Connect with us

News

Earls Restaurants Signs Deal with XTM for Today™ Mobile App and Mastercard for Instant Employee Payouts

gbafNews28

XTM rolling out the Today solution throughout 68 Earls locations in Canada and the US 

TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – XTM, Inc. (“XTM” or the “Company”) (CSE: PAID) (FSE: 7XT), a Toronto-based Fintech company in the challenger banking space, providing mobile banking and payment solutions around the world, is pleased to announce that its Today Mobile App and Mastercard instant payout solution was chosen by Earls Restaurants as their payment solution for earnings and gratuity payouts to its thousands of staff members across Canada and the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of digital payments resulting in a significant increase in transaction value.  According to Statista, global digital payments transactions value is forecast to reach US $6,685 billion in 2021, representing a 21% YoY increase.  

With the significant decline in the use and acceptance of cash and many service businesses declining cash as a form of payment, now more than ever, service industry operators need a solution for earnings and gratuity payouts. XTM's Today Card and mobile wallet pushes Earls Restaurant staff their earnings at the end of each shift.  Employees can use their Today Card and mobile banking solution to make in-store or online purchases,  withdraw cash at ATMs, pay bills, send Interac eTransfers and more.

With the Today Mobile Solution admin portal, each Earls location can administer and have complete control and automation of the entire process from card delivery, activation and assignment to daily employee earnings disbursement of gratuities. 

“This was an important decision for our organization” said Eric Holland, Vice President, Operations, Earls Restaurants. “First and foremost, we wanted to ensure it benefited our employees. Ultimately we are looking to make their lives easier and more efficient.  We analyzed the pros and cons of XTM's solution thoroughly and piloted the program before we moved forward. With very positive feedback all around we are confident that this solution is the right fit and we will be able to grow with it in the future.”

“With Earls being an industry leader and innovator in the hospitality sector, we are delighted to have been chosen to provide the payment solution to all their valued staff members,” said Marilyn Schaffer, CEO, XTM.  “Same-day pay is important as are the other features we will continue to build into our solution including overdraft protection, unsecured credit products and cash back rewards.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Earls and helping them achieve this new level of operational efficiency,” said Dylan Erlendson, VP, Sales, XTM.  “We have great admiration for this organization, and it's the Earls' vision in the hospitality space that has resulted in it being such an iconic brand.”

With XTM's cloud based, PCI compliant web and mobile architecture, users have features common to bricks and mortar banks including transaction tracking, balance reports, same day e-Transfer and ACH, bill-pay, card-to-card transfers, card to bank, suspicious activity notifications and more.  All free to the employers and near-free to the employees with the exception of card-to-bank transfers which have a small transaction fee.  

About XTM Inc.  – www.xtminc.com
XTM, www.xtminc.com is a Toronto-based fintech innovator in the challenger banking space helping business and workers alike expedite earnings payout and reduce or eliminate banking fees.   We are a global card issuer and payment specialist providing free technology to business to automate and expedite worker payouts that can eliminate cash.  XTM integrates businesses to a payment ecosystem that is coupled with a free mobile app and Mastercard debit card with free banking features. XTM drives enterprise value and creates a positive user experience.  

XTM Inc. is publicly listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) under the symbol “PAID” (CSE:PAID).

This news release contains “forward-looking information” and “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws (the “forward-looking statements”), within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, including expected performance of XTM, the expectation that businesses with which XTM does business or have committed to do business will in the expected timeline rollout the solution, that employees will use the solution, that the continuing trend toward electronic payment methods will attract new business owners to use the Today program, and the general conditions and revenues of XTM.  Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, although not always, identified by words such as “expect”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “potential”, “schedule”, “forecast”, “budget”, “estimate”, “intend” or “believe” and similar expressions or their negative connotations, or that events or conditions “will”, “would”, “may”, “could”, “should” or “might” occur. While XTM can make best efforts to estimate when businesses will re-open or back to pre-Covid 19 business levels there are no guarantees this will happen in the time the Company expects or if at all.  All such forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the future circumstances, outcomes or results anticipated in or implied by such forward-looking statements will occur or that plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur.

