Wincor Nixdorf and ScanSource Europe Partner

Wincor Nixdorf and ScanSource Europe pan-European value-added distributor of automatic data collection, EPOS and mobility solutions, partnered to allow ScanSource resellers to access Wincor Nixdorf’s range of EPOS solutions. These solutions enable resellers to deliver excellent service levels to their customers through fast check out speeds, and cashier efficiency with superfast touchscreens and printers, all at a low cost of ownership. ScanSource provides technology and value-added services to resellers across Europe and will now offer the same Wincor Nixdorf EPOS solutions that are installed in many well-known establishments across Europe. The EPOS solutions are available to ScanSource customers with immediate effect and include leading Wincor Nixdorf products marketed under the Beetle brand name.

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Chase and Marriott Rewards Launch Hotel Rewards Credit Card

Chase Card Services and Marriott Rewards launched the “Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card from Chase,” charging no foreign currency transaction charges on international purchases. Holders do not pay the 2.5% foreign currency transaction charge, after the exchange rate conversion is applied, on purchases outside of Canada-in person or online. The card also offers cardholders the ability to earn accelerated Marriott Reward® points on all purchases, accumulate free night stays, and receive automatic Silver Elite Status. “Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Card from Chase” cardholders will earn 5 points per $1 spent at over 3,500 Marriott locations; 2 points for every dollar spent on car rentals, dining, and airline tickets purchased directly with an airline; and 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases.

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MoneyGram Renews Coppel Contract for 976 Stores

MoneyGram global money transfer company has renewed its contract with Coppel department store chain after nearly 10 years of collaboration. With this, customers can access money transfer services across Coppel’s 976 retail locations, maintaining MoneyGram’s presence in the country, which boasts an inflow of approximately $24 billion in cash remittances during 2011-the world’s third largest receiver of money and Moneygram’s largest market for remittances sent from the U.S. MoneyGram will subsequently increase its marketing efforts to promote the availability of its send and receive services at Coppel’s retail stores.

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Western Union Revenue Up 4% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Western Union posted 2Q/12 revenue of $1.4 billion, up 4% from the year ago period, and an operating margin of 24.3%, compared to the year ago figure of 25.7%. Consumer-to-Consumer operating margins were consistent with prior year. The decrease in consolidated operating margin compared to prior year was primarily due to…

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Euronet Posts 2Q/12 Revenue Up 8% Y/Y

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Euronet Worldwide electronic payments provider posted 2Q/12 results, with total revenues of $302.4 million, up 8% from the year ago figure of $279.8 million. Net income attributable to Euronet was $5.7 million, compared to the year ago figure of $11.9 million while transactions totaled 570 million, a 13% increase from 503…

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MasterCard Priceless Cities Expands to Chicago

A one-stop source to access reservations at top restaurants, first-class shopping experiences and sporting events tickets is now available through MasterCard Priceless Chicago. The Priceless Cities program is designed to bring consumers closer to their passions through exclusive experiences and privileged access throughout the Chicagoland area. The Priceless Cities program has also been extended to London, Toronto and Beijing to give cardholders new ways to discover some of the world’s global destinations. The priceless experiences to MasterCard cardholders include opportunities to have lunch with a current Chicago Cubs player or participate in pre-game batting practice activities; Gilt City offers for coveted Chicago culinary experiences including a prefix vault dinner for two at The Bedford and a special Omakase 10-course chef’s dinner for six with sake and wine pairings at Arami; and unique access to the annual Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by MasterCard.

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Visa Campaign Generates Olympic Support Worldwide

Visa kicked off its social marketing campaign, generating national support from countries far and wide through Facebook, Youku and Sina-Weibo in China, VKontakte in Russia, YouTube and Twitter (US). This will inspire Team Visa athletes at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Since the campaign launched in May, fans have cheered in the form of liking the Visa Facebook page, submitting photos, videos and text cheers and performing one-click cheers through Visa’s Cheer application on Facebook, viewing and sharing video content on YouTube, as well as including the campaign’s hashtag (#VisaGoWorld) on Twitter (@TeamVisa) and cheering through partner websites. The campaign has seen 1.9 million fan “Likes” on Visa’s Facebook page; 400,000 cheers for 69 Team Visa athletes in the form of a one-click cheers and text, photo or video submissions; and 25.7 million views of Visa’s Go World commercials, behind-the-scenes athlete content and consumer-generated cheer videos.

