First Data’s new network, First Data Net, continues to take shape as FDC yesterday announced it has completed a transaction to acquire a 64% equity interest in NYCE. The deal solidifies First Data’s leadership as the top offline debit processor in the USA, processing more than one billion online debit POS transactions annually. Under terms of the deal NYCE will continue as a separate entity, maintaining its existing management team. Four of NYCE’s long-time principal shareholders including Citibank, FleetBoston, HSBC and J.P. Morgan Chase, will continue as equity partners. First Data, NYCE and other owners say they will collaborate to develop products that will attract new card issuers and expand ATM deployment beyond current NYCE service areas. NYCE services 48 million cardholders through 45,000 ATMs and 275,000 POS locations. (CF Library 6/15/01)Details
Diebold said Tuesday it has finalized an agreement with Barnes & Noble College Bookstores to place ATMs at various college campus bookstores across the country. The three-phase project consists of seven initial deployments, followed by another 90 installations in the fall and concluding with more than 100 additional sites by year-end 2001. Designed for retail outlets with more than 500 monthly transactions, Diebold’s ‘Placement Program’ allows merchants to provide an ATM owned and operated by Diebold in their store at no cost. Diebold provides retailers with a portion of the transaction revenue, a choice of self-service product and full turnkey services, such as transaction processing, vault cash, cash replenishment, service and monitoring, and unique marketing tools, like on-screen advertising, and dispensing phone cards and coupons. Diebold currently has an agreement in place for ATM deployments at selected Wal-Mart and Uni-Marts locations. (CF Library 6/6/01)Details
San Diego-based Global Axcess Corp. announced this morning it has sealed a five year deal with Cumberland Farms, an East Coast gasoline and convenience store chain, to install, service and maintain ATMs at 200 of its locations nationwide. The contract is valued at approximately $4.8 million. Rollout of the systems is expected to begin immediately and to be completed by December 2001. Global Axcess acquired the Nationwide Money Services subsidiary of Cardservice International earlier this summer. (CF Library 7/2/01)Details
Barclaycard this week officially launched the FA Barclaycard Premiership by announcing a Â£4million investment in a new community initiative to support ‘grassroots’ football throughout the UK.
With the full backing of the FA Premier League, the initiative will provide football kit, equipment and coaching for grassroots clubs and school teams in need of help and support. This part of the programme, which spans the next three years, will be administered through the Football Foundation.
Barclaycard will also work directly with each Barclaycard Premiership club to provide support for their own community programmes, where they involve education projects and help for people with disabilities.
Nic Gault, Sponsorship Director of Barclaycard, said: “This investment is about giving people – particularly children – the opportunity not just to play football but to use its popularity and tremendous positive qualities to improve many other aspects of their life. We are genuinely committed to English football and are looking forward to working closely with clubs, governing bodies and the Football Foundation.”
Richard Scudamore, Chief Executive of the FA Premier League, said: “We are glad to be working with such a committed sponsor. This new and exciting community initiative is another positive element of what is already proving to be a tremendous partnership and one which fully complements our own investment in the future of football for players of all ages and abilities.”
The programme will be officially launched in October 2001 when its name and full details of the application process will be announced.
Notes to Editors:
Â· Barclaycard, Europe’s leading card services company, is the global sponsor of the FA Premier League for the next three seasons, in a Â£48 million deal.
Â· Television coverage of the Premier League is broadcast in 142 countries around the world.
Â· The FA Barclaycard Premiership will reach a global accumulative audience reach of 500 million in the coming season.
Â· Barclaycard and the FA Premier League will create a joint venture with the British Tourist Authority to use the FA Barclaycard Premiership to boost British tourism from abroad.
Â· Barclaycard has previously been involved in a number of sports sponsorships, including the British Olympic and Paralympic teams and international athletics.
Â· Barclaycard is accepted in more than 21 million places in 200 countries.Details
PayStar reported yesterday that second quarter revenues totaled $5.3 million compared to $1,986,000 during the same quarter last year. Q2 over Q1 2001 improved 71% and is the result of increased business in its Consumer Products and Services Divisions. The company says the acquisition of SHS Communications along with the strong performance of its Cashless Teller Machine subsidiary (U.S. Cash) has ignited the results. For complete details on PayStar’s 2Q/01 performance visit CardData ([www.carddata.com]).
