Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast now enables supporters to be able to purchase cookies directly from Girl Scouts, or girls can use a digital app to offer customers an online ordering link to have half to full-cases shipped via credit card payment as an option.
USA Technologies announced broad-based enhancements to its “one-stop” service, ePort Connect. The enhancements further position USAT customers for the emerging trends in mobile payment, consumer engagement programs such as loyalty and rewards and expanded use of operational data as self-serve retail businesses continue to develop a valued network of connected, cashless payment consumer touchpoints in the years ahead. Enhancements include new features added to USAT’s recently launched prepaid and loyalty program, “MORE.”; added capability of the ePort Connect platform to accept mobile payment with mobile-based rewards; and Micro-market and other cashless payment applications that expand USAT’s ePort Connect service to a broader audience. The “MORE.” loyalty and prepaid program launched in August, has been improved for customer campaign management and now includes recurring campaigns, replenish bonus; and bonus cash rewards.
USA Technologies cashless payment and M2M telemetry solutions for small-ticket, self-serve retailing industries, highlighted its expanded suite of cashless payment services and next generation ePorts at the NAMA OneShow in Las Vegas last week. Visitors to USAT’s booth were continuous, as customers stopped to learn about the latest mobile payment and consumer engagement tools now incorporated into USAT’s ePort Connect® service for cashless payment and telemetry. The new services are designed to capitalize on the new world of opportunities made possible by connecting businesses to consumers, and consumers to businesses, as industries like vending transition from cash to cashless forms of payment, particularly mobile payment. Through USAT’s new loyalty & prepaid program, business owners have the ability to provide alternative payments capabilities, reach consumers directly, impacting buying behavior before the point of purchase, and reward consumers when they do make a purchase at their machines. The mobile app is designed to integrate with USAT’s loyalty and prepaid program. The mobile app enables consumers to watch how their points accumulate, send loyalty points to friends and locate their favorite vending machines.
Axxess Payments, the merchant services provider with immeasurable technological experience in payment gateway integrations. With an expected 250% increase in mobile payment processing by 2014, Axxess Payments knew jumping onboard with low pricing technology that spans across Blackberry, iTunes and Android networks would certainly increase their already large customer base. Axxess Payments has launched mobile payments using current cellular technologies and partnerships with major cellular networks to propagate the quickest way for businesses to get paid while on the go. In conjunction, they’re offering competitive rates on each transaction. Currently the credit card processing company is offering their card reader free of charge once customers enroll into their payment processing program.
Bank of America Enterprise Marketing and Market President Executive Meredith Verdone announced today that Bill Williamson has been named Maine state president. A native who has called Maine home for most of his life, Williamson has been with the company since joining a predecessor institution in 1981. As state president, Williamson will help integrate Bank…
gotoBilling announced they will join the Secure Vault Payments network and offer Secure Vault Payments through their resale partners to businesses throughout the United States in July. Secure Vault Payments is a safe, secure and private online payment network developed by NACHA ” The Electronic Payments Association® and eWise, a payments and online financial management solutions provider. The Secure Vault Payments (SVP) network links consumers, financial institutions, merchants and billers, providing value to all stakeholders in the payment chain. It gives financial institutions the only online payment option that provides real-time authorization of funds and guaranteed payments for ACH transactions at costs typically lower than traditional and other alternative payment methods.
Robert Klein has been appointed as President and Country CEO, South Africa, responsible for leading FNDS3000 Corp international prepaid processing company in South African. Klein was a consultant engaged to review mobile banking platforms to be integrated into FNDS3000’s system. His remit quickly extended to key account management and customer service. His success in these areas led to his becoming the logical choice for assuming the key executive management role in South Africa. Prior to FNDS3000, Klein served as Executive Director of International Sports Media digital media and content provider owned by Raymond Goldsmith, the Chairman of the Company, where he managed key industry partnerships in North America, Europe and Australasia. He graduated from Bangor University with a BA honors degree in French.
UniCredit Banca of Milan has purchased its 1,000th NCR “Personas M Series 86” ATM from NCR with image-based check and cash deposit functionality. NCR’s “No Envelope Deposit” technology utilizes NCR’s Windows-based “APTRA” software to enable the capture of check and cash deposit images at the ATM or any remote location. NCR’s “ImageMark” deposit technology is the most deployed ATM imaging solution on the market, both domestically and in international markets. UniCredit Banca is the fourth largest banking group in Europe.
RoboServer Systems, developer of the Self-Serve Machine, enabling fast-food customers to process their own orders on a touch-screen kiosk, announced that it has begun the marketing process of the Self-Serve Machine for rollout to the Top 50 quick-service restaurant chains. RoboServer Systems has developed and deployed Point-of-Sale and Self-Serve software technology for the restaurant industry for more than three years.
Sherman Financial Group has deployed “Fiserv PLUS” credit management processing system. Previously, Sherman concentrated solely on distressed consumer debt, amassing more than $8 billion in receivables since June 2002. Recently, the company added to its fold a portfolio of more than 50,000 performing (paying) consumer loans valued in excess of $100 million.
partnership formed last July between Fair, Isaac and Company, Inc.
and Fujitsu FIP Corporation is about to pay off for Japan’s
800+ consumer lending organizations as the first Web-enabled credit
decisioning solution is brought to market by the two companies.
