Home Print Movie Tix

AOL Moviefone Inc., the nation’s largest movie listing guide and ticketing service, Monday announced plans to launch a new program that enables consumers who purchase tickets over Moviefone.com to print their own bar-coded movie tickets at home and avoid lines at the theater. A prototype of the new service is on display this week at AOL Moviefone’s booth at the annual ShoWest movie industry convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The program is set to launch early this summer in partnership with United Artists Theatres and will roll out to other AOL Moviefone theater-chain partners over the course of the year.

Under this new program, moviegoers who purchase their tickets on Moviefone.com will have the option of printing out a bar-coded ticket on their home computer printer. These electronic tickets will eliminate the need for moviegoers to bring a credit card to the theater to retrieve their tickets from automated ticket machines in the theater lobby. Now, they can simply present their home-printed ticket, which will be scanned by theater personnel for quick admission. Consumers who do not have printers or prefer the former method will still be able to pick up tickets at automated machines in theater lobbies, just as in the past. The new home-printing option will also be made available to users of Moviefone’s popular 777-FILM telephone service simultaneously.

“We are committed to making moviegoing more convenient and fun for the millions of moviegoers who use our services online, on the phone, or through any of the new devices on which Moviefone is available.” said Andrew Jarecki, Chief Executive Officer of AOL Moviefone. “Letting moviegoers print tickets at home saves them time and gives them the confidence of arriving at the theater with tickets in hand.”

“This initiative is another example of how our partnership with AOL and Moviefone is helping United Artists to provide the best, most innovative services to moviegoers,” said Kurt Hall, CEO of United Artists Theatre Company. “We look forward to offering our patrons the convenience of being able to print United Artists movie tickets at home.”

In order to create and fulfill these bar-coded electronic tickets, AOL Moviefone will use its existing ticketing interface with the theaters to create seamless, real-time access to the theater’s ticket inventory and to communicate the consumer’s purchase back to the theater’s box office. AOL Moviefone will also be working with preferred partner Radiant Systems to create additional back-end technology that will be distributed to participating circuits.

About AOL Moviefone

AOL Moviefone, a wholly owned subsidiary of America Online, Inc. (NYSE: AOL), is the leading offline and online movie listing, information, and ticketing service. Through its AOL Moviefone telephone service (e.g. 777-FILM) and its online service Moviefone.com, the company provides millions of moviegoers each week with a complete, free directory of movies, showtimes, theater locations, the ability to purchase tickets, and other content of interest to moviegoers. AOL Moviefone is a part of the AOL Interactive Properties Group.

Nordstrom fsb

Nordstrom Inc announced it has converted its wholly-owned subsidiary Nordstrom National Credit Bank to a federally chartered savings bank (thrift institution) named Nordstrom fsb, effective today. The Office of Thrift Supervision granted approval to proceed with the conversion on December 17, 1999.

“As a federal savings bank, we are better equipped to meet the needs of our customers and strengthen our competitive position,” said Kevin Knight, chairman of Nordstrom fsb.

Nordstrom fsb, like its predecessor credit card bank, will focus primarily on issuing and servicing Nordstrom private label cards and co-branded VISA(R) credit cards. Its existing product lines include Nordstrom VISA and Nordstrom VISA Platinum credit cards, and a proprietary Nordstrom credit card which will offer enhanced benefits, including a new rewards program and cash access, later this spring.

The new charter enables Nordstrom to extend new payment product and service offerings to its customers such as a co-branded VISA debit card and checking accounts. “We’re in a unique position to offer our customers products and services that typically aren’t available through traditional retailers,” said Knight. A negotiable order of withdrawal (NOW) account, paying a competitive interest rate and accessed by a debit card, may be offered as early as May 2000, and a home equity line of credit may be offered this fall. The savings bank also plans to offer, within the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), a number of mortgage and credit products designed to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income borrowers and neighborhoods.

Nordstrom fsb is headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nordstrom National Credit Bank was originally established in 1991.