GE Appliances has launched a new line of commercial washers and dryers that use smart card technology. The systems are supplied by ESD and BridgePoint. With a smart card, consumers utilize a card with a pre-paid amount. The technology enables property owners to reduce costs, track machine usage and cycle usage, easily set vendor prices for special promotions and market loyalty programs between stores at different locations. GE will sell the products under the ‘Monogram’, ‘Profile’, ‘GE’, ‘Hotpoint’, and ‘SmartWater’ brands.Details
Equitex, Inc. announced Monday the signing of a letter of intent to acquire Chex Services, Inc. based in Minnetonka, Minnesota. Completion of the acquisition is subject to further due diligence, negotiation and execution of a definitive agreement, and is subject to customary regulatory, board of director and any necessary stockholder approvals.
Chex Services provides comprehensive cash access services to casinos and other gaming services. The company’s total funds transfer system allows casino patrons to access cash through check cashing, credit/debit card cash advances, automated teller machines and wire transfers. Chex Services’ check and credit card advance systems allow the company to compile detailed demographic data about patrons using these services that can be used by the casino operators in their marketing efforts.
“The proposed Chex Services acquisition would complement our recent acquisitions of Key Financial Systems and Nova Financial Systems,” commented Henry Fong, Equitex President. “Chex Services has been in business since 1992 and has a presence in over 30 casino and other gaming establishments throughout the United States. They’ve built a solid business that we feel provides exciting synergies with the Key/Nova operations.”
Equitex, Inc. is a holding company operating through its wholly owned subsidiaries Nova Financial Systems, Inc. and Key Financial Systems, Inc. of Clearwater, Florida. Nova and Key design and service credit card products for those who need to build or rebuild credit; marketed through direct mail, telemarketing for financial institutions and the Internet through alliances with a number of popular Internet web sites.Details
Thrifty Car Rental announced it will offer its customers double or triple frequent-flyer award miles with seven of its airline partners for travel August 13 through November 15, 2001.
Specific details of each program follow:
American Airlines AAdvantage; America West Airlines FlightFund Airport-arriving AAdvantage and FlightFund members who rent from Thrifty worldwide will receive double miles (twice the normal 50 miles per full rental day). A two-day minimum and 14-day maximum with Sunday-Wednesday pick-up required.
Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan
Airport-arriving Mileage Plan members who rent from Thrifty worldwide will receive triple miles (three times the normal 50) per rental day during the promotional period. A two-day minimum and 14-day maximum with Sunday- Wednesday pick-up is required.
Northwest Airlines Worldperks
Airport-arriving Worldperks members will receive 500 miles per transaction worldwide (double the normal 250 miles), when renting from a Thrifty airport location during the promotional dates. A minimum of three days and maximum of seven rental days with Sunday-Wednesday pick-up is required.
Delta Air Lines SkyMiles; Continental Airlines OnePass
Airport-arriving SkyMiles and OnePass members will earn double miles (twice the normal 50 miles) worldwide with a minimum three day and 14-day maximum rental. Sunday-Wednesday pick-up is required.
US Airways Dividend Miles
Airport-arriving Dividend Miles members who rent from Thrifty worldwide will receive double miles (double the normal 250) per rental transaction. Rental must be a minimum of three days and maximum of 14, with Sunday- Wednesday pick-up required. As an additional bonus, customers who pay with a Dividend Miles Visa credit card will earn triple miles per transaction (three times the normal 250 miles).
More information about these and other partner specials are available by logging on to and clicking on the “Specials & Partners” button.
To make a reservation with Thrifty, customers may contact their professional travel consultant, call 1-800-THRIFTY(R) in the U.S. or Canada, or log on to the Thrifty web site at .
Thrifty Car Rental, with its affiliate Thrifty Car Sales, is a subsidiary of Thrifty, Inc. Thrifty Car Rental is one of the world’s largest car rental franchise networks, consisting of more than 1,300 locations in 59 countries around the world. Thrifty operates 86 in-terminal rental counters and provides service to 80 other U.S. airports in addition to operating at all major Canadian airports. Thrifty Car Sales is a franchised retail used car sales network of nearly 60 dealers, with plans for as many as 300 U.S. locations by 2005. Thrifty, Inc. is a subsidiary of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTG).Details
Hyatt Hotels Corporation announced a special Business Plan rate promotion at participating Hyatt Hotels and Resorts in the U.S. and Canada. Starting August 16 through December 30, business travelers can enjoy a free, full American breakfast each morning of their stay, as well as free phone calls with an AT&T 15 minute phone card certificate each night and waived access charges for all “800”, local and credit card calls.
