Thursday, 09 November 2017

NCR Partners with Samsung, Unveils All-in-One Commerce Station

NCR Corporation, in collaboration with Samsung Electronics America, Inc., launches the NCR Silver Quantum, an all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) commerce station featuring an integrated payment device with mobile wallet acceptance capability, customer display, loyalty scanner and Samsung Galaxy tablet. The NCR Silver Quantum commerce station provides merchants a sleek, efficient system to better manage customer POS transactions and back-office operations.

A 10.1-inch Android Samsung Galaxy Tab A tablet serves as the employee interface, featuring fast, touchscreen operation for easy management. It is pre-loaded with the NCR Silver Android point-of-sale app, which delivers powerful functionality such as inventory management, marketing support and sales reporting once activated through NCR. Businesses can remotely set up and customise their NCR Silver Quantum device through Samsung Knox Configure, a cloud-based service and IT administration tool offered by Samsung.

The NCR Silver Quantum is the first full Android-based solution in the NCR Silver line-up. In addition to incorporating a Samsung tablet and Knox Configure, NCR Silver Quantum includes an embedded RP457c mobile card reader provided by Ingenico Group, which enables the commerce station to accept a variety of payment methods, including magstripe, EMV chip and NFC/contactless transactions such as Samsung Pay.

"The retail industry is undergoing a rapid digital transformation, and the point-of-sale process is one of the most critical areas to address," said Ted Brodheim, vice president of Vertical Business at Samsung Electronics America. "With this new commerce station, NCR and Samsung are providing retailers with a technology solution that can simplify employee management of transactions and improve customer shopping experiences, while ensuring processes remain in smooth operation."

Visa Introduces New Payment Wearables for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

Visa, the exclusive payment technology partner at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, introduces three commercially available wearable payment devices. In the spirit of the Olympic Winter Games, Visa created NFC-enabled payment gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic pins that allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap at any contactless-enabled terminal.

Visa teamed up with Lotte Card, the financial arm of South Korean-based retail giant, Lotte Department Store, to produce and make these new prepaid payment wearables. Starting today the stickers and pins can be purchased from Lotte Card's customer centers in Korea and the Lotte Card website. During the Games, all three wearables will also be available for purchase at the Olympic Superstores in conveniently located Visa vending machines.

The average temperature in PyeongChang will be - 4.8'C, so gloves will be a must-have! The gloves contain a dual interface chip housed with a contactless antenna capable of completing purchases throughout official Olympic Venues and compatible readers globally. The gloves will come with embedded prepaid amounts valued at KRW30,000 or KRW50,000.

"We are looking forward to transforming the payment experience for everyone who attends the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang," said Iain Jamieson, Korea country manager at Visa. "At Visa, we have been working tirelessly to ensure all of the Olympic venues are equipped with the very latest payment capabilities to provide the best experience possible for all those on-site."

BNP Paribas Launches WeChat Pay in Europe

BNP Paribas is introducing WeChat Pay a popular mobile payment solution in China, to retailers in France and subsequently across Europe, to support retail sector clients wishing to attract Chinese customers.

A 'first' in Europe, the WeChat Pay solution is being initially rolled out at the two Paris flagship stores owned by the Galeries Lafayette Group - Galeries Lafayette Haussmann and BHV MARAIS.

Every year close to 7.4 million Chinese tourists visit Europe. With WeChat Pay, BNP Paribas is pursuing its policy of innovating so as to enable retail chains to offer their international clientele a more streamlined shopping experience. Used today by over 600 million Chinese consumers, the WeChat Pay mobile payment solution constitutes an additional powerful tool for retailers wishing to attract and win the loyalty of Chinese consumers travelling abroad.

MeaWallet Signs New Agreement with Norwegian bank

MeaWallet A/S, part of Seamless Distribution AB, has signed an agreement with a Norwegian bank for delivery of the Mea Token Platform.

Deploying the Mea Token Platform, which is integrated to Mastercard Digital Enablement Service (MDES), will enable the bank's customers to make smartphone payments in store, in app or on line, via any of the OEM Pays (i.e. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay etc.). With a single point of integration to the Mea Token Platform, the bank will open up all of the OEM Pays to its customers. This is the first time MeaWallet deploys a purely OEM Pay solution. The solution will be delivered as a managed service from MeaWallet's data centre in Switzerland.

The order value of the contract is within the normal range for single card scheme setups provided by MeaWallet, i.e. between 200,000 and 350,000 Euro over a three-year period.

"As a Norwegian company, signing a domestic bank is a huge validation of MeaWallet's offering and an important reference as MeaWallet builds a strong pipeline of international customers. Moreover, order wins at MeaWallet are critical in underpinning our shareholders' confidence in the company", says Tomas Jalling, CEO in Seamless.

Lars Sandtorv, Head of MeaWallet states: "This is a new use case for our MeaWallet Token Platform, and we see huge potential in opening up OEM Pays for other banks. MeaWallet is being rewarded for its focus on product and technology as well as its agility and ability to adapt to changes in the market and customer needs".

The Mea Token Platform provides a single API-based connection to network token service providers (such as MDES from Mastercard and VTS from Visa), and an easy-to implement mobile SDK. Mastercard has certified the MeaWallet product suite to gold level, a certification level only awarded to fifteen other companies world-wide.

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