LightSpeed Announces Latest iPad Payment Options

LightSpeed software helping Apple-user retailers with payment options announced its latest to dramatically increase customer engagement and retail flexibility. As part of LightSpeed for iPad 1.4, retailers are able to support mobile payment methods while simultaneously offering a completely wireless and secure customer transaction. LightSpeed’s new technology provides customers the “Genius” platform from Merchant Warehouse , allowing LightSpeed for iPad to accept all types of mobile payments, including Google Wallet and LevelUp, while seamlessly working alongside the payment terminal to provide secure and convenient point-to-point transactions from the selling floor. Retailers can honor customer loyalty programs and never need to worry about manual updates”Genius adds new payment options automatically as they arise. LightSpeed’s Canadian customers can also now integrate their iPad or Mac with Canadian payment terminals, eliminating the need for bulky device add-ons or sales counters through Moneris. Meanwhile, “uDynamo” simply plugs into the headphone jack of an iPad to process payments.

Groupon Intros POS Suite with Breadcrumb iPad App

Groupon launched its Breadcrumb POS free iPad app for quick-service retail merchants, featuring an easy-to-use solution that offers local businesses a low-price guarantee that will beat any comparable plan on credit card transaction fees. Breadcrumb POS expands the number of merchants currently served by the company’s Breadcrumb family of POS products from restaurants and bars to include all brick-and-mortar businesses. Breadcrumb POS comes with Breadcrumb Payments-a service with rates of 1.8% plus $0.15 per transaction (MasterCard, Visa and Discover) with no hidden costs or monthly fees and free processing on first $5,000 in credit card transactions. Breadcrumb POS comes with Fast and Easy Set Up – Download the free app, sign up for a payments account, connect a card swiper and optional printer and begin using an iPad to process transactions within minutes; Powerful Features allowing users to log cash transactions, accept credit card payments, print or email receipts, calculate multiple tax rates, manage menu items, view transaction history and issue refunds; deposits receipt within 24 hours; Business Insights; and Free Live Support.

iPayment Posts 5.6% Revenue Decrease

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] iPayment posted 1Q/13 results, having processed $5.3 billion of total transaction volume, a 4.7% decrease from $5.5 billion for the first quarter of 2012. Total revenues decreased by 5.6% to $156.0 million for the first quarter of 2013 from $165.1 million for the first quarter of 2012, thanks in great part…

Chase Sapphire Awards $20k Scholarship to Le Cordon Bleu Student

Chase Sapphire travel rewards card from Chase, in partnership with Bon Appétit hosted the Chase Sapphire Preferred Grill Challenge. Chefs Akira Back and Todd English partnered with two Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute students to reimagine a classic French dish during a live grilling competition. Todd Huelsman was awarded a $20,000 scholarship, presented by Chase Sapphire Preferred, to help fund his culinary education at the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute. An additional $5,000 was presented to runner-up Andrew Merfalen. The two students from the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute were selected to serve as sous chefs for Akira Back, Executive Chef of Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio, and Todd English, Chef at Olives at Bellagio, through a Vine video and essay competition presented by Bon Appétit and the Las Vegas Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute.

ePaymentAmerica Allows Payment Card Purchases on Social Media

Yapyzal social commerce tool for business design product share through social media sites is officially available. The service, which is initially launching on Facebook and which requires no additional coding or programming by the business, allows customers to complete a social commerce transaction securely and seamlessly with their credit or debit card, while remaining on the business’s Facebook page. Reckert explains that while the launch is on Facebook, the Yapyzal technology is designed to grow into a global brand that can be adapted to any social media application. Facebook was selected as the first social media site for launching the Yapyzal brand because it allows businesses to reach the largest concentration of potential customers on the planet, with more than one billion users. ePaymentAmerica’s one time underwriting process for social commerce activation generally takes 24-48 hours.

