Fathead officially licensed sports and entertainment graphics launched a Virtual Piggy youth-friendly payment system, now available to customers as a secure online payment option through Fathead.com. With a Virtual Piggy account, Fathead is able to create a safe, convenient shopping experience for children by giving parents the ability to control and monitor their child’s spending account. Under this parentally managed account, kids can freely browse and purchase their favorite Fathead products, while learning financial responsibility at the same time. Customers can create a free Virtual Piggy account by visiting Virtualpiggy.com.
Fathead.com now offers the eBillme purchasing options for the shoppers whom prefer to pay with cash. The eBillme platform lets shoppers choose the option at checkout and pay their bill through their online bank account or at one of over 75,000 walk-in locations. Every purchase made using eBillme offers buyer protection features, including satisfaction guarantee, best price, and fraud protection in addition to a cash-back rewards program for shoppers to earn up to 5 percent cash-back on purchases.
Los Angeles-based Smart SMS has appointing Layne Bednar, previously with Legend Locations as COO. At Legend, Bednar created and implemented custom database solutions, streamlined and designed all sales procedures, and was responsible for all Information Technology implementations, resulting in a revenue growth of over 30% in comparison to the previous year. From 1996 to 2003 he held a Sales Engineering and Territory Manager position with Harper and was the exclusive manufacturer’s representative for semiconductor manufacturers AMCC – Applied Micro Circuits Corporation, Atmel, Globespan DSL (now Conexant) and other manufacturers and was responsible for frontline concept and design sales of microprocessor and advanced memory semi-conductor technology solutions to the emerging smartcard, loyalty card, and bankcard industry. Bednar holds an Electronics Engineering Degree from Electronics Institutes in Harrisburg, PA. SmartSMSCorp is a mobile entertainment marketing and distribution company that specializes in market branding via text and MMS.
Budapest-based Euronet Worldwide has named Andrew Schmitt, Layne Christensen Company president and CEO, to its Board of Directors. Euronet offers outsourcing and consulting services, integrated EFT software, network gateways, and electronic top-up services to financial institutions, mobile operators and
retailers. The Company operates the largest independent pan-European ATM network, and is a leading provider of electronic distribution services, or top-up services, for prepaid mobile airtime and other prepaid services. The company has processing centers located in the U.S., Europe and Asia, and processes electronic top-up transactions at more than 83,000 points of sale across 37,000 retailers in Europe, Australia and the U.S.
Cleveland-based KeyCorp has signed contracts with 11 additional financial institutions in the state of New York to provide their respective customers and members with surcharge-free or surcharge-reduced access to Key’s network of ATMs.
Cleveland-based KeyCorp has signed agent contracts with nine additional financial institutions in the state of Ohio to provide surcharge-free or surcharge-reduced access to Key’s ATM network. Members of these institutions will be able to perform transactions using any of KeyCorp’s 528 ATMs with no additional fees. Keycorp also offers national and regional ATM access to banks, savings and loans, and credit unions, representing more than two million cardholders. KeyCorp is one of the largest bank-based financial services companies in the nation, with assets of $86 billion.