Chinese tourists are flocking to the Czech Republic and the transaction volume of UnionPay cards in the Czech Republic has achieved a year-on-year growth of over 100% in the first three quarters of this year. Over 90% of duty-free shops at Prague Airport, the biggest international airport in the Czech Republic, accept UnionPay cards.
American Express welcomes Emirates Skywards to the industry-leading Membership Rewards program, letting members transfer points into the Emirates Skywards program and redeem Skywards Miles for travel on one of the world’s leading airlines. To celebrate the relationship, American Express and Emirates will offer a limited time transfer bonus. Eligible Card Members in the U.S, U.K and France who transfer points to Emirates Skywards between November 8 and 21 will receive a 25% bonus. During this promotion, eligible Card Members can transfer as few as 60,000 Membership Rewards points to Emirates Skywards and book an Economy Class return ticket on Emirates between JFK and Dubai.*Reward flights are available to over 136 destinations on the Emirates network.
Mako Networks and Sprint teamed to add the Mako System to Sprint’s portfolio of solutions for retailers and distributed enterprises. U.S. customers can now purchase Mako’s solution integrated with Sprint’s wireless service to connect, protect, control and secure their data and payment transactions. The Mako System creates simple, secure PCI DSS compliant networks for distributed enterprises (multisite businesses), such as retail chains or franchises. With an easy-to-use cloud-based Central Management System (CMS), Mako allows administrators to manage the network connections at thousands of sites through a single Web interface, without jeopardizing their networks’ PCI-compliant status. The solution also includes built-in Wi-Fi and Mako Guardian content filtering and reporting, in addition to an array of other value-added features, including extensive 24×7 monitoring and alerts to help maintain network security.
NCR made available its “P1230” and “P1530” POS terminals with more processing power, higher reliability and ease-of-use all in an energy efficient and award winning design. NCR was recently honored by the Industrial Designers Society of America at the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) with a Silver Award for its work designing the 30 series point-of-sale terminal platform. Powered by Intel’s “Atom” D2700 Dual-Core high-performance processors and features such as passive cooling, LED displays and solid-state technology, the new terminals drive significant energy efficiency and reliability through lower power consumption. This increased processing power is complemented by the addition of up to 4GB of RAM, either a 16GB solid state SATA drive or an Intel® Solid-State Drive 320 Series 40GB solid state 2.5″ SATA drive.
Global payment services provider, DataCash, has added to its portfolio of international airline customers with Volotea, a European airline specialising in connecting small and mid-sized European cities with non-stop direct flights at competitive prices. Implementing DataCash will help it manage its international payment processing which will allow customers from any geographical location to book flights to any of Volotea’s 52 European destinations. For this, DataCash has deployed its “Global Payments Gateway” which will provide Volotea multi-currency bank card processing and online transaction security technology, 3-D Secure, with more services to follow.
YESpay International announced its “EMBOSS” payment gateway has reached a new operational record of 2 years of uninterrupted service providing 100% availability of credit and debit card authorization processing. Offered as a SaaS (Software as a Service) model, the key to the success of YESpay’s fully EMV Chip & PIN, PCI-DSS (Level 1) and PA-DSS certified EMBOSS payment service is its unique ‘Cloud A2 computing architecture’, which delivers its reliability, security and service quality. YESpay is utilizing the cloud computing revolution to impart a fully resilient and “ready for future” payment services to its customers helping them adapt and excel in the ever changing card payment market scenario.
VeriFone has acquired the assets of WAY Systems mobile POS solutions and gateway services for an upfront payment of $6 million dollars and an earn-out payable in one year of up to an additional $3 million dollars should certain performance targets be met. Providing POS solutions and gateway services for mobile merchants WAY has built up a customer base of more than 25,000 mobile merchants over the past 5 years. VeriFone will immediately take over support of these merchants within its expanding PAYware Connect Gateway infrastructure. Additionally, VeriFone will offer continuous non-stop support for all existing WAY mobile systems, bolstered by VeriFoneâs extensive mobile portfolio, including PAYware Mobile and VX Evolution secure payment systems.
