Virtual Piggy Integrates Subscriptions into Payments System for Kids

Virtual Piggy announced the expansion of their financial payment system to support monthly subscriptions to teens and tweens, who can now purchase subscriptions within games and other online digital media services by using their Virtual Piggy accounts. The “Fanlala” social entertainment and lifestyle destination for tweens and teens, focusing on entertainment and lifestyle news, will be one of the first companies to integrate the Virtual Piggy subscription payment model.

Erply to run POS app on Microsoft Surface

ERPLY, the leading cloud-based point-of-sale (POS) provider, today announced that the company will be offering the first native business POS application to run on Microsoft’s just-announced Surface Tablet.

The new app’s POS user-interface is optimized for tablet touch screen usage and will deliver a completely new approach to POS user-interface design. While the Surface Tablet will have broad consumer appeal, store owners and managers will be able to run their stores via the tablet, right at launch.

The ERPLY software supports virtually all external peripherals, providing for easier adoption, while allowing store-owners to use credit card readers, bar code scanners and printers on the tablet.

Egan-Jones Recommends for USAT Technologies Full Slate

USA Technologies, a leader of wireless, cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for self-serve, small-ticket retailing industries, announced that the third independent proxy advisory firm, Egan-Jones Proxy Services (“Egan-Jones”), has joined Investor Shareholder Services (“ISS”) and Glass Lewis & Co. (“Glass Lewis”) in recommending FOR the election of ALL nine USAT director nominees on the WHITE proxy card at the USAT 2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Investor Presentation: USAT filed an investor presentation with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which provides an accurate discussion of the Company’s business and additional details regarding USAT’s successful implementation of its turnaround plan to create value for shareholders. We invite you to view the “ISS Presentation” by clicking here or access via the Investor Relations section of USAT’s website at www.usatech.com.

Coalfire Indicates Healthcare Providers to Reduce PCI Scope

Coalfire Systems PCI Payment Application and Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA) company announced healthcare providers will reduce the scope of PCI compliance requirements with InstaMed, the leading Healthcare Payments Network. InstaMed’s Payment Card Encryption, integrated with MagTek®’s MagneSafe Security Architecture and secure payment card devices, enables providers to significantly reduce and nearly eliminate their risk of a data breach.

1.5% of Airline Online Booking Revenue Lost to Fraud

Globally, 66% of airline merchants are seeing fraud levels stay the same or increase as they lose 1.5% of booking revenue to fraudulent transactions, according to the global Perfect Passenger Payment insights report, commissioned by WorldPay. With 29% of airlines reporting that incidents of fraud have risen in the past year, there is in place a robust screening process when buying tickets online. With this, 71% of consumers would prefer a slower payment process with more rigorous security checks than a faster process with fewer checks. The global study surveyed 51 airline merchants including low cost, regional and global airlines and 4,500 consumers from the US, UK, China, Japan, Brazil, Finland, Spain, Germany and France to explore views on the online booking process for buying airline tickets.

AmEx OPEN and Facebook Launch Small Business Contest

American Express OPEN launched its second-annual “Big Break for Small Business” (www.facebook.com/OPEN), a national contest designed to transform the way small businesses connect and engage with customers online. This year, American Express OPEN is giving every small business that enters educational and brand-building tools, as well as $50 in Facebook advertising credits. American Express Cardmembers and merchants who enter will receive $100 in Facebook advertising credits. The five winning small businesses will receive house calls from American Express OPEN and Facebook branding experts, who will provide in-depth marketing and strategy sessions as well as $25,000 in cash to put the strategies into action. The winners will learn how to use Facebook to build their brands and better market their products and services to their existing customer base and reach new customer segments. Each winner will get practical and personal training on best practices using Facebook Pages, Ads and Social Plugins, and will receive consultation on their current use of Facebook.