The new service integrates LiquidCredit, Fair, Isaac’s
Web-based credit decisioning solution, into Japan’s largest network
service, which is provided by Fujitsu FIP. The service is now in
full-scale use at one of Japan’s largest financial institutions for
consumer loan application risk management.
LiquidCredit was launched last year in the U.S. by Fair, Isaac to
extend the power of its “gold standard” analytics to the Web. The
service has been widely adopted by lenders who seek instant,
cost-effective and highly reliable decisioning for a range of consumer
credit products. Fair, Isaac’s strategic partnership with Fujitsu FIP
in Japan represents the first international introduction of
“Our success in the U.S. with LiquidCredit is now creating demand
from other dynamic consumer credit markets throughout the world,” said
Tom Grudnowski, CEO of Fair, Isaac. “Japan is one of the world’s most
active consumer credit markets — second only to the U.S. in card
issuing. We expect this new Web-enabled service to provide significant
value to Japanese lenders who seek more precise, real-time decisioning
support. Fujitsu’s partnership in this venture has provided
immeasurable help to us in taking this service from idea to deployment
in less than five months,” Grudnowski said.
The Fair, Isaac/Fujitsu FIP partnership combines the world’s
leading pioneer in decision technology and credit scoring with Japan’s
largest network service provider. The partnership’s resulting Web
service was created to give Japan’s banks and other financial
institutions a more profitable means to extend credit into consumer
markets. The service offers Japan’s 800+ consumer credit grantors
instant, cost-effective credit decision support for a variety of
consumer credit and loan products.
Fair, Isaac Decision System(TM) provides the software and scoring
models to deliver the decisioning within the Web-based solution. The
components, which are marketed under Fair, Isaac’s LiquidCredit brand,
are integrated into Fujitsu FIP’s netsourced offering, allowing
clients to access the service via the Internet to gain instant support
in making decisions for credit card, retail card or installment loan
“We are not at all surprised that many of Japan’s major lenders
have expressed interest in our new service,” said Takao Ikeda,
president of Fujitsu FIP. “The need to determine credit decisions
instantly, both on the Web and in traditional channels, makes the
service we are offering with Fair, Isaac that much more important to
lenders,” Ikeda explained. He added that the two companies intend to
enhance the service even further to provide other broad risk
management solutions to new and existing clients.
Grudnowski said he believes the new service will enable Japanese
lenders to process more than one million credit applications in Japan
over the next three years. “While many of Japan’s regional financial
institutions want to expand their consumer lending business, they have
not, until now, had access to a Web-based solution that would enable
them to effectively and efficiently process consumer credit
applications. LiquidCredit will enable them to do just that.”
The new service will enable smart credit decisions within seconds
and allow lenders to avoid costly up-front implementation and
maintenance, since it is provided via the Internet. As part of its
agreement with Fujitsu FIP, Fair, Isaac is providing four product and
service components to Japanese financial institutions, including
analytic consulting, underwriting strategy and operations consulting,
scoring services and an automated decision-support software system.
About Fujitsu FIP
Fujitsu FIP Corporation, founded in 1977, ranks among Japan’s
largest system integrators and total solutions providers based on
their value-added network, the largest in Japan. Their main areas of
services are processing, outsourcing, Internet, system development,
system integration and equipment services. FIP serves the banking,
insurance, education, telecommunications, healthcare and government
sectors. With 30 years as a system developer and processor for the
credit industry, FIP-built credit systems, banking systems, securities
systems and insurance systems form much of Japan’s information
About Fair, Isaac
Fair, Isaac is a global provider of customer analytics and
decision technology. Widely recognized for its pioneering work in
credit scoring, Fair, Isaac revolutionized the way lending decisions
are made. Today the company helps clients in multiple industries
increase the value of customer relationships. Fair, Isaac has made the
Forbes list of the top 200 U.S. small companies eight times in the
last nine years. Headquartered in San Rafael, Calif., Fair, Isaac has
21 offices worldwide. For more information, visit
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Distraught Philadelphia business executive Bipin C. Shah, the man behind an international search for his missing daughters — has filed a pair of civil lawsuits in excess of $200 million against his ex-wife and an Atlanta woman accused of conspiring in a plot to have his children disappear into an underground network.
Shah is asking over $100 million in punitive damages from his former wife, Ellen Dever, and another $100 million from Faye Yager, who runs a clandestine operation that helps parents and children go into hiding to escape what they claim is abuse by the other parent. The suits were filed Thursday on behalf of Shah and his two children — Sarah Lynn, 8, and Genevieve Marie, 6.
In a separate statement to reporters, Shah said the complaints seek damages for “Dever and Yager’s conspiracy to interfere with my custody rights, for violating the custody rights of my children, depriving them of the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed and for creating emotional distress to both the children and to me.”
He added “This is not a case of spousal abuse. This is a case of a scornful wife and her fight to get more money from me after several failed attempts by her for reconciliation.”
