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News story: Fidel develops new way for consumers to be rewarded for loyalty

first_imgA steady increase in customersToday, the Fidel API is powering several businesses, including Avios (British Airways). Customers will soon be able to earn Avios points automatically while shopping at their local supermarkets, restaurants, airports and coffee shops using any bank card.Other customers include TopCashBack, Perkbox, Airtime and Percent. Some of the merchants who are already connected to the platform include household names such as Debenhams, Gap, Burger King, House of Fraser, Cafe Nero and Subway.Fidel has also been invited by Japan’s 3 biggest banks to support the Japanese government’s aim of increasing card usage from 18% to 40% by 2020. By introducing Fidel’s technology platform, the banks hope to encourage more of their customers to take up cashless shopping.Fidel is expanding the service globally to Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Australia and the US, and has doubled the size of its team since completing the grant project in November 2017. See how other companies have benefited from funding and support from Innovate UK. We take care of all the heavy-lifting in the background whilst our partners can focus on building cool products that will ultimately drive transaction volumes and contribute towards the growth of the ecosystem. Next-generation services is one of the challenges of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. Part of the challenge asks companies like Fidel to apply for funding to ensure UK service sectors are at the forefront of developing and using innovation.Find out more about the next-generation services challenge. When Fidel applied for the Innovate UK grant, we had little more than a vision. We were operating a customer engagement platform for SMEs and wanted to find a seamless way for customers to collect points and rewards without having to scan cards, key rings or mobile apps. I’m very excited about the progress we’ve made and where this is heading. The demand has been phenomenal and beyond our expectations. We had so much interest in the platform we were building, before the project had even ended, that we managed to secure further capital from one of the largest venture capital firms in the world, Horizons Ventures. This additional capital will now help us grow and commercialise the service in UK and internationally. Apply for innovation funding.center_img Customer loyalty schemes, such as Tesco Club Card, Boots Advantage Card and Nectar, are popular with shoppers and proven to encourage customer retention and increase sales, yet only 20% of offline retailers have a loyalty scheme.With 280,000 retailers in the UK generating £300 billion in revenue every year, London-based startup, Fidel, saw an opportunity to rethink the way shoppers can be rewarded for their custom.Fidel’s goal was to make loyalty and retention marketing simple for both merchants and consumers, and to enable retailers to increase revenues. The company developed a platform that makes it easier for consumers to receive rewards for their purchases. Instead of having to carry different loyalty cards or coupons for each store, they can use their normal debit or credit cards and rewards are allocated automatically at the point of sale.Turning a vision into global salesSubrata Dev, Fidel’s founder and CEO, said: The platform Fidel created makes it easy for developers to build innovative loyalty applications and services that are linked with payment cards, without having to integrate directly with each payment network (Visa, Mastercard and Amex). Fidel’s mission is to speed up the adoption of ‘card-linked loyalty’ by making the technology more accessible.Subrata Dev added: Fidel was funded through our open funding programme, which recognises that innovative ideas can come from any sector or technology area and at any time. Find out more about the open programme. Providing a secure interface for usersThe company has been careful to build in safeguards for consumers. It is PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) level 1 certified. The company handles and transmits all sensitive data via secure bank-level encryption methods.No personal information, such as a card number, is ever stored. The company cannot monitor transactions without explicit opt-in consent from cardholders and they monitor qualified transactions at participating merchant locations only to fulfil rewards. All data is stored on an anonymised and aggregated basis and the company never analyses or shares this data with third parties.last_img read more


‘Better than what we have’ – United and Liverpool fans want Chelsea man if he leaves

first_imgEngland vice captain Gary Cahill could leave Chelsea to ensure he represents England at Euro 2016.This season the defender has played 12 Premier League games as John Terry and Kurt Zouma have been prefered in defence.Cahill has been a Chelsea player since 2012 and the 30-year-old is seen as an ideal man to shore up the back lines of Liverpool and Man United by some of the club’s fans.Here, talkSPORT looks at some of the reaction online from supporters. Gary Cahill is worried he 1last_img


