eCongo.com, Inc., a leading eCommerce ASP powering eCommerce centers, announced an agreement with First Data Corp. to deliver a complete suite of merchant processing services for small businesses. This agreement will enable eCongo’s merchants to quickly and securely establish a merchant account and accept multiple forms of payment online including credit cards, checks and cash.
eCongo offers eCommerce services that power the development of co-branded or privately labeled eCommerce communities. Under the terms of the agreement, eCongo customers will offer their members access to First Data’s complete suite of merchant processing services, including VirtualApp.com and the SurePayÂ® payment gateway. This suite of services is located at www.econgo.com, accessible through the section “Build a Free Web Store.”
VirtualApp.com is a paperless, completely click-through solution that enables online merchants to securely establish a merchant account and receive online credit decisions in order to begin accepting payments within minutes. The SurePay payment gateway enables merchants to process online payments including credit card transactions, check payments via First Data’s TeleCheck subsidiary, and cash payments through First Data’s Western Union retail agent locations. Today, new eCongo.com merchants can process credit card transactions in real-time via SurePay, and during the third quarter of this year eCongo.com merchants also will be able to electronically accept and process check and cash payments.
“Our alliance with First Data gives eCongo merchants access to a complete suite of merchant processing services with the ability to accept multiple forms of payment online,” said Rick Asturias, president and CEO of eCongo.com. “First Data’s leadership in payment processing combined with eCongo.com’s managed eCommerce services represents a compelling value proposition for businesses looking to move online successfully.”
“Businesses are realizing the value of the Internet as a sales channel and are quickly establishing themselves online,” said Bill Goldschein, senior vice president, Internet Commerce at First Data. “Our alliance with eCongo.com is a perfect example of our commitment to helping businesses move online quickly and easily, and we are excited about delivering flexible and secure online payment transactions for eCongo merchants.”
Initially NTB Merchant Services, an alliance between First Data and The Northern Trust Company, will provide acquiring services to merchants participating in this suite of e-commerce services.
About First Data
Atlanta-based First Data Corp. (NYSE: FDC) 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 wire. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at [www.firstdatacorp.com].
About eCongo.com, Inc.
eCongo.com, Inc. is a leading eCommerce application service provider (ASP) for portals, financial institutions, ISPs, media companies and small business aggregators. eCongo offers eCommerce services that power the development of co-branded or privately labeled eCommerce communities. The company’s core technology and infrastructure includes the key eCommerce services integrated into a single web-based application hosted by eCongo. Founded in 1998, eCongo is privately held with headquarters in Los Gatos, California. To learn more about eCongo, visit the company’s Web site at [www.econgo.com].