According to the lawsuits, Yager is described as a “self-appointed crusader who has taken her crusade too far.” Shah’s lawyers contend in the suit that Yager has placed herself “in the role of deciding” whether he should be able to exercise his custody rights with the children “in order to protect their mother against unfounded and unproven allegations of abuse.”
One lawsuit was filed in Atlanta’s United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia where Yager lives. The other was filed in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, the jurisdiction where Mr. Shah resides. Dever fled on June 8 violating the terms of a joint custody agreement. There is a federal warrant outstanding for her arrest on child concealment charges. There are also pending state criminal charges.
Last month Shah — who helped build the MAC electronic banking system into a national network — offered $2 million for the safe return of the children to him. Three days earlier The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a picture of Ellen Dever — lugging a suitcase as she left her Main Line Philadelphia home to join Yager’s network. The article reported that Yager admitted helping the family go underground, knows their location and vouched for their safety.
According to the lawsuits filed by Shah’s attorney — Albert Momjian — Yager “aided and abetted Dever in unlawfully removing the children from Pennsylvania, concealed their whereabouts and has not allowed the father to see the children in over six months.” The couple were divorced 5-1/2 years ago.
Since his wife and children went underground Shah has spent over $700,000 in an exhaustive search for the girls utilizing 40 private investigators and two bounty hunters. They combed four countries, checked out 11 sightings and ultimately came up empty-handed when it was discovered that Dever had changed the identity of the children and herself and gone underground. The search went public on December 18 with the announcement of a $2 million reward for the safe return of the children to the former CoreStates executive.
Since then there have been over 2,000 calls prompted by media exposure and announcement of a free, 24-hour hotline to report sightings. The number is 888-977-FIND (3463). One-hundred bounty hunters have signed up — some from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Three key sightings have kept investigators working around the clock.
In Nova Scotia, recycling cans now carry the pictures of Sarah and Genevieve.
A web site designed for the credit card industry by the CardWeb, Inc. has been running pictures of the girls and their mother. The address is or . In addition, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has created two websites for quick access to identification. The URLs are for Sarah and 0033b for Genevieve. To send e-mail to Bipin Shah the address is [email protected]
The lawsuits note that no one — neither Yager nor his former wife — “have ever accused Shah of harming the children.” Instead, Dever has admitted that Shah was a “loving, caring and tender father.” The suit against Yager alleges she is “using the mother and children to further her own agenda of purportedly helping abused children and has taken upon herself to act as judge and jury while depriving Shah of his children.”
The complaint calls her actions “intentional, willful, malicious and so outrageous” that Shah and the children are entitled to punitive damages in excess of $100 million.
The companion suit against Dever charges that the former Mrs. Shah violated a joint custody order when — with Yager’s help — she left Pennsylvania and went underground, concealing the children from their father since last June.
STATEMENT BY BIPIN C. SHAH
Last June 7 — 216 days ago, I was sitting on top of the world. I enjoyed the love and affection of my two wonderful daughters — Sara Lynn, the dancer and singer in the family and Vivi (Genevieve), the intellect. I shared legal custody with their mother, my ex-wife Ellen Dever. It’s now been 217 days since I’ve seen my daughters. They have been taken underground by their mother with the help of Faye Yager of Atlanta, Ga. Both my former wife and Ms. Yager acknowledge that I have never been abusive to my daughters, that I enjoyed a loving relationship with them.
Yet Ms. Dever and Ms. Yager have determined — acting as both judge and jury — that my children should be forever deprived of the love, affection and lifestyle provided by me and family members.
In making this determination they have violated Pennsylvania law and have interfered with my legal and moral custody rights. In secreting my children, they have, in effect, become the abusers of my children and me. They have not only violated my rights as a parent, they have violated the fundamental rights of my daughters to have the love and affection of their Dad.
I hold both Ellen Dever and Faye Yager fully accountable for their wrongful acts, for the damage they have caused to the children and to me. I have today authorized my attorneys to commence an action on my behalf and on behalf of the children against Ellen Dever in Pennsylvania and against Faye Yager in the federal court in Georgia. The complaints seek damages for their conspiracy to interfere with my custody rights, for violating the custody rights of my children, and for creating emotional distress to both the children and to me.
The complaints also seek punitive damages against each of them for $100 million. I pray that nobody has to go through the ordeal which my children and I are currently enduring. Every second that my children are not with me causes emotional distress to them and to me, the magnitude of which is immeasurable. This is not a a case of spousal abuse. This is a case of a scornful wife and her fight to get more money from me after several failed attempts by her for reconciliation.
Ms. Dever and Ms. Yager have deprived me of my beautiful daughters for 217 days without filing a stick of paper and without giving me my day in court. We have a wonderful system of justice in this country. And unlike Ms. Dever and Ms. Yager, I urge each of them to come to court and attempt to justify the actions they have taken in secreting my children. Let Ms. Dever come out from hiding and explain to a judge why she feels justified in playing God and denying my fundamental, moral and legal right to be with my children. Ms. Yager should come down from her high horse and explain to a judge in Georgia what role she played in assisting my ex-wife to hide my children and why she has decided to play the role of God in dealing with my children, not her children.