SUPPLY CHAIN

Panjiva: U.S. imports up in July

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Imports to the U.S. were up in July from June, and there was a measurable year-over-year increase. According to a new report from supply chain research firm Panjiva, July 2014 showed levels of imports 2% higher than imports in July 2013.

The numbers of these shipments coming into the U.S. rose 5% from June 2014 to July 2014. Following the typical annual trend, Panjiva data shows that July has the highest level of imports of any month in 2014. This is likely the peak of the retail-holiday import cycle, with stores stocking up for the 2014 holidays.

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Formosa Supermarket selects NCR to improve customer experience

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Paulo, Brazil — NCR Corporation announced that Formosa Supermarket, one of the biggest supermarket chains in Brazil, chose an NCR hardware solution to expedite service in its stores.

Formosa Supermarket enjoys some of the highest revenues per store and by checkout in Brazil. Increased store activity, combined with hot and humid weather conditions required Formosa Supermarkets to incorporate a solution that not only handled large volumes but could also stand up to the climate.

“In a competitive marketplace, we have to constantly improve the experience for our customers, giving them a reason to choose Formosa Supermarket,” said Paulo Oliveira, CFO at Formosa Supermarkets. “Our new NCR technology solution helps improve the customer experience, and create greater efficiency within our stores with faster, more accurate scans that improve traffic flow.”

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Cybera releases VAN for NBS processors

BY Dan Berthiaume

Nashville, Tenn. – Cybera Inc., a provider of virtual application network services, has completed a new National Bankcard Service (NBS) payment Virtual Application Network (VAN) that enables connectivity between POS and NBS payment processors. With this new partnership, Cybera has given NBS the ability to process payment through POS systems that emit payment through serial interface.

Cybera will facilitate the conversion of the serial signal emitted from the POS system into IP, allowing existing POS customers the ability to implement NBS as a payment processor. By performing the embedded serial conversion and placing the payment traffic into a secure end-to-end segmented network, Cybera is able to reduce the scope of the customers’ Card Data Environment (CDE), improving PCI compliance.

The NBS Payment Virtual Application Network (VAN) enables connectivity between the VeriFone POS and any given payment processor. This solution also maintains a highly available connection between Cybera’s cloud and NBS’s payment infrastructure.

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