C-Sam Adds to Leadership Team

C-SAM secure mobile transactions technology offering a range of mobile-based applications for financial as well as non-financial services announced Kurt Weiss and Conrad Sheehan have joined the company as managing director of global financial institutions and vice president and general manager of strategic initiatives, respectively. Weiss will work closely with financial institutions and networks deploying C-SAM’s mobile transaction platform that enables NFC, QR, cloud and remote payments, as well as location-based services. Sheehan will be responsible for global strategy and the implementation of key international projects for C-SAM. Weiss previously worked at Citigroup as the Director of Digital Networks & Mobile for the Fortune 20 Bank’s Citi Enterprise Payments group where he was responsible for the commercialization of digital network payment ecosystems leveraging Citigroup’s core payments infrastructure on a global basis. Sheehan founded mPayy Inc., an electronic payment company focused on NFC-stored value payments for transit authorities and private sector companies (the company was later licensed to NTT DATA where he then led North America payments solutions).

Alliance Data Inks Private Label Credit Card Program Agreement

Zale Corporation has signed a new, multi-year private label credit card program agreement with Alliance Data Systems Corporation. Through its Comenity Capital Bank (“CCB”) subsidiary, Alliance will provide private label credit cards to customers of Zale in the United States. Following the completion of program implementation during the first half of fiscal 2014, Zale will begin to receive benefit from Alliance Data’s extensive marketing, analytical and technical services. For each of Zale’s U.S. brands, Alliance Data will provide proven marketing and database capabilities, sophisticated analytics and a suite of omnichannel marketing tools designed to generate sales and extend brand affinity. Alliance Data will also provide a portfolio of innovative tablet and mobile marketing solutions for fine jewelry that are designed to optimize cardholder acquisition and retention. In addition, Zale will receive a commencement payment in July 2013 from CCB.

Square Available in Apple and Best Buy stores

Square announced the public availability of Square Stand, Square’s beautiful hardware that helps brick and mortar businesses turn an iPad into a complete point of sale. Square Stand”and third party accessories, like a cash drawer, receipt printer, and barcode scanner”is now available online via squareup.com/stand, with purchases shipping this week to customers who placed pre-orders. Starting today, customers will also now be able to purchase Square Stand in Apple retail stores and Best Buy stores across the U.S. With local businesses increasingly tearing out their old point of sale systems to run Square Register, the free point of sale application, Square Stand gives merchants a beautiful, secure, and reliable way to manage and grow their business, all for $299.

Accenture Introduces Accelerated R&D Services

Accenture launched its Accelerated R&D Services, a business service focused on delivering streamlined and integrated research and development (R&D) functions that will help pharmaceutical companies bring new medications to patients using a more collaborative and efficient approach. Accenture is investing more than $200 million to deliver this fully-integrated, technology-enabled global business service that will drive more efficient and effective development of pharmaceutical products for clients. Accelerated R&D Services will leverage capabilities of the cloud, mobility and analytics to deliver integrated functions across clinical development, regulatory submissions, pharmacovigilance and market launch predicated on delivering better patient outcomes. Accelerated R&D Services helps life sciences companies bring drugs to market faster, at less cost and with reduced execution risks using a pay-for-performance business model for business process outsourcing.

Virtual Piggy Partners Claires.com

Virtual Piggy integrated its youth-friendly payment system with Claire’s Stores, Inc. ecommerce website at www.claires.com. With over 1,500 stores in approximately 90% of all major U.S. shopping malls and in 35 countries outside of the U.S. Claire’s is a world-leading retailer of jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens and girls. 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.

Tsys Secures EMV Certification

Tsys successfully achieved Europay/MasterCard/Visa (EMV) payment processing certification. This certification signifies that all TSYS processing platforms have achieved the card brands’ mandated requirement that acquirer processors be able to process EMV chip-based contact, contactless and mobile transactions. TSYS passed extensive test parameters on its payment processing platforms for each card brand. EMV provides another layer of protection against the use of counterfeit, lost, or stolen payment cards and also against skimming. Issuers, merchants, and consumers as well as acquirers/processors all benefit from EMV.

BPC Banking Names Director of Sales

BPC Banking Technologies Open System payment solutions announced Brian Hadaway as the Director of Sales. Brian has held management and executive sales positions within the banking and financial services industry, and has extensive experience in enterprise payment systems and processing environments. He spent over 13 years in a management role at North Dallas Bank &Trust in Dallas, TX. Before joining BPC, Brian served as senior account manager at Mosaic Software, S1 and ACI Worldwide.

ROAM mPOS Announces Facility Expansion

ROAM, an Ingenico mobile commerce platform provider, expanded its Boston headquarters, from 12,000 to 20,000 square feet, in order to accommodate its rapidly growing team. The firm doubled in size over the past year and currently employs 100+ professionals, with plans to hire an additional 50 employees by the end of 2013, primarily for engineering roles. For a full list of open positions, visit http://www.roamdata.com/careers. ROAM’s business has grown swiftly due to ramping worldwide demand for mobile POS solutions, which provide consumers with convenience and merchants with incremental revenue.

Infinite Peripherals Aids Retailer iPad Adoption

Leading mobile point-of-sale (POS) device provider Infinite Peripherals, Inc. (IPC) introduced the Infinea Tab 4 for the iPad with Apple Lightning connector to support retailer mobile POS adoption. The latest MFi-certified device from IPC – which already has more than 250,000 mobile POS devices in use nationwide – is compatible with the Apple iPad 4. With tablet POS adoption rates increasing among retailers of all sizes, the Infinea Tab 4 presents an improved design and even faster scanning capabilities that are in demand to deliver the Apple-inspired in-store customer experience and improved inventory management. The Infinea Tab 4 with Lightning connector adds a 1D or 2D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader to an Apple iPad 4 so retail associates can conduct customer checkout from anywhere in the store, eliminating consumer wait times in line. With optional Bluetooth® and RFID readers, the new Infinea Tab 4 completes transactions even faster with a more streamlined handheld unit.

ASI/Restaurant Manager POS Appoints Director, Software Development

Action Systems Restaurant Manager POS software for the foodservice industry, announced the appointment of Brian Ellery as Director of Software Development. In this role, Ellery is responsible for supervising three independent development teams that focus, respectively, on restaurant Point-of-Sale software, mobile business applications, and cloud services. Ellery brings over 20 years of experience to his new role, including proven abilities in new software development, propelling technical and business organizations to new levels, software and IT roadmap development, mobile application development management, and multi-national team management.

TransCard Launches Gift Card Kiosks

TransCard launched its RUBY Gift Card kiosk, a self-service kiosk offered to shopping mall operators for a low lease cost of $100 per month. The RUBY Gift Card kiosk allows mall shoppers to purchase a gift card to the shopping facility without the help of a customer service mall employee. The shopper simply enters the denomination they wish to load onto the gift card and they’re done. TransCard purchased HQ Gift Cards in November 2012 and has actively been looking for ways to combine processing, program management, and technology to mall operators around the country.

MoneyGram Renews Nix Financial Partnership

MoneyGram renewed its contract with Nix Financial, which offers consumer loans, prepaid debit and credit cards, bill payment and check cashing to financial education. Nix will continue to exclusively provide MoneyGram money transfer services and money orders to its customers. Nix Financial customers regularly depend on MoneyGram’s services to securely send and receive funds from Latin America as well as locally. With the agreement, customers can continue to quickly send or receive funds at any Nix location to recipients across the globe.