Identive Group identification, security and RFID launched its “tomPAY” radio frequency identification (RFID) peel & stick tag that allows payment card manufacturers to offer contactless payment capabilities using consumers’ existing mobile devices. Showcased at the NFC Solutions Summit in Burlingame, California, “tomPAY” is based on Identive’s “tom” (tag on metal) smart inlay technology and features a unique peel and stick form factor that allows it to be manufactured using the same processes as an ISO PVC card, and then popped out of the card and affixed to a mobile phone. It allows contactless mobile payments in compliance with MasterCard “PayPass” specifications and also can be used for loyalty or other schemes. Additionally, tomPAY can be adapted to support EMV-compliant (SDA/DDA) chips, opening new opportunities for card makers and issuers to provide their customers with an EMV-enabled tap-and-go experience.
Earthworks System recycled PVC sheets for the plastic card industry and plastic card recycling programs partnered Macy to provide a recyclable gift card program. Macy’s will be the first major department store to offer a recyclable gift card program, which partnered Earthworks System to keep millions of gift cards out of landfills. The Earthworks System Recyclable identifier will be imprinted on Macy’s gift cards to indicate it is made of Earthworks System approved recyclable material. Macy’s department store locations will collect spent gift cards for their return to Earthworks System where they will be reprocessed into printable sheet and re-sold to printers to make new cards.
The UK Point of Sale is now offering a collation service to its customers, allowing businesses to order sets of POS items to any of their stores.UK POS’s collation service now allows retailers to order point of sale items such as sets of double hook wires, hanging buttons and poster holders in bulk, and then have them collated by UK POS and delivered nationwide to a large number of stores, therefore reducing the amount of time spent organising deliveries by the customer. UK POS is continually adapting to changing market trends with its POS services and display systems.
Spartanics has made available to plastic card and nameplates manufacturers its “M250 Registration Shear.” Ensuring requirements for extremely accurate registration shearing at high speeds, the Spartanics “M250 Registration Shear” features accurate registration of +/- 0.002 inches (0.0508 mm); touch screen controls for rapid job set up and changeovers; production speeds up to 1200 cuts per hour; automatic stacking of cut parts; software to optimize scrap reduction; and versatile cutting stainless steel, aluminum, PVC or polycarbonates.
HP has announced the availability of HP rp5800 Retail System and HP Self-Service Kiosks, new technology solutions to help retailers engage with their customers and enhance the shopping experience at every customer touch point. The Retail System POS solution combines enhanced processing and functionality to meet the needs of even the most demanding retail environments. HP Self-Service Kiosks, featuring Virtual Sales Assistant software, provide customers with an interactive platform that offers information and personal assistance via crisp, 23- or 42-inch diagonal high-definition (HD)(1) touchscreens. The HP rp5800 also enables enhanced manageability and control for retailers through compliance with industry-leading manageability standards, including Intel AMT (Intel vPro), DASH, WMI and DMTF, and support for Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Windows Embedded POS Ready 2009 and Microsoft Windows XP operating systems. The HP rp5800 Retail System is ENERGY STAR 5.0 qualified, EPEAT Gold registered and free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
iCARD Systems is now providing its entirely paperless, plastic-free, and carbon neutral environmentally friendly Green iCARD” gift card solution through its Web site, http://green.clickit.icardgiftcard.com. With plastic gift cards account for 75 million pounds of discarded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) each year, the “Green iCARD” Gift Card is an emailable gift card, redeemed online for digital gift cards from more than 50 popular online retailers including Macy’s, Barnes & Noble, Overstock, Zappos, Sephora, Dick’s Sporting Goods and many more. Digital gift cards are typically a 19-digit code and four-digit PIN that the recipient can use online when completing their purchase online. Some retailers may also allow the codes to be used in physical stores.
Ceridian Stored Value Solutions (SVS) prepaid and gift card solutions provider has partnered to offer the Earthworks System’s “Recyclable Card Return Program” to prepaid and gift card customers. SVS will work with retailers, card manufacturers and Earthworks to create a circle of card recycling that is both sustainable and good for the environment by continually using returned cards to produce PVC sheets, which are used to produce more cards. A retailer need only communicate to SVS a desire to join the Earthworks “Recyclable Card Return Program.” Cards produced under the program will include an EarthworksÂ® Recyclable Content Identifier as an indication of program participation. The 100% recycled and recyclable PVC sheet material manufactured and marketed by Earthworks results from the companyâs EARTHWORKS SYSTEM, which involves the recovery and recycling of used cards into sheet material.
The UK POS Group is launching a “2010 World Cup POS” kit to help retailers maximise their World Cup promotions this summer. Offered at a special rate of GBP225 as a further incentive to encourage retailers to maximise sales during this event period, the pack includes A1 Pavement Signs; Two A1 Snap Frames; 10 A4 Snap Frames; 100 Shelf Talkers; 100 Wobbler Arms; 100 Suspended Ceiling Hangers; and 100 Extending Wire for ceiling posters. The promotion kit also includes some of UK POS’ leading products to maximize the use of space both inside and front of store. The kit provides retailers with the essential tools to fulfil all their PoS requirements and help guide customers through the store.
Secure ID card provider Datacard Group has announced the launch of the “Datacard SR200” and “SR300”
retransfer card printers designed for
full-color, over-the-edge printing in single- or dual-sided
applications that can be configured with an
optional laminator. The SR200 printer is ideal for single-sided applications. The SR300
printer offers dual-sided printing and also encodes smart card chips and
magnetic stripes. The optional laminator can apply DatacardÂ® topcoats or
DatacardÂ® DuraGardÂ® laminates to help extend card life and strengthen
card security. Both printers protect cards and ribbons with electronic
locks, and a security erase feature blocks out black text on used
ribbons to obscure cardholder data. Both printers process cards in landscape orientation to minimize
unwanted dye transfer. They also reproduce a wider color gamut than
competitive offerings, which improves image gradation, tonal
reproduction and image contrast.
Gemalto digital security has launched its bio-sourced degradable smart
card. Made from renewable material, the new card can be incinerated
without emissions of toxic fumes. This is in conjunction with the
Company’s introduction of its packaging made from recycled paper and
vegetable inks. The bio-sourced smart cards complement Gemalto’s
portfolio of eco-friendly cards, made from paper-based materials for
short-term use, the Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) and
Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol (PETG) based products, chlorine-free
alternatives to PVC cards. The company opted for non-chlorine polymers
in the late 1990’s and today is adopting material stemming from