Western Union Extends Agreement with Safeway

Western Union financial services forged renewal agreement with Safeway food and drug retailer. Under the terms of the agreement, more than 1,640 Safeway store locations across the United States and Canada will continue to offer Western Union® global money transfer services. Safeway will also introduce Western Union money order and consumer bill payment services in the U.S. in 2013.

Agilysys Partners Motion Partner on Retailers Access to mPayment

Agilysys innovative retail information technology and hospitality software solutions partnered Motion Computing rugged tablet PCs and mobility solutions to deliver comprehensive mobility solutions to retailers utilizing Windows POS systems. For this partnership, Agilysys will be responsible for developing the tablet’s software, integrating with legacy Windows applications, mobile infrastructure, staging, deployment and ongoing management, support and service.

Perry Ellis Pilots Starmount Mobile POS

Perry Ellis International piloted Starmount’s mobile POS solution at 17 Perry Ellis stores in time for the holiday shopping season, allowing Perry Ellis sales associates to provide a higher level of customer service. This is part of a chainwide rollout of Starmount Connect and Engage that will be completed in the first quarter of 2013. For this the Starmount mobile POS and mobile selling solutions will help Perry Ellis increase the level of customer engagement throughout the store, enabling associates to use mobile devices for product and price lookup, product recommendations, clienteling, and to provide access to customer loyalty information.

Radical Studios Launches Dynamics ePlate Comics Reward

In conjunction with this past week’s Dynamics release, Radical Studios launched its Radical Comics experience reward for the battery-powered Dynamics ePlate credit card device. This allows consumers to earn Radical Comics-related products with every purchase. The Radical Comics experience™ reward allows consumers to earn comic book images by making purchases with their Dynamics ePlate credit card device. As sets of images are collected, consumers can redeem the sets for items such as graphic novels, autographed lithographs, and autographed comic books once they sign up for he offering.

USA Technologies to Achieve Profitability Milestone

USA Technologies wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries announced it expects a major milestone with its fiscal 2Q/13 financial results. That’s because the Company is expecting to achieve non-GAAP net income”for the first time”for its second fiscal quarter ended December 31, 2012 (see Non-GAAP Financial Measure below for definition), following aggressive actions taken by management throughout 2012 to accelerate USAT’s “path to profitability”. Total revenues for the second quarter are expected to be in the range of $8.8 to $8.9 million, reflecting an approximate increase of 29% compared to the same period in the prior year.
Recurring revenues for the second quarter are expected to be approximately 83% of total revenues for the second quarter. Total net connections added in the second quarter, which contribute to future recurring revenues, are expected to be approximately 12,000, an increase of 71% from the same period a year ago.

Consumers Borrow More for Holiday Shopping

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] With the total outstanding revolving US consumer credit having jumped 4.7% in October, it saw a second consecutive monthly increase in November, up 1.1% thanks in part to the busy holiday shopping season. With total credit flow up 9.8%, outstanding consumer credit has seen growth of 2% since the July figure,…

Discover Spending Monitor Loses Footing Again

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Discover U.S. Spending Monitor continued its 2 month skid, down 4.3 points in December to 91.1 due to lower spending intentions following the holiday season and economic uncertainty amongst consumers. With it, those expecting an improving economy declined 3 points to 32% while there was a 3-point decline in the…

Geezeo Inks Partnership With $ New FCUs

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Geezeo, a leading FinTech firm that offers online financial management (OFM) tools, personal financial management (PFM), and web-based, data-driven marketing platforms to financial institutions, announced that American Greetings Federal Credit Union, Florida Transportation Credit Union, Congressional Federal Credit Union, Wings Financial Credit Union and Linn Area Credit Union, will integrate Geezeo’s…

Dynamics Showcases Cutting Edge Credit Card Device

Dynamics announced its ‘credit card of the future,’ altering consumer’s everyday spending from the typical payment card to an interactive, real-time reward experience. The Dynamics ePlate device is a battery-powered, computerized credit card that allows users to securely and instantly choose from more than 35 reward experiences using two mechanized buttons on the card programmed through a mobile app platform. The card is connected to an ecosystem of experience™ providers that each deliver a unique experience™ reward to the consumer. When making a purchase, a consumer simply presses a button on his/her ePlate™ credit card device to receive the experience™ reward associated with the pressed button. At any time, a consumer may change online the experience™ rewards associated with the different buttons on his/her ePlate™ credit card device. The credit card rewards are called experience™ rewards because experience™ rewards are the first rewards to be delivered instantly, within seconds of a purchase, to the consumer.

Fiserv Implements Aconite EMV Manager

Fiserv implemented Aconite’s Smart EMV Manager solution to further enhance its EMV card processing systems with advanced capability. This provides Fiserv a single solution that could be deployed in a standard way to provide a consistent EMV migration experience for their thousands of card issuing clients in the U.S. Smart EMV Manager will help Fiserv lead the field in EMV capability and introduce value-added EMV services in future. Smart EMV Manager is one component of Aconite’s integrated solution family that encompasses chip card and token lifecycle management, NFC Mobile management and advanced PIN management.

ACI Worldwide Improves Wholesale Banking Solution

ACI Worldwide launched its “Money Transfer System 5.0” wholesale banking solution, designed to give financial institutions flexibility in defining and managing their payment processing flows. This was developed as the result of a large scale collaborative effort between ACI and a number of its customers whose design input and suggestions were included in the final version. Money Transfer System is one of many ACI products in the company’s broader payments platform to deliver on this approach. It also provides Repair Reporting to explain to customers how to correctly format transactions in order to reduce expensive repair activity; SWIFT Network Validation Kit validation on messages received through a back-end interface; and Expanded Global Clearing Channels, expanding the suite of global clearing channels available.

Virtual Piggy Partners SpiritHoods Kids

Virtual Piggy will provide its youth-friendly payment system to the youth oriented sub-brand of SpiritHoods, SpiritHoods Kids. This offers detailed, high quality hoods inspired by the animal world. They have been profiled in Entrepreneur Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and LuckyKids, and are favorites of celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian, Vanessa Hudgens, and Bella Thorne. When you purchase a product from their ProBlue label, SpiritHoods donates 10% off net profits to a non-profit dedicated to the protection of that animal.