The CSE has not approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release, and the CSE does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Cision View original content to download multimedia:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/earls-restaurants-signs-deal-with-xtm-for-today-mobile-app-and-mastercard-for-instant-employee-payouts-301217198.html

SOURCE XTM Inc.

News

Opening of Konica Minolta’s Newest Customer Engagement Center in APAC

gbafNews28

The state-of-the-art facility showcases Konica Minolta’s unique print technologies in one central location, supporting the needs of customers in the Asia Pacific region.

 

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 23 February 2021 – Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia will be launching its new Customer Engagement Center (CEC) at Wisma Kemajuan in Petaling Jaya, Selangor in Malaysia. The new 8,106 square-foot center signals its continued strategic investment into the company’s industrial printing business.




With more professionals turning to digital printing, the new CEC enables customers to experience Konica Minolta’s printing solutions that can meet their ever-changing needs.

They can view first-hand how these machines bring their works from the digital workspace to life through real-time printing of decorative embellishments, labels and digital metallic colours on traditional print applications such as book jackets, direct mails, cards and more.

During the initial launch, customers can take a virtual tour of the Center from the comfort of their own homes or offices with a Konica Minolta representative, and in-person through scheduled appointments with its Virtual Showroom platform to create a new immersive experience for customers and prospects as part its holistic approach in the “new normal”.

Brimming with interactive features without any software download, customers will receive immersive one-to-one demonstrations from our experts focusing on the key product features and applications and how these bring many benefits to their business.

Digital print will continue to grow as it allows a greater variety of print customised to the recipient to be produced economically, and fundamentally the content can be determined much closer to the end-user. Digital’s share of the whole market increases in value terms from 15.7% in 2017 to 19.3% by 2022, as the next generation of presses pushes productivity and quality to boost the competitive position of digital technology.

A Word from Mr Osafumi Kawamura, Managing Director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia

‘With this new center, we will be able to demonstrate the unique digital print capabilities of our industrial printers such as KM-1, AccurioPress C14000 and MGI JETvarnish range. On top of that, we are able to host virtual sessions directly from the center via the virtual showroom website so customers are able to experience the products without needing to be physically present. We hope that our customers will leverage on this technology hub to add value to their business needs.’ said Mr Osafumi Kawamura, Managing Director of Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia.

With the new APAC CEC, Konica Minolta is underlining the commitment to customers in the professional and industrial printing markets. The new CEC gives customers hands-on experience through live and virtual demonstrations.

About Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Asia is transforming the workplace of the future with its customer-centric solutions and hardware for the digitally connected world. We are committed to create new values for the society with our expertise. From information management to technology enabling tools, the solutions help businesses improve time to information, support mobility, and optimise business processes with workflow automation. Konica Minolta, Inc. has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, one of the most prestigious global indices of ESG investment, for eight years in a row. For more information, please visit http://www.konicaminolta.sg/business/

Continue Reading

News

BDO announces winners of the BDO ESG Awards 2021

gbafNews28

Third year of this pioneering awards conferment show exemplary HK-listed companies are moving beyond their stakeholders’ expectation from ESG reporting in response to the revised HKEx guideline and rising interest in ESG across the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic

 

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 23 February 2021 – BDO, the world’s fifth largest accountancy network, announced and honoured today the winners of the third BDO ESG Awards (“the Awards”). This competition has been widely supported by many listed enterprises and winners of different awards have been selected from 88 nominations that showcased excellence in ESG reporting and disclosure. Awardees are recognised for having implemented outstanding sustainability initiatives and they are selected by a panel of reputable and professional judges. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s BDO ESG Awards Presentation Ceremony was held online for the first time, where awards, our subscribers and the public were invited to witness the efforts of all awardees in relation to ESG reporting last year.

The first virtual BDO ESG Awards ceremony is held to pay tribute to businesses with strong ESG commitment and outstanding ESG efforts.

In addition to the three existing awards, ‘Best in ESG’, ‘Best in Reporting’ and ‘ESG Report of the Year’, two new categories have been added this year, namely ‘Theme Award’ in recognition of companies with outstanding performance in ESG under the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘ESG Report of the Year — Technology’ in recognition specifically of companies that demonstrate technological advancement in their business models and operations, and which perform well in the areas of ESG (see the full list below).

