Western Union Goes to the Movies with Major RIO 2 Film Partnership

The Western Union Company announced a film partnership deal with 20th Century Fox for its animated feature RIO 2. Western Union saw the partnership with RIO 2 which has a roster of beloved characters, a stellar cast, a rich and vibrant soundtrack, and is a sequel to the original smash hit film, as an opportunity to create a unique partnership between two iconic brands centering on a common theme in a fresh and creative venue. The partnership expands consumer reach for both companies with a collaborative global marketing campaign. The collaborative global marketing campaign with 20th Century Fox includes TV advertising, print, point of sale, online, out-of-home, and social media, with a consumer scratch and win game in the US.

AFEX to Acquire Jameson Bank

AFEX announced that subject to regulatory approvals, it will acquire the business of Jameson Bank, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. This strategic acquisition, expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, will result in the addition of three new offices for AFEX in Canada, in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, joining an extensive network of global offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Clearent Releases API for Payment Processing

Clearent announced that software application developers now have access to a full service payments platform that allows them to provide seamless payment transactions to their customers. Clearent’s developer-friendly API integrates payment processing into any software program or application, resulting in a seamless user experience for the consumer. Clearent’s payments API is different from those offered by legacy processors in that it offers clear, easy-to-understand documentation, supports multiple programming languages and is backed by live developer support that helps streamline the implementation process.

ChannelAdvisor Supports Google Merchant Promotions

ChannelAdvisor e-commerce solutions that enable retailers and manufacturers to increase global sales, announced support for Google Merchant Promotions, a program that enhances Google Product Listing Ads with discount offers. ChannelAdvisor Digital Marketing offers technology to streamline retailers’ participation in Google Merchant Promotions and help accelerate the success of Product Listing Ads for online retailers. ChannelAdvisor Digital Marketing allows sellers to get their products front and center on global, local or mobile search engine results pages through Google Product Listing Ads, paid search ads and comparison shopping engines. Digital Marketing employs Flex Feed technology, so advertisers can easily explore additional feed-based destinations such as retargeting providers and affiliate networks, as well as benefit from SKU-level performance reporting across those programs. ChannelAdvisor will also improve the buyer experience and optimize the path to conversion.

ROAM Expands mPOS Channel Strategy with EVO Payments Partnership

ROAM mobile commerce platform provider announced EVO Payments International payment service provider operating in the United States, Canada and Europe, will leverage ROAM’s platform to extend its full range of electronic payment service offerings to include mPOS. Through this strategic partnership, EVO will provide its large U.S. customer base of over 300,000 merchants with ROAM’s advanced mPOS solutions, including the G5X mobile card reader and ROAMpay X4 mPOS application, while leveraging the advanced security and management capabilities of ROAM’s mobile payments engine. EVO is among the largest fully integrated merchant acquirer and payment processors in the world, processing in nearly 50 markets and 120 currencies.

ControlScan and EverCompliant Team on Brand Protection Monitoring

Payment security and compliance solution provider ControlScan partnered with EverCompliant merchant security risk and compliance management solutions to offer acquirers leading-edge brand protection monitoring. Credit card brands require acquirers to identify and report illegal online activities taking place on the websites of the merchants they serve. Should the acquirer fail to comply with brand requirements, the penalties can escalate to hundreds of thousands of dollars per case of illegal aggregation. With ControlScan’s SiteWatch™ brand protection monitoring solution, powered by EverCompliant, acquirers can continuously monitor their merchants’ sites to quickly identify illegal activity and inappropriate content, such as high-risk product sales, child pornography and illegal merchant aggregation.

CRi Partners with TransFirst for MPOS

CRi has recently aligned with TransFirst®, a leading provider of transaction processing services and payment enabling technologies, to develop and launch a Mobile Point of Sale Solution (mPOS) for one of the leading global suppliers of office products and services. The mPOS solution will be sold through all TransFirst sales channels including retail in-store and online. A small business owner will be able to purchase a magnetic stripe reader (MSR), download the mPOS app to a mobile device and start accepting payments upon approval of its merchant account.

GE Capital and American Eagle Outfitters Extend Long-Term Financing

GE Capital Retail Bank announced a long-term extension of its agreement with American Eagle Outfitters to continue providing private label credit card programs for online, mobile app, and store purchases made at any of the 856 American Eagle Outfitter and 115 Aerie locations across the U.S. As part of the seven-year agreement, GE Capital’s Retail Finance business will continue to manage the American Eagle Outfitters credit card program, which began in 1996. Customers can use their American Eagle Outfitters® and Aerie® credit cards at 856 American Eagle Outfitter and 115 Aerie stores in the U.S. Cardholders can earn a 15% new account discount, $10 Extra Savings coupons, and access to four exclusive cardholder events a year. In addition, cardholders can also earn AERewards program discounts.

Mocapay Expands Yumilicious App

Mocapay announced the release of the Yumilicious app available in iTunes and Google Play app stores this April. Yumilicious leveraged Mocapay’s mobile app template that helps merchants engage consumers and launch their app on an abbreviated timeframe. Yumilicious loyalty members can enroll, earn and redeem loyalty points and rewards via the app. Users can also enter their birthday for special offers, opt in and out of e-mails and text messaging, and get in-app messages. Additionally, the app will provide the ability to find nearby locations using GPS technology. Yumilicious app users will also have the ability to download and manage mobile gift cards and payment cards.

CardFlight Launches SwipeSimple

CardFlight announced today the launch of SwipeSimple, a turn-key solution that empowers credit card processors, merchant service providers, ISOs, agents and other resellers to offer a mobile POS product to their merchants. SwipeSimple is the first mobile POS offering that provides 100% free co-branding, allowing resellers to promote their brand throughout the merchant experience at no extra charge.

JetPay Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

JetPay hired Michael J. McGovern as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. McGovern began his career in a corporate setting as a tax accountant then as director of operations at Management Assistance Inc., a computer manufacturing and leasing company. With his experience at the Federal Reserve, Mr. McGovern joined American Express where he eventually was responsible for application project management. McGovern, in a long and distinguished career with CoreStates rose from Vice President of cash management services, to Senior Vice President of data Processing Systems, and, ultimately, to Executive Vice President of Domestic and International Operations – a position in which he remained for 12 years.