Ariba Network Partners to Expand

Ariba announced that it is joining forces with Thomas Industrial Network to connect more buyers and sellers around more commerce in the fast-growing category of industrial MRO. Under the terms of a newly-formed partnership, Thomas Industrial Network (ThomasNet.com), an online division of Thomas Publishing Company that provides procurement professionals, engineers, and plant and facilities management with access to the detailed information needed to make purchasing or specifying decisions, will offer services to enable the more than 650,000 suppliers that it currently supports to do business on the Ariba® Network. Ariba, in turn, will automatically match the capabilities of Thomas’ suppliers to the requirements of Ariba buyers and provide a common platform through which they can connect and transact business.

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NCR Unveils Cloud-Based POS at NRF 2012

NCR Corporation unveiled the first cloud-based POS software platform that enables independent retailers to manage transactions, track sales and inventory, process credit cards and market to customers on both POS touchscreen terminals and Apple mobile devices. Widely available early spring, retailers will be able to download the application directly from Apple iTunes to an iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone, or leverage a pre-configured NCR POS terminal. An optional integrated barcode scanner and a magnetic stripe reader that enables secure, integrated credit card processing with end-to-end encryption can also be added to the Apple device.

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Wincor Nixdorf Expands POS Folio

Wincor Nixdorf has further developed the technology of its Beetle POS portfolio for international retail companies and added new systems to the highly successful product portfolio. The BEETLE portfolio expansion reflects Wincor Nixdorf’s ongoing goal to grow in the traditional POS market by addressing new market segments, and the implementation of new technologies to improve overall system performance and manageability while reducing power consumption. Wincor Nixdorf’s BEETLE /iPRINT is the first POS system concept based on the latest energy-saving Intel Atom processor technology and a powerful POS printer. Designed for longevity and low operating costs, this model will contribute to further cutting the IT expenditure of a POS system. The new BEETLE/Express is designed as a space saving all-in-one POS system based on a 10.4-inch LCD touch screen and Intel Atom processor technology.

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ACI Worldwide partners USFSG For Interchange Fee Consultancy

ACI Worldwide payment systems partnered with US Financial Services Group (USFSG) to offer consultancy services to ACI’s retail customers to help them reduce the costs involved in accepting card payments. USFSG is a professional services and consulting group that engages with many of the largest companies in America to assist in reducing merchant credit and debit card processing expenses. This partnership will enable USFSG to deliver tailored services and consultancy to ACI’s customers and, in turn, will have a deeper knowledge of ACI’s technology when giving recommendations to other clients about how to manage their payments processing expenses.

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PayEx and Accumulate Expand with telco m-payments

4T the joint venture company, including all Swedish mobile network operators, Telia, Tele2, Telenor and 3 has decided to base their mobile wallet service on services and technology from PayEx and Accumulate. The mobile wallet service will be the same from all of operators giving the end users the same payment options and look and feel independant of operator used. This also easen the situation when/if a user wants to change service provider, though the mobile wallet service remains and don’t need to be changed. The mobile payment service will be an alternative for cash and card payments and will cover POS including NFC when available, online, P2P and man to man.

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MoneyGram Launches Site to Help Consumers Avoid Scams

MoneyGram global money transfer issued a warning about a “mystery shopper” scam that can defraud unsuspecting consumers out of thousands of dollars. The company is placing an aggressive effort toward educating both consumers and its network of agents about the potential for this type of fraud, and signs to recognize and help prevent occurrences before they happen. To avoid scams, consumers are advised to discard money-making offers from any companies that contact them unsolicited. As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to protect consumers from wire transfer fraud, MoneyGram recently launched an enhanced version of its fraud prevention website – www.moneygram-preventfraud.com.

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NCR Expands Predictive Service to POS

NCR Corporation announced NCR Predictive Services offer for assisted- and self-service technologies is now available for its “RealPOS” terminals. The NCR Predictive Services predicts failures before they happen enabling resolution before a device fails and faster resolution of device issues. Already available on self-checkout devices, NCR Predictive Services drives greater terminal availability in stores at peak times and can save thousands of hours in downtime, improving store productivity and customer experience. NCR Predictive Services works through a software agent on each NCR device, which gathers a wide variety of operational data, which is then analyzed by NCR’s unique business intelligence software and processes that leverage the NCR Services data warehouse, which maintains operational data from more than 2 million consumer points of service and 12 million annual service actions around the world.

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U.S. Credit Card ABS Eeks Up Marginally From November

[ihc-hide-content ihc_mb_type=”show” ihc_mb_who=”0″ ihc_mb_template=”1″] Delinquencies and chargeoffs remained low in December, but still showed marginal growth from November. Compared to 18 months ago when performance only just begun to ease off all time record highs, current losses have been reduced by half and now stand at 5.64%, down from the year ago figure of 8.99%…

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NCR Launches High Capacity POS Terminal

NCR Corporation announced the NCR RealPOS 82XRT POS terminal that delivers more processing power, scalability and systems management to the point of service. Fueled by Intel’s® second-generation Core™ high-performance processors, the new workstation will enable retailers to serve shoppers faster and deliver rich, multimedia content at the point-of-sale to help boost sales and service levels. This increased processing power is complemented by the addition of Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 on select models, which automatically reallocates core and graphics processor resources to accelerate performance, giving users an immediate performance boost when needed. Available from NCR directly and via indirect partners who are part of the NCR Interact Global Partner Program, the NCR RealPOS 82XRT supports multiple operating systems, including Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional, Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional, Microsoft® Windows® Embedded POSReady 7 and Microsoft® Windows® Embedded POSReady 2009, and SUSE® Linux® Enterprise Point of Service 11.

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ScanSource Announces Executive Promotions

ScanSource value-added distributor of specialty technology products promoted Paul Constantin president of ScanSource POS/Barcoding North America and Tony Sorrentino president of ScanSource Security North America. Constantine most recently served as VP, merchandising for ScanSource Security and has more than 17 years of technology distribution experience, including six years in the POS/Barcoding business unit. This after having served as VP, solutions and services at ScanSource. He most recently served as vice president of sales for ScanSource Security and has been with the Security business since its inception in 2004. Sorrentino has more than 12 years of technology distribution experience and previously served as VP, merchandising for ScanSource Security and Director of Merchandising for ScanSource POS/Barcoding.

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U.S. Bank and American Express Partner to Promote Economic Growth

American Express and U.S. Bank, the lead bank of U.S. Bancorp, have joined forces to spur business growth in economically challenged communities and provide jobs for at least 3,000 workers. U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation (USBCDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of U.S. Bank, arranged and will manage a $74 million New Markets Tax Credit fund for American Express. The fund has provided capital for the construction and operation of 11 real estate developments and operating businesses throughout seven southern and western states including Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The projects are anticipated to directly produce more than 1,600 construction jobs, increase the sustainability of 100 jobs and create more than 1,300 full-time positions.

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Agilysys and Modiv Media Partner to Accelerate mCommerce Adoption

Agilysys proprietary enterprise software, services and solutions to the hospitality and retail industries, and Modiv Media, the leading mobile shopper marketing company, announced a partnership to deliver in-store mobile shopping solutions to grocers nationwide. The partnership enables grocers to enhance the shopping experience through the use and integration of mobile technologies, personalized offers, coupon targeting, mobile self-checkout, mobile payment and rapid integration with IBM point-of-sale (POS) systems. As the foundation of its mobile commerce efforts, Modiv Media enables Agilysys to bring an industry-proven solution to its large base of retailers.

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