Dr William Yu, Chairman of the Judging Panel of the Best in ESG Awards, said,The COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting recently everyone’s life. Despite challenging times, we are glad to see that HK-listed companies have implemented various ESG measures with heightened consciousness. During these unprecedented times, appropriate initiatives should be adopted to help protect against the spread of Covid-19, while at the same time showcasing how to perform well and drive business continuity. We are pleased to see that companies are becoming more aware of the roles of ESG integration and are enhancing their reporting quality, especially with regard to governance, risk management, target-setting and transparency. Thanks to BDO for its continuous efforts in ESG engagement which has attracted more local and international companies to value the sustainability bandwagon.”

Dr Carlye Tsui BBS JP, Chairman of the Judging Panel of the Best in Reporting Awards, said, “This year, we see that the quality of reports competing for BDO ESG awards highlights companies moving beyond compliance and meeting rising expectations. Companies that have great regard for ESG values and active board leadership in ESG implementations for reasons more than just compliance are now enjoying competitive advantages. The Panel of Judges highly commends the award-winning companies for their earnest efforts. The awardees have demonstrated immense ideas of originality and thoughtfulness in organising a state-of-the-art ESG presentation.”

Professor Yuk-Shan Wong SBS BBS JP, Chairman of the Judging Panel of the ESG Report of the Year (Technology) Award and Theme Award, said, “This year was not normal for everyone, including the investment community. Under the COVID-19 pandemic, all industries have been impacted in varying degrees of severity. Yet, it is heartening to see companies had implemented effective sustainability initiatives and achieved high standards in ESG engagement. With the new Theme Awards, it recognised the hard work that companies have done and their achievement with outstanding ESG performance amid these unprecedented times.”

Mr Clement Chan MH JP, Managing Director of Assurance, BDO in Hong Kong, said, “This year marked the third year of the BDO ESG Awards and we are glad to see that more listed companies have raised their awareness of the importance of their contribution in ESG. In particular, the Hong Kong Exchange launched the Revised Guide in late 2020 which is stricter and stipulates more demanding requirements in terms ESG reporting deadline. Echoing the theme of this year BDO ESG awards as ‘Revive & Innovate”, and in view of the shifted market focus on technology company and COVID-19 measures, we have specially created two new award categories — ‘Theme Award’ and ‘ESG Report of the Year — Technology’ in order to expand the scope of the BDO ESG Awards and encourage more listed companies in various industries to enhance their ESG reporting disclosure. And we are happy to see companies had intensified efforts to adopt appropriate measures to help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and at the same time sustain businesses. Going forward, we at BDO will continue to offer them support to help their companies raise ESG standards and performance and in turn contribute to overall ESG development in Hong Kong.”

Mr Johnson Kong, Managing Director of Non-Assurance, BDO in Hong Kong, said, “On behalf of BDO, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the judges who have committed precious time and their expertise in the judging process to ensure the credibility and representativeness of the Awards. Under the pandemic, we view that ESG issues will be increasingly central to investment decision making, and we are excited to acknowledge that not only large-cap companies but small mid-cap listed companies have increased their efforts in ESG and sustainability engagement. BDO, as a comrade of ESG facilitators, will remain committed as a keen advocate for continuous enhancements in the ESG and ESG reporting standards of Hong Kong-listed companies towards international standards, so as to promote Hong Kong as a green financial hub.”

Mr Ricky Cheng, Director and Head of Risk Advisory, BDO in Hong Kong, said, “Over the years, we have noted that ESG measure is a rising topic among Hong Kong and global investors to value listed companies and as an indication of a responsible and sustainable investment. Besides, with the Revised Guide that was launched last year, we expect more listed companies to wake up to the importance of ESG reporting in meeting not only stakeholders’ expectations but also those of investors and the public in the area of ESG performance. We are happy to see more and more companies appreciate the value of ESG reporting and are willing to put time and resources in various ESG areas. Riding on the trend, BDO will spare no effort to continue pushing ESG engagement and further strengthening the leading position of Hong Kong as an International Financial Centre.”

