70 Years of Scandinavian Heritage

November 15, 2017

The Gift Box Celebrates an Anniversary–We Celebrate it as Our OMEGA MVP

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Where did I come from? What were my ancestors like? How can I connect with my genealogical roots?

America is a melting pot. In a time where just about everything is produced to the masses, finding unique, authentic items can seem like no easy task. For one shop in Geneva, Illinois, they’ve spent the past 70 years providing a wide range of Scandinavian giftware both locally, and across the States.

The daughter of Swedish immigrants, Edythe Anderson had a dream to open a store that would sell all the Scandinavian items she had loved so much. After years of saving and the end of WWII, Edythe was able to open her store. The Gift Box was established in 1947.

“The Chicagoland area attracted a very large population of Scandinavian immigrants beginning in the 1800’s,” Hans Jönsson, co-owner of The Gift Box said. “A large amount of them settled in the suburbs, particularly in the Fox River Valley.” And that’s just where Gift Box Lennarthis father ended up after emigrating from southern Sweden.

Lennart Jönsson began working at The Gift Box in 1954 and he was immediately an asset. His passion and expertise of Scandinavia and giftware mixed with his ability to connect with anyone he met made Lennart not only beloved, but the obvious choice when it came to time for Edythe to retire. Lennart took control of The Gift Box in 1984 where he continued to help the business grow and thrive.

To the people in Geneva, Lennart was known as the “Swedish Ambassador” of culture and tradition. To his children, Hans and Maria Jönsson, he was simply known as dad. “Dad had so many great stories about his life in Sweden,” Hans said. “We traveled back home dozens of times together, and he has definitely passed his passion on to us.” When Lennart passed away in 2013, Hans and Maria had two options. Hang an ‘out of business’ sign, or keep the legacy alive. Of course the decision was simple.

“When The Gift Box opened in 1947, there were many Swedish owned businesses in Geneva. Ours is the last one that remains.”

Now a ‘jewel’ in Geneva, The Gift Box has become the Fox Valley’s headquarters for authentic Scandinavian gifts and food. They’ve even outlasted dozens of Swedish owned businesses that were once spread throughout Chicago.

It doesn’t matter what you’re looking for because The Gift Box just about has it all. Items are imported from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Swedish Gift Box Me2handcrafts, wood carvings, ornaments, and candleholders are just among the few fan favorites. Hans still spends much of his time traveling in Sweden looking for antiques and new products to bring back, just as he did with his father.

Another customer favorite is the food. “As all of the Swedish Delicatessens in Chicago have now closed, many people know they can get everything they need for their Swedish Smorgasbord at our store,” Hans said. They have everything from Swedish ham, lutefisk, herring, lingonberries and more!

This week, The Gift Box is celebrating 70 years in business with their 70th Anniversary Sale! The celebration sale began  last Saturday, November 11 and runs through Wednesday, November 22. While you cannot buy directly through their website just yet (upcoming plans for 2018!), you can phone in your orders directly for purchase.


The Gift Box is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays. They are located at 310 West State Street, Geneva, Illinois 60134. Check out some samples of what they sell at their website, keep updated with items and events through their Facebook Page, or stop on by for a total “in store experience” and to get back to your Scandinavian roots!

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The OMEGA MVP program was organized to help recognize, celebrate and promote the merchants, vendors and partners of OMEGA Processing Solutions. The Gift Box has been an OMEGA merchant since September 2015.

 


MERCHANT FRAUD ALERT

November 15, 2017

OMEGA Processing Solutions merchants have reported receiving a “TERMINAL UPGRADE REQUEST FORM” in the mail. While this might appear to be a valid equipment upgrade offer, it is NOT.

In very small print at the bottom of the form is the following language:

“Northern Payment Systems, Inc. does not represent your current provider and is not part of or affiliated with any government program. This is a solution to become your third party merchant service provider and to process all your electronic payments in one device.”

This is an attempt from an unscrupulous competitor to trick you into switching your merchant services provider. In this case, the mailer came from “Northern Payment Systems, Inc.,” but there might be other outfits attempting the same scam.

If you receive any notice of this sort, please contact OMEGA Processing’s customer service department at 866.888.9724 Ext. 7. Thank you for helping us to stop his sort of merchant fraud attempt.