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, with 104 stores located in 23 states, including 71 full-line stores, 27 Nordstrom Racks, three Faconnable boutiques, two free-standing shoe stores, and one clearance store. The company also seeks to serve customers through its online presence at [http://www.nordstrom.com][1], as well as direct mail catalogs. Nordstrom, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

[1]: http://www.nordstrom.com/

NCR ATMs

NCR reported Wednesday that it delivered a total of 44,024 ATMs to customers worldwide in 1999. NCR saw especially strong shipment growth in Europe, with full function and cash dispenser ATMs showing 13% and 21% increases respectively over 1998. In the Asia Pacific region, NCR experienced a 28% increase in total ATM shipments.

Bill-Point

Online trading giant, eBay Inc., and Wells Fargo & Company announced early this morning an alliance to take ‘Billpoint’ to the next level. eBay acquired Billpoint, Inc., an online payment technology firm, last May. Since then, Billpoint has built its initial person-to-person payment platform, combining Internet payments with data security, customer service, and integration with eBay. The strategic alliance with Wells takes the existing ‘Billpoint’ platform forward, enabling it to immediately serve eBay’s 10 million customer base by utilizing the payments and customer care backbone of Wells Fargo. Under terms of today’s deal, Wells Fargo has agreed to purchase a 35% equity interest in Billpoint from eBay. Wells Fargo has also signed a long-term payment processing and customer care contract with Billpoint. eBay members add more than 500,000 items to the site daily in more than 4,200 categories.

Liquid-Credit

Fair, Isaac revealed Monday the development of a Web-based solution that harnesses the company’s gold standard analytics and decisioning technology to offer instant credit to consumers. ‘LiquidCredit’ instantly evaluates applicant risk; returns suggested credit decisions based on product-matching analytics and the grantor’s strategy; and, for brokers, matches scored applicants to various credit grantors’ lending criteria, presenting applicants with a variety of credit options. The new FI solution offers a Web-based decision engine, credit reporting agency interface, associated transaction management tools, and the ability for businesses to design their own decision criteria and strategies. ‘LiquidCredit’ can also create a common platform for B2B and B2C credit origination. It facilitates seamless interaction between e-marketplaces and e-tailers who initiate credit-driven transactions, and sources of financing like banks, finance and leasing companies. The company plans to have the product generally available beginning May 17.

Pep Boys Card

Automotive aftermarket retail and service chain, Pep Boys, has launched a private label credit card with GE Card Services. Under terms of the GE deal, Pep Boys will join the ‘CarCareOne’ network which will expand its cardholder base by hundreds of thousands, and increases card acceptance from 662 locations to more than 5,000 nationwide, ‘CarCareOne’ network participants. Pep Boys is also offering 10% off a customer’s first charge when customers apply for and use the card, now through March 31. The card features 90-days same-as-cash on all purchases over $150 with a minimum monthly payment required; 25 day interest free grace period on all purchases under $150; and emergency roadside assistance services that covers jump starts, towing (up to 25 miles), tire change (with an inflated spare), fluid replacement, and lock-out service. The company will heavily promote application and use of the card at its stores through traditional marketing and sales promotion techniques, plus a five-week employee incentive program that rewards employees every time they process 10 approved applications.

ATM Attacks

NCR and UK-based Spinnaker International announced Thursday they have teamed up to launch the first ‘Intelligent Cash Security’ solution that could make physical attacks on ATMs a thing of the past. ICS provides complete end-to-end protection for cash during transit and replenishment of the terminal. This means that the cash is constantly in a safe environment. In the event of an attack, cash or any other valuable media in a currency cassette is permanently spoiled using colored liquid dye. This reduces the need for greater physical protection and cuts transport costs, as cash is protected without the need for armored trucks and multiple armed guards. The system also provides end-to-end recording of the amount of cash in the currency cassette throughout the delivery cycle, simplifying reconciliation and allowing better scheduling of cash deliveries to ATMs. The system uses a range of internally mounted sensors which have been carefully developed to detect any brute force, cutting, or explosive attack whilst providing a high degree of stability against false alarms. Any genuine attack will set off the note degradation system housed on the ATM dispenser, permanently marking the notes with indelible ink. Other parts of the ATM are not affected and the machine can be put onto service following an attack.

TSYS Redesigned

Total System Services, Inc.announced the launching of its redesigned company Web site (http://www.totalsystem.com ). Unveiled officially on February 21, the improved format offers visitors an interactive look at one of the best companies to work for in America.

