Alliance Data Inks Private Label Credit Card Program Agreement

Zale Corporation has signed a new, multi-year private label credit card program agreement with Alliance Data Systems Corporation. Through its Comenity Capital Bank (“CCB”) subsidiary, Alliance will provide private label credit cards to customers of Zale in the United States. Following the completion of program implementation during the first half of fiscal 2014, Zale will begin to receive benefit from Alliance Data’s extensive marketing, analytical and technical services. For each of Zale’s U.S. brands, Alliance Data will provide proven marketing and database capabilities, sophisticated analytics and a suite of omnichannel marketing tools designed to generate sales and extend brand affinity. Alliance Data will also provide a portfolio of innovative tablet and mobile marketing solutions for fine jewelry that are designed to optimize cardholder acquisition and retention. In addition, Zale will receive a commencement payment in July 2013 from CCB.

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Square Available in Apple and Best Buy stores

Square announced the public availability of Square Stand, Square’s beautiful hardware that helps brick and mortar businesses turn an iPad into a complete point of sale. Square Stand”and third party accessories, like a cash drawer, receipt printer, and barcode scanner”is now available online via squareup.com/stand, with purchases shipping this week to customers who placed pre-orders. Starting today, customers will also now be able to purchase Square Stand in Apple retail stores and Best Buy stores across the U.S. With local businesses increasingly tearing out their old point of sale systems to run Square Register, the free point of sale application, Square Stand gives merchants a beautiful, secure, and reliable way to manage and grow their business, all for $299.

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Accenture Introduces Accelerated R&D Services

Accenture launched its Accelerated R&D Services, a business service focused on delivering streamlined and integrated research and development (R&D) functions that will help pharmaceutical companies bring new medications to patients using a more collaborative and efficient approach. Accenture is investing more than $200 million to deliver this fully-integrated, technology-enabled global business service that will drive more efficient and effective development of pharmaceutical products for clients. Accelerated R&D Services will leverage capabilities of the cloud, mobility and analytics to deliver integrated functions across clinical development, regulatory submissions, pharmacovigilance and market launch predicated on delivering better patient outcomes. Accelerated R&D Services helps life sciences companies bring drugs to market faster, at less cost and with reduced execution risks using a pay-for-performance business model for business process outsourcing.

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Virtual Piggy Partners Claires.com

Virtual Piggy integrated its youth-friendly payment system with Claire’s Stores, Inc. ecommerce website at www.claires.com. With over 1,500 stores in approximately 90% of all major U.S. shopping malls and in 35 countries outside of the U.S. Claire’s is a world-leading retailer of jewelry and accessories for young women, teens, tweens and girls. Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 18 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within the boundaries setup by parents.

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Tsys Secures EMV Certification

Tsys successfully achieved Europay/MasterCard/Visa (EMV) payment processing certification. This certification signifies that all TSYS processing platforms have achieved the card brands’ mandated requirement that acquirer processors be able to process EMV chip-based contact, contactless and mobile transactions. TSYS passed extensive test parameters on its payment processing platforms for each card brand. EMV provides another layer of protection against the use of counterfeit, lost, or stolen payment cards and also against skimming. Issuers, merchants, and consumers as well as acquirers/processors all benefit from EMV.

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Allied Wallet Officially a MasterCard Principal Member

Allied Wallet online credit card processing, multi-currency merchant services, state-of-the-art payment processing, digital eWallet solutions, software development, and a PCI Level 1 payment gateway, has recently been deemed a Principal Member of MasterCard. Now an official member of MasterCard as an acquirer, Allied Wallet has been given its own MasterCard BIN, Bank Identification Number and can now assign MIDs, Merchant Identification Numbers, to merchants at even lower discount rates. Merchant and customer transactions will all be monitored and protected under Allied Wallet’s in-house, PCI Level 1 Security.

