miiCard online ID announced Stephen Brannan, former Director of Group Technology at RBS, will serve as Chairman and Tim Bullock, former Managing Director of Personal and Retail Finance at Lloyds TSB Asset Finance, as Non Executive Director. Together, they will drive widespread adoption of the online identity verification service in the financial services industry and beyond. Stephen Brannan has vast experience of banking technology having formerly been Director of Group Technology at RBS and more recently Director of Separation Business Services responsible for executing the division of the RBS portion from ABN AMRO. Tim Bullock is co-founder of New Wave Ventures LLP, with over 33 years of experience in banking and finance.
Partnering with eWAY online payment processing gateway is going to ease payments through FreshBooks online invoicing. With eWAY online payments there is no middle man; funds will be deposited directly into the seller’s merchant account. Australian merchants can choose from among the country’s nine major banks, and accept payment from all major credit cards. After contacting eWAY for help setting up an Internet Merchant Facility with their preferred bank, users simply go to their FreshBooks settings, click Online Payments, and select eWAY as a payment gateway, and are ready to start taking credit card payments.
PBA Member Invenstar demonstrated its “TouchSuite Salon” all-in-one touch screen salon management POS system at Bronner Bros International Hair Show in Atlanta Feb 20-Feb 22. The “TouchSuite” all-in-one system and low price tag were well received, thanks to its software makes life easy with 3-touch booking, client management and marketing, texting, email, promotions, gift cards, credit cards, multiple renter accounts, product scanning and retail management and inventory reporting. TouchSuite “Salon” offers a full suite of business solutions and comes with complete hardware and TouchSuite Salon POS software.
PA-based USA Technologies reports that more than 180 colleges and universities in 32 States, and more than 1,330 school districts in 31 States have installed it “VendingMisers” on campus vending machines. USA Technologies reported that EnergyMiser products had also been installed in various commercial machines in nearly 60 State and Federal buildings throughout the US. Military installations in the US and overseas were also equipping their vending machines base-wide with VendingMisers. USA Technologies is a leader in the networking of distributed assets, wireless non-cash and m-commerce transactions, associated financial/network services and interactive media technology and energy management.
Saks Incorporated announced that it has selected edocs’ BillDirect Internet billing and customer management solution to enable its eleven million Saks Incorporated credit card holders to view and pay their credit card bills online. The solution, which will be available later this year for its Saks Fifth Avenue customers, will provide cardholders with a host of online customer service offerings in addition to the ability to view and pay their statements online. In early 2001, Saks Incorporated will offer this service to the customers of its traditional department stores (Proffitt’s, McRae’s, Younkers, Parisian, Herberger’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Bergner’s and Boston Store).
Saks Incorporated credit card holders will be able to receive previews of sale events, notification of double and triple point events, exclusive promotions and giveaways, and many other special perks. Cardholders will also be able to view and manage their SaksFirst First Reward program online.
“Superior service, benefits and rewards are the hallmarks of the value proposition that we offer Saks Incorporated’s credit card holders,” said Jim Coggin, President and Chief Administrative Officer of Saks Incorporated. “After a comprehensive review of solution providers, we determined that edocs’ BillDirect Internet billing and customer care software met the rigorous standards that we set for customer service.”
“edocs’ BillDirect will enable Saks to bring our offline customer service standards to our growing customer base that prefers the convenience of online interactions,” added Michael Rodgers, senior vice president of Credit for Saks Incorporated.
“Setting a high standard for service and rewards for a valued card holder base is a key differentiator in competitive high-end retail,” said Paul Hughes, Director of Billing and Payment Application Strategies at the Yankee Group. “Saks’ selection of edocs’ BillDirect to web-enable the valuable customer data contained in its customers’ bills and statements echoes the strong votes of confidence edocs has secured from some of the world’s largest credit card issuers, including American Express and GE Card Services.”
At the core of Saks’ online statement solution is edocs’ BillDirect, a comprehensive Internet statement and customer management software solution that transforms transactional account history into personalized, interactive communications enabling customer care and marketing via the Internet.
“We are pleased to add Saks Incorporated to the growing list of companies that choose edocs’ infrastructure for Internet billing and customer management,” said Jim Moran, Executive Vice President and Cofounder of edocs, Inc. “We believe that Saks’ selection of edocs underscores the compelling customer management functionality that is delivered through our Internet billing platform.”
edocs, Inc. develops, markets and supports a leading solution for Internet billing and customer management. edocs’ flagship product, BillDirect, maximizes customer relationships by enabling web-based billing, customer self-service and targeted marketing. edocs’ products are used by some of the world’s largest providers of consumer credit, telecommunications, utility, and billing services, including American Express, GE Card Services, Telstra, Southern California Edison, Boston Edison, and Moore. For more information about edocs, visit [www.edocs.com].
About Saks Incorporated
Saks Incorporated currently operates over 350 stores in 39 states under the names of Saks Fifth Avenue, Proffitt’s, McRae’s, Younkers, Parisian, Herberger’s, Carson Pirie Scott, Bergner’s, Boston Store, and Off 5th. The Company also operates a direct response business, Saks Direct, which includes the Folio and Bullock & Jones catalogs as well as saksfifthavenue.com. The Company’s annual revenues exceed $6.4 billion. For more information about Saks Incorporated, visit [www.saksincorporated.com].
Saks Incorporated recently announced the planned spin-off of its Saks Fifth Avenue business. Subsequent to the spin-off, the Company will still provide credit services to Saks Fifth Avenue.