The free breakfast and AT&T Phone Card enhance the existing benefits available at Hyatt hotels with Business Plan accommodations. At select Hyatt hotels and resorts that do not currently offer Business Plan, a promotional rate has been established to include the breakfast and phone benefits outlined above. A complete list of participating hotels can be found at [www.hyattbusinessedge.com].
“Research shows our business plan travelers universally want free breakfast and free phone calls,” said Wendy Falk, vice president of marketing programs. “We’ve listened to those demands and responded with an enhanced business plan promotion, offering full complimentary breakfast and 15 minutes of free phone calls each night, in conjunction with waived phone access charges for all local, `800′ and credit card calls.”
Guests also have the option of redeeming their free breakfast voucher for 25 percent off of lunch or dinner at the hotel and the voucher is valid for two people.
Since Hyatt’s Business Plan was introduced in 1994, guest response has been overwhelmingly positive. Business Plan was developed as a result of the rising demand of today’s business travelers to be more productive on the road.
Guests should ask for Hyatt’s Business Plan rate when booking their reservations.
There are 203 Hyatt hotels and resorts around the world. Hyatt Hotels Corporation operates 122 hotels and resorts in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Hyatt International, through its subsidiaries, operates 81 hotels and resorts in 38 countries in the U.S., Hyatt Worldwide Reservations for individuals and groups can be reached at 800-233-1234. Outside the U.S., contact the local Hyatt sales office or representative. For more information about Hyatt hotels and resorts, consult Hyatt through the Internet at .
North American Bancard Corporation announced that John Waldron has joined the company as Vice President of Internet Marketing and Sales.
In his role, Waldron will oversee North American Bancard’s Internet Sales strategy as the company continues to focus on the Internet market and further developing additional distribution channels.
Before joining North American Bancard, Waldron served as Vice President of Internet Marketing at Heartland Payment Systems for three years. There he successfully developed and deployed marketing programs to further develop their channel distribution systems. With over five years of Internet sales and marketing experience, Waldron has a proven track record in strategic planning and implementation of programs that result in financial success. “North American Bancard is very fortunate to have Waldron as part of our sales executive team. His addition is very timely as we are planning the roll out of a new strategic Internet based marketing campaign,” said Marc Gardner, President of North American Bancard. “Waldron will be overseeing and leading this sales channel, which will generate thousands of new merchants in the years to come,” he continues.
“North American Bancard is making a significant investment into the development of an inside Internet sales channel,” commented Waldron. “With the team and solutions that we will be building, we can quickly and effectively provide complete ecommerce solutions to partners and merchants. I am extremely excited to join the team at North American Bancard!” Waldron currently serves on the board of directors of The US Internet Industry Association (USIIA). He has also served in advisory roles for CyberSource.com and for the Internet Tax Freedom Act. About North American Bancard
North American Bancard provides businesses of all sizes with professional, one-stop solutions for traditional and Internet credit card processing, fraud prevention, and protection programs. North American Bancard started in 1992 and is rapidly growing to become one of the largest credit card processors in the US.Details
The second largest quick-service chicken restaurant chain in the USA is gearing up to take credit cards. Chick-fil-A is launching a feasibility study and pilot of credit card acceptance in its restaurants. If successful, the chain will partner with Concord EFS to become the first fast food restaurant chain to accept credit cards chain-wide. Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A has more than 980 restaurants in 34 states. In May, McDonald’s announced the expansion of a pilot involving the ExxonMobil ‘Speedpass’ program to more than 400 outlets in the Chicago area after an earlier test at nine Chicago area restaurants. McDonald’s says it is testing other similar systems and will eventually decide on a system to use nationwide. ‘Speedpass’, is a radio frequency transponder device that fits on a key chain. It will automatically bill purchases against a pre-determined credit card. (CF Library 5/30/01)Details
NextCard ranked as #50 on the ‘Media Metrix Top 50 Web Properties’ for July. It is the only VISA or MasterCard issuer to make it onto the list, logging nearly 6.8 million online visitors. American Express ranked as #38, serving nearly 8 million visitors to its Web site. Firms falling into the ‘Business/Finance’ category attracted more than 52 million visitors during July. Jupiter Media Metrix says people in the U.S. spent on average 20.7 hours online in July 2001, up 10.5% from 18.7 hours in July 2000. Jupiter also reported that other credit card sites such as globaldebitcard.com, theusagoldcard.com, and credit.com attracted between 600,000 and 1 million visitors during July.Details