Chase launched this week its annual speaker series featuring Delivering Happiness’ Jenn Lim. In addition to 20 invitation-only seminars across the country this fall, a live webcast will be broadcast via Chase YouTube on October 14 from San Francisco.
Powa Technolgies completed its Alpha program and rollout of its advanced PowaPOS Software Developer Program to independent software vendors (ISVs) globally. The PowaPOS Software Developer Program features the PowaPOS SDK and online Developer Portal that, together, simplify app integration with PowaPOS point-of-sale hardware and services, including PowaTag, the company’s fast-growing mobile commerce solution that has more than 500 brand partners around the world. PowaTag’s global expansion was recently enhanced with the acquisition of Hong Kong-based MPayMe. The PowaPOS SDK works seamlessly with existing smartphone and tablet applications. A consistent set of APIs work across iOS, Android and Windows operating systems and drives the PowaPOS T-Series hardware and the PowaPIN EMV-enabled card reader. Standard interfaces are provided for the T-Series’ unique integration of tilting/swiveling tablet mount, high-speed printer, 2D barcode scanner, encrypting magnetic stripe reader, EMV-compliant smartcard reader, secure PIN-entry keypad, and cash drawer.
CardLinx is forming the CardLinx Europe Council and the CardLinx Canada Council. The upcoming charter meetings will bring together senior executives from the most influential companies in card-linking from each region. Card-linking, a phenomenon gaining popularity worldwide, enables consumers to redeem deals without paper coupons or promo codes and gives merchants a real measure of their ad spend effectiveness. CardLinx’s regional councils will engage two of the largest card-linked markets in establishing global standards for the industry.
Internet and tech entrepreneur Halsey Minor announced the launch of Bitreserve, a bitcoin platform that addresses bitcoin volatility and provides real-time transparency, transaction traceability, and proof of solvency. Bitreserve Members can hold bitcoin denominated in dollars, euros, yuan, yen, and pounds. These “bitcurrencies” are backed by a full reserve of real-world currencies.
The PayRange system includes Blukey™ hardware, a mobile app and service, and is poised to be the world’s simplest payment solution for machines. When users are in “PayRange””or about arm’s length from the machine”they receive an alert and can then immediately “swipe” their finger on their smartphone’s touchscreen to send payment to the machine via a Bluetooth LE connection.
CashStar, the digital gifting company preferred by the world’s leading brands, announced that its president and CEO, Ben Kaplan, has been invited to speak at OASIS: The Montgomery Summit. The OASIS Summit, an invitation-only event featuring top entrepreneurs and investors, senior level media and technology executives, and leading industry visionaries, makes its debut this year with 150 exceptional presenting companies. Kaplan will share how CashStar is transforming the gift card market with digital gifting and branded currencies that enable merchants to increase revenue, drive customer acquisition, and improve customer loyalty.
MPayMe announced the successful launch of its mobile business platform ZNAP held at Chester Racecourse – one of the world’s most prestigious horse racing venues. MPayMe showcased the ZNAP application by powering the first ever QR-BAR – an exclusive invitation-only VIP event where all drink orders and payments were enabled through mobile phones. The ZNAP app was accessed via Xperia handsets, sponsored by Sony, and given to all invited guests from the business, media and celebrity world upon entering the QR-BAR. Attendees checked-in to the venue by using ZNAP to scan a QR-code on a welcome sign at the entrance, giving them access to view the QR-BAR drinks menu. To place orders, guests simply selected choices from the menu and added them to the virtual shopping cart in the app. They proceeded to check-out and entered their table number so that drinks could be delivered quickly to their table, thereby ensuring a queue-less experience.
Citi and The NeuGroup year-long collaboration identified core treasury and cash management principles to guide any treasury department aspiring to become world-class. The joint research program between Citi’s Global Transaction Services and NeuGroup’s Global Cash and Banking Group (GCBG) was comprised of 25 Fortune 500 senior treasury practitioners from across a variety of industries. The partnership subsequently developed principles across 15 treasury operations and cash management categories to aid companies in defining what a world-class treasury operation looks like and help them determine when they have achieved their goals. These focus on what is needed to drive success and covers categories from organization structure to liquidity optimization, operational efficiency, and technology.
The Interactive Financial eXchange Forum is prepared to take a lead role in a collaborative effort to develop enhanced electronic remittance standards, following its active participation in an invitation-only workshop held June 28-29 at the Federal Reserve Bank facility in Chicago. The objective of the workshop was to better understand issues and options for improving remittance data exchange and automated reconciliation of payments, especially in the United States. IFX Forum President Richard Urban addressed the participants concerning the Forum’s activity in the area of remittance, both on its own and with respect to work on ISO 20022. This will be to develop a standard approach for electronic remittance delivery suitable for all sizes of businesses.
Bremer Bank has converted its signature debit portfolio to MasterCard and will subsequently issue Platinum Debit MasterCard cards to its general banking customers, Debit MasterCard BusinessCard for business clients and World Debit MasterCardcards for private banking clients. With this, Bremer business clients now have access to increased purchasing flexibility, convenience and safety for all their business-related expenses, as compared to cash or checks. Meanwhile, the World Debit MasterCard cardholders now have access to World.MasterCard.com and MasterCard MarketPlace Plus with enhanced built-in security features and MasterCard Purchase Assurance(R) coverage against theft protection for greater peace of mind when shopping.
American Express has announced the details of its upcoming gala
screening of The Twilight Saga: New Moon on Thursday, November 19th at
Toronto’s Winter Garden Theatre. Providing attendees with Canada’s first
showing of the movie, the screening is to feature guest appearances by
cast members and live performances by the Band of Skulls soundtrack
artists. The movie is to open the next day on November 20th. The event
is invitation-only and all seats will be given away by American Express
through a variety of promotions. American Express in Canada operates as
Amex Bank of Canada and Amex Canada and employs 3,700 Canadians
coast-to-coast while E1 Entertainment entertainment content owner
acquires film, television and music rights in more than 190 countries.
The ultimate Visa card is launching the “National Tour dâ Elegance.” Los Angeles-based Stratus Media Group says the tour will begin on “Fatherâs Day” in Beverly Hills. The “Stratus Rewards Visa White Card” is an invitation-only credit card that supports and enhances a premium lifestyle. “Stratus Rewards” offers private access to lifestyle entertainment such as VIP event access, luxury trips, private jet travel, luxury automobiles, high-end merchandise. Each city in the “Tour dâ Elegance” will feature at least three events: the Concours dâItaliano, honoring the design and engineering of Italian automobiles; the “American Classics Auto Show” and the “Concours dâ Elegance,” a judged event on the final day that features hundreds of the most prized collector automobiles in the world competing for the coveted “Best of Show” award. Additional festivities will include car club corrals, fashion shows, motorcycle exhibits, live entertainment, and an evening cocktail gala and social function benefiting a select charity.