Belly Launches Digital Loyalty Program

Belly digital loyalty program launched offers a unique value proposition for small and medium-sized businesses. Belly replaces traditional ‘buy 10 get one free’ punch cards with a unique loyalty platform that fit each businesses’ personality and connects consumers on a much more personalized level to the places they already love. The company is the first digital universal loyalty program of its kind, offering customers a single loyalty card, instead of a wallet-full and can be downloaded as an iPhone App or Android App. Belly is turning the businesses who use their platform into fans, too. As part of the 30-day, no commitment trial, Belly offers a quick-setup, plug-and-play loyalty platform that makes creating, offering and redeeming benefits as easy as the pie just smashed in the baker’s face.

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Chase Announces Winners in American Giving Awards

Let’s Get Ready (LGR), a non-profit organization that helps gain college access for low-income and first-generation high school students, is proud to announce its second place finish in the first-ever Chase American Giving Awards, hosted by the Emmy Award-Winning Bob Costas last Saturday on NBC. Out of the five finalists, LGR received the second highest amount of votes on the Chase American Giving Awards’ Facebook page, landing them $500,000 in grant money.

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TapBuy Technology Increases Conversion, Simplifies Checkout

TapBuy quick-checkout technology mobile apps now allows stores shoppers’ billing and shipping preferences, allowing them to check out from any supported app from any supported merchant with just a few taps. TheFind has already licensed TapBuy and launched it in the company’s iPhone comparison shopping app. TapBuy stores consumers’ billing and payment in a server-side wallet, so that consumers enter their personal information only once. TapBuy, available as a SDK for retailers, developers and shopping aggregators, is transparent to merchants and can be adapted easily to integrate with any retailer with an ecommerce website. TapBuy ultimately delivers a single consistent experience.

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Kum & Go Selects NCR C-Store Technology

NCR Corporation forged agreements with Kum & Go to implement its Radiant c-store technology within each of the retailer’s 400+ stores. Kum & Go, the fifth largest privately held, company-operated convenience store chain in the United States, chose the Radiant solution to manage a wide range of its business operations from one system, including fuel island, foodservice and multichannel marketing initiatives. NCR acquired Radiant Systems to host more than 100,000 POS installations worldwide. Customers include leading brands and venues in the restaurant and food service, sports and entertainment, petroleum and convenience and specialty retail markets.

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Broadcom Now GlobalPlatform observer member

GlobalPlatform announced that Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has joined the organization as an Observer Member. Broadcom is a leading supplier of some of the most ubiquitous wireless technologies in the world and currently ranks as the most innovative semiconductor company on the Fortune 500. It will bring a wealth of global experience in both hardware and software solutions across numerous business areas, including the mobile sector, to the organization and will support the industry in its mission to drive market adoption of harmonized industry standards.

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FleetCor Acquires Fuel Card Company

FleetCor Technologies fuel cards and specialized payment products to businesses acquired AllStar Business Solutions Limited from The Arval Group for GBP194 million (approximately $304 million). AllStar’s fuel cards permit fleet operators to provide their company drivers with a payment card to fuel their vehicles securely without having the need to pay with cash or personal credit cards. AllStar has approximately 40 thousand customers and about one million cardholders, a large portion of whom are small and medium sized enterprises. AllStar serves both business clients directly, and strategic partners like Arval leasing who in turn serve their customers. AllStar fuel cards are accepted by all U.K. major fuel brands, including the leading supermarket chains.

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Citibank Hungary Intros Internet Secure Code service

Citibank Hungary’s credit card holders have access to the free Internet Secure Code Service (3-D Secure technology) that greatly enhances the security of online purchases through participating merchant networks. Citi Life, Malév-Citibank and Shell-Citibank co-brand cardholders who subscribe to Citibank’s SMS Alert Service for monitoring card transactions have automated access to this free service. Participating online merchants are identified by “MasterCard Secure Code” and “Verified by VISA” on their website. Other cards in the Citibank portfolio will also be linked to this service in the next few months.

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ATM Card Growth Exponential in Coming Years

Bharatbook added a new report on ” ATM Cards in the Philippines ” for an overview, Demand, Supply Trends and industry analysis reports. The number of ATM cards in circulation exhibited strong growth in 2010, mainly because of innovation and extended application, as major operators developed a wide range of services that many consumers enjoy. Bancnet, Megalink and Expressnet, the traditional providers of ATM-only cards have developed ATMs that can pay for goods, loans, insurance, phone credits, tuition fees and utility bills. The newly developed ATMs also enable the cardholder to transfer funds. This offers a detailed picture of the ATM Transactions market; identify factors driving change; and offer five-year assessments on how the market is predicted to develop.

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Gemalto Facilitates Smart Card Micro-Banking

Gemalto digital security has made available to Financial Inclusion Network & Operations (FINO) customers micro-banking with its smart cards. FINO is a business and banking technology platform combined with extensive services delivery channel serving 42 million customers. More than half of India’s adults today are still not served or under-served by the finance sector1, creating an immense need for financial services to be made accessible to India’s 1.2 billion population. FINO’s transactions are validated using biometric authentication while end-user card transaction is approved after fingerprint information is verified through the payment terminal reading and the card embedded software processing at business correspondents of FINO. They move around by bicycle or motorbike to provide door step delivery of services, carrying a portable smartcard reader to help villagers with their everyday transactions.

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Monitise Projects 1H/12 Revenue Surge

Monitise mobile banking, payments and commerce networks worldwide to announce first-half revenues nearly three times higher than a year ago when it publishes its interim results in February. Revenues for the six months to 31 December 2011 are expected to be approximately £15m, compared with £5.3m in the same period a year ago. First-half FY 2012 revenue will also be higher than the £14m revenue generated in the entire 12 months to the end of June 2011. Profitability in live operations, which includes the UK, US and Global Accounts, is expected to show significant growth on levels achieved in the second half of 2011, which in turn grew strongly compared to the first half of last year. Gross margins are expected to be in line with the 62% generated in the first half of last year.

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