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RushCard and Green Dot Ink Distribution Deal

UniRush and Green Dot low-cost banking and payment solutions forged an exclusive multi-year distribution agreement, under which Green Dot Bank will serve as the exclusive issuer of the retail version of the RushCard, with Green Dot Corporation serving as a co-manager on the portfolio with UniRush. The introduction of RushCard through the retail channel is expected to significantly expand UniRush LLC’s customer base by allowing consumers to purchase RushCard at many of their favorite retailers nationwide, while providing Green Dot with new, incremental sales through its large, nationwide retail distribution channel. Russell Simmons co-founded UniRush, LLC in 2003, and the subsequent launch of the RushCard was one of the first prepaid Visa Debit cards available to the underserved consumer.

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BofA Adds Check Deposit Feature for Apps

Bank of America launched new mobile banking for Mobile Check Deposit, Person-to-Person Email and Mobile Transfers and Mobile App Alerts. This will allow customers to manage their finances through their mobile device – from depositing a check, to paying friends and family, to reviewing balances and much more. Bank of America’s Mobile Check Deposit function allows customers to deposit checks easily and securely without making a trip to the ATM or banking center. Once customers download the updated mobile application onto their tablet or smartphone, they can use the app to snap photos of the check and follow a few simple on-screen instructions to complete the deposit. Mobile Check Deposit is currently available on iPad and will be available in the coming weeks on iPhone, Google Android smartphone or tablet and Windows Phone. Person-to-Person Email and Mobile Transfers allow customers to easily conduct person-to-person transfers via online banking or a smartphone using only an e-mail address or mobile phone number.

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Lettuce Entertain You and Mocapay Expand Mobile Offering

Mocapay mobile commerce expanded its strategic partnership with Lettuce Entertain You independent restaurant groups. This will mobile deploy Lettuce Eats Frequent Diner Club. Lettuce Entertain You patrons will be provided a more convenient and engaging channel to earn points and redeem rewards for food at its over 80 restaurant locations in seven states. Lettuce Entertain You will now mobilize its 25-year-old frequent diner club that includes over 100,000 members, giving patrons easy access to their frequent dining membership and real-time updates on points and rewards. Patrons can interchangeably use their plastic loyalty card and mobile phone to collect points and redeem offers from a single account, providing more choice and flexibility. Lettuce Entertain You is able to integrate mobile into its existing POS equipment, loyalty program and application provider through Mocapay.

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AJB Accelerates Retailer EMV Migration

AJB Software Design integrated payment solutions announced a new EMV migration path for U.S. Retailers, designed to accelerate EMV implementations, while making it easy for merchants to integrate with emerging Mobile and other POS initiatives. AJB completed numerous large-scale EMV Chip and PIN integrations with merchants throughout Canada and the United Kingdom. AJB’s software enables merchants to accept EMV transactions; resulting in fewer disputed charges, lower chargeback rates and reduced levels of fraud, saving time and money for retailers. Its EMV compatible software has been PA-DSS validated with EMV transactions, simplifying the compliance effort for merchants to verify their payment processing meets the PCI & EMV security standards.

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Agilysys Software Solutions Support Olympic Tourism

Agilysys software solutions will be used extensively throughout London and the United Kingdom, as sporting venues and hotels rely on Agilysys technology to streamline operations, improve efficiency and enhance guest service for the Olympic Games. More than a thousand point-of-sale terminals in food outlets and concessions throughout London and the surrounding area will be using Agilysys InfoGenesis™ POS software during the upcoming international athletic events. Hoteliers throughout the region will rely on Agilysys software for property management, point-of-sale, inventory and procurement and document management, allowing guests from around the world to check in and check out quickly and efficiently.

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