Citi Launches CitiBusiness ThankYou Card

Citi is expanding its ThankYou Rewards program with the introduction of its CitiBusiness “ThankYou” small business card. The Card enables business owners to earn unlimited points for purchases they make, with accelerated earn on popular business categories like restaurants and hotels and no annual fee. Citi also recognizes each year of cardmembership with an annual anniversary bonus. In addition, business owners can earn ThankYou Points across their Citi relationship – including personal and small business credit card and banking accounts – and combine points into one ThankYou account to redeem for thousands of rewards. New members are rewarded with 15,000 bonus ThankYou Points after spending $3,000 within the first three months of cardmembership. They will also automatically earn three ThankYou points for every dollar in purchases on a wide range of categories each quarter. It gives business owners points-earning power across their Citi banking relationship.
Members can earn three ThankYou Points for every $1 spent on eligible purchases in rotating business categories; For all other purchases, base earn rate of one ThankYou Point for every $1 spent; receive an anniversary ThankYou Points bonus each membership year; earn bonus points for managing your account online (100 points for registering for Account Online or for enrolling in Paperless Statements); and combine ThankYou Points across all Citibank relationships with no limit to the ThankYou Points you can earn, and points don’t expire.

USA Technologies Shows Cashless Sales Up 84% Y/Y

USA Technologies released new data collected from its 2012 Knowledge Base Study that highlights the business-building benefits of cashless payment adoption realized by USA Technologies’ ePort Connect vending customers. Most notably, the study revealed an impressive 84% increase in average annualized cashless sales in terminals that had adopted the cashless option for longer than one year compared to terminals using the cashless option for less than a year. USAT evaluated data over a two and one-half month period from approximately 57,000 ePort Connect® cashless vending terminals across 39 different channels or industry sectors and customer types. From the 57,000 connections studied, USAT compared a subset of 27,000 terminals where ePort Connect service had been live for greater than one year (the “Mature Subset”) to 30,000 terminals that were in early adoption stage or had been live for less than one year with a cashless option (the “New Installations” subset).

NCR Accelerates Growth Through Strategic Acquisitions

NCR Corporation announced a series of strategic acquisitions in the fast growing hospitality industry that will enable NCR to increase and strengthen its overall presence in Brazil. NCR acquired POS Integrated Solutions, a reseller of the NCR Aloha solution for restaurants and Wyse Sistemas de Informática Ltda., a market-leading provider of software solutions, including the Colibri suite of hospitality software. Radiant Distribution Solutions (RDS), a NCR Hospitality hardware distribution partner was also acquired. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. The combination of acquisitions with NCR’s existing hospitality business will enable NCR to increase distribution, add to the strength of its portfolio, open new market segments and deliver solutions that enable hospitality businesses to better manage sales transactions and drive productivity gains.

Citi Members to Use Points for Tickets to Live Nation Concerts

Citi is giving customers another way to get tickets to see their favorite music live through its Citi ThankYou Rewards. Members can redeem their “ThankYou Points” directly to purchase tickets to sought-after performances on LiveNation.com. Through Citi’s relationship with Live Nation and the Citi® Private Pass® program (www.citiprivatepass.com), customers already can enjoy exclusive ticket presales, preferred tickets, VIP experiences and access. Now, Citi ThankYou Rewards members (www.thankyou.com) can use their points to buy tickets to concerts at Live Nation venues.

Fiserv to Drive E-Bill Adoption

Fiserv announced the launch of E-bill Introduction, a new feature within the widely used CheckFree® RXP® payment suite. E-bill Introduction offers consumers an opportunity to receive electronic bills (e-bills) via their online banking service for an introductory period during which they also continue to receive paper bills in the mail. Pilots of the feature conducted with five financial institutions delivered solid results, with consumers enrolled in the pilot activating three times more e-bills than consumers who were not enrolled. E-Bill Introduction utilizes a 90-day introductory period to enable consumers who already pay their bills electronically to experience receiving e-bills at their financial institution firsthand. During this 90-day period the consumer receives an e-bill via online banking and a traditional paper bill in the mail. Following the trial period consumers can opt to continue receiving e-bills and turn off their paper bill, or the e-bill will be discontinued and the consumer will continue to receive a paper bill.