BEETLE Family

Wincor Nixdorf said this morning that Burlington Coat Factory is deploying an additional 2,900 “BEETLE/S” POS systems at its stores nationwide, for a total of approximately 5,000 “BEETLEs” installed throughout the chain. The additional “BEETLEs”, when the rollout is finished in late summer, will run “Red Hat Linux” and will be deployed in all of Burlington’s current locations. The “BEETLE/S” systems configured for Burlington are sealed-chassis POS appliances with external power supplies and heat sinks rather than internal fans for heat dissipation. There are 600,000 “BEETLE” family installations to-date.

Marceco & Q Comm

Marceco, a wholesaler of prepaid telecommunication products, has selected Q Comm’s transaction processing platform and “Qxpress 200” POS technology for the electronic distribution of prepaid services through Marceco’s retail network. Under the agreement, Marceco will purchase Qxpress 200 terminals and pay Q Comm a fee for each transaction processed through the terminals. Rollout of a limited number of terminals has just begun. Marceco intends to eventually install Qxpress terminals in all 400 retail locations that it services.

Paymentech & Mac’s

Paymentech has inked an agreement to provide complete payment processing services for more than 400 Mac’s Convenience Stores including the Big Foot, Dairy Mart, and Handy Andy brands. Paymentech’s comprehensive payment options and premium service is well known in the convenience store industry. From high-speed authorizations, customized pre-paid cards and innovative reporting solutions.

Debit Upgrade

Toronto-based Triversity has come up with a solution that adds a debit card function to NCR POS systems without new hardware. The company recently implemented a “DOS Thin Client” version of its “Transactionware” POS software along with “Transnet,” Triversity’s file and message transfer solution for credit and debit transactions, for a Seattle-based drugstore chain. Bartell Drugs was willing to upgrade its existing DOS-based software to accommodate debit, but the company’s POS hardware could not handle the additional memory and storage requirements of a Windows-based solution. The family-owned drugstore chain wanted to preserve its hardware investment and migrate to Windows on its own timetable. As part of the upgrade, Bartell Drugs is replacing its previous dial-up connections with a frame relay network for faster debit and credit authorization.

CONVERT-A-CHECK

Vancouver-based LML Payment Systems and its licensee Global eTelecom have been selected as the back end processor for Merchant Services Network’s Electronic “Convert-A-Check” program. The program enables merchants to accept and process paper checks electronically, similar to a credit card transaction. Global eTelecom’s check services are licensed under four U.S. Patents held by LML. Florida-based Merchant Services Network has been in the merchant bank card processing business for more than 10 years.

GCA Clients

Global Cash Access has signed 16 gaming properties for its ATM cash access services to bring its total customer base to approximately 1,000 gaming properties. GCA offers an array of products and services, ranging from the latest ATM technology to guest development marketing services that help casinos better understand their customers and increase traffic to the gaming floor and special events.

E-PAY TAB

e-pay Australia Pty Ltd has partnered with Tab Limited to launch a real-time prepaid payment option for account holders in retail outlets throughout the country. TAB has over 200,000 account holders who use prepaid account funds to place bets via the phone and Internet. TAB, with a total combined turnover of US$2.5 billion per year, has more than 330 dedicated retail outlets and 1,600 outlets located in licensed hotels and registered clubs. Customers deposit funds into their accounts at these outlets. The added e-pay locations enable customers to deposit money to their accounts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 533 participating e-pay retailers, including 7-Eleven, Quix, Mobil, Video Ezy and Nextra. Within three months an additional 1,036 existing e-pay retailers will add TAB functionality to their systems. e-pay is a Euronet subsidiary and currently supports top-up purchases for mobile service providers at more than 50,000 POS terminals in approximately 18,000 retail locations. TAB is Australia’s largest national wagering company accepting bets on thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing as well as sporting and other events.

Hypercom Honors Founder

George Waller, founder of Hypercom, has been awarded the 2003 Payment Industry Luminary Award at Hypercom’s Global Partners Conference in New Orleans. Mr. Wallner has had a significant influence on the future of smart cards, and is regarded as the principal visionary behind many of today’s electronic transaction technologies.

Virgin Top-Up Cards

Virgin Mobile USA has inked a deal with four major prepaid wireless phone card distributors to expand its reach to 25,000 individual retail locations in the USA. A joint venture between Virgin Group and Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA, which launched last July, is the first mobile virtual network operator in the US. The Virgin Mobile card charges 25-cents per minute for the first ten minutes of each day, and then 10-cents for every minute thereafter. The “Virgin Mobile Top-Up” card will be available in $20, $30 and $50 denominations. The four new agreements were signed by CellCards, GTS Prepaid, PRE Solutions and InComm. “Virgin Top-Up” cards are now available in nearly 800 Hess gas station stores and CVS drug stores. Virgin Mobile phones and top-up cards are currently available at Best Buy, Circuit City, Media Play, Sam Goody, Target Stores and Virgin Megastores. “Top-Up” cards are also available at Circle K and 7-Eleven stores as well as online through Virgin’s Web site.

OTI 1Q/03

Contactless smart card specialist OTI reported first quarter revenues of $4.7 million, a 14% gain over the year-ago quarter. Gross profit for first quarter was $2.4 million, up 24% from $1.9 million in the first quarter of last year. Operating loss for first quarter decreased 49%, to $654,000. OTI says it saw significant progress in its petroleum payment management and micropayments products. Since the end of the quarter, OTI announced that it is providing integrated point-of-sale solutions to Loews Cineplex as part of MasterCard’s “PayPass” trial in Orlando, Florida. The Company also recently announced that ABSA, the largest commercial bank in South Africa, had joined OTI’s “FuelMaster Express Program” geared towards private motorists.

OTI 1Q/03

Contactless smart card specialist OTI reported first quarter revenues of $4.7 million, a 14% gain over the year-ago quarter. Gross profit for first quarter was $2.4 million, up 24% from $1.9 million in the first quarter of last year. Operating loss for first quarter decreased 49%, to $654,000. OTI says it saw significant progress in its petroleum payment management and micropayments products. Since the end of the quarter, OTI announced that it is providing integrated point-of-sale solutions to Loews Cineplex as part of MasterCard’s “PayPass” trial in Orlando, Florida. The Company also recently announced that ABSA, the largest commercial bank in South Africa, had joined OTI’s “FuelMaster Express Program” geared towards private motorists. For complete details on OTI’s first quarter results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com][1]).

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

Canadian Tire & Moneris

One of the Canada’s largest retailers has inked a seven-year agreement with Canada’s largest debit and credit card payment processor. Canadian Tire made a decision to consolidate all of its processing with one partner, and in so doing, selected Moneris Solutions. The agreement with Canadian Tire Financial Services includes 1,000 retail stores, gas bars and car washes, as well as Canadian Tire Direct online and catalogue ordering channels. Canadian Tire has $7.2-billion in annual retail sales. Moneris provides payment card acceptance and POS technology for more than 350,000 merchant locations across North America and processed approximately 1.7 billion card transactions last year.