Ukash announced its latest expansion with its partnership with the Touch network, available at 10,000 chain and independent merchants. Touch has developed a range of transaction systems to support the banking, retail, telecommunications and government sectors across Europe and in Asia Pacific. It has established a strong network of outlets for its point of sale terminals in Australia, enabling consumers to purchase a wide range of electronic products. By adding the availability of Ukash voucher codes from its terminals, Touch founder, Keith Cleeve, believes merchants will see an increase in footfall throughout their stores. Ukash enables consumers to use cash to pay safely and conveniently online by exchanging notes and coins for a unique 19 digit code. Available for use across a variety of sectors, including shopping, gift cards, games, poker and bingo, Ukash is used to pay directly on thousands of websites worldwide.
Fiserv, Inc. this morning announced that Associated Bank has expanded its mobile banking and payment capabilities and added a tablet banking app with Mobiliti from Fiserv. These changes are in response to customers’ desire to conduct more banking activities via their smartphones and tablets. With the addition of mobile remote deposit capture, branded by the bank as Associated SnapDeposi, customers can now deposit checks by snapping photos with their smartphone camera, while the addition of Popmoney(R) enables them to initiate and accept person-to-person payments directly from their phone. These capabilities are also available in the bank’s new tablet app.
FIS banking and payments technology is set to showcase at the BAI Retail Delivery Conference its Mobile Wallet with Cardless Cash Access. This allows users to not only pay using their smart phones, but also withdraw money from an ATM from a mobile device. It also will showcase its newest touch-enabled customer interaction solution, FIS TouchPoint Connect suite, integrated with the Microsoft platform to offer best-in-class, branch of the future capabilities that help financial institutions bridge the gap between the traditional branch and the evolving branch model. TouchPoint Connect’s highly intuitive, touch-enabled interface brings a new dimension to the branch with its customer facing user interface that can be deployed as a kiosk or tablet solution. After authenticating the customer via an ATM/Debit card, online banking ID, or QR code, TouchPoint Connect enables customers to view account summary and detailed account information, receive and act on targeted offers, and perform self-service functions such as check orders, address change, funds transfer, lost card, and stop payments.
Sprint announced the availability of Pinsight Touch open platform for securely storing and accessing credentials on a mobile device. Pinsight Touch offers a direct path for credential issuers to enable their own branded applications with NFC and to share secured access to those credentials with other trusted applications, creating opportunities for increased distribution and wallet share. Sprint has joined forces with Sequent, leveraging their technology platform to make it easy for application developers to add NFC functionality into the branded mobile applications consumers already use. To further support growing the value of issuer and merchant mobile applications, Sprint has tied-in Pinsight Media+, which incorporates a suite of media tools into the Pinsight Touch program which can assist issuers and merchants in driving the discoverability of their mobile applications and maximizing customer acquisition.
Fiserv launched its “Mobiliti: Tablet,” a turnkey ASP solution tailored for tablet users. With more than 100 banks and credit unions already committed to deploy the solution, “Mobiliti: Tablet” provides a functional, quick to market tablet banking capability. The downloadable application for iPad(R) and iPad mini provides users with access to their accounts in an interactive, touch-enabled format. Capabilities include bill payments, person-to-person payments, mobile deposit, an ATM and branch locator and built-in calendar and calculator functions. It also integrates with online banking solutions from Fiserv and the Popmoney(R) person-to-person payments solution, providing users with full access to digital banking functionality and social payment transactions. A downloadable application for Android(TM) tablets will be available in 2014.
Square announced new features for its iPad POS through its “Register” app for iPad. The app streamlines checkout, tracks sales, and makes it easy for businesses to communicate with customers on their mobile phones. The company also introduced “Card Case” for iPhone and Android users to explore local businesses; view menus; track and store digital receipts; and open digital tabs to make instant, effortless purchases. Square “Register” replaces cash registers with a full featured, touch-enabled POS and checkout solution. Meanwhile, “Card Case” on the Square app for iPhone and Android lets customers access Directory and Menus, and open Tabs at their favorite merchants, making purchasing instant.
Sureworks is now seeking beta sites for its “Checkout” POS system, designed to help retail owners avoid cash outlays. Allowing users to tracks sales, manage inventory and enhances customer service, Sureworks “Checkout” will be offered as a service at subscription pricing, delivering all of the functionality of a standard, on-site POS application at minimal cash outlay. It also runs on Windows, Mac & Linux; Works Online & Offline; is 100% Touch-enabled; and offers ultimate Ease of Navigation. The Sureworks POS software development company develops state-of-the-art, intuitive Smart applications.
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.
HP has introduced the “HP ap5000” touch-enabled POS
system. The “HP ap5000” All-in-One POS System features a
self-contained combination of products that removes the guesswork for
retailers wanting to create a comprehensive POS hardware solution. The
compact system maximizes work space and includes a central processing
unit, touch-enabled display, magnetic stripe reader and either a
two-line customer display or a 10.4-inch LCD customer display to enhance
promotional activities. The high-performance “HP ap5000” is built to handle the rigorous demands
of retail environments. Its space-saving design requires only one power
outlet, reducing cable clutter and making it ideal for retailers
requiring a sleek design for customer-facing areas, such as hospitality
and specialty retail environments.
Pathmark is deploying the Pay By Touch biometric payment solution in some of 141 supermarkets. Under the agreement, Pathmark plans to test the Pay By Touch service prior to a larger rollout. Once enrolled, shoppers simply place a finger on a scanner at the point of sale and enter their phone number. After the shopper is recognized by name the transaction is debited from his or her checking account. Pathmark stores are primarily in the New York-New Jersey and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. Pay By Touch has more than 2.3 million shoppers using biometric authentication products and services at 2,000+ locations coast to coast.
North Carolina-based Harris Teeter, the 40th largest supermarket in the USA, is deploying Pay By Touch’s biometric payment service.Shoppers can use Pay By Touch after a quick one-time sign-up at a special kiosk located in Harris Teeter stores, or online at www.paybytouch.com. Signing up is simple and consists of providing identification, a voided check, a VIC card, and a finger scan. No one sees the account number, or the payment method used to make purchases, and no one can access an account without a finger scan and a seven-digit number, usually a phone number.
Integrated debit at the point of sale in Canada has become a reality. Shift4 Corporation has added the processing of Canadian debit PIN pad transactions into its “$$$ ON THE NET” Web-based e-payment gateway solution. Shift4, in conjunction with its partner Retail Technologies International, has already installed its new Canadian PIN pad debit solution in some Canadian retail outlets, including Niagara Parks Commission and Build-A-Bear Workshop. “$$$ ON THE NET” also includes a comprehensive accounting application that provides the ability to report, review and correct transactions before settlement, as well
as archive and retrieve them to assist with charge back requests.