STORM ALERT: DONEGAL AIRPORT KNOCKED OUT BY LIGHTNING STRIKE

first_imgDonegal Airport has been put out of operation after it was struck by lightning this evening.Vital equipment at the airport was damaged leading to a cancellation of flights.Tomorrow morning’s flights to and from the airport have also been cancelled. Engineers will be on site tomorrow morning in a bid to repair the damage.Passengers are currently being bussed to and from Dublin.It comes as winds begin to pick up speeds across the country ahead of a code red storm warning for this evening.Donegal may escape the worst of the storm but winds are expected to increase across the North West again tomorrow. If you have any storm damage report please contact [email protected] will publish all reports once they are verified. STORM ALERT: DONEGAL AIRPORT KNOCKED OUT BY LIGHTNING STRIKE was last modified: December 26th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Airportlightning strikestormlast_img read more


Swissôtel Hotels and Resorts debuts in Indonesia

first_imgSwissôtel Hotels and Resorts debuts in IndonesiaSwissôtel Hotels and Resorts debuts in IndonesiaSwissôtel Hotels and Resorts is set to make its first debut in Jakarta. Opening mid of 2019, Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue is located in a mixed-used lifestyle mall complex. Designed by EDG Design, the hotel features 412 spacious guest rooms, six dining outlets, an executive lounge, the Pürovel Spa & Sport facility as well as the city’s largest event space of 3,044 square metres that can accommodate up to 3000 guests in its ballroom.“This is such an exciting time to introduce the Swissôtel brand into Indonesia and particularly Jakarta to complement the Group’s growing portfolio of city and resort destinations throughout the region,” said Garth Simmons, COO AccorHotels Indonesia – Malaysia – Singapore.Staying true to Swissôtel’s brand promise of promoting Swissness and vitality, the hotel will offer a very inspiring atmosphere which will be bolstered with the gracious Indonesian hospitality. Swissôtel is synonymous with Swiss hospitality and all there is to love about Switzerland – quality, efficiency and care. Giving guest the peace of mind they need to explore the world and discover life’s true rewards is at the essence of any Swissôtel stay.One of the world’s greatest megalopolises, Jakarta was named among the top ten fastest growing tourism cities in the world based on the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) 2017. Jakarta has a rich, varied history, and is a city of exciting metamorphosis – with its bustling traffic, its strong affiliations to its own historical roots, and a hub of development in Indonesia.“We are proud to partner with AccorHotels in bringing the premium hotel brand to Indonesia with the development of Swissotel Jakarta PIK Avenue. Pantai Indah Kapuk has evolved to become a trendy lifestyle destination and this partnership will enhance our mixed-use proposition that caters to niche travellers with its high-end residential and commercial development. ” Said Alex Kusuma, CEO ASRI, the lifestyle arm of property developer, Agung Sedayu Group, owning company.As the latest landmark in the city located within a high end commercial and residential hub, Swissôtel Jakarta PIK Avenue combines the renowned Swiss hospitality with contemporary design, personalised service and charm. Founded in 1980, the brand offers freshness and vitality rooted in the tradition of Swiss hospitality.Part of AccorHotels,  Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts has more than 30 hotels globally including flagship properties such as Swissôtel The Bosphorus in Istanbul, Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore and Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy in Moscow. The brand’s contemporary Swiss style combined with local flair, its focus on vitality, sustainability and a deeply-rooted commitment to quality infuse the Swissôtel experience, ensuring custom environments where guests can recharge and feel at ease.For more information, please visit www.swissotel.comAbout SwissôtelOne of the best-known Swiss brands in the world, Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts offers contemporary hotels infused with the freshness and vitality of alpine energy, rooted in the tradition of Swiss hospitality. Respected for its intelligent design, quality craftsmanship and mindful approach to sustainability, Swissôtel gives its guests peace of mind to explore the world, discover life’s true rewards and embrace opportunities to ‘live it well’. The Swissôtel brand was founded in 1980 and today numbers more than 30 hotels globally including flagship properties such as Swissôtel The Bosphorus in Istanbul, Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore and Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy in Moscow. Swissôtel is part of AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group which invites travellers to feel welcome at more than 4,600 hotels, resorts and residences, along with some 10,000 of the finest private homes around the globe.Source = Swissôtel Hotels and Resortslast_img read more