Washington, DC-based Universal Air Travel Plan has hired Ken Murphy, formerly with the Export-Import Bank of the United States, as VP/Marketing and has promoted Emily Carter to VP/Member Relations and Recruitment. UATP offers a global air travel management control and cost savings program. The UATP brand corporate travel card provides the most complete data and lowest administrative cost of any charge product in the airline industry.Details
MD-based CreditXpert has launched a “What-If Simulator” for consumer credit reports, to be offered first by Trilegiant. Based on a hybrid of artificial intelligence, statistical techniques and analytical methods, the CreditXpert What-If Simulator(TM) enables consumers to experiment with actions like applying for credit, refinancing, opening accounts, missing payments, or updating information – and view their potential effects – before taking steps that impact their credit standing.Details
BOC Great Wall International Credit Card is the latest partner in “The Sky
Pearl Club.” “Sky Pearl” is China’s largest frequent flyer program and part
of China Southern Airlines. All “Sky Pearl Club” members who use the BOC
Great Wall International Credit Card can earn points to exchange for “Sky
Pearl Club” miles. Each 16 purchase points earned from credit card
purchases can be exchanged for one “Sky Pearl Club” mile. Available now
through May 31, 2003, “Sky Pearl Club” members can earn 8,000 purchase
points if they apply for a BOC Great Wall International Credit Card and use
the card at least once.
Lake Oswego-based ICM Telecommunications, a prepaid telecommunications services provider, said Thursday it has successfully completed beta testing of its “EPIS” terminal in the retail store environment. The EPIS terminal will achieve industry average gross margins of 25 percent on average gross sales of $1,100 per unit per month. ICM Telecommunications forecast is 1,500 units installed by years end.Details
Warehouse grocery chain Smart and Final has delivered its 25th million digital receipt using AfterBOT’s “ReceiptsPLUS” solution, which creates and stores all POS transaction activity from its 240+ stores and delivers the data via real-time Web-access. AfterBOT’s Retail InSIGHT Management(TM) solution leverages an atomic- level POS database created by the ReceiptsPLUS(TM) platform to enable a host of customer, marketing and business services.Details
Las Vegas-based One World Payment Systems, a developer of electronic payment solutions and a processor of payment transactions for emerging markets, announced yesterday it has terminated its plans to acquire Golf Product Technologies. One World Payment System is a payment transfer company. It is a developer of electronic payment solutions and a processor of payment transactions for emerging and specialty markets.Details
The Financial Supervisory Service reported that credit card gross dollar
volume increased 60%, and credit card loans grew 39% last year. However,
profits among the top issuers in South Korea sunk by nearly 90%, as credit
card delinquencies soared during 2002. Credit card gross dollar volume for
2002 was 688 trillion won. Credit card loans ended 2002 at 270 trillion
won. The Korea Economic Daily says combined net profits among LG Card
Company and eight other independent card issuers came in at 318 billion
won, an 88% decline. The profit decline was blamed on higher credit card
reserves and marketing costs.
Sears Canada confirmed this week it plans to expand its “Sears MasterCard” program across Canada this year. The company launched the MasterCard in September in Ontario only, and at year-end 2002, had activated 125,000 accounts with $150 million in outstandings. Sears Canada has nine million retail cardholders, the largest store credit card program in Canada, according to The RAM Report ([www.ramreportcom]). At year-end 2002, the Sears Canada card had $2,753,000,000 in card outstandings. Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 123 department stores, 40 furniture and appliances stores, over 2,100 catalogue pick-up locations, 140 dealer stores, 17 outlet stores, 45 floor covering centers, 52 auto centers and 111 Sears Travel offices. In the U.S., Sears has $12.3 billion in outstandings in the “Sears Gold MasterCard” program, compared to $5.3 billion on year ago. U.S.-based Sears has $18.5 billion in store card outstandings.
NY-based Global Payment Technologies reported Thursday a 32% increase in revenues for the fourth calendar quarter compared to the previous quarter. However, the firm showed a net loss of $340,000 for the final three months of 2002, compared to net income of $118,000 in the prior year period. GPT says the reduction in gross profit is primarily the result of a 28% reduction in sales and an increase in operating expenses. Revenues for the fourth quarter were $5.96 million. GPT is a manufacturer of currency acceptance systems used in the gaming, beverage, and vending industries. For complete details on GPT’s 4Q/02 results visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
Cleveland-based KeyCorp confirmed yesterday it is taking its MasterCard debit card to a higher altitude with the addition of Continental “OnePass” miles for off-line purchase transactions. In the second quarter, Key will offer its two million “MasterMoney” debit cardholders the opportunity to upgrade to the new rewards debit card. The issuer becomes the second U.S. issuer to offer Continental “OnePass” miles for signature debit POS transactions. In February 1999, Chase Manhattan launched the first co-branded debit card program in the USA. Teaming with Continental Airlines, Chase offers one “OnePass” mile for every two dollars spent on both PIN and signature purchases. Chase has since launched a business debit card version of the program. In 1998 Chase took over the Continental co-branded credit card program from Marine Midland Bank. Chase charges a $30 annual fee for the card. Key says details of their program will be announced in several weeks. However, Key said it will offer additional bonuses upon program enrollment, and when the card is used to buy tickets for Continental flights. Existing or new Key clients will have the option to either enroll in the program to begin earning “OnePass” miles, or to maintain their current debit cards without earning “OnePass” miles. Continental Airlines is the world’s seventh-largest airline and has a hub in Cleveland. (CF Library 3/20/98; 5/4/98; 2/23/99; 8/3/99)Details
Minneapolis-based Datakey has introduced its “Model 330J Java Card” that features a highly efficient cryptographic and data management applet, built-in to ROM. With this built-in applet that supports a broad range of IT and security applications, the Model 330J card reserves most of its 32K EEPROM for other applications and data storage and enables rapid card deployment by virtually eliminating application personalization.Details
London-based Black Sun and MORI have released a report on loyalty cards that shows 57% of the U.K. population have one or more of the 39 million loyalty cards in circulation; yet 25% of cardholders never redeem their points; only 40% say that having the card makes them shop at the store; 69% say they are not swayed by having a card; and 85% of card holders regard lower prices as preferable to loyalty points. Speaking this week at “Cards Europe 2003,” Black Sun`s Knowledge Management Director explained that the key reason for this is that the current loyalty programs are strong on volume and weak on value. Black Sun says the current loyalty programs are little more than thinly disguised discount programs. Not only is the discount “thin”, its usually 1%, but also the fact that it is simply a discount scheme is only slightly disguised by the issuing of points for earnings and redemption. Black Sun cited the “Nectar” loyalty card as an example.Details