Panini Names New CEO

The Panini Board of Directors is pleased to announce Michael Pratt has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for Panini and will lead the company’s global operations and continued growth. Michael is an accomplished and widely recognized industry executive with extensive market experience and an impressive career track record of superior results. Michael joined Panini in July 2007 as Director of Marketing for Panini North America. He was promoted to global Chief Marketing Officer in March 2009, playing a strategic and central role in the expansion and diversification of the company. Prior to joining Panini, Michael served in successful senior executive roles with Standard Register, AT&T, and NCR. He earned a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Dayton and an MBA from Miami University.

National Bank Direct Brokerage Mobilizes

With a view to making its online presence even more user-friendly, National Bank Direct Brokerage (NBDB) is launching a mobile version of the new website released in July (nbdb.ca). The mobile site optimizes user experience on smartphone devices, and is in line with NBDB’s interactive strategy, which calls for developing and improving e-channels to make our services even more accessible to self-directed investors. The new site at nbdb.ca, launched a few weeks ago in English and French, features a simplified, user-friendly interface, a new look, and a revamped Education Centre. It offers online investors a personalized path and content adapted to their specific trading style: novice, seasoned or active. The mobile interface, which is also available in English and French, has been enriched and adapted for use on smartphones.

Nex-Tech Wireless Deploys Gemalto LTE

Gemalto digital security enabled Nex-Tech Wireless to launch Long Term Evolution (LTE)high-bandwidth wireless services to its subscribers in the United States. Gemalto’s comprehensive solution combining the LinqUs™ Advanced OTA platform and the UpTeq™ LTE multi-tenant SIM ensures that Nex-Tech Wireless mobile users can immediately enjoy the benefits of fourth-generation (4G) broadband-connectivity as well as easily transition further to future technology upgrades such as NFC. In addition to facilitating faster broadband connections, the solution manages secure connectivity to all multi-tenant SIMs with reliability. The advanced UpTeq™ LTE multi-tenant SIM, embedded with Gemalto’s unique secure polling software, enables mass update campaigns with a high success rate. Gemalto’s solution is scalable for future deployment of a broad range of advanced services such as M2M applications, multimedia, WiFi offload and NFC.

Grant Victor Partners AppCard on Integrated ATM Loyalty

Grant Victo ATM service and solutions provider announced a partnership with “AppCard” customer loyalty solution, to provide the industry’s first integrated ATM loyalty program for retailers, merchants, and ATM operators. Current and future integrations of AppCard’s technology into ATM machines provide promising opportunities. Retailers and merchants utilizing the AppCard loyalty program will eventually have the option of awarding additional loyalty points through ATM usage, have access to powerful consumer shopping behavior analytics, and provide personalized offers at time of ATM usage to drive incremental purchases within the location.

Fiserv Announces Latest Implementation

Fiserv announced First National Bank of Long Island (FNBLI)- a client since 1987- implemented its Common Origination Platform to meet its consumer, business and mortgage lending needs. Common Origination Platform from Fiserv is a single-platform solution that gives lenders a holistic view of their borrowers across all lending channels and products, aggregating data in one place regardless of the point of origination or loan type. FNBLI selected an ASP delivery model for Common Origination Platform. FNBLI also relies Fiserv Common Origination Platform and Signature with such solutions as CheckFree RXP, CheckFree Small Business, ConvergeIT, Risk OfficeSM, UChoose Rewards, Debit Processing, PEP+ and the Accel payments network.

Pulse Announces Debit Fraud Mitigation Service

PULSE debit/ATM networks implemented a major upgrade to its DebitProtect Fraud Mitigation Service and introduced an optional fraud blocking service. The enhanced system allows transactions to be blocked in real time, enabling PULSE participants to respond faster to suspected fraud before more fraud is perpetrated on a card, thus reducing losses and decreasing cardholder impact. The DebitProtect fraud mitigation system was first launched across the PULSE network in 2007. PULSE collaborated with Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Retail Decisions (ReD) on the DebitProtect upgrade. PULSE deployed the ReD PRISM® software solution, implemented on HP NonStop servers. The initiative received the 2012 HP Alliance ONE Partner of the Year Award for Innovation. In addition to the enhanced fraud detection service and new Authorization Blocking option, financial institution participants may use an optional service that includes the development of custom rules specific to their organization. This helps minimize the impact of false positives on cardholders.

SafetyPay Expands Global Footprint

SafetyPay, the real time online payment solution that enables consumers to shop from merchants worldwide and pay in their local currency directly from their bank account or with cash, announced the addition of the United States and Caribbean as regions where global merchants can accept cash payments for purchases made online. Walk-in cash payments can be made in Moneygram locations throughout the US and Caribbean. With SafetyPay, merchants can offer consumers with cash and access to ecommerce sites the ability to pay for online purchases. Cash payments can be offered to both local consumers and consumers located in other countries.

NFC Forum Announces New Executive Director

The NFC Forum announced Paula Hunter has been named the organization’s new Executive Director. She comes to the NFC Forum with more than 18 years of leadership experience in technology association management, marketing, operations, and business development. She led global teams and has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences around the world. As Executive Director, Hunter presides over the day-to-day affairs of the NFC Forum under the direction of the Chairman, Officers, and Board of Directors. Her responsibilities include strategic planning and direction, membership development, budgeting, evangelism for the Forum and its mission, and outreach to liaison and vertical market partners. Hunter joins the NFC Forum following more than three years as Executive Director of the Outercurve Foundation, a non-profit foundation formed with the mission of enabling the exchange of code and understanding among software companies and open source communities, and with Outercurve as Director of Operations for SEMPO.

Conference Board Continues Gradual Ascent

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for the U.S. was up 0.7% in August to 96.6 (2004 = 100), following a 0.5% increase in July, and no change since June. The LEI six-month growth rate remains steady, suggesting that conditions in the economy remain resilient. Widespread gains in the leading indicators…

Digital River and Meridian Partner on ePayments

Digital River expanded its Value Added Tax (VAT) management capabilities by partnering with Meridian Global Services. Digital River has long provided VAT calculation and collection capabilities as part of its global commerce solution. Working with Meridian, Digital River can extend its VAT advisory and remittance capabilities as a companion offering to its Digital River World Payments solution. The joint offering provides cross-border merchants access to both global online payments and VAT compliance solutions. The technology combination benefits merchants by breaking down barriers that prevent them from maximising their overseas selling opportunities. While the Digital River World Payments solution enables merchants to cater to local preferences with regionally preferred payment options and purchasing experiences, Meridian’s solution helps merchants manage the back-office operations of VAT compliance, which go hand-in-hand with global transactions. Through its global payment solution, Digital River offers online merchants more than 180 international and local payment options, and over 170 transaction and display currencies.

Samsung Partners Monitise on Galaxy Payment App

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Samsung Electronics launched its “My Galaxy” app, helping Galaxy users get the most from their phone. Created in collaboration with Monitise “Create” mobile innovation agency, the new app allows customers to learn about the latest accessories for any Samsung smartphone through the app’s m-commerce storefront, with access to over 300 products…

Citi Launches New Mobile Apps

Citi launched two new efficiency applications for financial institutions that are available on mobile devices – CitiDirect BE Payment Advisor and Payments Directory Mobile. CitiDirect BE Mobile Payment Advisor is a mobile-enabled application that allows banks, their customers, or third parties to track the status of a payment at any time and from any mobile device, similar to tracking the status of a package. Citi’s Payment Directory brings a simple approach, allowing banks to quickly search for clearing intermediaries with filtering preferences, creating a straightforward display. The application requires no installation and is accessible from any mobile device – phone or tablet.