Kitchen Brains Announces NEC POS Partnership

Kitchen Brains, a global leader in the development and deployment of integrated, end-to-end, wireless M2M networking solutions and SaaS applications, announced the addition of NEC Corporation of America to its POS (Point of Sale) Partnership Program. NEC is a leading POS solution provider for the quick-service and fast-casual restaurants, with more than 400,000 POS systems installed worldwide. The partnership between the companies now gives current NEC customers the ability to seamlessly implement Kitchen Brains® Quality Production Management (QPM), thus providing full coordination and visualization of food production processes. Current QPM customers looking to change POS vendors will now be able to partner with NEC in order to integrate a complete kitchen management solution. With over 40 years experience, NEC’s quality POS solutions enable the world’s largest retailers and restaurants to maximize performance and profitability by boosting store performance, reducing operating costs and facilitating quick and efficient services for both single- and multi-store operations.

New Members Appointed to Elan Advisory Board

Elan Financial Services added to the panel of credit union leaders who regularly meet to share with Elan their insights into the credit union industry. These include Donna Alley Myers, Vice President, Consumer & Indirect Lending at Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union based in Tennessee; Allan Stevens, Vice President of Lending at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union based in Pennsylvania and Leslie Bumgarner, CEO at Telhio Credit Union based in Ohio. Elan Financial Services serves 300 credit unions with best-in-class credit card products and rewards that meet the unique needs of every customer. Elan’s end-to-end solution also includes card servicing and marketing as well as branch support.

Allpoint and Discover Deploy Surcharge-Free ATMs

Allpoint Network announced that it has joined with Discover Financial Services to provide millions of Discover cardmembers with surcharge-free access to cash through 43,000 Allpoint ATMs in the United States. Allpoint Network is an affiliate of Cardtronics, Inc., the world’s largest retail ATM owner, and its surcharge-free ATMs are conveniently located coast-to-coast, in destination retail outlets including major discount retailers, as well as convenience, grocery and pharmacy stores”places that are already part of people’s daily routines. As America’s largest surcharge-free ATM Network, Allpoint helps more than 1,200 financial services providers, representing more than 60 million cardholders, save time and money when accessing their cash.

Discover Posts 2Q Net Income up $75mm

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Discover Financial Services reported net income of $602 million for the second quarter of 2013, as compared to $525 million for the second quarter of 2012. The company’s return on equity was 23%. Credit card loans grew $2.3 billion, or 5%, to $49.8 billion and Discover card sales volume increased 4%…

Average APRs Jump, Erase Improvement

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Average credit card APRs jumped .03% in July to 14.96% after averaging a .04% change over the past year. This stifles momentum to the ebbing 2013 APR credit card averages. This erases the positive momentum gained over the past few months, but follows a relatively lengthy period of APR stagnation through…

Mortgage Group select Fiserv LoanServ Service

Fiserv announced that Gateway Mortgage Group, LLC has selected its LoanServ platform for the company’s mortgage servicing technology needs. Gateway will use LoanServ to enhance its customer experience and grow its home loan servicing portfolio through its retail and correspondent channels nationwide. Using LoanServ, Gateway will be able to perform the full range of mortgage servicing functions including escrow, payment processing, investor reporting and default management. Gateway executives anticipate that the selection of the Fiserv solution will help them increase employee productivity, improve operational efficiency, react more effectively to changes in modification programs such as HAMP and HARP, and streamline the default process with workflow automation that reduces errors and frees up resources for use elsewhere within the company.

Virtual Piggy Partners Fundraising Platform

Virtual Piggy announced that it will provide its youth-friendly payment system to FlipGive, a digital give-marketing platform for brands looking to win hearts and drive sales. The FlipGive platform connects brands to the $200+ billion fundraising market, converting customers into a sales force to raise money. Their give-marketing programs help brands drive sales and create positive social impact in their communities. Current partners included Johnson & Johnson, Lowes, Schwan’s, Aldo and Indigo. Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 18 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within the boundaries setup by parents.

ACH Alert Partners Federal Reserve Bank

ACH AlertBanks and credit unions looking to streamline their Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) fraud prevention and dispute resolution processes now have access to proprietary outsourcing services from ACH Alert. This enhances the industry leader’s ACH and wire fraud prevention capabilities for PRO-TECH and ACH Dispute Xpress. Many financial institutions use a third-party data center to receive their incoming ACH items. In order to use ACH Alert’s fraud-fighting tools, the choices for those financial institutions have been to engage their data center to work with ACH Alert or pull an Information Extract File (a copy of the live data going to the data center) from the Fed and send the data to ACH Alert.

Kuapay Announces New Advisory Board Member

Kuapay, the secure mobile wallet that aims to enhance the transaction experience among consumers, merchants, and banks, announced the addition of the famed financial economist Myron Scholes to its advisory board where he will serve as chairman. Scholes is a Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, and co-originator of the Black-Scholes options pricing model. Scholes brings more than 40 years of extensive experience in finance and economics to Kuapay. He has lectured and written extensively on financial intermediation, including the evolution of transacting, and has been involved in developing transacting and accounting businesses.

EE Implements PrePay Solutions for New Service

PrePay Solutions will be facilitating the payment technology for EE’s “Cash on Tap” service, a ground-breaking mobile payments solution. PrePay Solutions will be providing e-Money issuing, BIN sponsorship, and transaction processing services for the Cash on Tap product. This will be supported through a proprietary mobile application service that enables a mobile App and NFC phone to provide an extensive set of payment options. This includes NFC payments through MasterCard PayPass; Online payments via a virtual MasterCard; and Application via mobile App. “Cash on Tap” can pay for goods and services by simply holding their smartphone over a PayPass contactless payment terminal.

US Conference Board Continues Marginal Growth

[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 0.1% in June to 95.3 (2004 = 100), following a 0.1 % increase in May, and a 0.1 percent decline in April. The LEI six-month growth rate remains steady, suggesting that conditions in the economy remain resilient. Widespread gains in…

U.S. Bank Adds Square Payment Option

U.S. Bank has added Square to its digital wallet options available to customers via their iOS and Android smartphones. Customers can link their U.S. Bank credit, debit, or prepaid account to the Square application to make purchases from their smartphone. Square wallet can be used at merchant locations that sell with Square. Customers can discover nearby businesses using Square wallet, and pay at the point of sale with their mobile device by simply saying their name. Square’s technology automatically manages the transaction from the customer’s U.S. Bank payment account to the merchant. Transactions are completed without the cashier ever having the customer’s account number and other sensitive data.