Tim Hortons rolling out Interac Flash payment system next week

TORONTO — Tim Hortons has joined other Canadian retailers in adding Interac Flash cards to the number of ways customers can make cashless payments at the counter.The restaurant chain expects more than 2,300 locations across the country to be accepting the wireless touch cards by the end of October.Rather than adding to a credit card balance, the Interac cards draw down the funds from the customer’s bank account.[np-related]Unlike older types of credit and debt cards, the new generation of Interac cards use a quick-touch wireless reader rather than a swipe stripe or computer chip.Due to its size, Tims will be one of Canada’s biggest users of Interac Flash but it won’t be alone.Indigo book stores, Cineplex movie theatres and Esso-branded convenience stores are among the retailers that have said they’ll join the Interac Flash mob.In most other announcements so far, however, the retailers don’t expect to have their locations up to speed until sometime in 2013.But Tim Hortons Inc. (THI) said Tuesday it expects to have more than 3,000 restaurants accepting Interac Flash by the end of this year. read more

One year later Calgary businesses bounce back after historic flood

One year later, Calgary businesses bounce back after historic flood AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jun 14, 2014 12:25 pm MDT As we approach the one year anniversary of the flood, the work continues to get everything back to normal.A big part of that is getting businesses back up and running and Maggie Schofield with the Calgary Downtown Association tells 660News it’s been a lot of hard work but most have recovered well.“Through a lot of encouragement, through different advertising programs and different promotions that were done within the downtown core, a lot of people came back to the core and really supported the businesses down here, both retail and restaurants, so I think they were very grateful for that and they get through the year which is great,” she explained. “They were keen to make sure that they could capitalize on opportunities like the stampede actually going forward so there were a lot of those things that came together that without those components it would have been a pretty devastating summer and probably a year where we would have lost businesses.”She adds there aren’t any business in the core that are still struggling, but there are some buildings in the Beltline and Chinatown that won’t reopen.Schofield points out that’s only about a dozen businesses which is well below what you would have expected for a disaster of this size.As for those that bounced back, she says those owners have learned some valuable lessons.“Some of them have probably streamlined their business process a little bit more so they can get up and running again should there be something like this again,” said Schofield. “I think a lot of people found out what sort of insurance they had and perhaps changed those policies a little bit to better protect themselves.”She adds it has been good to see a re-engagement of the community to make sure people shop downtown and support the business close to where they live.She said the association isn’t having a big event to mark the anniversary but a commemorative art piece has been commissioned, there will be a block party and there will be extra programming throughout the summer. read more