First Data Reports Steady Same Store Transaction Growth Y/Y

First Data released its First Data “SpendTrend” analysis for the full month of May 2012 compared to May 2011. This tracks same-store consumer spending by credit, signature debit, PIN debit, EBT cards and checks at U.S. merchant locations. May’s same-store dollar volume growth increased 7.0% year-over-year, up from April’s growth of 5.7%. Although consumers continued…

NCR Deploys Wireless ATM Withdrawals in under 10 Seconds

NCR launched its “NCR Mobile Cash Withdrawal” software to allow consumers to initiate cash withdrawals from their banking accounts on mobile devices and then complete those transactions at an ATM by scanning a 2D barcode. This makes ATM transactions faster and more secure by removing cards and PINs from the process at the ATM and takes less than 10 seconds. Consumers will authenticate through their existing mobile banking application and pre-stage the transaction via an embedded NCR Mobile Cash Withdrawal function. Consumers can use any iOS or Android smart phone at any location and at any time – whether at work, on the metro or while in line at the ATM – and then choose the amount of their transaction. Once at their bank’s ATM, the consumer will use the embedded functionality to scan the 2D barcode on any participating ATM’s home screen, and the pre-staged cash transaction will be authorized and funds dispensed. (View a demo of the solution on

American Express Announces 2012 U.S. Open Promo

American Express announced a series of offerings for both golf fans and American Express Cardmembers to enhance the 2012 U.S. Open Championship experience at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, Calif., including the release of its updated Course Curator digital concierge, the first-ever Golf Fitness Studio and the fan-favorite American Express CourseCast Radio. Located near the main entrance to the course, the American Express Championship Experience provides an extraordinary, interactive space for fans to learn more about the game of golf and the latest Championship news, improve their golf game, and enhance their experience while out on the course, including: Presented exclusively by American Express, golf fans on and off the course can follow all of the U.S. Open action on the ESPN Radio broadcast available on, the official iPhone Application of the U.S. Open and through CourseCast Radio earpieces. Radios will be available Thursday through Sunday. Fans can also tweet questions using #AskAmexGolf for a chance to have their question answered live, on-air by one of the ESPN golf commentators.

Merchant Warehouse Enhances Payment Processing Solutions

Merchant Warehouse payment solutions enhanced its payments platform, providing enhanced payment processing solutions for POS developers and value added resellers (VARs) for petroleum merchants. Merchant Warehouse’s solutions have been available to partners for petroleum merchants for several years, but with recent significant platform enhancements, partners will recognize several key benefits including a simplified integration and expedited account boarding.

Toyota Park Installs the MICROS 9700 HMS Integrated POS

MICROS Systems has won the contract with the Village of Bridgeview and Toyota Park to integrate its MICROS POS solution for fans of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. Toyota Park is a Chicago-based stadium which hosts a wide array of sporting and entertainment events for the area. The solution includes MICROS 9700 Hospitality Management System (HMS) with 92 Keyboard Workstation 270 (KW270) POS terminals for concession operations, 5 Workstation 5A (WS5A) touchscreen terminals for premium operations, and the MICROS Perpetual Inventory and Event Management Solution for increased control of operations.

TSYS Launches Value Added Resource Program

TSYS announced the launch of its new VAR Partner Connect Program, focused on TSYS’ extensive VAR partner relationships and provides TSYS clients access to industry-leading third-party payment processing applications across a range of industries. By engaging actively with TSYS, VAR partners will now have access to multiple avenues designed to give them visibility with TSYS clients, as well as more individualized partner support and advanced product and service notifications. The TSYS VAR Partner Connect Program gives clients access to hundreds of VAR partners utilizing a single Web-based touch point, which saves time and energy in searching for the perfect payment application while also providing VARs broad visibility across the payments industry.

IT Governance Toolkits help IT Professionals

The documentation toolkits that are published by IT Governance, the IT governance, risk management and compliance experts, will help IT professionals across Europe achieve their goals. These products help organisations achieve certification and implement complex frameworks that would otherwise have unnecessarily cost them thousands of Euros. Find out more here: The growing range of…

Citi Set to Issue 2Q/12 Earnings Review

Citigroup will issue its second quarter results via press release at approximately 8:00 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, July 16, 2012. At 10:00 a.m. (EDT), results will be reviewed via live webcast and teleconference. The press release, webcast and presentation materials will be available at A replay and transcript of the webcast will be available…