Valley Bank Launches New Digital Payment App for Cannabis Industry

NEW YORK–()–Valley National Bank, a subsidiary of Valley National Bancorp (NASDAQ:VLY), announced today that it is creating a new digital payment platform designed specifically for cannabis-related businesses.

Valley Pay, Valley’s new digital payment solution, will migrate cash usage to a secure, web application, easing the burden on cannabis operators who are reliant on cash transactions today. The cannabis industry remains heavily reliant on cash transactions to conduct business as major debit and credit cards are not accepted.

The application will allow cannabis-related businesses to provide their customers access to a compliant, secure and streamlined mobile wallet payment system.

“This new digital payment platform is the first of its kind servicing the critical payment needs of cannabis-related businesses,” says Stuart Cook, Valley’s Chief Digital Product Officer. “We see the reliance on cash and existing payments options as a big problem and have set out to help

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Business app to verify vaccine status now available

Verify Ontario, released Oct. 15, scans QR codes of customers

A new smartphone app that enables businesses to verify the COVID vaccination status of its patrons is now available for download.

Verify Ontario, which was developed by the province, was released on Oct. 15.

It’s been designed to make it easier for business owners to quickly and accurately verify the vaccination status of a customer.

Under current provincial guidelines, full vaccination against COVID-19 is required in a number of settings, including restaurants, nightclubs, gyms, and other high-risk public spaces.

Using a smartphone or tablet, the business owner scans a quick response (QR) code, which is linked to a customer’s vaccination status, after which one of three screens appears.

A green screen with a white checkmark indicates a customer has been fully vaccinated and can enter the premises, while a red screen with a white ‘X’ indicates the customer has not

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South Dakota Mines students’ dating app uses memes to make matches | Business

What’s scarier than the terrors of Halloween? For many people, it’s trying to find love on a dating app.

Computer science students from South Dakota Mines have built a new dating app, Lafdr, that matches people based on their taste in memes. After testing a prototype, the app for IOS and Android launched on Sept. 17.

Morgan Vagts and Debbie Liknes, who both graduated from Mines in May, channeled their frustration with existing dating apps by creating their own. Lafdr’s algorithm, built by Liknes, connects like-minded users through the memes they enjoy on the app.

“Memes are a great conversation starter,” Vagts said. “It keeps the conversation light and lets people be themselves. … If you can laugh at a meme together, you know you have something in common.”

Vagts said Lafdr is designed to help people find friendship or romantic connections, or users can simply

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