Western Union Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of First Data Corp., and Publix Super Markets, Inc., one of the nation’s top 10 supermarkets, announced they have signed a multi-year agreement to offer the Western Union Money Transfer service at the nearly 650 Publix locations throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The addition of these locations significantly expands Western Union’s presence throughout the Southeastern United States.
! The five-year agreement comes on the heels of a successful pilot program in 16 Publix store locations in Atlanta and Miami. Publix, which had not previously offered money transfer services, received excellent customer response to the pilot and will be rolling out the Western Union Money Transfer service at the rest of its locations over the next several months.
“Publix has always sought to provide our customers with a premier shopping experience. That means supplying products and services of the highest quality and value,” says Publix spokesperson Lee Brunson. “The positive response to our pilot program tells us that our customers find money transfer a significant added value and that Western Union is a name they know and trust.”
“The addition of Publix to the Western Union agent network will provide customers with even more convenient locations to conduct money transfers,” said Mike Yerington, president, Western Union North America. “This partnership is a definite win-win proposition. Western Union services have the proven ability to attract repeat customers, giving Publix an opportunity to increase store traffic, and the addition of nearly 650 premium locations will significantly grow our agent network in the Southeast.”
About Western Union
Western Union Financial Services, Inc., a subsidiary of First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC), is a worldwide leader in consumer money transfer services. Consumers can quickly, safely and reliably transfer money at approximately 101,000 agent locations in more than 185 countries and territories using the Western Union and Orlandi Valuta money transfer networks. Famous for its pioneering telegraph service, the original Western Union dates back to 1851 and introduced electronic money transfer service in 1871. Western Union is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2001. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at [http://www.westernunion.com].
About First Data Corp.
Atlanta-based First Data Corp. is a global leader in electronic commerce and payment services. Serving more than two million merchant locations, more than 1,400 card issuers and millions of consumers, First Data makes it easier, faster and more secure for people and businesses to buy goods and services, using virtually any form of payment: credit, debit, stored-value card or check at the point-of-sale, over the Internet or by money transfer. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at [http://www.firstdata.com].
About Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Publix is the largest employee-owned supermarket chain in the country, with 2000 sales of $14.6 billion. Currently Publix has 648 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. It has been named one of America’s top 10 places to work in the book, “The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” as well as one of the top companies in Fortune’s recent list of best workplaces. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at [http://www.Publix.com].