All articles by James Ratcliff

James Ratcliff

Bluefolder announces integration plan

Field services management solutions provider BlueFolder has announced the integration of its software as a service (SaaS) based solution with FreshBooks’ invoicing solution. The move enables iBlueFolder’s clients generally SMEs with field-based sales and customer services teams to bring their service operations management, invoicing and billing systems together.

Basel III and liquidity management top Sibos agenda

The banking industry is once again gearing up for Sibos, where Basel III will be driving the agenda.SWIFTs annual conference and exhibition is, this year, being held in Toronto, Canada. The five-day event is expected to attract some 8,000 delegates from across the banking world.

Travelex launches payments into China

Travelex Global Business Payments has announced that their business customers will now be able to trade in Chinese renminbi. Travelex will be the first non-bank payments specialist to offer business transfers in the Chinese currency.Travelex customers will now be able to trade directly with Chinese companies.According to the Peoples Bank of China, cross-border trade settled in renminbi is growing rapidly under new scheme regulations, reaching $78bn (USD) in 2010 and 2011 volumes having already exceeded last years total in April. The is working to internationalise the currency and a growing list of commentators see the renminbi becoming a reserve currency within as little as five years., Global Managing Director at , said: The historical significance of a fully convertible renminbi cannot be understated and the movement away from using the US dollar as the default settlement currency has already begun.Savvy businesses in Europe, US and Asia Pacific are already changing their approach on trade related cross border payments to benefit from this ability to pay Chinese companies in renminbi. Making renminbi payments available through , provides easy access for a wide range of small businesses, corporates and partners, who previously had to rely on a relatively small number of major banks.

SmartPay obtains e-money licence in China

SmartPay obtain e-money licence in ChinaShanghai-based SmartPay has announced that it is the only mobile payments company to have been issued a payments licence by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC).

Credit Agricole implements new SEPA payments platform

Credit Agricoles payment systems division CEDICAM has announced it will implement Accenture’s IT platform to enable the bank to process SEPA direct debit payments.

Western Union repeats African aid project

Western Union and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have announced the planned launch a second African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM) in the fourth quarter of 2011. upgrades features and expands cloud capability

Integrated bill payment, online invoicing and cash management service provider has added document management and accounts receivable features to its suite of services.

ABS integrates Travelex payments solution

Accounting and HR software provider Advanced Business Solutions (ABS) has struck a deal with Travelex to integrate of Travelexs GlobalPay solution into ABS financial management systems.

MoneyGram re-opens Ivory Coast services

MoneyGram International reopened in the Cote dIvoire after being closed since March 1 due to political unrest.

FreeMonee launches new gift network

A new gift network has been launched that enables merchants to give their customers cash gifts straight onto their credit and debit cards.