BDO ESG Awards 2021 Winners (listed in alphabetical order)

Best in ESG — Large Cap

CLP Holdings Limited (002.HK)

Lenovo Group Limited (992.HK)

New World Development Company Limited (017.HK)

Best in ESG — Mid Cap

COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (1199.HK)

Xinyi Energy Holdings Limited (3868.HK)

Yuexiu Property Company Limited (123.HK)

Best in ESG — Small Cap

China Everbright Greentech Limited (1257.HK)

Sa Sa International Holdings Limited (178.HK)

Shun Tak Holdings Limited (242.HK)

Best in ESG — GEM

1957 & Co. (Hospitality) Limited (8495.HK)

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited (8320.HK)

Roma Group Limited (8072.HK)

Best in Reporting — Large Cap

CLP Holdings Limited (002.HK)

Lenovo Group Limited (992.HK)

Sino Land Company Limited (083.HK)

Best in Reporting — Mid Cap

COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (1199.HK)

Fortune Real Estate Investment Trust (778.HK)

Yuexiu Property Company Limited (123.HK)

Best in Reporting — Small Cap

China Everbright Greentech Limited (1257.HK)

Landsea Green Properties Company Limited (106.HK)

Shun Tak Holdings Limited (242.HK)

Best in Reporting — GEM

1957 & Co. (Hospitality) Limited (8495.HK)

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited (8320.HK)

Roma Group Limited (8072.HK)

ESG Report of the Year — Large Cap

CLP Holdings Limited (002.HK)

ESG Report of the Year — Mid Cap

COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited (1199.HK)

ESG Report of the Year — Small Cap

Shun Tak Holdings Limited (242.HK)

ESG Report of the Year — GEM

Roma Group Limited (8072.HK)

Theme Award

Haier Smart Home Company Limited (6690.HK) (former Haier Electronics)

ESG Report of the Year (Technology) Award

Lenovo Group Limited (992.HK)

About BDO

BDO’s global organisation extends across 167 countries and territories, with more than 91,000 professionals working out of over 1,600 offices — and they’re towards one goal: to provide our clients with exceptional service. BDO was established in Hong Kong in 1981 and is committed to facilitating the growth of businesses by advising the people behind them. BDO in Hong Kong provides an extensive range of professional services including assurance services, business services and outsourcing, risk advisory services, specialist advisory services and tax services. For more details, visit www.bdo.com.hk.

Continue Reading

News

SunMirror AG Ramping Up Tin Exploration Efforts At Moolyella Project

gbafNews28
– Expanding the development of existing Cassiterite (tin ore) assets and greenfield explorations
– Engagement of Geonomik Pty Ltd to detail Moolyella Project tin potential
– Strong tailwind from high tin prices

ZUG, SWITZERLAND – EQS Newswire – 23 February 2021 – SunMirror AG (“SunMirror”; XETRA Vienna: ROR1; ISIN CH0396131929), the mining and exploration firm specializing in raw materials such as gold, lithium and other metals and minerals, is increasing its efforts to discover potential tin reserves to meet new demands.

SunMirror has engaged Geonomik in Perth, Australia, to review and conduct the Moolyella Project, prospective for tin, lithium and rare earths. A review of the project in 2011/12 confirmed reconnaissance rock chip sampling over an area of two square kilometres, revealing the presence of highly anomalous lithium in a significant number of samples analysed.

After further assessing historical data, SunMirror’s management decided to ramp-up exploring the highly prospective Moolyella Tin and Lithium projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia due to these sites’ history, location, infrastructure and record of rapidly bringing-to-market resources.

Dr. Heinz Rudolf Kubli, member of the Board of Directors of SunMirror AG, explains “Tin price levels are nearing multi-year highs. One of the reasons is the unprecedented demand for tin used in semi-conductors. We want to take advantage of the resulting opportunities.”

