Payment Alliance International (PAI) electronic payment processing solutions and the Electronic Transactions Association’s (ETA) 2011 “ISO of the Year” has launched www.PAIWebStore.com site, the company’s ATM/POS parts and supplies web store. The new site provides a very streamlined and easy-to-use interface allowing customers to search, purchase, and track a wide variety of ATM/POS parts and supplies, as well as ATM part repairs using several forms of payment. To celebrate the launch, Payment Alliance International is running a summer-long contest whereby every customer who purchases an item from the PAIWebStore is automatically entered to win weekly drawings for a variety of the most-popular items from the online store. The contest ends September 5, 2011 with a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Las Vegas, NV. Contest restrictions and details can be found at the www.PAIWebStore.com.
Mako Networks network management company received certification from ICSA Labs for its “Mako 6500” network appliance. This recognition comes after a comprehensive battery of tests performed on a “Mako 6500” unit sent for evaluation, checking for overall security, user administration and resilience against intrusion attempts. Mako Networks appliances allow small businesses to deploy firewalls to protect their computer networks and assist companies to comply with PCI DSS, for which it is the only certified network management company.
A new open API that will drive the development of creative custom Point of Sale applications and a powerful eCommerce connector that supports the market-leading Magento platform, are the major new features of LightSpeed version 3.5 released today by Xsilva Systems. The company also announced it is rebranding as LightSpeed to capitalize on the worldwide reseller network, extensive user base and broad brand-name recognition it has established for its acclaimed retail technology since launching in 2005. Additionally, version 3.5 updates LightSpeed Mobile and is ready for the new Mac operating system, Lion. The opening of the API makes LightSpeed a dynamic POS platform that caters to the store owner, developer or IT manager looking to build custom add-ons to the platform, while still remaining an easy-to-use, well-priced and richly functional out-of-the-box system that is attractive to small- to medium-sized retailers.
Regions bank launched its “Personal Pay” person-to-person payment solution, powered by “ZashPay” from Fiserv. The new service allows checking and money market customers who use Regions Online Banking to send or receive money from anyone who has a U.S. bank account. Without the need for cash or writing a check, to send a payment a customer only needs a recipient’s email address or mobile phone number. Customers can access “Personal Pay” from the Payments section of Regions Online Banking. Recipients of funds are alerted via email or text about claiming their payments, and the sender receives an email confirmation once a payment is made. Funds can be deposited in as little as one business day.
The SSL Store Platinum Partner of major brand SSL Certificate Authorities bolstered its credibility by withstanding the rigorous tests of Trustwave TrustKeeper. theSSLstore.com views PCI Compliance (aka PCI-DSS Compliance) as a major forward step for any organization to prove its security standing on a global scale and wanted to prove its own compliance as a statement for those considering the same. The SSL Store has additionally decided to sell the product at a discounted rate as an enhancement of its security portfolio, since determining PCI Compliance has become so crucial to all companies handling credit card numbers and other sensitive financial information.
Western Union has extended its relationship with Emirates International Exchange to launch its “Business Solutions” international business payments service in the UAE. The five-year service agreement between the two organizations marks Western Union’s entry into a new customer segment for the first time in the Middle East, and opens the doors for a number of growth opportunities. Western Union Business Solutions enables businesses of all sizes to manage their international transactions, reduce risk, and act on market opportunities through various services such as online FX for small businesses and corporate FX solutions that include foreign currency payments.
American Express OPEN officially launched “YourBuzz” to help small businesses manage their online presence; track public image/reviews; and connect with customers via social media. Powered by Clickable online advertising solutions, “YourBuzz” aggregates conversations across highly influential review sites such as Yelp and CitySearch, and social networks such as Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter, to ensure listings are accurate, build customer relationships, and mitigate the damage that can be done from poor reviews. American Express OPEN’s latest Business App, a suite of software products that help small businesses market their products and services, increase margins and improve cash flow, joins “AdManager” and “SearchManager” as part of the Marketing Suite.
Financial Technology Partners LP and FTP Securities has been designated the sole strategic and financial advisor to EDC and its Board of Directors on its sale to Cardtronics USA for $145 million. EDC turnkey ATM deployment services operates approximately 3,700 ATMs and multi-function kiosks in the United States focused on multi-state retail operators and high-transacting merchant locations such as convenience stores. This adds to the number of Cardtronics’ ATM terminals and will significantly increase its market footprint, particularly in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.
Pinnacle Hospitality Systems and iControl Enterprise launched new live data reporting feature for web-based enterprise solutions. iControl is smart software that integrates with your POSitouch restaurant POS system to deliver relevant business information in one easy-to-use interface. It delivers updated information to your web portal every 10 minutes – giving you access to sales figures, labor dollars, labor percentages, customer counts and check averages in real time. This translates to more accurate accounting and reduced errors lead to greater ROI for any hospitality business. This is a long awaited addition to the already industry-leading enterprise solution.
Heartland Payment Systems’ “MicroPayments” Division has unveiled the next generation of its “WaveRider Laundry System,” a wireless payments and account management solution offering laundry facility operators a secure method of accepting credit and debit card payments while enhancing convenience for customers. The technology is now easier to install, features upgraded reporting capabilities and allows laundry operators to manage their facilities online, from a remote location. The “WaveRider” card readers are attached to each washing machine and clothes dryer and meets PCI data security standards. They can also minimize downtime and potential loss of revenue by receiving alerts the moment a machine goes down.
Keystroke POS by Specialized Business Solutions (SBS) recently certified the “CognitiveTPG A799” Receipt printer to be compatible with its point of sale and inventory management system. The “CognitiveTPG’s A799” reliable thermal printers also offers a line of thermal barcode label printers for Keystroke. Keystroke POS integrated software systems for POS and inventory tracking is an independent owner operated business while CognitiveTPG is a leading provider of on-demand barcode and transaction printers to the retail, healthcare, manufacturing, service, and financial sectors worldwide.
BankAtlantic is set to launch its newest Mobile Banking Application (“App”) for Android platform phones. Offering users one-touch access to banking information, the new app is the culmination to provide value and convenience to help users manage finances while on-the-go. This latest Application will offer Android phone customers the same free, fast, safe and secure mobile banking medium as iPhone users, allowing them to view account balances and transaction history; to transfer funds between accounts; and automatically locate the nearest BankAtlantic branch or ATM location.