First Data Launches OfferWise Solution for Merchants

First Data Corporation electronic commerce and payment processing announced the extension of the First Data “OfferWise” solution to all offer publishers and the first wave of First Data’s network of more than four million U.S. merchant locations. Over 500,000 merchant locations are now enabled to leverage the OfferWise solution for customized offers programs and other electronic incentive solutions, with more than 100 publishers using the platform to develop innovative, card-linked services. This same group of First Data merchants generated tens of billions of dollars in transaction volume at the POS both online and in-store in 2011. The open platform simplifies the offer redemption process and creation of card-linked services for consumers and merchants. It allows offer publishers or application developers to electronically attach offers such as deals, eCoupons and loyalty programs to one or more of a consumer’s payment cards or mobile wallet to enable streamlined and automatic redemption of the offer at the point of sale.

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PowerPay Allows Mobile Devices to Function as POS

AppCharge payment technology allows any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and many Android devices to function as a terminal, giving merchants the opportunity to accept credit cards virtually anywhere. Available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play, AppCharge features easy to use technology that’s supported by round the clock technical service, making it easy for merchants to process payments in real time at a trade show, at home, or anywhere business can be conducted.

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Payment Alliance Partners Panoptic on PCI compliance

Payment Alliance International (PAI) electronic payment processing and Panoptic Security Qualified Security Assessor for PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) compliance programs forged a strategic partnership to provide PAI merchants with access to an online PCI compliance portal. Panoptic’s ExpertPCI solution has been integrated into the PAI Secure program, PAI’s industry-leading PCI compliance and indemnification program, where participating merchants can now complete their PCI industry-mandated Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQs) and Network IP Scans online by using a guided step-by-step SAQ wizard.

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Discover Joins Multos Promotional Consortium

The Multos Consortium announced Discover Financial Services, in partnership with Diners Club International, has joined its organization. The MULTOS Consortium is a group of international blue chip organisations responsible for the promotion and development of the MULTOS specifications. With this, Discover will participate in the MULTOS Business and Technical Advisory Groups, allowing them to play a prominent role in the development and growth of MULTOS.

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SAC FCU Implements Fiserv Acumen Platform

Fiserv announced that SAC Federal Credit Union has chosen to implement its “Acumen” account processing solution, along with its “Nautilus” for document imaging, “Prologue” Financial Accounting Services, “AML” Manager for anti-money laundering detection and reporting, “WireXchange” and solutions for ATM processing from Fiserv. SAC FCU is the largest credit union in Nebraska. Over the past several years, the credit union has grown rapidly and is now serving more than 70,000 members through a variety of channels, including 20 locations in eight counties. The credit union selected Acumen to provide the technology foundation for the credit union’s information infrastructure in order to improve efficiency, facilitate the delivery of new services and provide a superior experience to its members. Acumen is the newest choice in account processing for credit unions from Fiserv and features an open architecture, advanced functionality and superior ease of use, plus the ability to cost-effectively scale as credit unions grow.

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Square Deploys New Loyalty Features

Square launched new features today for Square Register and Pay with Square that further deepen the relationship between buyers and sellers. Square allows business owners to create rewards programs that both attract new customers and make existing customers return, again and again. With more than two million individuals and businesses able to accept credit card payments with Square across the United States, Square is focused on providing the tools people need to grow and manage businesses. Square Register users are five times more active on a weekly basis than Square Card Reader users and they process approximately 2x more revenue. Square’s latest offering will allow participating merchants to give regular customers VIP treatment starting with the first visit. Customers will be able to store cards from their favorite Square businesses and keep track of progress towards rewards.

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Citi & Planet Payments Offer Merchants Multi-Currency POS Option

Citibank (Hong Kong) and Planet Payment multi-currency payment processor partnered to offer Planet Payment’s ‘Pay in Your Currency’ service to Citibank’s portfolio of merchants in Hong Kong and Macau. This offers customers the convenience of paying in their home currency at the point-of-sale, for which they are presented with a receipt or a terminal device which displays the transaction amounts in the merchant’s local currency and their home currency, together with the exchange rate and other service details. The customers then make their currency choice on the receipt or device. With Pay in Your Currency, international travelers can enjoy a more comfortable shopping experience by knowing how much the payment is in their home currency at the point of sale.

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Ingenico & TPG Ink Distribution Deal

Ingenico payment devices and services and The Phoenix Group (TPG) POS terminals and solutions forged a multi-year distribution agreement, enabling TPG to market and sell Ingenico’s next generation Telium series POS devices to independent sales organizations (ISOs). Emerging EMV chip-based, contactless, and NFC-based payments means both companies are making a strategic investment to offer the latest Telium POS technology and solutions to ISOs. Now TPG will market and distribute Ingenico’s complete Telium range of products including iPP220 & iPP320 PIN pads, iCT220 & iCT250 countertop terminals, and iWL220 & iWL250BL (bluetooth) wireless devices. In addition, TPG will house a swap pool of the Telium devices in an effort to provide the most comprehensive customer service and a timely response to customer service requests. As part of their repair and services, TPG will perform key injections and downloads.

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Fio Implements First Data Processing

First Data Corporation electronic commerce and payment processing will gradually supply a full portfolio of processing services, including transaction processing and card management services, to Fio banka. First Data will provide Fio banka with a large portfolio of services from card issuing, personalization and card authorization systems, through to transaction processing and fraud monitoring. In addition, First Data will work together with Fio banka to bring a wide range of innovative solutions to the Czech market, such as issuing contactless-enabled payment cards and enabling cardholders to carry out PIN changes using the bank’s internet banking platform.

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