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Restaurant group doesn’t leave cards to chance

BY Dan Berthiaume

Scottsdale, Ariz. – Kahala Brands isn’t taking chances when it comes to payment card security. The restaurant franchisor group is naming Cybera as an authorized provider of payment card security to all 2,600 of Kahala Brands' store locations.

As a Kahala Brands solution of choice, Cybera has tailored its Cybera One solution to the specific needs of the Kahala Brands portfolio (including Blimpie and Cold Stone Creamery, along with 14 other franchise concepts). Cybera One enables locations with the ability to utilize any existing broadband service (DSL, Cable, T1, 3G/4G Wireless, etc.) for secure payment processing.

Benefits to Kahala Brands franchisees include simplified network security and PCI-DSS compliance, use of existing broadband, no upfront hardware fees and low monthly usage costs, reliable 3G wireless backup capabilities, 24x7x365 proactive monitoring by Cybera, and installation with the Kahala Help Desk

"By partnering with Cybera, we offer our franchisees a single, comprehensive solution that is both easily deployed and cost-effective," said Greg Poindexter, Kahala Brands director of information/POS technology. "We are able to protect our brands, along with the integrity of our franchisees and their customers."

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Breach may affect major retail photo sites

BY Dan Berthiaume

Vancouver – The third-party vendor hosting online photo sites of at least six major retailers may have been the victim of a security breach. The photo pages of CVS, Sam’s Club, Costco, Rite Aid, Wal-Mart Canada and Tesco, all clients of Vancouver-based PNI Digital Media Inc., have been temporarily taken down.

Online messages on the photo sites of CVS and Wal-Mart Canada inform consumers credit card information may have been compromised, while Sam’s Club says there was a potential compromise of a third-party vendor but it does not believe credit card information was exposed and Rite Aid says data that may have been affected is name, address, phone number, email address, photo account password and credit card information. However, according to Rite Aid, PNI does not process any of its credit card transactions.

Meanwhile, Costco only references a possible security compromise of the third-party vendor hosting its photo site and Tesco merely says its photo site is closed for “routine maintenance.” Walgreens is also reportedly a PNI Client, but as of Monday morning its photo site was operating normally.

PNI Digital Media is owned by Staples Inc. There is no message about a breach on the company’s site. Third-party vendors have been culpable in other retail breaches, most notably the major breach which occurred at Target Corp. in 2013, and originated from an intrusion at a third-party HVAC vendor.

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Major grocery chain files chapter 11; sells stores for $600 million

BY Dan Berthiaume

Montvale, N.J. – The rumors are true. As expected, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company Inc. (A&P) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In a brief statement on its website, privately held A&P says it has secured financing of $100 million and voluntarily filed for chapter. A&P has also entered agreements to sell 120 stores for $600 million and will close more of its 296 stores in the near future.

Buyers of the stores have not been officially identified, but Kroger, Ahold and Acme Supermarkets are among the supermarket chains that were said to be interested in purchasing some A&P-owned stores if a bankruptcy filing took place.

“The vast majority of our stores are operating normally and will be fully stocked during this process,” A&P said in the online statement. “While some stores will close in the near-term, the vast majority will continue providing customers with the same high-quality products and exceptional customer service. We will also continue to honor all existing customer promotional and loyalty programs.”

However, in its official Chapter 11 filing, A&P was not quite so optimistic. The retailer said it has more than 100,000 creditors, as well as more than $1 billion in liabilities and more $1 billion in assets. A&P also said it will sell as many of its stores as possible. This marks A&P’s second bankruptcy filing in a five-year timespan.

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