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OMEGAlife Online Proposal and Application Solution Released

November 14, 2017

‘Game changing’ app to establish  OMEGA as the company others strive to become

[FORT THOMAS, Kentucky – November 14, 2017] To say that a significant milestone was reached this month at OMEGA Processing Solutions would be an understatement.

“It is with a great deal of pride, humility and thankfulness to all involved that I announce that the first-ever merchant application using the OMEGAlife online, electronic signature application was submitted,” announced OMEGA President, Todd McHugh.

In development for just five short months, OMEGAlife is a URL-based, tablet-enabled solution for OMEGA Account Executives to create real-time pricing proposals and deliver electronically signed merchant applications without paper, faxing, scanning or email. OMEGA partnered with Gaslight, a Cincinnati-based, experienced and agile software development firm, in the development and production of the application.

In addition to reducing errors and approval time, the OMEGAlife app also provides enhanced security features. Merchant application information is entered into the tablet device, encrypted and securely transmitted to servers protected by the industry’s most current data encryption software. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI/DSS), which governs the handling of data by all entities within the payment processing industry, is followed throughout the entire process. The result is a faster, more accurate and more secure merchant application process.

“Over the coming weeks and months, we will continue to refine and enhance this ‘game- changing’ application in order to cement OMEGA’s status at the forefront of the payments industry and as a company that others strive to become,” continued Mr. McHugh.

For more information and a demonstration of the OMEGAlife application, please contact OMEGA Processing Solutions.

About OMEGA Processing Solutions

Founded in 2003, OMEGA Processing Solutions is a premium provider of electronic transaction processing and data delivery. The company offers electronic payments processing, B2B and e-commerce solutions, mobile payments, point-of-sale system integration, short-term capital funding and gift card programs to thousands of businesses across the United States. OMEGA has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and is a member of the BBB Center for Marketplace Ethics. Based in Greater Cincinnati, OMEGA also has regional offices in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Columbus, Ohio, and Louisville, Kentucky, markets. For more information, please visit www.omegap.com or call 866.888.9724.


Mobile Made Easy with OMEGA

November 8, 2017

Now you’ll never miss a sales opportunity with OMEGA’s mobile payment solutions. Every business is different, and OMEGA has different mobile payment options to suit various operational needs. Here’s a breakdown of our mobile offerings. Which one works best for you?

SwipeSimple Mobile Reader

EMV mobile payment solution using the free SwipeSimple app for iOS and Android devices. Online merchant dashboard provides inventory, product and account management capabilities.

Mobile Swipe Reader with VT

Non-EMV mobile swipe reader using the free iProcess app for iOS and Android devices. This option includes all standard features of OMEGA VT, our virtual terminal product, including e-commerce, invoicing, billing, as well as upgraded security and fraud-protection options.

Mobile-Only Swipe Reader

Non-EMV mobile reader without the full virtual terminal services. The reader uses the iProcess app for iOS And Android devices and has limited reporting and administrative virtual terminal functions.

USB Reader

This Ingenico brand card reader connects to a computer and OMEGA’s VT product for card-present transactions. EMV and non-EMV options are available. This includes all standard virtual terminal features, including e-commerce, invoicing, billing, as well as upgraded security and fraud-protection options.

Check out these videos for more info on our mobile products, then contact OMEGA’s customer service department at 866.888.9724 Ext. 7 for product and pricing details.

 


OMEGA Adds to Cincinnati Management Team with Regional Sales Director Hire

October 30, 2017

Sales Management Veteran Angela Esposito To Grow and Manage Local Sales Force

With the hiring of Angela Esposito as Regional Sales Director, OMEGA Processing Solutions has bolstered its already-solid Greater Cincinnati management team. Angela brings over 20 years of sales and sales management experience starting her career working for Provident Bank. Most recently she served as the Director of Sales at Ametek Corporation, a Cincinnati-based aerospace company. Angela is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

In her role at OMEGA, Angela is responsible for consistently meeting team sales goals, while building and managing her Midwest team. In addition, she fosters an entrepreneurial spirit that enables her to successfully build her team.

“Angela brings a wealth of experience and success to OMEGA,” says Vice President of Sales, Zachary Hurtt. “She has hit the ground running and is developing her team’s laser-sharp sales focus that will result in success for both them and OMEGA.”

OMEGA is looking to expand its sales presence with boots on the ground in Greater Cincinnati and surrounding territories. Looking for a career in sales, not just a job? Contact OMEGA Processing Solutions  at info@omegap.com.

