Jifiti expands its partnership with Mastercard to Scale Point of Sale Financing Solutions

Business Wire | September 08, 2020

As more people enter the digital economy, credit and consumer financing is evolving – providing increased flexibility for more people, catering to new shopping trends and behaviors, and empowering retailers with new experiences. To meet shifting consumer demands, Jifiti has today announced the expansion of its partnership supporting both merchants and issuers with Mastercard, to scale its point of sale installments offering to provide more options for consumers at checkout. Point-of-sale (POS) financing is growing 20% a year in the U.S. with similar growth rates found in Europe, Asia and Australia. Globally, it is predicted to grow to $2.52 trillion in 20221. Jifiti’s technology is supporting that growth – consumers are connected to a variety of lenders, giving them a choice of financing options for their purchases, and allowing them to plan and manage repayments over an extended period.

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Long County, Georgia Selects Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud ERP Financial Platform

Springbrook Software | October 04, 2022

Long County, GA is the latest local government agency to move from an on-premises solution to Springbrook's Cirrus Cloud Financial platform. The platform is designed from the ground up specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. The town is utilizing Springbrook's fully integrated Cirrus Cloud ERP suite including Utility Billing, Finance, Cashless Payments, Municipal Payments and Cash Receipts.Long County sought a robust and secure ERP that could scale as their projected needs grow over the next few years and selected Springbrook after reviewing several other market offerings.b Springbrook fulfills our needs and will provide our citizens with the modern experience that they demand, says Bernice Johnson, Finance Director of Long County, GA. Springbrook is actively working with many small to medium sized municipalities in the southeast. The flexibility of the Springbrook cloud platform provides local government agencies with superior protection against cyber-attacks, the ability to work from anywhere, and will enable the County's personnel to effectively run their entire administrative operation safely from any browser. Cirrus is a true cloud-based system that does not require downloading any additional software for access. "We have invested a tremendous amount into building an entirely new platform with the goal of bringing the most powerful cloud-based solutions to small and medium sized municipalities. We are solely focused on this market segment and have been for over 35 years. Springbrook is constantly expanding our solution suite to deliver new and innovative products, like Advanced Capital Budgeting and Mobile Work Orders. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for local agencies do their jobs efficiently and securely," Robert Bonavito, Springbrook CEO. About Springbrook Software: Springbrook Software is the country's leading cloud-based finance and administration software provider designing solutions specifically for small to medium sized local government agencies. Nearly 2000 cities, towns and districts from coast to coast use our suite of modern, high-performance solutions to manage their finances, payroll, utility billing and collect citizen payments. Springbrook is headquartered in Portland, Oregon with regional presence in over 40 states, and seven countries internationally. About Long County, GA: Located in southeast Georgia, Long County occupies 400 square miles of the Atlantic Coast Flatwoods. The county is bordered by Liberty, McIntosh, Tattnall, and Wayne counties, and its entire southwestern boundary runs along the Altamaha River.Long County, designated in 1920 from lands in Liberty County. Long County, historically and currently, is a rural, agricultural area. The principal farm crop was once cotton, but by the 1970s it had been replaced by tobacco, corn, soybeans, and cattle. The pine forests of the region have always played an important role in the economy.

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Akulaku Establishes Partnership with Alipay+ To Make Cross-Border Shopping More Accessible for Consumers

