Star Micronics launches mC-Print POS printers with USB-C port and USB Power Delivery

Star Micronics | June 23, 2020

High Wycombe, UK, 23 June 2020 - With the growing adoption of the USB-C® standard, international POS printer manufacturer Star Micronics announces the launch of the latest additions to its mC-Print3™ series. The mCP31C and mCP31CB, equipped with a USB-C port, support standard communication with USB-C supporting devices such as Android™ / Windows phones and tablets, PCs, Macs etc, as well as USB Power Delivery. The mCP31C and mCP31CB allow a USB-C tablet to charge whilst connected to the printer. To date, this has not been possible with MicroUSB based tablets. Additionally, the mCP31C and mCP31CB offer SteadyLAN™ connectivity, previously only available on iOS devices, for supported tablets running Android, Windows, Linux and Mac. The printer can now act as the hub to a totally wired POS solution, powering the printer and tablet plus additional peripherals such as a barcode reader and customer display from a single plug / mains socket.

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iCreditWorks Announces Suresh Nair's Acceptance into Forbes Technology Council

iCreditWorks | January 24, 2022

Suresh Nair of iCreditWorks, one of the fastest-growing FinTech platforms in the United States, has been accepted into Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs, and technology executives. Nair was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors. "We are honored to welcome Suresh Nair into the community, Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world." -Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Technology Council. Nair has more than two decades of experience within the financial and technology sectors. Prior to iCreditWorks, Nair served as Managing Director, Head of Global Technology Transformation at Bank of America, where he led architecture design and delivery of a state-of-the-art service-oriented architecture and mobile solutions. As an accepted member of the Council, Nair has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help him reach peak professional influence. He will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum. Nair will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share his expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts. Finally, Nair will benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral, and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team. ABOUT FORBES COUNCILS Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive. About iCreditWorks iCreditWorks leverages innovative technology and mobility to deliver an omnichannel platform experience with a broad "Point-Of-Sale" (POS) financing product suite, empowering consumers to take control of their financing. The first-of-its-kind iCreditWorks native mobile App delivers a simple, seamless, and secure financing experience that redefines the consumer journey.

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Mindtree and Finastra Partner to Deliver Managed Services Payments Solutions in the Nordics, the UK and Ireland

Mindtree | May 17, 2022

Mindtree, a global technology services and digital transformation company, and Finastra, a leading financial technology provider, today announced a partnership to bring Finastra's Fusion Payments To Go payments technology to banks in the Nordics, the UK and Ireland, as a managed service. As part of the partnership, Mindtree will host Finastra's proven payments solution in the cloud and handle integration of the technology across the rest of the banks' existing solutions, minimizing risk and boosting efficiency for users. "We welcome Mindtree to our partner ecosystem. Together we will enable agile banks in the Nordics, the UK and Ireland to tap into our Fusion Payments To Go solution, hosted by Mindtree in the cloud. The partnership is about helping banks to better serve their customers by keeping ahead of market changes, delivering faster innovation and opening business growth opportunities." -Denise Parker, SVP and Global Head of Partner and Ecosystems at Finastra "Finastra offers best-of-breed payments solutions and, alongside our deep expertise and cloud capabilities, we are excited to join hands with them to support banks in transforming payments and making them real-time, convenient and secure. The move also aligns well with the P27 initiative in the Nordics, which promotes interoperability, paperless systems, and real-time payment capabilities. We pride ourselves on being a trusted partner to our customers and are confident that this partnership will help them unlock an innovation and technology advantage." - Mukund Rao, Chief Business Officer for Banking, Financial Services and Insurance at Mindtree Fusion Payments To Go offers scalable payments processing and clearing functionality, with automated and rapid onboarding for financial institutions, via open APIs. Beyond the significantly reduced go-live timeframes, the solution also enables smaller banks and financial institutions to enjoy the benefits of an advanced Payments Hub with modernized capabilities. About Finastra Finastra is a global provider of financial software applications and marketplaces, and launched the leading open platform for innovation, FusionFabric.cloud, in 2017. It serves institutions of all sizes, providing award-winning solutions and services across Lending, Payments, Treasury & Capital Markets and Retail & Digital Banking for banks to support direct banking relationships and grow through indirect channels, such as embedded finance and Banking as a Service. Its pioneering approach and commitment to open finance and collaboration is why it is trusted by ~8,600 institutions, including 90 of the world's top 100 banks. About Mindtree Mindtree (NSE: MINDTREE) is a global technology consulting and services company that enables enterprises across industries to drive superior competitive advantage, customer experiences and business outcomes by harnessing digital and cloud technologies. A digital transformation partner to more than 275 of the world's most pioneering enterprises, Mindtree brings extensive domain, technology and consulting expertise to help reimagine business models, accelerate innovation and maximize growth. As a socially and environmentally responsible business, Mindtree is focused on growth as well as sustainability in building long-term stakeholder value. Powered by more than 35,000 talented and entrepreneurial professionals across 24 countries, Mindtree — a Larsen & Toubro Group company — is consistently recognized among the best places to work.

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Rezolve and Computop Announce Strategic Partnership on Mobile Engagement and Payments

Rezolve | April 22, 2022

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ROVENSA becomes global leader in BioSolutions through the integration of COSMOCEL

ROVENSA | May 27, 2022

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We dive into the category expansions the UK's top grocery retailers are responding with. Find out where and by how much are your FMCG competitors maneuvering their online assortments leading up to Brexit in this infographic.All data insights are powered by Intelligence Node's flagship competitive benchmarking solution powered by Deep learning AI and fed by the world’s largest retail database. To get access to the full Brexit report on FMCG, OTC medication, and three more categories, get in touch.

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