purchases of diesel fuel, truck repairs and identified promotional items. Points can be redeemed in TA and Petro travel stores, truck service facilities and restaurants. UltraONE members will qualify for the Ultimate Platinum Leather Jacket by earning 20,000 or more UltraONE Points during either 2012, 2013, and 2014, or 2013, 2014, and 2015. Complete program rules are at www.ultraonerewards.com.

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Virtual Piggy Appoints VP, Business Development

Virtual Piggy safe youth payments appointed Rika Nakazawa VP, Business Development. Nakazawa brings to the role over 17 years industry experience spanning payments, mobile technology, games and digital media, and retail. Her most recent position was as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at American Express (NASDAQ:AXP). Prior to joining American Express, she served as the Vice President of Business Development and Account Management at Live Gamer, an e-commerce solution provider for gaming and digital entertainment industries. Ms. Nakazawa has also previously held roles at NVIDIA, ACCENTURE and Sony Entertainment.

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MasterCard and Kount Partner on Preventing e-Commerce Fraud

MasterCard Worldwide and Kount fraud prevention partnered making MasterCard’s Expert Monitoring Fraud Scoring for Merchants available to Kount merchant customers. MasterCard’s Expert Monitoring Fraud Scoring for Merchants Application Programming Interface (API) improves an online merchant’s ability to detect and prevent fraudulent purchases. With this tool, that leverages the strength of the MasterCard network and data insights, MasterCard provides merchants with a highly accurate predictive fraud score that gives broader insight into card behavior beyond what merchants can see on their own. Kount is the first company to offer the MasterCard Expert Monitoring API to merchants and is integrating the Expert Monitoring fraud score into its advanced merchant fraud prevention platform in order to help e-Commerce merchants minimize the risk of losses resulting from fraudulent online transactions.

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FreedomPay Commerce Platform Inks New Partnership

FreedomPay Commerce Platform announced its latest expansion partnership with Taco John’s West-Mex quick service restaurant, across more than 400 locations. The cloud-based FreedomPay Commerce Platform takes Taco John’s already progressive business model and puts them on the forefront of technology innovation. The company can now leverage on-demand access to applications and services anytime, anywhere including; gateway payments, incentives, loyalty and enterprise security solutions. A key component of the FreedomPay Commerce Platform is the industry leading consumer app, VIBE®, which delivers mobile payments and mobile incentives to Taco John’s customers on the go.

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USA Technologies Customer Optimizes Cashless Payment

USA Technologies highlighted its customer, City Vending for its effective use of USAT’s ePort® and ePort Connect® service for cashless payment and telemetry to drive improved business results. City Vending has transitioned from zero to over 300 cashless payment terminals in less than a year and has indicated that it has leveraged USAT’s cashless payment and telemetry offerings to drive improved financial performance, customer retention and consumer satisfaction. City Vending is also using VendSys, a certified VMS (vending management system) supplier that participates in USAT’s DEX partner program. USAT’s DEX Partner Program optimizes customers’ use of cashless payment offerings by integrating USAT’s wireless DEX and telemetry available through its ePort Connect® service.

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SmartStream Partners Alliance Factors on B2B Payments

SmartStream Technologies, the financial Transaction Lifecycle Management specialist, announced a partnership with Alliance Factors, a financial services solutions provider and SWIFT service bureau, based in Russia – to meet the demands of a growing client base in the region. Alliance Factors specialises in business-to-business payments, back-office automation, compliance management and other STP-based solutions. Together with SmartStream they will help the Russian client base address STP driven challenges in the back-office for reconciliations across all asset classes, cash and liquidity management, corporate actions and data management services.

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FreedomPay Announces Showcase at Forum

FreedomPay commerce platform announced their Insight Presentation entitled “What Big Data Means to Banks” at the MobeyDay Forum in Barcelona, Spain. The MobeyDay Forum consists of over 250 leading senior mobile executives from banks and financial institutions from over 25 countries. The event has been designed to give market participants access to the latest industry information and answers to crucial issues, pain points, and regulatory updates while offering networking opportunities and reducing the time spent out of the office. FreedomPay offers a cloud-based commerce platform which is revolutionizing retail and enterprise bank processing. The FreedomPay Commerce Platform provides an interactive, open architecture that allows banks to leverage legacy systems and existing data as never before.

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MoneyGram Partners Lebara on International mRemittance

MoneyGram partnered Lebara Mobile, one of Europe’s leading mobile telecoms operators, to offer MoneyGram transfer services over the Lebara Money mobile and web solutions. MoneyGram’s money transfer platform is now integrated within the Lebara Money iPhone and Android mobile payment platform solutions and the Lebara Money website, enabling customers in the United Kingdom — and soon, in Spain, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland — to send international transfers from a mobile phone to more than 320,000 MoneyGram locations in 198 countries worldwide. Lebara customers can now directly connect to MoneyGram’s mobile remittance services global network.

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Fiserv Partners with Financial Market Data Services

Fiserv partnered Financial Market Data Services (FMDS) to offer broker-dealers, asset managers, turnkey asset management providers and outsourcers a fully-outsourced, end-to-end securities class actions claims processing solution. The solution focuses on managed accounts, a high growth segment, and can easily be extended to support all class actions claims for a firm, bringing efficiencies to what can be an inefficient, fragmented and manual process. Fiserv has more than 4 million accounts on its wealth management platforms and over 1.3 million UMA sleeves. With the acquisitions of AdviceAmerica financial planning technology and CashEdge data aggregation capabilities, Fiserv has extended its leadership position with technology that can support all functions of a wealth management business with a truly integrated, end-to-end solution.

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WEX Partners with Alegeus Technologies on Virtual Card Solution

WEX, a leading provider of corporate payment solutions, announced it has partnered with Alegeus Technologies, the market leader in healthcare and benefit payments, to introduce a virtual card solution for the post-adjudication claims market. An alternative to automated clearing house (ACH) payments, the new solution offers an additional electronic settlement method for payers and providers – using WEX Health electronic technology to settle claim payments more efficiently and eliminate costly check payments. Unlike ACH, virtual card payments do not require additional information or consent from providers to implement if they are a MasterCard accepting merchant. A provider can be set up to receive virtual card payments from participating payers automatically, giving payers the option of transitioning a large percentage of provider payments from paper checks to virtual card payments.

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