The Company is targeting a highly prospective exploration ground in the most attractive jurisdiction in the world for mining investment. The Moolyella Project is located 23 kilometers northeast of Marble Bar and consists of one exploration license covering 93 square kilometers. The license is held by Lithium 1 Pty Ltd, a fully-owned SunMirror subsidiary, and covers one of the most prolific historical tin, tantalum and lithium producing districts in Western Australia. In Australia’s oldest large-scale tin mining province, primarily artisanal mining took place between 1898 and 1986, which means the area has never been fully explored or drilled at depth. SunMirror’s tin tailings are scattered across the land holding.

About SunMirror AG

SunMirror is a natural resources holding company with a strategic focus on gold and other critical commodities – those metals and minerals that drive demand for sustainable next-generation technology. The company’s shares (ISIN CH0396131929) are listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange (ticker: ROR1) and the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange. For further information, please visit: www.sunmirror.com.

About Opus Group

Opus Capital Switzerland AG and Opus Capital Asset Management AG (“Opus Group”) specialize in bringing next generation companies to market by combining extensive industry expertise with one of Switzerland’s leading independent financial services firms. For more information, please visit: http://www.opus-capital.ch.

Continue Reading
Editorial & Advertiser disclosureOur website provides you with information, news, press releases, Opinion and advertorials on various financial products and services. This is not to be considered as financial advice and should be considered only for information purposes. We cannot guarantee the accuracy or applicability of any information provided with respect to your individual or personal circumstances. Please seek Professional advice from a qualified professional before making any financial decisions. We link to various third party websites, affiliate sales networks, and may link to our advertising partners websites. Though we are tied up with various advertising and affiliate networks, this does not affect our analysis or opinion. When you view or click on certain links available on our articles, our partners may compensate us for displaying the content to you, or make a purchase or fill a form. This will not incur any additional charges to you. To make things simpler for you to identity or distinguish sponsored articles or links, you may consider all articles or links hosted on our site as a partner endorsed link.

Call for Entries

Global Banking and Finance Review Awards Nominations 2021
2021 Awards now open. Click Here to Nominate

Latest Posts

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

Tigre de Cristal Staff Receives Russia’s COVID-19 Vaccine, An Injection of Hope in the Resumption of International Travel

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 23 February 2021 – Suncity Group Holdings Limited (“Suncity“, Hong Kong Stock Exchange...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

SunMirror AG Ramping Up Tin Exploration Efforts At Moolyella Project

– Expanding the development of existing Cassiterite (tin ore) assets and greenfield explorations– Engagement of Geonomik Pty Ltd to detail...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

BDO announces winners of the BDO ESG Awards 2021

Third year of this pioneering awards conferment show exemplary HK-listed companies are moving beyond their stakeholders’ expectation from ESG reporting...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

Opening of Konica Minolta’s Newest Customer Engagement Center in APAC

The state-of-the-art facility showcases Konica Minolta’s unique print technologies in one central location, supporting the needs of customers in the...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

ARB Berhad upbeat about its FY2021 prospects, driven by its cloud-based solutions

Lowest valuation among the peers Net cash company with strong growth momentum To offer cloud-based solutions for business sustainability and...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

Appier Shares AI Predictions and Trends to Watch in 2021

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – Media OutReach – 23 February 2021 – Appier, a leading artificial intelligence (AI) company, today shares AI...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

Hunter Fan Company Debuts Industrial Fan Line For Singapore

Inventor of Ceiling Fan Expands HVLS Product Offerings for International Market Needs   SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 23 February...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

Loanhere Launches New Website to Help Singaporeans Apply for Personal Loans from Licensed Money Lenders Fast and Effortlessly

SINGAPORE – Media OutReach – 23 February 2021 – Loanhere announced today the launch of its website, a one-stop destination...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

Thrive in Abu Dhabi programme launched to encourage global talent, investors to build their futures in the emirate

Long-term visas and paths to citizenship to accelerate growth in Abu Dhabi’s priority sectors   SINGAPORE – Media OutReach –...

gbafNews28 gbafNews28
News13 mins ago

Voluntary Announcement: IND Approval Received for A Phase III Clinical Trial of OT-101 in the United States

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – 22 February 2021 – This announcement is made by Ocumension Therapeutics (the “Company“,...