Partnership Supports Compliance with Forthcoming EMV Initiative and Enables Improved Speed to Market in Accommodating New and Emerging Payment Types
AUSTIN, Texas, December 22, 2014 -- Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for retail, manufacturing, distribution, and services organizations, today announced a strategic partnership with AJB Software Design, Inc., a leader in integrated payment solutions, to simplify and secure electronic payment acceptance at the point-of-purchase, enabling retailers to accommodate new and emerging methods of payment, and comply with security best practices such as the forthcoming Europay, MasterCard and Visa ("EMV") initiative.
The partnership combines Epicor and AJB's best-of-breed solutions to provide retailers with a single, secure, uninterrupted payment solution that can handle high transaction volumes - even on the most demanding shopping days - while supporting inspired consumer payment experiences.
More than 20 percent of North America's Top 100 retailers and over 10 percent of the top global retailers by sales volume, rely on AJB's payment integration software solutions. AJB's FIPay (Flexible Integrated Payments) solutions are now fully integrated into the Epicor Retail Store 6.4 solution to enable retailers to handle all aspects of electronic payment acceptance at the point of sale, including authorization and settlement, and dynamic currency conversion, with end-to-end encryption and tokenization.
Additionally, the Epicor Retail Store with integrated FIPay solution is expected to be certified to meet the most current EMV requirements. While Chip and PIN technology has been widely accepted in the UK, Canada, and Australia for more than 10 years; in the US, October 1, 2015 is the deadline for implementing Chip and PIN technology under the EMV initiative - a milestone known as "the liability shift." After this date when credit card fraud occurs liability will presumptively fall on the entity using the lesser, non EMV technology.
"With technological capabilities continuing to rapidly expand, keeping up with advancements while ensuring the security of data will remain a challenging feat for retailers," says industry analyst firm Boston Retail Partners, in its October 2014 white paper titled: Best Practices and Tools to Thwart Hackers and Protect Customer Payment Data. According to Perry Kramer, vice president and practice lead, Boston Retail Partners, "Simply meeting PCI compliance standards is no longer sufficient to protect customer data. The best way to reduce overall payment card exposure is with a multi-tiered security approach with a combination of EMV, encryption and tokenization." Ken Morris, principal,
Boston Retail Partners, stated, "as a strategic approach to payment security, retailers should seriously consider moving to a cloud-based POS system with one centralized point for data security."
Epicor Retail Store with integrated FIPay solution also enables retailers to quickly accommodate new and emerging payment types, including consumer mobile payment "wallets"; as well as support a wide range of bank processors, payment devices, and international currencies.
"It's likely that 2014 will go down in the record books as the definitive year for major data breaches and payment insecurity. To address concerns about customer data protection and privacy and new security mandates, retailers are shoring up their processes around the transmission of sensitive data," said Noel Goggin, executive vice president and general manager, Epicor Retail. "Now they can rest easier, relying on the Epicor Retail Store solution - now featuring the industry's leading technology to streamline and secure electronic payment acceptance at the point of sale."
"Retailers that leverage the Epicor Retail Store point-of-sale solution integrated with FIPay solutions, aren't just getting leading integrated electronic payment technology, they are getting a solution backed by proven expertise in the electronic payment industry, with the flexibility and agility to quickly respond to industry changes without the need for extensive modifications," said Bohdan Myroniw, director-Business Development with AJB Software.
About AJB Software Design, Inc. Founded in 1994, AJB has over 140 global clients, and its software makes it easy to connect the components required for real-time payment processing. AJB is a leading provider of electronic payment integration software solutions, with over twenty percent of North America's Top 100 retailers and over 10 percent of the top global retailers by sales volume, relying on AJB products and solutions. AJB enables retailers to quickly comply with new standards and payment types, including mobile, EMV and other emerging forms of payment. In addition, it allows banks and POS vendors to easily integrate their products with retailers, petroleum and convenience stores. AJB simplifies integration with existing systems; solutions are scalable, multi-channel and platform independent. For more information, visit www.ajbsoftware.com or email Vivian Shen, MARCOM at firstname.lastname@example.org
About Epicor Retail
The Epicor Retail solutions business is the leading provider of extended omni-channel solutions for midsize and large retail chains, delivering advanced solutions for retailers seeking to streamline processes, integrate channels, leverage intelligence and inspire customers, to maximize profitability. The Epicor Retail end-to-end suite is designed to meet the evolving merchandise and service expectations of today's connected, cross-channel shopper, and the business requirements of the most demanding specialty soft goods and hard goods retail environments in a variety of industries including apparel, footwear, discount, and general merchandise. Hundreds of leading retailers -- from Aeropostale and General Nutrition Centers, to Michael Kors and New Balance -- trust Epicor Retail solutions to help them remain current, competitive, and consistently strong.
About Epicor Software Corporation
Epicor Software Corporation is a global leader delivering inspired business software solutions to the manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. With over 40 years of experience serving small, midmarket and larger enterprises, Epicor has more than 20,000 customers in over 150 countries. Epicor enterprise resource planning (ERP), retail management software, supply chain management (SCM), and human capital management (HCM) enable companies to drive increased efficiency and improve profitability. With a history of innovation, industry expertise and passion for excellence, Epicor provides the single point of accountability that local, regional and global
businesses demand. The Company's headquarters are located in Austin, Texas, with offices and affiliates worldwide. For more information, visit www.epicor.com.
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