YOU MIGHT HAVE thought it couldn’t get
easier for a small business to manage payroll
than with Intuit Online Payroll, but it just did.
Costco’s payroll services provider has just
launched Intuit Online Payroll Mobile, adding
the convenience of an iPhone mobile application to an already efficient payroll service.
With this free app, you can enter employee
hours, review, approve and instantly pay
employees, all from your iPhone. All of your
paycheck details are automatically reflected
in your Intuit Online Payroll account.
• View reports of the last payroll run.
• Automatically synchronize data with
your Intuit Online Payroll account.
• Get free phone support Monday through
Friday, 6 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m., PST.
Intuit launches new payroll app
Features of the Intuit Online
Payroll Mobile app
• Create and approve employee paychecks and pay stubs.
• Pay employees with direct deposit or
• E-mail your employees a confirmation
upon successful creation of paychecks.
Intuit uses the same encryption technology used by banks. That means your
information is protected from any unauthorized access when data is being transmitted.
Intuit Online Payroll Mobile is free to
Costco members who use Intuit Online
Payroll. If you don’t have an account, you
can get a free three-month trial of the service, then pay as little as $23.99 per month
for Executive Members, or $25.99 per
month for Business Members.
For more information or to enroll, visit
Costco.com and search for “payroll,” or call
toll-free 1-866-636-2228.—David Wight
COSTCO’S ONLINE INVESTING provider,
ShareBuilder from ING DIRECT, is pleased by
the response to the free mobile application—
ShareBuilder Mobile—they launched last
June. The Connection recently asked Brandon
Potter, vice president of product management
and customer service for ShareBuilder, about
how this app was developed.
losses, check your watch list, get market news,
trade and transfer money to or from
ShareBuilder. It’s a comprehensive application
now and over the next couple of months we’re
rolling out new functionality. It’s pretty exciting stuff.
Brandon Potter: Mobile is an evolving
medium that allows our customers to stay
informed and access their accounts on the go.
The adoption level has been huge. Just over 15
percent of our customers have downloaded
one of the apps. That’s pretty amazing in such
a short period of time.
Costco Connection: Which smartphones
do you support?
BP: We support the Apple, BlackBerry and
Android smartphones. This is just the beginning of what we will support in the mobile
space. We have a dedicated development
team now that is constantly updating, improving and building in new functionality.
CC: Should people have any concern about security or identity theft when they’re con- ducting transactions through this app? BP: They should not. We are one of the few brokerage firms to require the use of MFA— multi-factor authentication. It goes beyond a simple username and password; it requires you to confirm an image that you selected and a phrase that you typed in. That means we have an extra layer of security embedded in the mobile device.
CC: Do you plan many changes for the app?
BP: You can do a ton with it now, [such as]
check your balance, review your gains and
CC: Who will get the most out of this mobile app?
BP: Both customers and prospective customers will find value in the app. Our primary
objective is to provide a seamless, consistent
experience between the website and mobile
interface so customers don’t have to learn a
whole new navigation structure. Keeping
things clean and simple is the key.
To learn more about the mobile app, visit
sharebuilder.com/mobile. To open an account,
go to Costco.com, click on “Services” and
select “Online Investing.”—DW
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SIPC, and is not affiliated with Costco. Costco is not a broker/
dealer. ShareBuilder is a subsidiary of ING Bank, fsb. Securities products are not FDIC insured, not bank guaranteed and
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