“We are excited about our new Web site because it offers our guests a more revealing look at who we are, what we do, our vision for the future and why we remain an industry leader,” said Philip W. Tomlinson, TSYS President. “We wanted the Web site to be a reflection of our company and our people in addition to providing information about our business.”

One major site improvement is the comprehensive investor relations section. The new investor relations pages includes stock quotes, detailed financials, archived news and SEC filings, all updated frequently. Using PR Newswire’s Virtual IQ, TSYS offers guests the latest interactive push technology. Visitors can register to receive TSYS press releases, closing stock prices, daily high and low stock price ranges, and current news headlines via email. Additionally, the new site has built-in navigational code that gives handicapped persons the ability to retrieve information into a text reader.

“On average, TSYS receives more than 9,000 hits to our site everyday, with our investor relations section being a major attraction. We feel the new Web site allows us to do a better job of sharing TSYS’ strong strategies for success with current and potential investors, as well as the entire investment community,” Tomlinson said.

Guests may access the investor relations section through the TSYS homepage at [http://www.totalsystem.com][1] or directly by typing [http://www.totalsystem.com/fi nance/index.htm][2].

About Total System Services, Inc.

TSYS provides global commerce solutions. With more than 207.9 million accounts on file, TSYS facilitates the payment exchange between buyers and sellers for 291 million consumers. Our systems capture and deliver more of the right information to our clients allowing them to make wiser business decisions yielding portfolio growth more than twice the industry average. TSYS and its family of companies offer a full range of business services from credit application to collections, allowing our clients to focus on building their brands while we focus on safety, security, ease and convenience. Based in Columbus, Ga., TSYS ([http://www.totalsystem.com][3]) is an 80.8 percent-owned subsidiary of Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) ([http://www.synovus.com][4]), No. 5 on FORTUNE magazine’s list of “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” in 2000.

[1]: http://www.totalsystem.com/
[2]: http://www.totalsystem.com/finance/index.htm
[3]: http://www.totalsystem.com/
[4]: http://www.synovus.com/

Smart-J Chip Award

NCT Group, Inc. announced that STMicroelectronics has been named a winner in the Advanced Card Awards 2000 for the Smart-J chip. This 32-bit smartcard chip offering direct Java(TM) processing was developed by Advancel Logic Corp., a subsidiary of NCTI. Advancel receives a royalty on every smartcard sold by STMicroelectronics. The Advanced Card Awards is the UK’s premier awards program recognizing excellence and innovation in the smart and advanced card industry.

“We are proud that STMicroelectronics, the undisputed worldwide leader in smartcards products, has embraced our subsidiary’s technology and that this technology has been recognized as the best new chip for smartcards,” said Michael J. Parrella, President, NCTI.

According to published market data, 1.15 billion smartcard chips were shipped in 1997. The total chip market is anticipated to exceed $1.4 billion in the year 2000.

A smartcard contains an embedded integrated circuit that can process information on the card once inserted and powered by a card reader. Examples of microcontroller smartcards are the electronic purse credit/debit card functions, ID cards that provide authorized access to networks and subscriber identification modules (SIM) that secure certain PCS cellular phones against fraud. The emergence of multi-function/multi-application needs in various application fields requires higher complexity, larger memory sizes and higher performance chip architectures.

STMicroelectronics is a global independent semiconductor company with strong European roots listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: STM) and on the Bourse de Paris. It designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete devices used in a wide variety of microelectronics applications, including telecommunications systems, computer systems, consumer products and industrial automation and control systems. In 1997, the company was recognized as one of the world’s best companies by Industry Week and Upside Magazine. Further information on STMicroelectronics can be found at [www.st.com][1].

Advancel Logic Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NCT Group, Inc. is located in San Jose, California. Advancel is a developer of algorithm-specific microprocessor cores with native Java execution. The company offers a family of highly-optimized processors for embedded applications. For more information, refer to the company’s World Wide Web site at [http://www.advancel.com][2].

NCTI is a leading technology developer with an extensive portfolio of proprietary algorithms and a wide variety of product offerings for consumer, commercial and industrial applications. The Company specializes in the utilization of sound and signal waves to reduce noise, improve signal-to-noise ratio and enhance sound quality. For more information, refer to the company’s World Wide Web site at [http://www.nct-active.com][3].