Akulaku | September 07, 2022

Akulaku, a leading banking and digital finance platform in Southeast Asia, today announced the Akulaku PayLater partnership with Alipay+, which will allow Indonesian consumers to use its BNPL solution Akulaku PayLater at Alipay+’s global merchants. Alipay+, a suite of global cross-border digital payments and marketing solutions, will now include Akulaku PayLater among its supported digital payment methods, and merchants will be able to access Akulaku PayLater as a payment method. Consumers and merchants across Indonesia have quickly adopted Akulaku PayLater since its launch in 2016 (previously called Akucicil). The platform’s BNPL functionality provides individuals who have limited credit history with access to a convenient line of credit as well as manageable installment plans. By meeting the increased demand for flexible payment plans and installment purchasing, Akulaku PayLater promotes consumer purchasing power and ensures previously underserved markets can participate in a convenient digital financial service. “This partnership will lead to a more advanced and convenient financial landscape for customers in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia.Through Alipay+, we will quickly scale the pool of merchants accepting Akulaku PayLater, giving our consumers an enhanced user experience and improving the market competitiveness of BNPL products. The combined resources will reach underserved markets with immediate financial services, fostering growth within these regions across industries.” Fan Zhang, CFO of Akulaku According to market research firm eCommerceDB, the Indonesian online commerce market grew 32% in 2021 and is currently the ninth largest in the world. Over the next five years, the Indonesian eCommerce market is projected to grow at a yearly rate of 10%, making this partnership a timely solution to meeting the increased demand from Indonesian consumers for online shopping. More than 4,000 merchants are already online in the Akulaku PayLater system online. Over the next two years, Akulaku aims to serve 10,000 online merchants and over 100,000 offline stores with BNPL. “As a newly-emerged but rapidly adopted digital payment method, BNPL brings inclusive financial services to the underbanked communities," said Cheng Guoming, General Manager, Global Partnerships, Alipay+," We see BNPL an important part of the digital payment ecosystem, and are excited to reach this partnership with Akulaku PayLater to enable the communities in Indonesia and other potential markets to enjoy seamless and convenient cross-border payment services and enrich their daily lives through global shopping experience." Introduced in 2020, Alipay+ is designed to enable global businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses, to accept digital payment methods from various countries and reach hundreds of millions of regional and global consumers. Akulaku and Alipay+ are also exploring opportunities to further extend their partnership to other markets in Southeast Asia. About Akulaku Akulaku is a leading banking and digital finance platform in Southeast Asia, with a presence in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Malaysia. Akulaku exists to help meet the daily financial needs of underserved customers in emerging markets through digital banking, digital financing, digital investment, and insurance brokerage services. In addition to the Akulaku virtual credit card and ecommerce platform, the company operates Asetku, an online wealth management platform, and Neobank, a mobile digital bank supported by Bank Neo Commerce. Akulaku’s mission is to serve 50 million users across Southeast Asia by the year 2025.

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Promenade Launches Point of Sale Management Solution for Florists Across America

Promenade | July 18, 2022

Promenade Group today announced a streamlined, integrated business management platform for florists with the availability of BloomNation powered by Promenade POS. Complementing the acclaimed capabilities of the BloomNation e-commerce storefront solution, Promenade POS eliminates the complication of running online and in-store sales separately. Operating as a single platform, BloomNation powered by Promenade POS allows florists to run their flower shop with a complete set of management solutions for ordering, delivery, invoicing, proposals, and more. Originally called BloomNation, Promenade Group has spent 12 years working with local florists and understanding what shop owners need to successfully run a business. Promenade POS was built from the ground up specifically for florists – the complete platform provides the tools to manage online and in-store orders, build relationships with customers, run the back-office business, and generate repeat business. "Florists are creative artists, focused on designing beautiful arrangements that touch people's hearts and celebrate every day and special occasions, Promenade is committed to providing solutions that simplify and streamline business management tasks with a tightly integrated POS and e-commerce storefront allowing florists to focus on what they do best." -Farbod Shoraka, co-founder and CEO of Promenade. The Promenade POS solution allows florists to better manage inventory, response time, and fulfillment process with one place to store, organize, find, and process both e-commerce and in-store orders. The POS system is designed to improve efficiency and simplify back-office operations for florists. Additionally, it provides a solution to quickly respond to changing market dynamics with a cloud-based solution managed and continually updated by Promenade. Promenade's tightly integrated POS solution and online storefront put the power and time back in the hands of florists and allows them to do what they do best – impress and delight customers with creativity and service. Promenade POS and the e-commerce storefront enables florists to: Take orders anywhere, anytime, and on any device — in-store, online, or in the back office Accept any debit/credit card (Visa, MC, Amex, Discover), or accept contactless/NFC, magstripe or chip cards with the Promenade POS in-store card reader Easily manage house accounts and bill monthly or on-demand Organize and send detailed invoices to clients—with online payment options Build branded, customized proposals for large events and weddings, and follow up with an invoice Manage customer data within a sophisticated, built-in CRM system Provide data security and privacy with Stripe integration and private cloud deployment About Promenade Group- Promenade started as BloomNation in 2010 with a clear vision of empowering local businesses with the technology, knowledge, and support to attract and retain customers with a best-in-class experience. The Promenade e-commerce platform offers an intuitive online sales and shopping experience for thousands of neighborhood businesses across the country. From flowers to food to liquor, Promenade empowers small business owners with the tools they need to reach new customers, grow online sales, and easily manage both online and in-store orders.