Angela Esposito

 


The History You Crave. The Convenience You Need.

October 25, 2017

Kirkwood Inn Celebrated as OMEGA MVP

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Nestled between Mason and Lebanon in Southwestern Ohio, you’ll discover the enchanting inn and centuries old colonial home that is Kirkwood Inn. This charming country inn, along with the on-site Kirkwood House offer a historic atmosphere, scenic landscapings and updated personal accommodations as a charming alternative to the everyday hotel chains.

Family owned and operated since 2002, Sandra and David Eves opened Kirkwood Inn after recognizing the home’s historical significance. They transformed the on-site 1970s-style roadside motel into a fully renovated 48-room country inn. Each morning, guests are treated to a complimentary breakfast buffet in the Historic Kirkwood House.

kirkwood-inn-mason-ohio-3Built in 1799, Associate Judge Jacob D. Lowe opened his two story, colonial home as a farmhouse inn to accommodate travelers. The inn quickly became a routine stopping point for politicians like Congressman Henry Clay, traveling to and from Washington D.C.  Soon after, Postmaster William Kirkwood opened a post office at the farmhouse, saving locals a half day trip to pick up mail, and sealing the home’s spot in history.

Today, the Eves continue to restore many of the home’s original features, keeping the authenticity alive, yet updating to modern conveniences.

“The Inn is a wonderful family-owned alternative to large hotel chains,” Sandra Eves, owner of Kirkwood Inn said. “Where travelers seeking comfort, value and a historical atmosphere can come and enjoy their stay.”

Step outdoors to find six acres of scenic landscapekirkwood inn new-gazebo-couple where guests can stroll, sit, eat, or just be. Whether at their seasonal pool or brick patio, or at a covered picnic table or white gazebo, Kirkwood Inn’s park-like grounds are filled with places to go. Throughout their gardens and trails, you’ll find a wide variety of flowers and wildlife.

Whether you’re looking for a wedding venue, taking a family trip to Kings Island (just 2 ½ miles away!), or are in need of a couples getaway, Kirkwood Inn is one vacation you’ll never forget.

Kirkwood Inn has been the recipient of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award since 2013. For more information on events, reservations or local attractions, visit www.kirkwoodinn.com or connect on Facebook for photos and updates. Kirkwood Inn is located at 4027 U.S. 42, Mason , Ohio 45040.

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The OMEGA MVP program was organized to help recognize, celebrate and promote the Merchants, Vendors and Partners of OMEGA Processing Solutions. Kirkwood Inn has been an OMEGA merchant since March 2005.


Saving on B2B Interchange

October 13, 2017

Did you know that by providing just a few extra fields of information on B2B transactions using corporate and purchasing cards, your business can qualify for lower interchange rates? This is often referred to Level 2 and Level 3 data and can result in a significant interchange savings over a typical consumer transaction.

Background

Level 1: This level of processing refers to business-to-consumer (B2C) transactions, during which consumers use their personal credit cards. The data required to process a Level I transaction is small, but the interchange rates are higher.

Level 2: Level 2 credit card processing refers to a more detailed transaction designed to support business-to-business (B2B) payment processing. Commercial accounts often require the ability to monitor and control credit card spending, and Level II processing simplifies these transactions.

Level II transactions can qualify for lower interchange rates. Basically, Visa/MasterCard recognize that if you, as a business, are providing all of this extra information, the sale is more likely to be legitimate. As such, they are willing to provide a lower cost for the sale.

Level 3: This B2B processing takes everything one step further. Most merchants will never have the opportunity to accept Level 3 cards, but if you’re processing a B2B-heavy industry or accept a lot of Government cards, having Level 3 data acceptance may help reduce your interchange costs even further.

How You Can Save

If you regularly process B2B transactions, utilizing Level 2 data will help you achieve savings on interchange rates, typically around 0.50% lower. To accept these transactions, you will either need to have a standalone terminal or processing gateway that allows you to input the extra fields. OMEGA VT, our virtual terminal, can be set up to do this. In addition to information collected in a Level 1 transaction, you will also need to input tax amount, Merchant State and Postal Code, Tax ID information and Merchant Category or SIC code. This can result in a significant annual savings for just a little extra effort — time is money in this case!

To learn more about how Level 2 processing can help your business, contact OMEGA Processing today.

866.888.9724

http://www.omegap.com