Cardtronics retail ATM owner expanded its ATM management services agreement with The Kroger grocery retailer, having added 350 ATMs to both its retail ATM footprint and Kroger relationship, which was first conceived in 2010. The ATM additions are underway in Ralphs, Food 4 Less and Foods Co. grocery stores in California and Nevada, as well as Tom Thumb convenience stores in Florida and Alabama. As the largest single provider of ATM services to the Kroger family of stores, Cardtronics now manages ATMs in more than 1,150 Kroger-owned grocery and convenience stores, with that total spread across 32 states and 13 of Kroger Co.’s local banner names. Overall, Cardtronics operates over 37,100 ATMs in the United States, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and the Caribbean, primarily with well-known retailers such as 7-Eleven, Chevron, Costco, CVS/pharmacy, ExxonMobil, Hess, Rite Aid, Safeway, Target, and Walgreens.
Discover is sending a Southern California family with a passion for roller coasters on the ultimate all-American summer vacation: a coast-to-coast road trip to visit five Six Flags theme parks across the country. The Discover Coaster to Coaster Tour builds upon the second year of the partnership between Discover and Six Flags that provides cardmembers with valuable savings and exclusive benefits at Six Flags theme parks across the United States. Roller coaster enthusiast and longtime Discover cardmember Kurt Dahlin, of Santa Clarita Valley in California, his wife Michelle, and their sons Kyle (age 15) and Aaron (age 12) will begin the tour July 8 at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California. For three weeks the Dahlin family will visit Six Flag parks in Atlanta, Dallas and New Jersey, and complete the tour at Six Flags Great America in Chicago. Discover cardmembers enjoy exclusive perks and benefits at Six Flags parks, including an instant five percent discount on purchases around the parks and online when they use their Discover Card.
Duran Duran will kick-off the second year of “Unstaged: An Original Series from American Express” on March 23rd at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. The 2011 “Unstaged” kick-off performance will be live-streamed at 10:00PM ET / 7:00PM PT at www.YouTube.com/DuranDuranVEVO. American Express, in partnership with VEVO online premium music video and entertainment service and YouTube will provide Duran Duran fans worldwide with access to their “Unstaged” performance, which coincides with the start of the band’s first official tour since 2008. Award-winning filmmaker David Lynch has been enlisted to capture the performance.
American Express Canada launched its “FX International Payments” (FXIP) foreign exchange payment solution for Canadian businesses, allowing clients to make foreign currency transactions at competitive rates and with the convenience, security and control of 24/7 online service. With “FXIP,” businesses can offer customers a simple, convenient and tailored way to manage worldwide payment needs, supported by a secure online platform to provide important protection. It includes competitive live exchange rates on more than 110 currencies; an online, convenient and secure payments platform available 24 / 7 that enables the management of all transactions in one place; lets American Express Cardmembers earn Membership Rewards points on foreign exchange transactions at a rate of 1 point for every $30 transacted; and a secure online platform which can be tailored to individual business requirements.
Canadians are more focused on primarily cost and quality subsequent to a new type of consumer behavior in which they seek products and services that are in line with their personal values. With this, consumers are Supporting Local Economies Through Direct Spending, shifting their habits towards those of rural neighbors, seeking more local, home-grown and community-focused interactions. With this, 36% want to be a greater part of the local community, therefore they buy from local brands and vendors; 47% say the availability of locally-sourced or locally-made products affects their spending; and 46% say they were more aware of their environmental impact as consumers. This, according to a new American Express study; “American Express: Consumer Spending Futures: The New Era of Pause and Purchase,” also shows Canadians are shopping less, are choosing products that represent value for money and expect value from brands that align with their own desire for simplicity and ethical living with 76% describing themselves as cost-conscious and 62% describe themselves as quality-driven. Additionally, 87% of 55 to 64-year-olds make luxury purchases; 48% think very carefully about what they buy; and 32% think long and hard before spending money.
The International Council of Customer Service Organizations (CSIA) named American Express Canada winner of the 2010 ‘International Service Excellence Award’ in the Division of a Large Business. This award follows a year of new investments and initiatives dedicated to reinventing customer service at American Express Canada. At the forefront of these investments was a new approach to service entitled ‘Relationship Care.’ This new service mindset focuses on deepening customer relationships and creating emotional connections, rather than just transacting. The International Service Excellence Awards are a top customer service award that nominates leading customer service organizations.
VALID Systems announced this morning that the Circle K convenience store chain is deploying its check cashing program to its company-owned locations. Utilizing the VALID decisioning and identification technology, the new system integrates existing hardware alongside new technologies with fully automated approval in about 60 seconds. Funds are loaded onto a Money Network branded GPR card provided by First Data, which then allow cardholders to withdraw cash immediately from an onsite ATM, or use it like any other debit card.
Amex Bank of Canada announced that British Airways has joined the American Express Membership Rewards as one of the Program’s newest points transfer participants. American Express Cardmembers enrolled in Membership Rewards are now able to transfer their points into BA Miles. BA Miles reward options include travel to any destination in British Airways’ worldwide network and with partner and oneworld alliance airlines. Membership Rewards is an American Express loyalty program that offers points on your eligible purchases or points for virtually every dollar in purchases charged to the Card.
American Express Business Travel has deployed its “aXcentis” for small and mid-sized companies, offering cardholders complimentary passes to access Plaza Premium Lounges in Toronto and Vancouver airports. Plaza Premium Lounge memberships are available for clients to purchase at deep discounts and offer access to Plaza Premium’s growing global lounge network, which presently includes Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India and Oman. With “aXcentis,” small and midsized companies who previously may not have had access to travel management programs. The program offers access to tools, services, and local travel counselors that provide customized advice and cost management solutions tailored to meet a company’s specific needs. The aXcentis program also offers its “Portfolio Email Dashboard Reporting” solution, offering key metrics that program managers need frequently; Program Strategy; Cash Flow Management/Spend Recycling; and Insight and Benchmarking.
American Express is giving people the opportunity to put their own creative spin on the Company’s advertisement with a chance to win a trip for two to New York and to have their ad featured in its ad campaign. Online, users can interact with a unique Facebook(R) application to design their ad and then share their masterpiece at www.facebook.com/americanexpresscanada until November 15 or in person using a digital canvas to create an ad at different locations around Toronto.
Following the success of its 2010 FIFA World Cup broadcast sponsorship, CIBC has entered into a sponsorship agreement with Visa in the retail banking category for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada, and has offices in the United States and around the world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.
OBRC has partnered with Wincor Nixdorf to offer the Wincor “iCASH 50” to streamline the former’s bottle drop operations. Allowing customers to receive cash immediately for their bottle and can recyclables, Wincor Nixdorf’s “iCASH 50” is a freestanding banknote-distributing terminal that manages all cash handling and reduces costs by completely automating cash processes. The closed cash cycle eliminates the possibility of errors or manipulation when handling cash, saving time, lowering costs, maximizing resources and provides a safe and secure work environment for employees as there is no requirement for them to handle cash.