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Consumer Payment Preferences Driven by Convenience and Ease-of-Use, According to InComm Payments Report

InComm Payments | September 06, 2022

InComm Payments, a leading payments technology company, today released its 2022 Annual Payments Report, which found that consumers identified convenience and ease-of-use as the top factors influencing their choice of payment method. These factors coincide with a growing preference for contactless payment methods, specifically Tap & Go and mobile wallets, which rounded out consumers' five favorite ways to pay behind debit, credit and cash. The report drew responses from more than 3,200 U.S. consumers in June 2022. "Brands and retailers should pay attention to shifting consumer preferences to ensure they can meet expectations for convenient payment experiences,Our report highlights trends and attitudes around traditional and emerging payment methods, examining how consumers navigate the wide range of payment options available today." Brian Parlotto, Executive Vice President at InComm Payments Personal Payment Apps and Mobile Wallets on the Rise When asked about the personal payment apps (PPA) and mobile wallets they use and recognize, a little under half of surveyed consumers said they used a PPA, while one quarter of surveyed consumers said they used a mobile wallet recently. Moreover, approximately two-thirds of PPA users said they were satisfied with their chosen app, and nearly three-quarters of mobile wallet users expressed satisfaction with their payment method. PayPal remained the most popular mobile wallet among respondents, while Ca$h App and Zelle saw the largest increase in reported use. High Satisfaction from QR Code and Barcode Payment Users Consumer awareness of QR code and barcode payments was flat year over year, but those who recently used the payment method reported an increase in every perceived benefit of the technology, from fast and easy-to-use to reliable and secure. QR code and barcode payments were the only method in this year's report to experience an increase in every type of benefit perceived by users. Overall, traditional payment methods such as debit, credit and cash remain highly ranked by consumers, although satisfaction and use of credit declined year over year. The survey also captured how consumers would plan to pay in specific situations, such as making an everyday in-store purchase or sending money to someone they personally know, and identified differences in payment methods among generations. About InComm Payments InComm Payments is an innovative global payments technology provider. Leveraging dynamic technology and proven expertise, InComm Payments delivers enhanced end-to-end payment platforms and emerging financial technology solutions through a single integration, helping businesses grow across a wide range of industries including retail, healthcare, tolling & transit, incentives, mobile payments, digital currencies and financial services. By enabling omnichannel connections and alternative payment options to an ever-expanding consumer base in an increasingly digital ecosystem, InComm Payments creates seamless and valuable commerce experiences across the globe. With three decades of experience, over 525,000 points of retail and online distribution, 420 global patents and a presence in more than 30 countries, InComm Payments leads the payments industry from its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga

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Speed, ease of use and convenience define the customer experience today for both retail and commercial clients. In this video, First Data’s Christian Ofner and Eric Smith explain what retail and commercial customers expect from banks today—and you might be surprised to find they have similar needs. They also share how banks should enhance the experience.

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