Given the pre-recession unemployment rate averaged around 5%, the unemployment rate has been relatively high for the past few years and has not budged from the 9.1% mark- most recently posted in September- since April. Also, it has been within .2% of this rate since November 2010 when it neared 10%, clocking a rate of…
American Express welcomes Virgin America Airlines to its Membership Rewards program, encouraging Cardmembers to transfer Membership Rewards points into Virgin America’s “Elevate” frequent flyer program. Based on a simple “points per dollar” system, “Elevate” members earn five points per dollar on their base fare and the ability to earn even more points with Virgin America’s Elevate partners. Reward flights can be earned with as few as four roundtrips or 2,500 points. This corresponds with the Virgin America-American Express two-week Facebook promotion, giving Cardmembers the chance to win prizes that include of a pair of free first-class roundtrip tickets to any Virgin America destination. Contestants upload a photo to their Facebook profile of themselves striking their best glamour pose in their favorite “plain seat”, then go to http://elevateyourseat.com to share their best shot. The top two photo submissions will win a grand prize of two First Class round-trip tickets on Virgin America and an annual Aircell Gogo WiFi pass while a random voter or “chair pose” entrant will be chosen daily through October 20 to receive two round-trip Main Cabin tickets, plus 30-day Gogo WiFi passes and three runners up who submit a photo will also receive two round-trip Main Cabin Select tickets on Virgin America and a 30-day Gogo WiFi pass.
Chase Card Services announced the top ten food trucks in the Eater’s Choice Awards presented by Chase Sapphire Visa Signature in partnership with Off the Grid, an organizer of street food events in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ten San Francisco food trucks will be serving up their beloved fare at the Eater’s Choice Awards event October 15 at Fort Mason Center from 12 to 4 p.m. Liam Mayclem of “Eye on the Bay” will emcee the culinary celebration where the number-one favorite “mobile eatery” – and donation to the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks – will be revealed. From September 21 to October 5, Bay Area food truck fans voted for their favorite of nearly 30 participating food trucks online, with Chase Sapphire Visa Signature donating $1 for each vote cast up to $10,000 to the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks.
SUBWAY sandwich franchise will accept MasterCard PayPass contactless payments at more than 7,000 U.S. locations by the end of 1Q/12. Extending to customers the option to pay for their meal by simply tapping a MasterCard PayPass-enabled card or device at the register, MasterCard’s PayPass technology offers consumers a simple, easy and convenient way to pay for goods and services at 341,000 merchant locations worldwide. With MasterCard PayPass, SUBWAY customers simply tap their PayPass-enabled MasterCard card, phone or device on a PayPass-accepting reader at check-out.
Touch.net announced free pos system for a wide range of business sectors. Modern pos systems along with new flexible features are making its venture regularly in the global market to satisfy the needs of the businessmen. Pos systems have a wide range of applications ranging from transaction to tracking and monitoring employee schedules, stocks, business productivity and much more. The harbortouch pos system is gaining momentum in the business arena due to its access to sales history, identify sales trends, best selling items and productive employees, manage wide range of built-in reports, monitor financial transaction, refunds, discounts, and more.
ClearPoint Analytics reported it opens its US operations with the predictive analytic resources to deliver sustainable improvements in portfolio performance to investors, lenders, check cashers, payment card firms, remittance agents and other financial services providers serving the sub and near-prime consumer markets. This after having identified 21 percent of all US households, representing over 43 million adults, as underbanked. This segment of the population is shifting their basic financial transactions to alternative financial services (AFS) providers creating more than $520 billion in revenues by 2015 as projected in July.
Tully’s Coffee specialty coffee retailer has implemented the NCR “RealPOS 70XRT” point-of-sale (POS) workstations, part of Tully’s enterprise technology initiative to improve the checkout experience for customers and gain greater business insight into its store operations. NCR will also provide depot repair services for Tully’s through its Services organization. Tully’s can decrease customer wait times through faster transaction speeds and an easy-to-use touchscreen cashier interface. The NCR “RealPOS 70XRT” reduces energy costs up to 50% over previous-generation systems, thanks to energy efficient Intel processors and a high-efficiency power supply and a reliable and bright touchscreen interface.
iBizSoft Oracle Platinum Partner and implementor of the Oracle E-Business Suite will incorporate CRE Secure’s HTML Clone technology to remove Oracle E-Business Suite users from the scope of PCI compliance. iBizSoft integrates Oracle applications with leading payment providers while HTML Clone allows E-Business users to outsource PCI-sensitive parts of the payment process. As a result, the user’s systems are no longer within the scope of PCI-DSS. The solution can be specifically configured for the Oracle iPayment module, Payments R12, Portal BRM and PeopleSoft solutions to seamlessly integrate with leading backend credit card payment processing systems.
DataMotion secure email encryption solutions is offering new customers its “SecureMail” technology free for a month. Allowing organizations meet regulatory compliance requirements, reduce costs and provide better service to their customers, “SecureMail” email users can send confidential business information such as documents, files or images to anyone over the Internet in a completely safe manner. By leveraging a company’s existing messaging infrastructure, middleware and applications, DataMotion empowers companies to work securely outside their already established, closed network.
Mission Federal Credit Union does not plan to charge monthly debit card fees, of which it wants to reassure its 150,000+ local members. Mission Federal Credit Union is currently celebrating 50 years of giving back to its members and the community with a variety of member and community anniversary promotions throughout the year.
Applied DNA Sciences DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology and product authentication solution will be implementing its latest ATM protection with Gold Coast Bank. Deploying the “SmartDNA Sentry 500 Intruder Spray Systems” security program, the bank can protect its ATMs, covering criminals’ clothing and skin with a covert and unique botanical DNA marker, linking criminals to the scene of the crime, which contains a tracer ingredient and a unique plant-derived DNA code. The code is submitted to an Applied DNA lab for analysis and can be used as forensic evidence in a court of law. The “SmartDNA Spray” can be armed by a panic button or incorporated into the bank’s existing intruder alarm system.
The Logic Group partnered PayPal online payment company, allowing shoppers to buy online without sharing their financial information with merchants. The PayPal integrated service offers end users choice and flexibility when it comes to selecting a payment method; transactions can still be completed by debit or credit card, or through PayPal, funded directly via their bank account or existing PayPal balance. The Logic Group can also provide fully customisable, and scalable, Pay Pages for merchants, and manage sensitive data allowing all to benefit from PCI DSS compliance, Verified by Visa and MasterCard SecureCode functionality and reduced associated costs.