The San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter is offering guests a $25 VISA gift card per room, per night for up to two nights with the special Great Weekend package now through September 6, 2010, when they pay with their VISA Card. Guests at the San Antonio River Walk accommodations will find stylishly appointed guests rooms and fine amenities that make the hotel a popular choice for visitors to nearby SeaWorld, The Alamo, and the San Antonio Convention Center. Guests will also enjoy the on-site DASA spa, complimentary coffee and tea in-room, expert River Walk hotel staff to help coordinate activities and events, plus a full array of guest services, from babysitting to valet dry-cleaning. This limited-time offer is just one of Marriott’s many hotel deals on the River Walk in San Antonio, TX.
Merchant Warehouse merchant accounts and credit
card processing solution provider will be showcasing the companyâs innovative
“Pay @ The Table” with “BINsmart” solution at the annual National Restaurant
Association Show 2010 in Chicago.
The “BINsmart” solution is a cost-saving technology that
helps small and mid-sized merchants maximize the value of every sale by
reducing their overall payment processing costs. BINsmart helps
merchants process transactions at the lowest possible cost by
automatically identifying the card type being used in the transaction,
and prompting the merchant for additional information or for a PIN
number for debit cards. Merchant Warehouse recently
integrated this technology with “Pay @ the Table” terminals, secure
wireless payment devices that bring payment to the customer in a fast,
efficient and secure manner, allowing customers to pay with credit and
debit cards at their table. Restaurant merchants can improve both the
customer experience and their operational costs, by turning tables more
quickly and creating more waitstaff efficiencies.
Cornell-Mayo Associates have released its full suite of back office retail solutions on the iPad as part of its overall mobile strategy. With this, all CM’s
software is available on the iPod touch and iPhone, including its “Omniexpress” POS solution on the iPod touch, complete with scanner and magnetic stripe
reader. iPad orders could exceed six million units if Apple can keep up with demand and ow with CMAâs entire suite of software available, retailers can
enjoy tangible benefits far beyond the mere âcool factorâ of the iPad. The software provides real-time in-store reporting and management over store
operations while the “Clientsmart” clienteling solution provides customer database accessible in all business channels and extensive information about
customers with flexible queries available at the POS.
Virgin America and Barclaycard US,have launched the co-branded “Virgin America Visa Signature Card”. The Virgin America ‘Absurdly Simple’ Visa Signature Card rewards
cardholders with triple Elevate points on all Virgin America purchases,
enabling them to quickly earn free travel on the airline. As a special bonus, customers who apply by Nov. 30, 2008 will have an
opportunity to earn a free one-way ticket*. Once guests are approved and
use their card they can earn bonus Elevate points after their first
purchase and bonus points for balance transfers. Members can use their card
to earn three points for every $1 spent on Virgin America flights and on
all purchases, such as films, snacks, and cocktails on the airline’s RED
in-flight entertainment system. Members will also rack up points for all
other purchases at the rate of one point for every dollar spent. Consumers can pre-register for the card on the Virgin
America Web site. Cardholders can
start earning points on Virgin America’s first-of-its-kind no black-out
date loyalty program, Elevate, beginning Oct. 23.
American Express has announced the “2008 Membership Rewards Program” partner lineup, including new additions. Among the news additions is the Wynn Las Vegas resort, Air Tahiti Nui, West Elm, Legal Sea Food, Forth Wall Restaurants, U.S. Golf Association Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and The Peninsula Hotels. The additional 140 partners span various sectors allowing for AmEx point redemption in a wide selection of reward categories, including organizations such as Airlines, Car Rentals, Railway, Charities, Dining, Entertainment, Financial Services, Hotels, Merchandise, Retail, Sports and Adventure.