Citi and NBC’s TODAY inked a new multi-year sponsorship for the Citi Concert Series on TODAY, to provide year-round opportunities for millions of Citi customers,
Misys signed an agreement with tcmpartners making it a member of Misys InFusion Partner Program. It’s partnership will cover Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru, as well as in European markets, that include Spain, Portugal, and Andorra. tcmpartners specialises in assisting financial institutions address complex financial systems needs involving regulatory requirements, system selection, customisations and implementation. Its extensive understanding of the Latin American region enables the company to provide local and tailored market knowledge. tcmpartners will implement Misys solutions for Capital Markets, Risk Management and Investment Management rapidly and effectively.
cPanel and dotMobi partnered to make available the “goMobi” mobile website builder via the cPanel platform, allowing cPanel Web hosting companies to offer a leading-edge way to connect with on-the-go consumers and prospects. The “goMobi” solution gives Web hosting companies a way to tap the mobile Web market, from which over 50% are more likely to buy. The “goMobi” cloud service can build a sophisticated mobile friendly website in minutes at a price point designed for small-to-medium businesses. This lets cPanel users offer a very powerful mobile site builder. cPanel is launching a substantially enhanced version of goMobi, which brings a range of new templates, the ability to create custom forms, video content embedding, and integration with leading m-commerce solutions like PayPal and Google Checkout.
Consumers are increasingly seeking self-service convenience when managing the financial aspects of their healthcare experience, with 51% preferring to view payment history and settling outstanding balances via online and mobile channels. At least half would be willing to expedite the payment process by pre-authorizing a credit card charge for co-pays and balances not covered by their insurance provider if offered; a 10% discount on their bill, preferred by 73%; a room and/or amenity upgrades during a hospital stay, preferred by 51%; or a discount at the pharmacy or hospital gift shop, preferred by 50%. These findings, according to NCR payment processing, also discloses self-service can help to speed the payment pre-authorization process online during pre-registration or at a kiosk during patient check-in.
Gemalto has established an exclusive business
alliance with Corporacion Cardtech, supplier of
magnetic stripe bank cards, and Newtech Solutions, a consulting and
technical support organization that specializes in EMV. Under the new
agreement, banks in Venezuela working with Corporacion
Cardtech and Newtech Solutions will have access to expertise, consulting
services, smart cards and technology from Gemalto, the world’s leading
provider of EMV cards. EMV cards embed a microprocessor and software
with security features that work together with the payment transaction
authorization network to prevent card fraud and identity theft and
better protect consumers. Unlike with magnetic stripe only cards, smart
cards based transactions cannot be easily cloned, which is a primary
source of fraud throughout Latin America. The software loaded in EMV
microprocessor cards not only increases security, it opens the door for
banks to deploy other exciting programs for their customers, such as
loyalty schemes that enable merchants to offer rewards to their best
customers automatically when they shop at their store. The
partners estimate that eight million EMV cards will be issued in the
first year, starting in June 2009. Approximately 16 million debit and
credit cards are currently in use in Venezuela.
ComScore’s annual survey “State of Online Banking” indicates that WaMu is one of five top online banks. The study polled online consumers about satisfaction with various financial institutions, including banks, credit card companies and brokerages. The results reported that 78% of WaMu’s customers reported they are “highly satisfied.” The designation complements WaMu’s 2007 J.D. Power and Associates customer satisfaction ranking as #1 retail bank in the West and Midwest regions.
Little Caesar Enterprises and Pepsi-Cola have teamed up to offer a scratch-off game card. “Family Fun Instant Win Game” delivers a fully integrated national promotion, providing Little Caesars customers across the country with an overall 1 in 25 chance of winning. Prizes include home entertainment systems, family fun night packages with retail certificates and Little Caesars gift cards; MP3 players; $10 Little Caesars gift cards; Little Caesars pizza and Crazy Bread; and Pepsi-Cola beverages. Little Caesars is the largest carry-out pizza chain in the world with restaurants on five continents.
Teleconnect has signed an agreement with Holland-based MediaWizz to
provide to Teleconnect 1000 “Multimedia Kiosks” to
be placed in key, pedestrian intensive areas. The kiosks
provide a range of services including image printing capability from
mobile phones via Bluetooth, electronic ticketing, internet access,
electronic charge system connected with major credit cards, generation
of Teleconnect’s PINs for its prepaid cards, recharges for prepaid cards
and recharges for mobiles. Teleconnect provides commercial and
residential users in Spain with an array of prepaid
Bank of America has decided to make its two-factor two-way authentication system “SiteKey” a standard part of sign-on in the 20 states where it is available and eventually to the rest of the country next year. SiteKey is a free service that provides an extra level of authentication to enhance security. Customers pick one of thousands of images, write a brief phrase and select three challenge questions. The customer and the bank can pass that information securely back and forth to confirm each other’s identity. SiteKey is now moving from an optional to a standard part of sign-in on a state-by-state basis. Customers will be told about the change through onscreen messages in advance.
California-based Save Mart Supermarkets is updating its POS system in its 123 stores with NCR’s “Advanced Checkout Solution” and “RealPOS 80” terminals. Save Mart Supermarkets is one of California’s largest regional independent food store chains. NCR Corporation provides ATMs, retail systems, Teradata data warehouses and IT services worldwide.
Pennsylvania-based American Bank has joined “SUM,” a selective surcharging program managed by the NYCE Network. American Bank has been recognized as one of the top Internet banks in the country by Gomez Advisors, Inc. and Bankrate.com(R) Top Tier award.
Gomez, Inc. launched a new financial services industry benchmark that compares the application performance of the eight largest U.S. credit card issuers from a consumer perspective. The new “Gomez Performance Index for Credit Cards” measures the speed and availability of card issuers’ highly critical “view transaction history” applications. Performance of the “view transaction history” application will be measured from 10 locations throughout the country using real consumer accounts managed by a third-party company. The 3 step performance test will log into the benchmarked website from either the home page or a bookmarked link, navigates to or accesses the account holder’s summary information page and log out of the application. The Gomez “GPI” will be published bi-weekly in American Banker.