Elan Certifies NCR Multivendor ATM Software

Elan Financial Services certified NCR APTRA software on its network for ATM multivendor environments. Elan’s network drives more than 33,000 ATMs for financial institutions across the U.S., many of whom operate mixed-vendor fleets comprised of ATMs from NCR and other manufacturers. Elan certification of APTRA Edge for multivendor environments will help its financial institution clients. Consolidating on a single software application enables financial institutions to project a consistent and rich consumer experience across their self-service networks. In addition, a multivendor environment helps financial institutions streamline their development and support operations by not having to maintain and enhance multiple, separate delivery infrastructures for each new function or service that they offer.

Blaze Mobile Awarded NFC mPayments Patents

Blaze Mobile mpayment solutions was awarded three key NFC Mobile Payment patents. The Blaze Mobile patents awarded cover NFC Mobile payments (US8290433), the combined use of NFC mobile payment and coupon redemption(US8332272) and the original NFC payment sticker (US8275312). Blaze Mobile develops innovative mobile commerce, health care, and advertising solutions that enable secure, convenient, cost-effective transactions and promotions from the mobile device.

Amazon Coins Available to Kindle Fire Customers

Amazon announced customers can now use Amazon Coins to purchase apps, games and in-app items in the Amazon Appstore and on Kindle Fire. To celebrate the launch, existing and new Kindle Fire customers in the U.S. have had 500 free Coins”a $5 value”deposited into their Amazon accounts today. Amazon Coins is an easy way to purchase apps and in-app items on Kindle Fire, and for developers it’s another opportunity to drive traffic, downloads and increased monetization. With discounts of up to 10% for purchasing Coins in bulk, it’s also an opportunity for customers to save money on their app and game purchases. Customers can purchase Coins by visiting Amazon Appstore developers will earn their standard 70% revenue share when customers make purchases using Amazon Coins.

Shake Shack Deploys NCR Smartphone App

NCR announced Shake Shack implemented the NCR “Pulse Real-Time” smartphone app. available for iOS and Android devices. The NCR Pulse Real-Time is a SaaS-based mobile analytics engine addressing the everyday challenges of low visibility into current operational performance, lack of predictable data and inability to be in several places simultaneously.The application delivers up-to-the-second performance metrics and notifications directly to a user’s smartphone. Operational data is segmented for quick, easy review, such as voids and comps, net sales by hour, employee performance and overtime alerts. The user can view the guest check of a customer that just sat down or paid their bill and can use it to make real time decisions on their bottom line.

Visa Enhances Offers Platform

Visa’s announced its processing enhancement for Visa Offers, allowing Visa issuers, acquirers and merchants of all sizes to deliver targeted rewards to Visa cardholders. Cutting out paper coupons, allowing consumers, who opt in, to earn points and discounts as well as redeem special offers instantly at checkout by simply using their enrolled Visa card. the platform supports Visa’s commitment to offer solutions for retailer and financial institution clients of any size that allows them to deliver customized and differentiated benefits to Visa cardholders at the point-of-sale. The VisaNet payments processing network allows the efficient delivery of these offers that can enhance the consumer checkout experience, increase merchant sales and strengthen issuer relationships. New capabilities include Fully Customizable Offer Content; Real-Time Offer Relevancy; Consumer Loyalty Qualification; Multiple Redemption Options; and Support for Multiple Offers Programs.

Vantiv to Feature Visa Offers

Vantiv payment processing services and related technology solutions is bringing the next generation of POS redemption technology to cardholders and merchants with Visa Offers, the first U.S. acquirer to do so. Intended to drive additional value at the POS, Visa Offers offers the Visa card to deliver personalized deals from top brands to an enrolled individual’s mobile phone or email. This platform enables clients to identify and send customized, targeted offers to consumers to leverage their purchase location and interests based on purchase behavior. The redemption platform helps clients manage promotions across all sales locations by using a single, consistent redemption p process and it provides them the ability to track and measure program success with a consolidated reporting tool. The Visa POS Offers Redemption Platform provides real time ticket reduction as part of the offer redemption during the authorization process, delivering an alternative option to the need for statement credits or paper coupons.