[1]: http://www.st.com/
[2]: http://www.advancel.com/
[3]: http://www.nct-active.com/

ICE 6000

> Hypercom Corp. this morning introduced a new card payment terminal for large national retailers, chain drug stores, supermarkets and other multi-lane environments. The ‘ePic ICE 6000’ features the industry’s first 5.7″, 256-color 1/4 VGA touch-screen graphics display screen. The new terminal also supports a full range of electronic payment transactions including debit, credit, check, gift card, EBT and more. In addition to embedded card payment software, the ‘ICE 6000’ also contains an HTML/HTTP browser. Hypercom says the goal of the ‘ICE 6000’ is to implement Internet enabled terminals and an array of revenue-enhancing services without jeopardizing the security of the POS payment environment. With the new terminal multi-lane retailers can take advantage of revenue-generating applications such as advertising and coupons, electronic receipt capture, check imaging and conversion, e-commerce, and direct consumer marketing. Hypercom will begin shipping the terminal next month.

Discover Shopping Center

While stadium branding has become commonplace, a new trend may emerge following a deal yesterday to name a shopping center complex after a credit card brand. Discover Financial Services and The Mills Corp.announced Wednesday they have teamed up to create the first-ever naming rights partnership in the shopping center industry. The property involved is Discover Mills, a 1.3 million square foot retail and entertainment center located in Gwinnett County, GA, 25 minutes north of downtown Atlanta. The new shopping and entertainment complex, formerly known as Sugarloaf Mills, will feature approximately 200 retailers. Yesterday’s deal is the culmination of a multi-year relationship, during which ‘Discover Card’ was recently named as the official credit card of The Mills properties. Under the terms of the 10-year, multi-million dollar partnership, ‘Discover Card’ will become the preferred payment method of Discover Mills, which is anticipating $400 million in annual retail sales. Discover will also have its own storefront within the mall and will also develop marketing programs, including special offers, in-mall promotions and ‘Cashback Bonus’ award promotions with selected merchants. Mills Corp. runs 21 retail centers and has six projects under construction.

AmSouth Renews TSYS

Total System Services, Inc. announced a five-year extension to its processing agreement with AmSouth Bancorporation for credit card processing. TSYS has processed the AmSouth portfolio since 1993.

TSYS President Philip W. Tomlinson said, “As AmSouth continues to grow its portfolio, we are delighted to play a part in its continued successes. AmSouth’s renewal is a sign of the strength of our people, technology and vision, and we are committed to earning their business everyday.”

Beverly Anderson, Vice President, Bankcard Department, AmSouth, said, “This extension allows AmSouth to continue providing its customers with first- rate quality, value, and customer service. We are delighted to be associated with TSYS, a company that upholds the same high standards.”

With the acquisition of First American, AmSouth became the 19th largest bank holding company in the nation and has leading market positions in Tennessee, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, and a presence in Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kentucky and Virginia. AmSouth also became a leader among regional banks in the Southeast in several key business segments, including small business, consumer and commercial lending; annuity sales; equipment leasing; mutual funds and managed trust assets.

About AmSouth

AmSouth Bancorporation and AmSouth Bank are headquartered in Birmingham, Al. The company and its subsidiaries provide a full line of traditional and nontraditional financial services including consumer and commercial banking, small business banking, mortgage loans, trust services and investment management.

About Total System Services, Inc.

TSYS provides the electronic payment link between buyers and sellers. With more than 207.9 million accounts on file, TSYS makes it possible for 291 million consumers to use their credit, debit, commercial and retail cards any time, anywhere and through any medium or portal. Our sophisticated systems collect and retain more transaction detail data per account than any other company. We return that information to our clients in a meaningful way so they can better serve every customer and make wiser commerce decisions. Our services allow our clients to focus on building their brands while we focus on safety, security, ease and convenience. Based in Columbus, Ga., TSYS ([http://www.totalsystem.com][1]) is an 80.8-percent-owned subsidiary of Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE: SNV) ([http://www.synovus.com][2]), No. 5 on FORTUNE magazine’s list of “The 100 Best Companies To Work For” in 2000.

[1]: http://www.totalsystem.com/
[2]: http://www.synovus.com/