Great-West Life group benefits has signed an agreement with Evolution Benefits to develop the “Health SolutionsPlus” Visa payment card. The “Health SolutionsPlus” Visa will be loaded with a group plan member’s HCSA funds. The card will allow members to conveniently pay for covered health-related products and services from providers authorized by Great-West Life, using the provider’s existing Visa payment processing equipment. This will significantly reduce the need for plan members to pay upfront and submit paper or electronic claims for reimbursement, thereby decreasing out-of-pocket expenses.
QR Loyalty now allows restaurants to deploy sticky and viral loyalty programs with its “QR Codes,” allowing consumers to pay and get discounts using web enabled mobile phones. With research showing this has potential to increase revenue 5% to 10%, “QR Codes” contains a transaction identifier printed at the bottom of every bill along with a call-to-action prompting customers to scan the QR code to auto-enrol in the restaurant’s loyalty program and begin earning loyalty rewards through the POS terminal software. The “QR Code” automatically links users to a mobile web app where users can interact with their loyalty account.
MasterCard Canada announced a six-month extension for Canadian merchants to migrate to chip-and-PIN POS technology, with the original timeline of October 15, 2010 extended to March 31, 2011. With this deadline, MasterCard accepting merchants who have not upgraded to chip-enabled point-of-sale terminals will be liable for fraudulent transactions effected at their POS. Chip migration brings additional significant security enhancements to Canadians, using a small computer processor chip with memory, logic and a configuration of software applications, significantly enhancing security and preventing unauthorized use or copying.
X2 Computing mobile computing solutions has made available its “X2390i” widescreen tablet PC. Combining an 8.9″ high visibility touch display with high performance processing power for POS applications including retail, gaming, field service, healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality. The “X2390i” is based on the Intel Z530 1.6GHz processor and is compatible with a range of operating systems including Windows 7, XP and XP Pro Embedded as well as Windows 7 Pro , XP Professional or Linux enabling it to be easily integrated into any environment. It also features a 3-megapixel camera and range of fully-integrated options that offer added reliability and security over individual add-on components and provide seamless data capture for faster processing and transmission.
Visa Canada and its Canadian card-issuing financial institutions, in response to requests from the merchant community, have assisted merchants by postponing the domestic chip liability shift’s effective date to March 31, 2011. This date signifies when Canadian merchants become liable for domestic card-present fraudulent transactions that may have been avoided by adopting Chip technology. Liability involving chip cards used at non-chip devices was originally slated to shift on October 1, 2010, but issuers will continue to absorb the liability for domestic transactions until March 31, 2011.
Artez Interactive fundraising platform providers has launched its first mobile fundraising App for iPhone. The iPhone app will be available to charities in the next few weeks, converging PC and computing, Internet, consumer electronics and wireless phones, and will be a major catalyst in the rapid evolution of the industry. Enabled by expanding wireless networks across North America, consumers are adopting smartphones at a record pace. In addition, the app phenomenon now makes it possible for consumers to interact with their favorite web sites and mobile platforms wherever they go. However, the cost of creating and managing a custom mobile application is often out of reach for charitable organizations.
Pacific Amber Technologies announced YESpay “EasyV-Retail” integration, enabling its growing base of “AmberPOS” POS customers to accept Chip and PIN debit and credit card payments. The “EasyV-Retail” solution enables merchants to process EMV Chip & PIN and magnetic credit and debit card payments and is now fully integrated into the “AmberPOS” POS software solution. This proposition in fact relieves merchants from deploying and maintaining an in-house payment solution as well as undergoing formal end-to-end bank testing and managing PCI-DSS compliance.