With a focus on corporate treasury clients, global financial services provider Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently launched an iPad application for this customer segment, leveraging the Paymode-X system.
Executive managers, by integrating the iPad application, can now gain access to corporate payment information while completely staying mobile. This gives them more autonomous workflow and complete control of all decision-making while traveling.
Collaborative payment provider Bottomline Technologies created the robust Paymode-X platform, which couples purchase order input, billing and payment acquisition all in one program. Connecting users to a private network of over 185,000 suppliers that enable and accept electronic payments and invoices. In 2011 alone, Bank of America Merrill Lynch clients processed well over 88 million transactions with a worth of USD 126 billion dollars through Paymode-X.
Large scale U.S. department store Target has teamed up with Shopkick to offer an application for at-once, location-specific rewards nationwide, letting consumers earn Shopkick points while perusing store aisles.
Shopkick’s basic premise is in delivering a mobile platform that can integrate into any participating retailer’s brick-and-mortar shopping experience, deliver at-once rewards, highlight featured products, give users access to specials, and discounts otherwise not promoted.
Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman had this to say: “Target recognizes that our guests are tech-savvy shoppers. People appreciate getting good deals.”
As for the initiative itself, consumers can enter a Target store, log-on to the Shopkick app on their device and shop as they normally would all while receiving updates and points (dubbed “kicks” in Shopkick speak) through the open application. Consumers can then redeem their “kicks” at Target itself or other participating retailers on the Shopkick platform.
Microsoft has announced a new partnership that will allow Dynamics AX users to link up with US-based collaborative business services and e-invoicing provider Ariba. This strategic alliance will see an Ariba produced adapter that will link the Dynamics AX ERP system to the entire Ariba network. This level of connection will allow companies on the Dynamics AX platform to build further synergies with partner business, suppliers and customers, leveraging Ariba’s online services.
Ariba offers a community and cloud based portfolio of applications that help business contact, prospect, transfer financial data and provide various business analytics. This is the first move seen by Microsoft to bring the robust Dynamics AX ERP system online.
Last fall, New England based MojoMotors.com launched with the goal of helping car buyers sort through the clutter to find deals on cars. In less than six months more than 25,000 people have used the website’s service and bought a car at a discount price.
The brainchild of former eBay Motors executive Paul Nadjarian, MojoMotors.com is a simple web-based Internet site that aggregates information on dealership promotions and new inventory updates with the goal of helping with the painstaking task of buying a used car. Users can log in to receive updates by e-mail on a regular basis as prices change and new inventory arrives.
In a challenging economic context, especially for the used car market, which has seen the lowest amount of inventory and highest prices on record, MojoMotors.com’s quick adoption rate and 25,000+ happy customers demonstrate the need for more personalized service offering and need for discount used cars.