Household International, Inc., through its private label credit card unit, has signed an agreement to manage a new private label credit card program for uBid, a majority-owned operating company of CMGI and leading retail auction and e-commerce site. Through the agreement, uBid customers will be able to apply for instant credit with no annual fee using the uBid card, managed by Household.
“We are pleased to align with uBid, another great Chicagoland company, to bring valuable customized financing solutions to customers,” said Sandy Derickson, managing director and CEO, Household Retail Services. “With the uBid agreement, Household truly is positioned as the premier private label credit card provider to the best retail e-commerce companies.”
Customers who use the uBid card will receive added benefits, such as lower shipping costs and special financing offers. For example, from time to time, uBid cardholders can take advantage of 90 days “same as cash” financing, which means they pay no interest for three months after a purchase. Household will manage the financing of these offers.
“We believe this strategic relationship with Household will help us achieve our mission of consistently delivering exceptional value and service to our customers,” said Greg Jones, president and CEO, uBid. “Lower shipping costs, smart financing arrangements and other special offers will mean better values for our customers, and keep them coming back to our site.”
In addition to uBid, Household offers private label credit cards and sales finance products for several other online retailers as well as other national and regional merchants in industries such as furniture, department store, consumer electronics, specialty discount and apparel. Household also provides financing for dealers in motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercrafts and snowmobiles.
uBid, a majority-owned operating company of CMGI, Inc., is a leading retail auction and e-commerce site, offering consumers and small- to mid-sized businesses the opportunity to purchase a wide range of brand-name merchandise, often at greatly reduced prices, through live-action bidding using sophisticated auction technology. The company’s Internet auctions feature a rotating selection of more than 12,000 products daily. uBid sells products in more than 12 different product categories, including computer equipment; consumer electronics; home and leisure; sports and recreation; jewelry and gifts; apparel; home improvement products; art; appliances; and travel and events. In addition, consumers may participate in the new uBid Auction Exchange marketplace, in which third-party vendors and consumers list their items for auction.
With more than 2 million registered users, uBid is committed to providing its customers with the highest quality auction experience on the Internet and offers supplier warranties on most consumer products. uBid also meets Better Business Bureau Online standards, which gives customers the confidence and security to bid safely online. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at [http://www.ubid.com].
Household’s businesses are leading providers of consumer finance, credit card, auto finance and credit insurance products in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. In the United States, Household’s largest business, founded in 1878, operates under the two oldest and most widely recognized names in consumer finance- HFC and Beneficial. Household is also one of the nation’s largest issuers of private-label and general purpose credit cards, including the GM Card and the AFL-CIO’s Union Privilege card. For more information, visit the company’s web site at [http://www.household.com].
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