doxo Platform to Boost mPayment

doxo digital file cabinet and e-payment has launched its “Connect QR Code” functionality for its providers, allowing businesses that are on doxo to immediately connect with mobile customers simply by featuring a Connect QR code on their documents. Customers can utilize the “Connect QR” code to immediately Connect with the provider on doxo, view the bill or statement, and make a payment, right from their mobile device. It comes “out of the box” with the doxo service as a means to help providers increase paperless adoption, and requires no software or IT services for a business on doxo to deploy. By scanning the QR code with an enabled mobile device, a customer is able to immediately connect with that provider, receive and view their bill into their personal digital file cabinet, and make a payment directly from their personal bank account with doxoPAY. Businesses need not have their own mobile sites or invest in building standalone apps to enable mobile billing and payments with doxo.

DraftKings Launches Mobile Social Game

DraftKings online platform for fantasy sport launched its “Big Baller” mobile app for daily fantasy sports game play. Bringing a quick-style format to online fantasy sports, “Big Baller” offers an easy-to-play option for entertainment. Players can go head-to-head with friends, the Big Baller community or the app itself, and multi-platform functionality allows seamless, continuous play across mobile devices and Facebook. Big Baller operates across multiple platforms, including Facebook, Android, and iOS and is available on over 1,000 different device operating systems.

NCR Offers Channel Partners Maintenance Services, Inks ScanSource

NCR Corporation independent retailers can now access NCR POS maintenance services through the network of distributors and resellers who market and sell NCR hardware and software solutions. This new offering allows channel partners to serve as a one-stop shop (hardware-software-services) for their independent retail customers, to create more recurring revenue streams with those customers and allow smaller retailers to offer the POS uptimes, transaction efficiency and customer service their end-user customers demand. ScanSource POS & Barcoding is the first company to offer NCR’s POS maintenance services to POS resellers.

MasterCard Acquires Truaxis Personalized Offers and Rewards

MasterCard acquired Truaxis relevant credit and debit card-linked offers. The Truaxis platform with the MasterCard network will allow for real-time offer delivery coupled with advanced analytics to ensure consumers get more meaningful offers, merchants gain efficiencies in driving sales and financial institutions build greater loyalty with customers. This is fundamental to the MasterCard strategy to deliver enhanced shopping experiences and added value to stakeholders through unique product innovations and partnerships with leaders in the offers and loyalty space. Truaxis furnishes an offers creation and campaign management platform; advanced personalization capabilities to ensure consumers receive highly relevant offers; and flexible platform architecture, enabling simpler and faster implementations for financial institutions.

Chase Community Giving Launches 2012 Program

Chase implemented the voting period for the 2012 Chase Community Giving program from now until September 19 to determine the allocation of $5 million in Chase grants to 196 charities selected by Facebook users and Chase online customers. Open to the public at Facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving and for Chase customers at Chase.com/ChaseGiving, this will determine the 196 charities who receive the most votes, with $250,000 to the charity receiving the most votes; $100,000 to each of the next ten runner-up charities; $50,000 to each of the next thirty-five runner-up charities; $20,000 to each of the next fifty runner-up charities; and $10,000 to each of the next one hundred runner-up charities. Nominated charities must be a registered 501(c)(3) public charity with annual operating expenses below $10 million and meet other requirements as described in the program’s rules.

Still Little Activity on the Unemployment Front

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Payroll employment was up a mere 96,000 employees in August as the unemployment rate maintained its stagnant 8.1%, where it has held the narrow range of 8.1-8.3%. However, this is down a full percentage point from the year ago period, but the number of unemployed Americans has held at 12.5 million…

American Giving Awards Presented by Chase to Air in December

Chase, dick clark productions and Intersport announced their joint effort to produce the second annual American Giving Awards (AGAs), a televised celebrity tribute to community heroes. The awards will grant a total of $2 million to the five featured charitable organizations, which will be voted on by Chase customers and Facebook users from a list of 25 previous Chase Community Giving (CCG) grant recipients. The organization with the most votes will receive a $1 million grant, the first runner-up will be granted $500,000, a second runner-up will receive a $250,000 grant and third and fourth runners up will be given $125,000 grants. The winning organizations will represent one of five pre-determined categories recognizing the “building blocks” of our communities for an Educators & Mentors Award; a Heroes & Leaders Award; a Champions of Health & Wellness; a Community Builders Award; and Youth Developers Award.

Kuapay Expands mWallet Solution

Kuapay mobile payment solution that incorporates coupons, reward cards and loyalty cards made available its mobile payments application to New York City merchants. Kuapay allows users to store various coupon offers, reward programs, and credit and debit cards in a digital wallet that features a patented encryption process. The company offers the lowest per-transaction rate in the industry to merchants, enabling merchants of all sizes to present attractive offers and integrated loyalty rewards. It gives complete control of the digital wallet to the consumer, allowing them to store their preferred credit card, loyalty program, and custom coupons for free.

Five Small Businesses Win AmEx Marketing Makeover

Five small businesses will be trained by American Express OPEN and Facebook on how to build their brands, better market products and services, and target new customers. With a growing need for training on social media marketing, evident with more than 12,000 small businesses having entered the 2012 American Express “Big Break”- up from 11,000 in 2011- marketing experts from American Express OPEN and Facebook will travel to each of the five winner’s small businesses to provide in-depth marketing and strategy sessions as well as $25,000 in cash to put the strategies into action.

Each winner will also receive practical and personal training on best practices using Facebook Pages, Ads and Social Plugins, and will receive consultation on how to maximize their current usage of Facebook. The winning small businesses will have the opportunity to share their winnings and pay it forward by inviting other small business owners within their communities to meet a panel of social media and marketing experts from Facebook and American Express OPEN to teach them how to best utilize social channels for their businesses.

Safeway Shoots for Blackhawk Network IPO

Safeway plans to file a registration statement in the United States for a potential IPO of a minority ownership stake in Blackhawk Network Holdings. The company anticipates executing a transaction in the first half of 2013. Blackhawk Network Holdings operates Blackhawk Network, a prepaid payments network for consumers and businesses. The company offers the industry’s most popular prepaid gift cards and payment services from leading brands through a network of leading grocery stores, big box, convenience, pharmacy, specialty stores and Internet retailers including GiftCardMall.com.