CorFire Delivers mPayment for Dunkin’ Donuts’ Mobile App

CorFire mobile commerce business of SK C&C USA is providing virtual mobile payment capabilities to Dunkin’ Donuts. The technology supports Dunkin’ Donuts’ recently-launched mobile app which eliminates the need for physical cards and enables consumers to gift via SMS, email, and social networks. The Dunkin’ App is technology agnostic and works without the need to wait on NFC, enhancing the consumers’ shopping experience by providing convenient and easy-to-use mobile payment options. The solution, which works on most smartphones, also delivers Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees with payment and gifting solutions that drive customer loyalty while providing cost savings.

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Wincor Nixdorf Partners Quad POS

Wincor Nixdorf IT solutions for retail and Quad POS systems partnered for cooperation. With this, Quad will take over the distribution of POS systems from Wincor Nixdorf to resellers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In taking this step, Wincor Nixdorf is continuing its overall expansion by extending its partner business. The cooperation will in future allow specialty retailers or catering companies, for example, to use POS solutions from the market leader Wincor Nixdorf.

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Fime Facilitates Net1 MasterCard Certification

FIME has provided consultancy services to Net1 UEPS Technologies – a leading provider of secure and affordable transaction channels to developing countries – which has resulted in a MasterCard Compliance Assessment and Security Testing (CAST) certification for its South African e-purse payment solution. Net1 provides alternative payment solutions for populations in developing economies with no, or limited access to traditional banking facilities. Net1 appointed FIME to assist in the preparation for evaluation and certification of its e-purse application in line with MasterCard security requirements.

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CARTES Asia and E-commerce Asia Promote eCommerce

CARTES Asia has brought together market leaders from card manufacturing, payment, security, identification and mobility to present their latest and innovative solutions. The co-located E-COMMERCE Asia event will extend the offer to products and solutions in digital and mobile marketing, e-commerce and m-commerce platforms, fulfillment and delivery. A joint sector will be dedicated to e-commerce and m-commerce payment solutions. Launching the event in Hong Kong was due to infrastructure offered to international exhibitors and visitors and location.

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MoneyGram Embarks on Eastern Euro Market

MoneyGram is now facilitating money transfer and remittance in Bosnia and Herzegovina through its partnership with Nova Bank. Under the agreement, Nova Bank customers are now able to send and receive international money transfers at more than 40 Nova Bank locations across rural and urban Bosnia through MoneyGram’s global network. The World Bank estimates Bosnia has the 12th-highest proportion of its population living abroad, with more than 1 million Bosnian citizens living and working outside Bosnia.

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Raptor and TNS Expand to Latin America

Raptor Trading Systems and Transaction Network Services are strengthening their position within the Latin American (Latam) financial markets and opening up access to trade to their North American customer base. Raptor, the leading provider of client facing trading systems, is working primarily with TNS to allow cross-connectivity through TNS’ secure trading network to the Latam markets that are experiencing a strong growth trajectory. The strategic partnership between Raptor and TNS will allow both companies to target a growing market that is experiencing a great deal of regulatory change as well as technological advancement being impacted by increasing levels of online trading.

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Still Little Activity on the Unemployment Front

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up a mere 96,000 employees in August as the unemployment rate maintained its stagnant 8.1%, where it has held the narrow range of 8.1-8.3%. However, this is down a full percentage point from the year ago period, but the number of unemployed Americans has held at 12.5 million…

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American Giving Awards Presented by Chase to Air in December

Chase, dick clark productions and Intersport announced their joint effort to produce the second annual American Giving Awards (AGAs), a televised celebrity tribute to community heroes. The awards will grant a total of $2 million to the five featured charitable organizations, which will be voted on by Chase customers and Facebook users from a list of 25 previous Chase Community Giving (CCG) grant recipients. The organization with the most votes will receive a $1 million grant, the first runner-up will be granted $500,000, a second runner-up will receive a $250,000 grant and third and fourth runners up will be given $125,000 grants. The winning organizations will represent one of five pre-determined categories recognizing the “building blocks” of our communities for an Educators & Mentors Award; a Heroes & Leaders Award; a Champions of Health & Wellness; a Community Builders Award; and Youth Developers Award.

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Kuapay Expands mWallet Solution

Kuapay mobile payment solution that incorporates coupons, reward cards and loyalty cards made available its mobile payments application to New York City merchants. Kuapay allows users to store various coupon offers, reward programs, and credit and debit cards in a digital wallet that features a patented encryption process. The company offers the lowest per-transaction rate in the industry to merchants, enabling merchants of all sizes to present attractive offers and integrated loyalty rewards. It gives complete control of the digital wallet to the consumer, allowing them to store their preferred credit card, loyalty program, and custom coupons for free.

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Five Small Businesses Win AmEx Marketing Makeover

Five small businesses will be trained by American Express OPEN and Facebook on how to build their brands, better market products and services, and target new customers. With a growing need for training on social media marketing, evident with more than 12,000 small businesses having entered the 2012 American Express “Big Break”- up from 11,000 in 2011- marketing experts from American Express OPEN and Facebook will travel to each of the five winner’s small businesses to provide in-depth marketing and strategy sessions as well as $25,000 in cash to put the strategies into action.

Each winner will also receive practical and personal training on best practices using Facebook Pages, Ads and Social Plugins, and will receive consultation on how to maximize their current usage of Facebook. The winning small businesses will have the opportunity to share their winnings and pay it forward by inviting other small business owners within their communities to meet a panel of social media and marketing experts from Facebook and American Express OPEN to teach them how to best utilize social channels for their businesses.

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Safeway Shoots for Blackhawk Network IPO

Safeway plans to file a registration statement in the United States for a potential IPO of a minority ownership stake in Blackhawk Network Holdings. The company anticipates executing a transaction in the first half of 2013. Blackhawk Network Holdings operates Blackhawk Network, a prepaid payments network for consumers and businesses. The company offers the industry’s most popular prepaid gift cards and payment services from leading brands through a network of leading grocery stores, big box, convenience, pharmacy, specialty stores and Internet retailers including GiftCardMall.com.

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