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Commerce Trust Company Introduces World Elite MasterCard

The Commerce Trust Company, in conjunction with Commerce Bank, is offering its clients greater flexibility and security for their purchases at international locations by adding the new World Elite MasterCard® product to its private banking card portfolio. The chip-enabled World Elite MasterCard offers private banking clients improved ease of use when travelling internationally, no foreign transaction fees, and enhanced reward options. The World Elite MasterCard has no preset spending limit and provides cardholders with airport lounge club membership, one-day card replacement delivery to U.S. and global destinations* for lost or stolen cards, and a dedicated 24/7 customer service line and enhanced servicing.

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payvia Partners Mobile-XL on mPayment Solution

payvia direct carrier billing mobile payments partnered to integrate its mobile payments technology with Mobile-XL, whose feature phone browsing platform provides access to digital services such as Facebook, Twitter, email, news, sports and games for millions of people in Africa and India. Mobile-XL browsers use SMS as a data channel, creating an innovative solution that gives feature phone users access to a wide range of digital content. By adding payvia’s mobile checkout into services on the Mobile-XL browser, the partnership will let consumers purchase digital goods and services with two-click payments made from their prepaid carrier airtime. This means that millions of feature phone users will have a fast and secure way to transact across services like social media, communications, news and games, without requiring a bank account or credit card.

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Izyi Payments Startup Raises $1.4mm

iyzi Payments announce that they received Series A investment of 1.4 million US dollars. iyzi Payments will use the investment to accelerate the company’s growth in Turkey. iyzi Payments was founded in 2012 with the vision of becoming the leading payment service provider in Turkey. iyzi Payments launched its first product iyzico in April 2013, bringing a completely new and easy approach to implementing card payments for eCommerce companies. With iyzico merchants can host their payment solution themselves and still be PCI-compliant. To customize the payment process, a library of ready-made widgets is available, which can be adapted to the merchant’s own specifications in a fully flexible manner. With iyzico, iyzipayments is taking cutting edge solutions similar to Stripe to the booming Turkish eCommerce market.

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BPC Banking Names Director of Sales

BPC Banking Technologies Open System payment solutions announced Brian Hadaway as the Director of Sales. Brian has held management and executive sales positions within the banking and financial services industry, and has extensive experience in enterprise payment systems and processing environments. He spent over 13 years in a management role at North Dallas Bank &Trust in Dallas, TX. Before joining BPC, Brian served as senior account manager at Mosaic Software, S1 and ACI Worldwide.

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ROAM mPOS Announces Facility Expansion

ROAM, an Ingenico mobile commerce platform provider, expanded its Boston headquarters, from 12,000 to 20,000 square feet, in order to accommodate its rapidly growing team. The firm doubled in size over the past year and currently employs 100+ professionals, with plans to hire an additional 50 employees by the end of 2013, primarily for engineering roles. For a full list of open positions, visit http://www.roamdata.com/careers. ROAM’s business has grown swiftly due to ramping worldwide demand for mobile POS solutions, which provide consumers with convenience and merchants with incremental revenue.

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Infinite Peripherals Aids Retailer iPad Adoption

Leading mobile point-of-sale (POS) device provider Infinite Peripherals, Inc. (IPC) introduced the Infinea Tab 4 for the iPad with Apple Lightning connector to support retailer mobile POS adoption. The latest MFi-certified device from IPC – which already has more than 250,000 mobile POS devices in use nationwide – is compatible with the Apple iPad 4. With tablet POS adoption rates increasing among retailers of all sizes, the Infinea Tab 4 presents an improved design and even faster scanning capabilities that are in demand to deliver the Apple-inspired in-store customer experience and improved inventory management. The Infinea Tab 4 with Lightning connector adds a 1D or 2D barcode scanner and magnetic stripe reader to an Apple iPad 4 so retail associates can conduct customer checkout from anywhere in the store, eliminating consumer wait times in line. With optional Bluetooth® and RFID readers, the new Infinea Tab 4 completes transactions even faster with a more streamlined handheld unit.

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