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EVO Payments offers new GUI for European online transactions

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cologne, Germany — EVO Payments International, a card payment acquirer and payment service provider operating in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, is releasing a new graphical user interface called Clever Pay GUI in Europe. EVO designed this new interface to make payment acceptance for online businesses easier and faster.

Clever Pay GUI offers extensions for a number of different shop systems and also brings ready-made code for different programming languages, accelerating the implementation timeframe. The Clever Pay GUI interface has been mainly designed for small to medium-sized businesses. It supports payments via leading international payment cards (Visa, V Pay, MasterCard and Maestro), account-based payment methods (direct debit, giropay, iDEAL, eps and SOFORT Banking) and alternative payment methods (PayPal). In addition to supporting a wide variety of payment processes, Clever Pay GUI incorporates sophisticated fraud prevention measures to protect all parties in the payment chain.

The new Clever Pay GUI interface offers extensions for shop systems gambio, JTLShop, Magento, OSCommerce, Opencart, OXID eSales, PrestaShop, Shopware and Xt:Commerce and can be integrated in other shop environments using ready-made program code blocks for C#, Curl, Groovy, Java, Node.js, PHP, Phyton, Ruby, Scala and VB.NET.

"Standard solutions which are easy and cost-efficient to implement are essential for success within the small to medium-sized sector," said Mark Spangenberg, EVO’s European COO. "We are very excited about this new interface. Next to our strong position in the more project-driven business with large clients, Clever Pay GUI will help us to strengthen our footprint in the SME sector."

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XPO Logistics achieves cross-border vision

BY CSA STAFF

Third party logistics provider XPO Logistics completed its acquisition of Pacer International making it the largest provider of cross-border intermodal services with Mexico.

The $335 million deal makes XPO Logistics the third largest provider of intermodal services in North America, and the largest cross-border Mexico provider. Its contractual arrangements with rail carriers provide access to more than 60,000 miles of network rail routes. To support these operations, the company manages approximately 17,000 company-controlled containers and has access to more than 100,000 additional big and small boxes. The majority of the company’s intermodal services will be rebranded as XPO Logistics.
“We now have a strong platform that fits our customer-centric culture and can support considerably more scale as we continue to grow our multi-modal services to shippers,” said XPO Logistics chairman and CEO Bradley Jacobs. “Over the past few months, every functional area of XPO has been involved in creating a detailed integration plan that we start executing today, along with immediate cross-selling to our combined customer base. We welcome our new employees, customers, rail partners and carriers to XPO."

In connection with the deal, Daniel Avramovich, former CEO of Pacer becomes XPO’s SVP of strategic development and will focus on aligning the company’s national and multi-national customers with an expanding base of capacity providers, including major rail relationships.

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A new standard for making a difference

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The shift toward electronic payments has had the unintended consequence of hindering shoppers’ ability to donate to charitable causes at the point of sale, but not anymore.

To remedy the situation, the Association for Retail Technology Standards, a division of the National Retail Federation, announced the release of its Change4Charity Standard. If adopted by point-of-sale vendors and donation processors the new standard will lower costs for retailers and support greater participation in charity programs by smaller retailers and non-profits, ultimately raising more funds for those in need, according to NRF vp of retail technologies Tom Litchford.

“As more consumers move to electronic payments, the idea of dropping change into a donation jar at the register is fading,” Litchford said. “At the moment, the cost of integrating selling systems to separate charities is a barrier for smaller retail companies, and many smaller charities don’t have the resources to take advantage of electronic integrations. We are eager to push this out to retailers who want to make a difference in the communities they serve.”

The initiative for the Change4Charity standard grew out of a discussion at the Retail Orphan Initiative Super Saturday event during NRF’s 2013 BIG Show in New York City. Since then, industry leaders, retail executives and their business partners have worked together to discuss how to streamline and expedite charitable giving at the point-of-sale by allowing the donation to happen through a transaction terminal.

The goals for this standard are to support as many different types of selling systems as possible without increasing transaction times and to lower the integration costs for retailers, making it easier to adopt “Change4Charity” programs. Over $358 million was raised for nonprofits in 2012 from checkout charity campaigns.

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