Sport Chalet and First Bankcard have teamed up to launch a new Sport Chalet MasterCard® that allows customers to earn more rewards and, in select stores, receive their card instantly. Initially, three of Sport Chalet’s California stores ” La Cañada Flintridge, Torrance and Pleasanton ” will feature a new technology platform that allows an actual card to be instantly produced for customers who are approved on the spot at the store. The other stores will all have instant credit available, which means customers can apply, be approved and begin shopping at Sport Chalet prior to receiving their card in the mail. The instant issuance technology is expected to be rolled out to other Sport Chalet stores in 2014.
Barclays has launched a U.S. version of its popular “Miles & More” program. “Miles & More,” the frequent flyer program of Lufthansa, is Europe’s largest frequent flyer program. The new card combines the spending power and amenities of a “Barclays World MasterCard” with the benefits of “Miles & More.” The card is available with either a $59 annual fee for the standard program or $79 annual for the “Premier” program. The standard program offers 15,000 bonus miles after the first purchase; no mileage expiration; the ability to earn up to 10,000 additional bonus miles for balance transfers; and one mile for every dollar spent on all purchases. The “Premier” program offers 20,000 bonus miles after the first purchase; the ability to earn up to 15,000 additional bonus miles for balance transfers; two miles for every dollar spent on any Lufthansa or other “Miles & More” integrated airline partner ticket purchase; and one mile for every dollar spent on all other purchases.
Denver-based IP Commerce is offering payment services powered by PayPal to help small businesses streamline their accounting processes and better manage cash flows. These PayPal services include an email invoicing solution in “PASS Commerce Center” and a “Sales Ticker,” as part of the “PASS Gadget” which can be placed in the “Windows Vista” sidebar. The new services for SMBs are now available in the “PASS Commerce Center.” The solutions leverage IP Commerce’s “IP Payments Framework,” a single platform that provides the framework to enable disparate applications and services to communicate. PayPal’s technology allows small businesses to create and send their customers payment-enabled invoices over email using the “PASS Email Invoicing” service. The invoices include an encrypted payment button that is embedded into the invoice, allowing small businesses to accept payment through their PayPal accounts. The “Sales Ticker” allows PayPal small business users to add an active desktop icon that receives and alerts them to incoming PayPal payments in real-time, without the need to login to their PayPal accounts.
Denver-based IP Commerce announced that AmbironTrustWave will deliver data security services and technologies through the “Payments as a Secure Service” Commerce Center. As part of this agreement, AmbironTrustWave has joined the growing number of commerce organizations working together to deliver commerce services as part of the PASS Consortium. PASS enables business users to perform a wide variety of commerce activities securely from their Windows Vista desktop.Created by IP Commerce, PASS Consortium is comprised of financial institutions and payment service providers working together to promote secure and efficient open financial transactions by leveraging IP Commerce’s IP Payments Framework and Windows Vista operating system. Additional members include: BankServ, Chase Paymentech, CIT Group, Inc., Internet Commerce Corporation, and PayPal. AmbironTrustWave is a global provider of information security and compliance management solutions to businesses and the public sector.
Denver-based IP Commerce and the PASS Consortium have launched the “PASS Commerce Center” for small businesses using “Windows Vista Business” offering credit card processing via Chase Paymentech; financing, including payment protection, small business loans and equipment financing via CIT; remote check deposit service via Banserv; and payment-enabled invoices and online payments vis PayPal. “PASS Commerce Center” services are powered by “IP Payments Framework” from IP Commerce. “IPPF” is a single platform that provides the framework to enable disparate payment applications and services to communicate. “PASS Commerce Center” contains two complementary elements to provide a holistic financial management experience, “PASS Cash Management Center” and the “PASS Gadget.”
IP Commerce, BankServ, SWIFT, Chase Paymentech, CIT Group, Internet Commerce Corporation, PayPal and Pay By Touch have teamed to create and deploy a software infrastructure which will enable small businesses to complete financial transactions as secure services from a desktop PC. The “PASS” (Payments as a Secure Service) consortium will enable small businesses using “Windows Vista” to perform secure financial transactions over the Internet, creating new revenue models and payment abilities for thousands of small businesses throughout the U.S. Currently, small businesses interface with credit card companies and financial services firms in the financial ecosystem through highly proprietary relationships based on one-to-one technology connections. “PASS” redefines this relationship by enabling Independent Software Vendors, System Integrators and Value-Added Resellers to create service-oriented financial management solutions in software applications fulfilled by best-in-class providers through a single service provisioning system.