FINANCE

ACI Worldwide to deliver new European card payments platform to Auchan Group

BY Marianne Wilson

Naples, Fla. — ACI Worldwide, a leading global provider of electronic payment and banking solutions, announced that Auchan Group, one of the world’s largest food retailers, has selected the company to deliver its new SEPA-compliant European card payments platform, the first of its kind in Europe.

Auchan Group, the world’s eleventh largest food retailer, selected ACI’s Postilion, as the foundation of this new centralized card payments platform to manage all electronic transactions, through all channels (in-store, online and mobile) across Europe. The platform supports the new European standard EPAS protocol, which addresses the region’s numerous local standards and increasing regulations that have previously stymied growth for retailers.

"Based on our successful pilot testing in France and Portugal, we knew that a centralized European card payments platform would soon become not only a reality, but a necessity. This new platform, which complies with SEPA standards, is a continuation of our corporate electronic payments strategy for safer, more open and more accessible European centralized acquiring,” said Arnaud Crouzet, head of group global payments Development, Auchan Group. "Working with ACI, an international company that fully understands and promotes European standards, will allow us to grow and innovate as we build on this broad initiative."

The platform will be jointly operated by ACI and OneyBanque Accord, the banking subsidiary of Auchan Group. It will run in ACI’s secure and fully compliant data center, which hosts banking and payment solutions for more than 4,000 financial institutions, retailers, and billers.

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OPERATIONS

RetailMeNot names eBay exec as VP

BY Dan Berthiaume

Austin, Texas RetailMeNot Inc. has named Michael Jones was named senior VP, retailer and brand solutions. Jones joins RetailMeNot after spending the prior four years serving as VP of merchant development at eBay.

While at eBay, Jones’ responsibilities included sales, business development, merchant relations and operations for eBay’s marketplace business. In his new role at RetailMeNot, he will lead the company’s efforts to deepen its relationships with the largest retailers and brands.

During a 10-year period, Jones served in various senior revenue, operations and business development roles at ChannelAdvisor. Prior to ChannelAdvisor, Jones was VP of product management and marketing for AuctionRover.com, an online auction search engine He also served as a senior product manager for Stingray Software, a provider of object-oriented components for developing Windows applications.

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Neustar releases brand insight solution

BY Dan Berthiaume

Sterling, Va. – Neustar Inc, a provider of real-time information services and analytics, is releasing AK Media Insights Pro, a service that gives brands and agencies the ability to model and analyze their own media and audience data to uncover campaign insights that go beyond standard reports and dashboards. A new addition to Neustar’s Media Intelligence suite, the offering enables marketers to build and experiment with custom marketing attribution models that help them understand and maximize their media and audience mix, answer complex media questions, and improve campaign performance.

The offering is designed, built and delivered according to privacy by design principles, ensuring clients’ data privacy and security. It allows agencies and brands to use fine grain data to develop “what if” scenarios and test potential marketing mix strategies and opportunities for optimization, have access to de-duplicated first, second and third party data and digital campaign activity to understand the characteristics and attributes of customers and prospects as they move through the sales funnel, create custom data aggregations, and understand the impact of brand exposure on customers.

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