BASIC-CARD POS

ZeitControl cardsystems has developed a POS terminal that can be
programmed in “BASIC.” The option enables users to reduce development time
to one to two weeks as opposed to months of traditional development time.
It is possible to add value to an existing application since “BasicCard
POS” also works with common, ISO-compatible, smart cards. .For creating a
POS application you use the “BASIC” compiler contained in the BasicCard
development kit. This means you can use your existing source code. The
“BasicCard POS” can also be extended with an optional PinPad device.

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Big Spenders

A new study has found that credit card users spend considerably more than those who use non-credit card payment methods during the current holiday season. Other differences between credit card users and non-credit card shoppers are that credit card users favor name brand merchandise more. When it comes to stores shopped most often for women’s clothing, Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Sears, and Target top the list of stores credit card users will shop most often. Another key attribute of credit card users is they are more loyal. Their customer lifetime value- the length of time they say they have shopped most often at a store is 8.97 years versus 7.86 for non-credit users. The study, conducted by BIGresearch of 8,500 consumers between November 7 and 14, also found that 67% of credit card users will spend more this year than last.

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Einstein/Noah Cards

NJ-based New World Restaurant Group has launched the “Einstein Bros Card” and “Noah’s New York Bagels Card” in 369 company-operated and 20 licensed Einstein Bros locations in 29 states, and 83 company-operated and two licensed Noah’s locations throughout the West Coast. Available in any amount from $5 to $500 and fully rechargeable, the Einstein Bros Card and Noah’s Card allow consumers to enjoy cash-free dining from breakfast to lunch and beyond. And, with the Holidays upon us, they also can be used to purchase merchandise at the online outlets recently launched by both restaurant groups.

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U.S. Bank & Travelers Express

U.S. Bancorp has signed an agreement with Viad’s Travelers Express Company to continue using the company’s official check and money order programs through 2007. Consumers typically purchase Travelers Express money orders at one of U.S. Bank’s convenient banking locations to fulfill unique bill paying requirements not met by the traditional checking account. Travelers Express handles the back office processing of both types of items once they are cashed.

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TransAKT Terminal

Calgary-based Wildcard Wireless Solutions has reached agreements with CardReady International for the sales, support and marketing of its flagship “TransAKT CDMA” wireless POS terminal in the USA. CardReady, a U.S. merchant service provider that is sponsored by Key Bank, will accept and process credit card transactions generated by end users of “TransAKT” terminals and will also provide front line customer support, according to The RAM Report (www.ramreport.com). In order to facilitate manufacturing of an initial inventory of “TransAKT” wireless terminals required for CardReady’s U.S. sales, CardReady has arranged a US$350,000 financing for Wildcard by way of an inventory secured loan. In exchange for providing sales, support, and marketing in the USA for the terminals, CardReady and Wildcard have signed a MOU wherein CardReady has been granted the exclusive distribution rights within the USA for the “TransAKT CDMA” wireless terminal and has been designated the “Merchant Service Provider of Choice.”

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SMS & Cardinal

OH-based CardinalCommerce has signed Spectrum Merchant Services, whose annual processing exceeds $500 million, for the “Cardinal Centinel” merchant authentication software. Spectrum Merchant Services is the latest in a series of merchant service providers signed in the last six months by CardinalCommerce, including Heartland Payment Systems, Paradata Systems, eProcessing Network, Innovative Merchant Solutions, Transactional Technologies, and DCTI.

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Poland ATMs

Poland’s Bank Przemyslowo-Handlowy PBK has signed an ATM network participation agreement with Hungary-based Euronet Worldwide. Starting December 20th, BPH PBK’s 2.6 million customers will be able to use any of Euronet’s 430 ATMs throughout Poland without being charged additional fees. This agreement increases the bank’s ATM network from 720 ATMs owned by BPH PBK to a total of 1,150 ATMs, according to The RAM Report ([www.ramreport.com][1]). Under terms of the deal, transactions by BPH PBK customers on Euronet ATMs will be switched directly to the bank for authorization and settlement. The bank has agreed to monthly transaction minimums and will pay a fixed fee per transaction to Euronet. Bank Przemyslowo-Handlowy PBK is the third largest bank in Poland, which is owned by the second largest bank in Germany, HypoVereinsbank AG.

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

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Cyprus Acceptance

Trying to use a credit or debit card in Cyprus this weekend will be all but impossible. The banks in Cyprus have decided to stop all card transactions, regardless of brand, effective midnight tonight, local time, following a labor strike at JCC Payment Systems Ltd. MasterCard said this morning it does not know when acceptance will resume. MasterCard said the stoppage is due to a continuing labor strike within the data center of JCC. MasterCard cardholders only will still be able to access cash at the 19 National Bank of Greece (Cyprus) ATMs that are available throughout the country since NBG does not have its card transactions processed by JCC. Cardholders with MasterCard and Maestro cards, issued by Bank of Cyprus, Popular Bank, Hellenic Bank, National Bank of Greece (Cyprus), Federal Bank of the Middle East will also be able to withdraw money from the ATMs of these banks.

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Pyke on ETA Board

National Processing Company’s COO Mark Pyke has been appointed to the ETA Board of Directors. ETA is the leading international trade association representing organizations offering electronic transaction processing products and services. Its membership represents leading companies providing services between merchants and settlement banks, financial institutions and businesses providing equipment or services to the industry.

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WildCard & Natl City

FL-based WildCard Systems said this week it is powering the new “National City VISA Gift Cards’, which are currently being issued from the bank’s branch banking locations. WildCard Systems provides a complete technology solution for the National City Gift Cards, handling card issuance, transaction processing, fraud management solutions specifically designed for stored-value cards, and customer service. WildCard Systems also designed, developed and currently hosts the National City Gift Card Web site, which consumers can access through NationalCity.com.

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EDS & BofA

EDS and Bank of America have signed a $4.5 billion managed network outsourcing services agreement. The relationship will enable Bank of America to continue to deliver high quality and more efficient service for customers. EDS will provide Bank of America end-to-end operations including flexible, secure telecommunications solutions that apply best-in-class technology and processes.

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